7 months...and still not sleeping through the night...is this normal? HELP!!!!!

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

6

24

0

My son just turn 7 months and he still doesn't sleep through the night. He only wakes up once...he goes to bed about 8pm and wakes up at 1am, drinks a bottle (about 6 oz's) and then goes back to sleep until I wake him up at 5:30am, when I leave for work. I really would love to sleep through the night. =(

All my friends keep telling me "it's coming" but they have all been saying that for the last 3 months. Any suggestions? Or do I just need to wait it out?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Karlene - posted on 11/24/2009

1

27

0

I have a 7 mth old and he started sleeping through the night until he started teething and now he wakes up off and on now... I stopped giving him a bottle through the night a while ago, they get used to that and fall into the routine so of course your going to be up!... I think you might try to sway him off the 1am feeding. It's going to be hard, just try to comfort him in other ways, until he falls back asleep - it may take some time. My routine is bath, bottle w/ single grain rice cereal in it (to fill his stomach), and then he usually falls asleep (usually between 7:00 - 8:00). You will find your own routine and what works for you. Good Luck! :-)

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

34 Comments

View replies by

Tresca - posted on 07/27/2012

3

0

0

set a bedtime routine and stick to it. infant massage with calming aveeno lotion works great too. i have gotten my 4 month old sleeping through the night this way.

Nicola - posted on 07/27/2012

10

0

0

I think every baby is different and it drove me crazy that he wouldn't sleep. He nursed as well and he was a bottomless pit. What I found helped my son sleep longer was, because he was such a big eater was feeding him something that would really fill him up before sleep time and taking him for long walks. Lots of fresh air, getting him good and tired.

But for my son, he was always a little mommy's boy. He loved knowing I was close and still loves his bed time snuggles with mommy. Early on, I put him in a toddler bed (he was never in a crib) then, I put his toddler bed beside mine against the wall. It penned him in and kept him in his own bed. When he'd wake up at night, I'd rub his tummy or whatever to settle him.

Every parent has different styles and what works for some may not work for you. What I learned is that regardless of what everyone says is right or wrong, works or doesn't work, we all just end up figuring out our own personal parenting style along the way....

Nicola - posted on 07/27/2012

10

0

0

My son didn't start sleeping through the night until he was about 2 years old.

Kimberly - posted on 07/24/2012

59

0

0

There has been numerous research that shows tummy sleeping can lead to SIDS. I wouldn't risk putting an infant on their tummy to sleep. They don't know how to roll over if their breathing stops while asleep. Yes, years ago that's how it was done, lot of us survived, but we were lucky. But I wouldn't risk going against years of research done since then.

Kimberly - posted on 07/24/2012

59

0

0

This is normal. My daughter didn't sleep through the night until she was over a year old. She wound up sleeping through the whole night on her own and it freaked me out. I woke up wondering if I should wake her, but let her go and she did fine. From that point on, when she did wake up, I decided that I would gradually feed her less and less and rock her back to sleep, until one night she woke up, fussed for 5 minutes and fell back to sleep on her own.

Then, that was it, unless she was sick or something. Hang in there. Your friends are right. It's going to come when he's ready.

Summer - posted on 11/24/2009

21

14

3

Sounds perfectly normal for him. Missing that night feeding could be upsetting for his health. Kids will sleep when they are ready, no sooner.

Kimberly - posted on 11/23/2009

1

14

0

Give your baby cereal.. I had the same problem with my little guy, now he sleeps all night. I miss four ounces of milk with baby cereal and he eats most of it, then I feed him mommy milk and then he wakes up at six a.m. and goes to bed any where from eight to eleven.

Marla - posted on 11/23/2009

12

8

0

My twin baby girls absolutely refused to sleep through the night til I placed them on their tummies. Once I did that, it was sleeping through the night from then on. Took me forever to finally try it. After being told not to by the hospital staff I became paranoid, but with help and advice from family and friends I overcame it and all has been well since then. New milestone is Teething ;s this is starting them at late night fussiness ever so often. They are also 7 months this month. So this could become an issue now even if he were to begin trying to sleep through the night. Get baby oralgel and tablets. Try to play soft night time music and rub his back for a couple of minutes and leave out. Sometime crying is the way to get that last little energy out to allow sleeping through. There is nothing wrong, each baby is just different as you know.

Tash - posted on 11/23/2009

4

40

0

it will happen and it will be unexpected. i think i was happier when kaelin was waking every night. now he only wakes sometimes and you get used to sleeping thru and feel heaps worse when it's an occasional wake thru the night... i say, pick one of the other, either sleep thru EVERY night or wake EVERY night, stop messing with my body clock, LOL!

Aneta - posted on 11/23/2009

4

5

0



Quoting Jennifer:

Hi,



If u feeding formula milk, have u tried changing it to some otherone, cause it maybe that his tummy is upset and he can't sleep in the night, especially if he is not doing poo daily??



Brandy - posted on 11/21/2009

11

39

0

My baby is going to be seven months in a couple of weeks and he doesn't sleep through night either, maybe once or twice he has, eventually both of them will sleep through the night, I hope anyways!

Tiffani - posted on 11/21/2009

6

32

1

I totaly understand my son is going to be 8 months in two week and he still dont sleep throught the night but i guess that it is normal i read it on something that they still mite not sleep throught night at that age it is normal

Sabrina - posted on 11/21/2009

10

51

0

my son was a very good sleeper at first, always slept through the night. From lke 8-7ish or even 8 sometimes. Now he goes to bed around 8/9 and wakes up at 3 and no matter what I do he won't go back to sleep unless I feed him. And sometimes he will get irate if I don't give him a bottle. Then wakes up again at 6/7 for the day. I think it all started after I switched him to solids. I think i'm going to try the putting cereal in his bedtime bottle to keep him fuller longer cause that's what he was getting before...Hope it gets better for you hun.

Jennifer - posted on 11/20/2009

18

25

1

ok...I just posted something but will put it up here too...cause I'm having worse luck then anyone it seems..
My little one just turned 7 months. I give him solids now, but cant give him cereals cause it "blocked " him up so to say....anyway...for the last 2 months since he got his first two teeth he has started waking up 45 mins after I put him to bed the first time.....then every 30 mins - 1 1/2 hrs throughout the night. A good stretch is 2 hrs. If I'm lucky!! I have tried Tylenol incase it was teething pain, Ovol incase it was gas from the fruit and veggies, tried filling him up before bed, tried everything I can think of. The worst part is as well that he will ONLY go back to sleep for me....and I have to pick him up out of his bed and hold him for him to do it. If I leave him he cries himself right awake. He will not go back to sleep for his daddy or anyone else. i'm getting exhausted as this has been going on for 2 months + now. If there is anyone with good ideas I'd love to hear them. He WILL NOT cry himself to sleep either. I wouldnt let him after what I've read about it either....and I wouldnt want to fall asleep sad so why would I let me baby?? Anyway he gets WAY to worked up that way for me to even consider it!!
Please send your tips, trick, ideas.....I'm getting desperate here!!
:) :)

Thanks in advance for any help I can get mommies!!

Kerry - posted on 11/20/2009

4

26

0

My Son is nearly 7.5 months & is exactly the same... goes 2 bed at 8pm, wakes
between 12 & 1 for a bottle then back to sleep till 6...he is on solids 3 times a day with 200ml bottles in between... But he's happy & healthy & thats all that matters... Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/20/2009

4

0

0

The same thing is happening to me and my 7-month old baby boy. He goes to sleep at 8 or 9, and wakes up at 1 and stays up to at least 3 or 4am. The bad thing is, he was sleeping through the night till he was about 6 months. But.. I just found I that he wasn't getting enough calories because he has such a high metabolism. Bottles don't do anything for him anymore; he needs substance. You and your baby are not alone. Good luck!

Lucy - posted on 11/20/2009

411

29

29

I was absolutelt horrified to read the article Deborah posted, what sort of a mother can listen to their baby cry themself to sleep.



Research has shown babies who are left to cry have low self esteem and attachment issues. One study looked at brain activity of babies left to cry and the impulses i the brain were exactly the same when left to cry as a baby in physical pain.



I will find the study and post a link.

Deborah - posted on 11/20/2009

5

24

0

Hi sweetie. I have a method that had my baby sleeping 12 hours through the night at 6 weeks. He has been doing the same ever since. I also think the major problem is you are still giving him a bottle in the middle of the night, which should really be given up around 3 months (if they are still wanting it at that point). :( I have an article I can link you to here as well, I hope it helps you. ♥ Honestly I really think the only major problem is giving him the bottle, the best thing to do at this point would be make sure he is plenty full before bed, and let him cry come 1 am. Anyway, here is my article. :)

http://www.examiner.com/x-19031-Philadel...

Laura - posted on 11/19/2009

1

11

0

Hi, My son will be 7 months in a couple of days, and he thankfully sleeps mostly through the night, but he does occasionally wake up every now and then. Here's the trick try keeping him up later then give him a warm bath, warm bottle with a little rice cereal and he should be full for the night and won't need a bottle until the morning. If you try this I guarrantee you will get some sleep! good luck!

Chantal - posted on 11/19/2009

1

5

0

My little guy just turned 7 months also and is a terrible sleeper! He is starting to get better!
A trick you may want to try, courtesy of "the baby whisperer", is to dream feed him around 11pm while he is sleeping. If you "tank him up" he might not wake up hungry a couple hours later, once you're asleep. Then slowly reduce the amount you give him at the dream feed every week and slowly water down his bottles.
After trying everything, this seems to be working for us...
From one sleep deprived mom to another... Good luck!

Michele - posted on 11/19/2009

2

2

0

I have twins! They are 71/2 months and each wake up once at night...and not at the same time. They have a bottle and go back to bed. They already are on solids. So, I guess we just wait it out.

Angela - posted on 11/18/2009

35

10

1

I got lucky...my son started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks. Unfortunately, a close friend of mine had a daughter that didn't sleep through the night consistently until she was almost two! Of course, there's the comment of "every baby is different...wait it out," but I totally understand your frustration! My suggestions would be to make sure that you don't turn any lights on and barely move your baby from the crib when he wakes up. Stay quiet, feed him as quickly as possible, and then put him immediately back to sleep. The more time you spend with him, the more he'll think it's ok to be up in the middle of the night. Good luck; I hope your little man starts sleeping soon!

Christine - posted on 11/18/2009

2

8

0

The scenario you mention is exactly like my son. He goes to bed ~8pm and then wakes up at least one to two times a night. Last night was the first time he slept from 8 to 5am and I am attributing that to him starting to crawl. My good friend though warned me not to get my hopes up though. :) I think you just need to wait it out. This is my plan at least.

Jene - posted on 11/18/2009

1

13

0

Have you started your little guy on solids yet? My daughter, Leah, was sleeping through the night then starting waking again. Her pediatrician said it's because my milk (I'm nursing) isn't enough to fill her through the night, so introduce solids. Did that, and she has been sleeping throuhg the night since. If you have started solids and he is still waking, then instead of feeding him at 1am stick a pacifier in his mouth. Sounds like he is used to his 1am feedings- hungry or not. Good luck!!

Bev - posted on 11/18/2009

10

16

1

Oh no - sorry to hear that - when he wakes, give him water instead, he'll soon get the message, my little girl slept through the night from 6 weeks!!!

Mary Lynn - posted on 11/18/2009

205

17

35

Yes it is normal, and yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My 6.5 month old just started sleeping through the night a few weeks ago when we started solids. He normally goes to bed around 7 and sleeps until 5 and will go back to sleep for a couple more hours. But occasionally he'll wake up for a feeding at 2:30 for some reason--maybe a growth spurt.

We were in the same boat as you just a few weeks ago so don't be discouraged. It will happen eventually!

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

6

24

0

Quoting Sonya:

I would be happy if my 7 month old son only woke up once at night. My son still wakes up 3-4 times. Hope your son sleeps through the night soon! Good luck!


Thanks for the response. I guess I should be thankful that he only gets up once per night. You really put it in perspective.  I hope your little sleeps through the night soon too.  =)

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

6

24

0

Quoting Dawn:

Yes, it's normal. Some babies just don't do it or in our case do it for a while then go back. Teething doesn't help matters mind!

Hope you sleep through soon.

dxx



Thanks...Go to know.  =)



 



-Jessica

Dawn - posted on 11/18/2009

92

11

5

Yes, it's normal. Some babies just don't do it or in our case do it for a while then go back. Teething doesn't help matters mind!



Hope you sleep through soon.



dxx

Sonya - posted on 11/17/2009

44

12

7

I would be happy if my 7 month old son only woke up once at night. My son still wakes up 3-4 times. Hope your son sleeps through the night soon! Good luck!

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms