5 month old not sleeping through the night yet, any suggestions?

Becky - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My little girl is almost 5 months old and I can't seem to get her sleep all the way through the night all the time.

One day she will and then the next she won't. We have the same routine everyday and she usually doesn't sleep past 2or2:30 and she usually doesn't go to bed until between 8-9. Running out of ideas, any suggestions?

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Victoria - posted on 05/17/2010

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Some kids do by now, most dont. My first did, but my fourth is still getting up every 3-4 hours for eating. It will pass but sometimes it takes over a year. It will pass, along with all the other wonderful parts of early babyhood.

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Jessie - posted on 09/24/2011

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My 3rd kid was really in the habit of waking up to nurse in the middle of the night. Finally, we let her cry it out for 3 nights (about 30 mins each night) and she has slept every night since, about 11hrs a night. My 1st also went through a period of waking, when his 1st tooth was coming in. He only needed 1 night of sleep training to begin sleeping his regular 12 hr night.

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My son did not start sleeping through the night until he was 15 months old. Then he did fine until 20 months and he is waking up again.

Aneta - posted on 06/07/2010

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at this age she shouldnt stay awake for longer than 2 hours between naps and 3 hours before night sleep. You can float the bed time +/- 30 min depending on the time she woke up. If her last nap ends before 5pm you should certainly put her in bed before 8pm. Its possible that your baby gets over-tired thus having interruptive sleep.
Second point: do u feed her (or used to feed her) at this time when she wakes up at night? Babies get used to waking at the same time for various reasons. So consider correcting this via sleep training (you choose the method). I used ferber.

Samantha - posted on 05/30/2010

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my lil girl is almost 6 months and still not sleeping through the night either. i give her cereal in morning, veggies for lunch and cereal before bed and it still doesn't help. she was sleeping almost throught the night when she was 1 and 2 months old but since she started teething she won't

Tiziana - posted on 05/28/2010

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My son will be 6 months on the 6th and he just stopped waking up for a 3-4 am bottle about a week ago, but he still wakes up between 11 and 1, he'll have his bottle and then eat again around 6-7 am, he is not a great sleeper @ all I still hear him moving around and complaining in the middle of the night. He dropped one feeding not when he started solids but when he started drinking more formula during the day, he actually drinks 8oz unless he as solids. I used to give him cereal @ night in the hopes to have him sleep longer but it did not help @ all.

Riza - posted on 05/24/2010

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I got the same probs as you are.... My boy is 24 weeks old... sometimes he don't sleep through all the night then some other night he did... anyway, what I did was.... give him a bath every night.... I used baby calming shampoo's and its seems effective and even he just eat I feed him again before putting him to bed and it seems it works... he was able to sleep through the night.... usually he sleep at 9 pm and be up at 8 or 9 am....

Samantha - posted on 05/23/2010

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I know this is going to sound crazy, but works. I have used with both my children. I have always put my kids to bed for the night by 8-8:30p but I have always been concerned about a possible wet diaper all night. So since I go to bed around 11:30 or so, before I go to bed I change and feed my daughter (like I did with my son). Both my hildren have slept through the night since 2 months old. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2010

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We have just got to 5 months and Ruby is still not sleeping through. Down for the night at 6pm, dream feed at 10pm then up at about 3am and then at 7am. I always put straight back to bed after the 7am feed though to try and get another 2 hour sleep cycle in.

Stephanie - posted on 05/19/2010

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mind started sleeping through the night at 2 months. I would test out different times to put him to bed and give him a top off bottle at that time. he would sleep finally from 10 till 6 or 7am

Kara - posted on 05/19/2010

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Try leaving the window open during her bedtime routine, then closing it before you leave the room. The fresh air is good at wearing them out more, and they sleep for longer

Jessica - posted on 05/18/2010

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my son used to sleep through the night at 3 months old and just the past week or two he has been getting up every 3 hours! he was eating baby food at 3 months also to help him sleep cause he wouldnt sleep at all when he was younger, its crazy and im alone right now as my husband is at training and hes the one who puts him to bed everynight cause thats the only time his dad is home

Sheena - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughter way the same way try going to bed a little later then u usually do. And before bed time play with her. A lot makes her more tired. And if she takes naps through out the day limit them to only 30 mintes or so...

Sara - posted on 05/17/2010

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Is it just me or do girls sleep better at night? My son has never slept through the night, and yes i am tired. If it is not a wet diaper, lost bink, uncomfortable position.....you name it. I guess all babies are different but my son usually goes to bed around 7-8pm with a bath and a full belly, wakes for food between 12 and 2am and again between 4 and 6 . Occasionally he will skip one but i couldn't say why??? He does sleep better when his room is warm and the humidifier or fan is putting out white noise. Oh and he likes a small blankie. And no, I don't let him cry it out for too long, not my style. so I guess I won't be sleeping through the night.

Chrissy - posted on 05/16/2010

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My daugther has been sleeping thru the night since she was 3 months old. She will sleep any where from 10 to 12 hours. And she takes 2 naps during the day.

But my son never slept the night thru until he was 11 months and that was 1 or 2 times a week. The only way he slept hs when he co slept. So we did that for almost 3 years.

Nicole - posted on 05/16/2010

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My little girl will be 5 months at the end of May and I she has been good about sleeping at night since about 4 weeks. When she's going through a growth spurt, cereal at night really helps. The rest of the time we make sure she gets lots of naps during the day so she's not overtired. We were really lucky that she's a good sleeper, especially since I get up at 5am for work :)

Holly - posted on 05/16/2010

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My Ella has been sleeping through the night since she was 6 wks old.. We do now give her Fruit, cereal and Veggies as well. All babies are diffrent so... Ella is a great sleeper and always has been. THank Goodness!!!

Rose - posted on 05/16/2010

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my son is doing the same thing, but the past 2 nights iv tried something that is actually working!! iv started him on veggies, fruit, and cereal. morning -fruit , lunch-veggies, dinner-cereal..(obv. all with a bottle)...then right before bed,just a bottle. and hes been sleeping at least 7 hrs. i was told by a good friend to feed him the cereal at night because its heavier in there tummy's. and it seems to work good for me =)

Tammy - posted on 05/15/2010

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I know how you feel about wanting your little one to sleep through the night. It is very hard to be up multiple times at night and get up for a full day. I don't have any ideas to help get her to sleep through the night except to try finding out what is waking her up. Is she hungry, if so feed her when she just starts to stir so she doesn't wake all the way and is back asleep in a matter of minutes. Babies are very sensitive to their comfort, maybe she gets hot or cold or even too wet. I know for me our DD wont go to bed if she is to hot or cold and once I change her to fit her comfort she is falling asleep before she even is in bed... and that is without even holding her. She still nurses in the night about every 3 hours, however I'm not up long with each feeding now that I nurse her as soon as she starts to stir. It will take a few nights to figure out why she usually wakes up. Now if she is up up just because she wants to play it might be that she gets to much nap time in the day or something in the room (light, noise, toys) gets her attention.

I wish I was more helpful, I do know that it wont last forever.

Nancy - posted on 05/15/2010

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Have you tried putting her to bed earlier? Sleep begets more sleep. Try reading the book-"Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy child" it changed my life with kids!!!

Janice - posted on 05/14/2010

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GOOD! The sooner they sleep through the night, the more at risk for SIDS they are. I'm happy my son doesn't sleep through the night.

It won't last forever, I promise. They eventually will. Until then, snuggle and kiss and enjoy those precious times with her.

Nicole - posted on 05/14/2010

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Its alright you're not alone, my son is a terrible sleeper. He was sleeping from about 6 weeks right up until he hit the 4 month mark and then it was downhill from there. Every baby is different, you may find she is getting hungry or she just needs a wee cuddle.

Sarah - posted on 05/14/2010

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ive asked the same question! lol my son hasnt slept throught the night at all yet, I Tried a nice warm bath with a massage then bed same time everyday gettin him up at same time but still nothing but i think all babys are different :)

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