my 14month old still wakes up about 3 times a night and has bottle is this normal help help

Cindy - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter still wakes up 3 or 4 times a night she ends up in bed with us in the end ,every time she wakes she wants her bottle ,she eats solids as well ,,you would think after 4 babies i would no what to do ,as this is very frustrating as i am so tired during the day as not much sleep at night ,,does any one have any suggestions ,,

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Liz - posted on 09/03/2009

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I agree with Nicole, we found our daughter was waking during the night if we fed her too close to bedtime so she now has her dinner at about 5:30 and then bedtime at 8:00. Seems to work much better for her.



If you want to let your daughter cry it out give that a try. I was all for it but the hubby wasn't keen on it so we gave it up as there was no point doing something we didn't agree on. We got the greatest advice from our doctor though which worked a treat but I was sooo exhausted for the first few days. Pick a night that works for you all and for that night dont feed your baby to get them back to sleep. Rock your baby, push them in the pram, wedge a book under a cot leg so you can jiggle the cot do whatever it takes but don't feed them. This means that the next day they will actually be hungry and eat enough to sustain them through the night. It honestly took about a week but Mahni did forget quite quickly about bottles at night. She also told us not to feed her during the day to get her to sleep but to associate other things with sleep like bath, bottle, bed no exceptions. That part took a bit longer and was quite restricting in terms of not going out at night but so worth it in the end. Good luck Cindy, hope you get a good night sleep soon. :)

Amanda - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son is 11 months and still wakes up for 1 bottle a night. My doctor told me to give him juice instead of formula. Each night give him a quarter less juice. He said his tummy is just like ours. We shrink our stomachs when we want lose weight. He said just retrain his tummy to get through the night. Hopefully this may work:o)

Nicole - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son has been doing the same thing since he was about 6 months (he just turned one) He would wake up every hour and need his soother and to be tucked in with a blanket, and this got very tiring. Then I started giving him a bottle once in the middle of the night, and that kept him from waking up so much, then he only woke up once a night. But i still wanted to get him to sleep all night, so i tried to find a way to keep him content for the night, he always seemed to have nightterrors and have to come sleep with us for half the night, but i didn't want that to become routine, thats why he has his own crib! lol, I didn't want to get into a bad habit of him sleeping with us every night. So I noticed that if I ate before bed, I always have nightmares too, and we always fed him cereal right before bed, and then a bottle... we thougth keeping him full all night would help him sleep longer... but i think it was just giving him nightmares too! So I stopped feeding him night cereal, just supper around 5:30, and then a bottle and bed aroudn 8:30 or 9 and he sleeps til 9 everyday no waking up. we've been doing it for about a month now and it seems to be working. So I just thought I'd mention it, incase she was eating solids close to bedtime, maybe it would help to stop? :) Sorry so long, but I thought it'd be best to explain my thoughts... lol.. Best of luck hopefully she sleeps through the night soon!

Charity - posted on 09/02/2009

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I'm not sure if this will work since all children are different but you could always try. On a friday night put her to bed like you normaly do (assuming that she goes to bed well) when she wakes up give her a sippy cup of water or warm milk not a bottle, give her a kiss, tell her you love her and leave the room. Let her cry for ten minutes then go back in and give her a kiss, huge, I love you. Leave the room and let her cry for 20 minutes then repeat and let her cry for 30 minutes. Always add 10 minutes to the length of her crying. Hopefully she will be so tired that she'll just go to sleep. It's a long and tiring process and that's why I suggest starting on a weekend. I hope that helps.

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