no sleeping though night at 8 months

Julia - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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any ideas on how to get my daughter of 8 months to sleep though the night? she is still breast fed and on 3 big meals a day but she still wakes up 5 - 6 times a night wanting a feed. it's getting a bit much now and as she has started teething as well it was 15 times last night!!! very subborn and won't take calpol.

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Tasha - posted on 12/16/2009

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My 8 month old doesn't sleep through the night either! I was also giving her 3 meals a day and she was waking up 4-5 times a night to nurse. I cut back to only 1 or 2 meals a day and now she only wakes up at midnight and 4am. Before a year babies source of nutrition should be breastmilk, food is more for exploration. I know a mom who waited a year to start solids(her dd had digestive issues) my point is your DD may be making up for it at night!

Amy - posted on 12/31/2009

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HI Julia, i had trouble with my son whose now 9 months, but i tried the routines from the book SAVE OUR SLEEP...best thing ever. he now has no night feed and sleeps thru everynight!! i reccommend you have a look at it!! :)

Jillian - posted on 12/30/2009

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i was having a lot of trouble getting my daughter to go to sleep. i would nurse her to sleep and then try to put her in her crib and as soon as she touched the matress she would spring awake and scream, this would happen over and over, and if i got her to sleep in her crib she would wake up a couple of hours later and the cycle would start all over again, finally she was up until 3 am for several nights in a row, and i just gave up and put her in bed with me because i was so exhausted. i have trouble sleeping with her in my bed because me and my husband have a queen size and we both like to sleep all over it and she tends to want to sleep sideways with her head on me and her feet touching daddy. so i read on what to expect.com that one way to get them to sleep through the night is not to feed them for 30 min before bed, though we have been doing 15min and has been fine. then wait until she is very tired, rubbing her eyes and getting fussy then put her in her crib and sit where she can see me, i have been reading her stories while she cries at me and for three nights now this has worked for us pretty well the first night it took about 45 min for her to fall asleep and the night before last it only took about 20min. she goes to sleep about 10pm- 10:30pm and usually will wake up around 5am when daddy gets up for work. also it is probably a bad idea to give a bottle to sleep, if the milk doesnt get washed out by saliva and sits on the teeth it can cause tooth decay. i have also noticed since trying this new technique she doesnt need orajel or tylenol before bed (she just cut her 3rd tooth three days ago). i was doubtful the first night but when she woke up at 5am i looked at the clock and couldnt believe it! i also got her some long pajamas so i dont have to put a blanket on her and wake her up.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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I am so sorrry. That can be so hard. My daughter still does not sleep through the night either. I don't beleive in letting her cry it out but try very hard to help her learn to fall asleep on her own and give her lots of practice. Some nights she does really well and others she still does not do well at all. All babies are different and will do things on their own time. I know that does not help when you are not getting any sleep.
Best of luck. If you find a solution let me know.

Rebecca - posted on 12/17/2009

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At 8 months old she only needs 1 night time feeding, and by the time she's 9 months she doesn't even need the night time feedings anymore. Try preparing some breast milk in bottles, and letting daddy feed her at night. I would also recommend going to the library and reading up on different sleep tactics, I read a book on healthy sleep habits, and it has worked miracles for me. I put him to bed at 7pm, and I only go in for 1 feeding around 2:30-3am and then I don't go back into the room until 7am. It's really nice because I have tons more time in the evening to get things done, and my son is a much happier baby because of it!

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As far as teething goes - hyland's all natural teething tablets are good and so is orajel, but I wouldn't use whiskey (or any other alcohol).

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I feel ya! My little guy still isn't sleeping through the night. He gets up about 3 times a night. Good luck!

P - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi Julia,                                                                                                                                          


Both my children were breastfed for different lengths of time and stopped for different reasons.  I listened to what friends, family and nurses suggested when it came to feeding and how many times a day/night the baby would have to be fed.  With my first born, I breastfed for about 2 months with a bottle at night.  I can't say if it was the bottle at night (just before he went down for the night) that had him sleeping through the night because he has always slept through the night.  Prior to the 2 months, my son was only eating during the night because I would get him and breastfeed him.  At 2 months I just decided to bottle feed him and not get him during the night to feed him. He slept through the night with no problems.


Now, as for my daughter, who is now 7 1/2 months, she slept through the night at 3 weeks old.  Again, I breastfed her and again, I was getting her during the night to breastfeed her.  Both my kids never woke up crying 'cause they were hungry. I went and fed them 'cause it is what nurses and doctors would say I had to do.  I continued to breastfeed my daughter but when it was time for her to go down for the night I gave her a bottle.


My daughter usually falls asleep around 6:30pm but I keep her up and feed her all between 7-7:30pm and she is asleep until 7am.  Before the routine she would sleep right through until about 8-8:30am but, because her brother wakes her up she is now up 7am and her day begins. However, just this week, she has been waking up at 5am.  So, she is down at 7:15pm until 5am.  I give her a bottle and right back to bed and asleep.


I hope that I did not bore you with what I did with my children. Perhaps, giving her a bottle before she goes down for the night will help.  I know that some of my friends were strictly breastfeeding and did not want to give a bottle and those friends have trouble, still, getting their child to sleep through the night. 


Good luck with getting your child to sleep through the night.


Regards,


Pilar


 

Nisha - posted on 12/17/2009

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I know exactly what u mean....my son is also almost 8 mths and does not sleep through the night either...wakes atleast 3 times for his feed. I have started to give him a bottle in the night...but he just has 30ml and then after a while goes off to sleep ....and so wakes 3 times for feeds... wondering what to do next.

Tina - posted on 12/16/2009

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I suggest to only give her water at night and it will be tough for 3 days but she will get to understand that there's no more food. Also, i gave my kids a bottle at 7 and dinner 30 min. before bedtime. I felt that worked a lot better in terms of all night sleeping.

Also, for teething my doc. suggested to put whisky on his gums and i wished i listened to him for my daughter whose 2 now. But my 8mth. old son is also teething and once a wk. when he acts up i do put whisky (only twice so far) on his gums and it works wonders.

Kavita - posted on 12/16/2009

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Mine does not either.. We have tried everything from cutting down her nap schedules in the day to mixing rice cereal in her milk at night. We feed her dinner at 8:00 p.m and put her down by 9:00 p.m At 11:00 , we give her a bottle and go to sleep. she wakes up at 1:00 and then at 3:00 and keeps fussing. She does not drink milk when offered..

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my baby is also 8 months and she still doesnt sleep through either i think the best thing to do is wait cause ive tried it all bottle with rice bath with johnsons lotion all of that and nothing worked even music but my one year old started sleeping through at ten months i know its hard but you will get through it :) stay positive

Diane - posted on 12/15/2009

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well, my son is bottle fed, but I started giving him a bottle of water at night instead of formula & after 2-3 nights he decided to start sleeping through, except for a couple of times when he's been sick.

Angela - posted on 12/15/2009

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I feel your pain:) My son is almost 8 months and he fights sleep more then any kid I know. I breast fed him until he was 7 mos but at 6 mos I started to bring formula in the mix. I would give him a big bottle at night. sometimes with rice cereal. That started to help. Also the best thing I did was my pediatrician told me to try to get him on a schedule. HARD TO DO, but it has worked; slowly. at 6 I feed him vegies and some fruit. I give him his bath get him in his pj's. Make him a big bottle, 8oz, burp him and rock him a little. He 9 times outta 10 falls right asleep, I put him down. When we started that schedule He would wake up at midnight then again at 4 then 6 then 8. But doing the same thing every night he now only wakes up at 6:) I change him give him a bottle and He goes back down till 8. IT is a work in progress but every day he gets better. Good luck I hope I helped:)

Jeanette - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son is almost 8 months old and he isn't sleeping through the night either. He is bottle fed and I give him a bottle before bed with rice cereal in it and he still wakes up. He does sleep longer with the rice but still not right through. Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 12/15/2009

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mayb also tryin bottle wiv baby rice in it dats wat i did n my daughter is also 8 months n she now rarely wakes up once a nite sumtimes n she is also teethin gd luck hope it goes ok xx

Kelly - posted on 12/15/2009

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have you tried giving her a bottle at night time, coz my friend did that and coz her little one didnt like the bottle much she just gave up asking for it at night time and sleeps thro the night instead.

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