Still waking for night feedings!!!

Amanda - posted on 10/02/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months, and still wakes once a night after she's slept for about 6 or 7 hrs. I have tried multiple times (with some luck) to let her cry it out, but usually go back to nursing her since she's back to sleep within 15 min when I do. is anyone else still feeding at night, and should I stop?? Will I be creating bad habits that will be harder to break as she gets older? Now that I am back to work it's much harder since I need my sleep too!!!

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LeAnna - posted on 10/02/2010

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I've got my daughter sleeping from 7ish until about 4am without a feed and i'm trying to get it longer. I would suggest really listening before you go in to make sure that it's a hungry cry or if she's just fussing because she woke up. mine will still wake up a few times but she'll talk herself back to sleep after about 10 minutes...it's when she really starts crying around 4am that I know she's hungry. I just read a book that gave me a lot of good ideas. It's The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems. I don't agree with everything in the book but she's had some things right on. Your daughter is getting in a bad habit with night feedings. I work full-time so I totally understand needing sleep. Getting her on a routine at night is gonna be hard (and sleepless) at first, but the sooner you do it the better!

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Amanda - posted on 10/11/2010

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thanks Corisande. Unfortunately my daughter does not take a bottle, at all! We have given her solids from 4 months and she is eating 2-3 meals a day now. She is back to only waking once a night and otherwise sleeping about 10-11 hrs, so I'll take it!

Kayla - posted on 10/11/2010

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My baby will be 6 months on the 20th.. he still wakes every 3 hours to eat! i try to let him fuss and not feed him but he just SCREAMS!!! I have read it starts bad habits, but the way i see it is, if my baby is hungry im gonna feed him... so, i dunno i guess im not much help/.. lol

Corisande - posted on 10/11/2010

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Hi Amanda,
In addition to the general information on my community general information, the following: with 8 weeks both Justen and Louelle slept from 22.00 till 7.00. Around 6 months babies brain undergo major changes, making them sleep less during the night and eat less as well. You do need your sleep, but you also want to teach your child to sleep.

A few things to consider:
- between 5 and 8 months babies start to develop the capability to sleep 12 hours at night
- all babies wake up during the night several times, this is normal
- 6 months they have a period in which they are more restless

what you can try:
- pump the last feeding and give it in a bottle (joint effort with your hubbie for example) with some cereal suitable for her age.
- solid food: with 6 months you may start to give more solid food, which helps them to sleep longer as well.

Do take into account that you already created a habbit and that only by being consistent you will be able to change it into something new!

Amanda - posted on 10/08/2010

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Mindy, no I never woke her for anything! Lately she's been getting up at 9ish (after going down around 7) and then again at 2 or 3, but last night it was back to normal. I think she's just going through a growth spurt??

Mindy - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son is almost 6 months and ive actually really been lucky.. he has slept all night since he was 1 and 1/2 months old.. he slept from like 11 pm til 7 or 8 in the morning.. I now have him sleeping by 9:30pm and sometimes he isn't up until 10 the next morning.. i sit there twiddling my thumbs waiting for him to wake up...! when u brought your daughter home did u wake her for feedings during the night?...

Beki - posted on 10/04/2010

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I nurse my daughter and agree with the feeding whenever she is hungry theory. Lately Teilar has been waking up numerous times for night feedings too and sometimes I wonder is there even any milk in there for her and it can even feel frustrating at times. But I try to remember that its only temporary and that right now she may need the extra milk or mommy time. Try to wait until 6 months to introduce foods breast milk has everything baby needs :)

Rebecca - posted on 10/03/2010

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try feeding some baby food to her close to bed time. i started my daughter on it when she turned 4 months old and now shes sleeps from about 8pm till 630 am.

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