My 7 month old son still won't sleep thru the night!!....Help!!

Rachel - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I havent had a full nights sleep yet. He still wakes up every couple hours to nurse!! Any suggestions??

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Ayman - posted on 08/31/2012

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Hi! How long did you have to feed your lo baby cereal before he started sleeping thru the night?

Amber - posted on 08/30/2012

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My baby is 3 mo. And sleeps very well through the night. Every baby is different. She sleeps 8 to 11 hours every night religiously and is on a schedule. She does still sleep in our room. When she does wake in the night, try keeping all lights off, avoiding eye contact, and avoid talking to them. That may be hard with the child in the other room bc they have time to work themselves up and tend to be wide awake by the time you can feed/change them. I can get her back to sleep without any fuss as long as I do those things.



Maybe add a formula just at bedtime... Enfamil ar is a god sent!

Liz - posted on 03/28/2009

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Our Dr was very adament that if you don't feed them in the middle of the night, they won't wake up expecting it. By 7 months, they don't need to eat every 3 hours, he is simply expecting it out of habit. If you just soothe him for a couple of nights in a row WITHOUT feeding him, It should slowly get better. You have to be commited to it though, there will be a couple of really difficult nights. It pays off in the end though! Also, if he still isn't a good sleeper, try the Ferber book on sleep...

Stela - posted on 03/27/2009

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At 7 months I left my baby cry it out, the first night I cried with him for almost an hour. Second night was just as bad... but by night 3, he only cried for 3 minutes and fell asleep and stayed asleep for about 10 hours. Even after that I was not in the clear as he would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night. I would not go feed him and he would go back to sleep, after a few nights he stopped waking up for good! Now I finally sleep!

Stephanie - posted on 03/27/2009

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I have a 6 month old and a 2 year old! I find what helps my 6 month old sleep through the night is to feed her a little bit of baby cereal before bed time! She sleep for at least 8 solid hours! try it! Hope it works for u!

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It sounds like your son is waking because he still expects to be fed. At 7 months babies don't need to feed throughout the night. They are capable of getting everything they need nutritionally during the day, and if allowed to continue eating at night will wake because they expect it. They are 'hungry' because their bodies tell them a feeding is coming.



I had the same problem with my son too. First thing is to make sure they're getting all the calories they need during the day. He should be taking a full feeding at least every 4 hours, plus solids. If he is getting all that during the day, you can start weaning night feedings. You don't want to do it all at once. At first I dropped down to two, one every 4 hours. Once he was sleeping better, I went ahead and dropped another feeding so now we are down to one.



I still feed once a night, but I keep gradually extending the time between feedings so that his body can get used to the longer intervals. It's hard at first because they will still wake for the feeding for awhile, but eventually they realize they won't get fed and will continue sleeping. Now my son may wake several times a night, but can usually put himself back to sleep without me getting up, and I usually only get up once to feed. He sleep has drastically improved since I've stopped feeding him at night, and I expect to lose that last feeding probably in the next month or so.



Good luck!

Gallia - posted on 03/26/2009

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The lack of sleep is really hard....My 6 month old is up several times a night to nurse & I am exhausted....but I too, can not let my babe cry it out.  As hard as it feels now - you forget it so quickly.  My 3 year old didn't sleep thru the night till he was 20months & I remember being so stressed out about it, now I hardly remember what that was like & only remember the good stuff.  I doubt that helps, but it's good to know you are not alone.



I would love to join a group for moms who don't let their babies cry it out. Not sure how to do that though???

Shanna - posted on 03/26/2009

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My daughter is 8.5 months and I just got her down to only waking once a night. At 7 months, she was waking about 4 or 5 times a night.



 



Solids don't help for sleeping through the night.



 



You're baby could be comfort nursing? My daughter was - I had to train her to fall asleep without being nursed. You could try "The No Cry Sleep Solution" it helps with nighttime sleeping and how to get your child to sleep through the night

Kathleen - posted on 03/26/2009

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have you thought about introducing solids into your childs diet i know it has helped my lil guy always consult ur doctor first though

Candice - posted on 03/26/2009

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breatmilk digests faster so they need more feedings. if you want to sleep through the night, either learn how to breastfeed in your sleep, or switch to a bottle. not that that will guarantee you sleep. my daughter sleeps horribly. she's 11 mos now and is still up at least once a night...sometimes way more often. welcome to motherhood...sleep is not part of the deal :) lol

Fiona - posted on 03/26/2009

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i have two babies a nearly 2 year old and a nearly 9 month old and they sleep through the night. they are both on a bottle and i find that they fall a sleep on the bottle. it is hard all babies are different. i find there are a few things. depends on how much they sleep through the day. if they still feed of a night you can try and wean them of the night feed. i found giving them a bigger bottle when they first went to bed helped. i don't know if that helps but if you want to know anything else message me.

Kimmi - posted on 03/25/2009

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My daughter is 18 months and still wakes up 3-4 times a night to nurse. I'm getting ready to wean her so I can get some sleep!!  I did not feel comfortable letting her "cry it out," I would rather be there to meet her needs and miss out on sleep for now than letting her cry.  It's just for a season, they won't be babies forever.  I've been told by several moms that as soon as they wean, they will start sleeping through the night.  Hopefully this is true in our case!  She eats a lot, goes to bed full, she just likes to nurse for comfort.  My oldest started sleeping through the night at 8 months (weaned at 13 months).  All babies are different.  Some are more high maintenance than others.  Dr. Sears has some great suggestions at www.askdrsears.com .  He says some babies are sensitive to authentic fabrics (100% cotten p.j.s are best) and will wake up b/c of that.  The room should be set to the right temp and humidity level, dark comfy, etc...  You can try chamomile or other aromatherapies.  My daughter sleeps way better with white noise (humidifier, box fan, etc.)  Hopefully you will find what works for your son, or at least helps for now!

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2009

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I always had my babies on formula by 7 months but my 1 year old still wakes up one time a night...unless he's teething and then wakes up A LOT! They tell me you just let them cry and they fall back to sleep. Not having the guts to do that though, try waking him up just before he normally wakes up and then slowly start waking him up a little later and then more later. Eventually, you won't wake him up, so he won't wake up. This is what "they" tell me...I've never actually tried either tactic.

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