Any tips on helping my 7 month old sleep at night??

Misty - posted on 04/03/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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At five months my son was sleeping 6 straight hours at night. Then he got a really bad cold, now hes up anywhere from every 1/2 hour to every two hours. He just doesn't sleep any longer than that. I've tried everything I can think of. I've tried tylenol thinking its his teeth, nothing. I've tried letting him cry it out, he screamed for two hours. He's not hungry or poopy, just wants to be held. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated because I can't do this much longer.


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Nazevyanga - posted on 04/06/2009

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This one is number five, trust me I thought I had it down to a science but every child is different. I have tried with this and I continue to but the point is, if you have a baby that sleeps through the night you are just blessed not because you have it down to a science. 1 out of 5 kids who does'nt sleep through the night, but she does not cry or fuss, she will play even if the room is dark for an hour even before she falls back to sleep. So those who hear people say "I did this and baby sleeps throught the night.." should not think they are doing something wrong. That is the moral of sharing here.

Marlain - posted on 04/06/2009

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I went through this problem also. Try making his naps during the day shorter, therefore making him more sleepy during the night. If he's not feeding at night, he should adapt slowly to his new schedule.



I did this right away as i noticed my son was sleeping through 6 hrs at a time. He also got sick and began waking at night. Once again, i adjusted his schedule by not feeding him at night (UNLESS HE'S EXTREMELY HUNGRY!), and he sleeps the whole night.



Doesn't hurt to try!

Nazevyanga - posted on 04/05/2009

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You know there's a new stuyd in this month's babytalk about babies sleeping through the night. It says it's very normal for a baby to wake up three to four times a night, all we hae to do is maybe show them how to self-soothe so they can fall back to sleep. It goes on to say babies don't need as much sleep as we first thought they did. My 7 month old wakes up at least three times a night. Her sibblings all went to sleep at 9 pm and there was not a peep from them til 6 or 7 am. This one is different so I feel your pain I am a SAHM. What I would give have her sleep all night. She eats very well so she does not always breasfeed when she wakes.

Whitney - posted on 04/05/2009

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Crying it out worked for us. It was so hard but she now sleeps from 8 to 7 or 7:30! She would et so mad while crying it out but we did not give in..it took over and hour one night but we would go in and reassure her tat we were there. My doc siad at 6 months they do not need to eat in the middle of the night and suggested crying it out. We did try to soothe her with a bottle of water but she did not want it..that is when I knew she could not have been too hungry and it was just a habit. Plus, she has started eating more during the day so she is not hungry at night. But if your baby just wants to be held, then it is an attention thing and could be a bit of separation anxiety but I would still say cry it out. I found with teething that the tylenol did not work so well but the motrin worked better. I have also discovered teething tablets that do not numb the mouth like orajel but help ease the pain and they worked wonders for us!! Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 04/04/2009

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I went through the same thing when my DS was sick with an ear infection...He eventually quit this and went back to sleeping through the nigh

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2009

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I just posted almost the same question. My son is 8 months, wakes up a couple times a night to eat...have you asked the doctor? I guess it just isnt their time yet, I dont know, but it definetly sucks.

Veronica - posted on 04/04/2009

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I went through the same thing and basically had to let my daughter fall asleep on my chest everynight for a good while.  Eventually it passed (about a month) and now she sleeps in her crib down the hall!  You may just have to tough it out!

Belinda - posted on 04/03/2009

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Have you tried putting one of his favourite toys down your bra (leave for about 24hrs) to get your scent on it and then let him take it to bed. Make sure the toy is safe....

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