Baby stopped sleeping through the night!!! HELP!!!

Jessica - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 6-month-old baby, Sydney, will NOT sleep through the night anymore! Starting at 7 weeks she slept through the night with NO problem! Starting about 2 or 3 months ago, she wakes every 2-3 hours, and recently, the last few nights, has been awake more than asleep! She really doesn't take a nap during the day...maybe a few (3-4) 1/2 hour naps. She's been on cereal since she was about 7 weeks old. Recently (the last month or so) due to the fact she won't eat off of spoon, which she now has to go to therapy for....she's been eating 1-3 ounces of rice cereal, a jar of baby food and 2 scoops of formula in a bottle, just before bed! She still wakes every 2-3 hours throughout the night, TO EAT!



I'm exhausted.....I think I'm more tired now then I was when she was a newborn and I was nursing!



Does anyone have any suggestions???? Please ANY HELP would be great! I'm so tired!

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Jessica - posted on 03/05/2010

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at that age she is quiet capable of sleeping through the night and she does not need food through the night at that age, especially if she has been sleeping through for such a long time. Everyone used to say to me that my son would stop sleeping through at 6 months old too, and they were right, but only for about a week did he wake a few times but i was able to get him back to sleep.



they usually wake at that age because they are more aware of their surroundings, and if you have to put her to sleep and she is unable to go back to sleep on her own you might continue to have this problem untill she learns how to put her self to sleep.



I would probably look at trying to get her to have more milk through the day if you can, my son is 7 1/2 months and he still has 4 bottles a day and breakfast, lunch and tea (but he doesnt eat alot of solids). Also through the day try to get her to have either longer sleeps or more naps. My son used to have 2 x 2 hour naps before he was 6 months now im lucky to get 2 hours a day from him because he just wants to play. But i did start a sleep diary to try and find a pattern and ive found if he has atleast 2 hours in the day preferably 2 x 1 hour sleeps then he has a good night, if he doesnt he may wake once, and i either let him just go back to sleep on his own, or if he is really fussing ill just tuck him back in and walk out.



The other thing you can try is instead of giving her a bottle of milk at night, just give her water and see if she keeps waking, when she realises she is just getting water when she wakes she may not bother. Or let her try and put her self back to sleep if you can a little crying is okay as long as she's not histerical.



The other thing i do, is my son is normaly asleep or in bed by at least 6;45pm and he would normaly be asleep by 7pm, but since he has turned 6 months he takes longer to get to sleep cos he plays, so ive been putting him to bed at 6:30pm which has also stopped him waking through too.



I hope you can take something out of my suggestions and they work for you!! i know how hard it is to go from having good sleeps to next to none!! good luck! and let me know if anything works!



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