How to get a baby to sleep through the night?

Kenix - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My baby is 9 months old and she has never been sleeping through the nights. I don't know what to do. All the night feedings make me tired in the morning. Definitely need some advice here.

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Lori - posted on 07/18/2009

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ooh, touchy topic. seems there are 2 ways i hear to go. you can keep doing what you're doing and hope she grows out of it, or there is the "controlled crying" or whatever you want to call it. i got tired of it as well, but didn't last as long as you, and started letting my boy cry around 6 months (but based on books I read). There is some "research" saying it's psychologically harmful, but there is also plenty of research and experience saying it's fine! really all depends on what you are comfortable with. I went on "Sleep sense, by Dana Obleman" - you can google her. She gives you options of staying in the room or leaving and it worked great for us. Really hard the first night or two. You will probably have lots of differing opinions so good luck!!!!!

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Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009

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well, im not sure of your routines so ill tell you mine. at 6 wks i put my son in his crib in his own room. i made his bedtime bottle (between 9 and 10pm) 1oz more than the regular bottles, plus i added in cereal with the formula. i fed him in his room, then rocked him to sleep. as soon as he was sleepin, in the crib he went. for the first 3 wks hes woke up at 4am to eat again. i fed him a normal bottle at first and then started making it less and less. by 9wks he was sleeping till 630. eventually he started going to bed eairler and sleeping later. now he goes down at 830 and wakes up at 7 or 730. routine is a big part of it. if you wanna bath her, bath her before bed. the best thing i can say is keep her in her crib and dont give up!

Sarah - posted on 07/18/2009

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I had a tough time with this one too... I also did the 'cry it out' method. I read alot before doing anything but after the second night my son goes right back to sleep after waking during the night. The hardest thing was just those first few times of listening him wake up and not going in to rock him back to sleep or give him a bottle. What I have read about is that they are still used to the habit of waking for a feeding, but at this age they dont need it nutritionally. Just start a routine at night this will help her start to know when its time to go down. my routine consists of a bath, getting pajamas on, saying goodnight to dad, and then rocking with a bottle. I really think the routine helps. I also tried going in every 10 minutes to pat his back or try to soothe him with out getting him out of the crib the first few nights of letting him get himself back to sleep and this didnt help me. It only took him 15 minutes of crying and from then on he goes back to sleep with in 1 or 2 minutes now. I hope this helps! Good luck!

Kenix - posted on 07/18/2009

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Thank you. I will try. But it is so hard to do! Her cry breaks my heart. And she really seems very hungry when she woke up at nights. I will definitely google "Dana Obleman" and look for some advices from her. Thanks again.

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