Not sleeping threw

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My baby is 7 montrhs old and still wakes a least 4 times a night for a bottle. Is this normal? He is also on soilds and crawling. What age do they sleep threw

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Kellie - posted on 07/02/2009

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My lil' boy is 4 months and he sleeps thru the night all the time. He actually has been for a little over a month now. I usually give him a big bottle before he goes to bed and that keeps him held over until the morning. Every baby is different though. Good luck..

Ez - posted on 07/02/2009

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I'd say he's definitely hungry if he's only taking 120ml at a time, especially considering the rest of his behaviour. If he can self-soothe and he has a routine you can be pretty sure it's more than him just being unsettled. Perhaps consult a doctor or baby nurse regarding ways to increase his intake through the day..

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Yes he does have a bedtime rouitine. Starting at 6.oopm with dinner (soilds) bath at 6.30 and bottle and bed at 7.00. He had/had reflux but is slowly getting better so he will only ever drink 120ml at a time. He had 3 soild meals a day as well as bottles. When he wakes a night for a bottle he drinks them very fast and acts if tho he really wants them so i think he must be hungry. And yes i put him in his cot while he is awake and he has no propblem going to sleep eve after them bottles at night i put him straight back in and he goes back to sleep. He has a dummy but he also puts that in his mouth through the night fine by himself. Maybe he is just hungry

Mel - posted on 07/01/2009

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you can try putting rice cereal in his bottle before bed. theres no age mine wanted to sleep thru almost from day 1 so every baby is different. i wouldnt be giving him 4 bottles a day. try using a dummy or just controlled crying he doesnt need 4 bottles is just doing it out of habit of waking up

Ashley - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Jacky:



Quoting Ashley:

Do you have a bedtime routine? My daughter is 7.5 months old and has been sleeping from 6pm-6am (roughly, give or take) since she was 10 weeks. I do a bedtime routine starting around 5-5:15pm of dinner, then a bath, pajamas, a book, a bottle, and in bed by 6pm. I also used controlled crying with my daughter at 10 weeks because she would FIGHT sleep when we rocked her. At 10 weeks I put her down for the night and would not go in for 30 minutes, and yes she would cry but she almost always fell asleep within 20-25 minutes. Now at 7.5 months she moans/squeals/babbles, sometimes cries a little on/off if she's really tired, but then is fast asleep until morning. Despite what you may hear or read, if he's 7 months old, on solids, he is perfectly capable of sleeping through the night. The key is the bedtime. If it is much later than 6pm his brain becomes overtired and overstimulated and does not rest well. So he wakes up at night and uses the bottle to soothe himself back to sleep. If you want him to soothe himself back to sleep without the use of a bottle I can help you further, just send me a message and I'll give you some more tips. We recently went on a trip and our daughter slept in the same room as us and I learned that she occasionally wakes up at night to change position and then goes right back to sleep. I never knew because I never hear her when we are at home since she's in her own room. Anyway, let me know if I can be of any more help. Good luck.






Is it true that there's an "ideal" bedtime?





Yes, usually for babies under 1 year it is within the 6pm hour. Most babies' brains circadian rhythm operates on a 6pm-6am time clock. So somewhere around 6pm everyday the babies' brain starts getting ready for nighttime sleep. Usually an older baby that is waking frequently at night is a result of a bedtime that is too late. I met with an infant sleep expert when my daughter was 10 weeks old that told me all of this stuff and I use her tips and they really work. I could have a hell of a day with my daughter every once in a while, when she naps like crap due to teething or a cold, or whatever but if I have her in bed by 6pm she still sleeps through. If I have her down later than that (even like 6:25pm) she wakes up at 5am not happy.

Ashley - posted on 06/30/2009

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Do you have a bedtime routine? My daughter is 7.5 months old and has been sleeping from 6pm-6am (roughly, give or take) since she was 10 weeks. I do a bedtime routine starting around 5-5:15pm of dinner, then a bath, pajamas, a book, a bottle, and in bed by 6pm. I also used controlled crying with my daughter at 10 weeks because she would FIGHT sleep when we rocked her. At 10 weeks I put her down for the night and would not go in for 30 minutes, and yes she would cry but she almost always fell asleep within 20-25 minutes. Now at 7.5 months she moans/squeals/babbles, sometimes cries a little on/off if she's really tired, but then is fast asleep until morning. Despite what you may hear or read, if he's 7 months old, on solids, he is perfectly capable of sleeping through the night. The key is the bedtime. If it is much later than 6pm his brain becomes overtired and overstimulated and does not rest well. So he wakes up at night and uses the bottle to soothe himself back to sleep. If you want him to soothe himself back to sleep without the use of a bottle I can help you further, just send me a message and I'll give you some more tips. We recently went on a trip and our daughter slept in the same room as us and I learned that she occasionally wakes up at night to change position and then goes right back to sleep. I never knew because I never hear her when we are at home since she's in her own room. Anyway, let me know if I can be of any more help. Good luck.

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2009

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The major misconception with babies is that 5 hours straight IS considered sleeping through the night. 4 times is a little extreme, but my 8 month old went through lots of different periods of awaking as time went on...She has just recently started sleeping through the night. They are learning at such a fast rate and at night seems to be the time they want to practice all of the fun things that they learn. Try to pick up a few books at the library about babies and sleep. They can be a life saver. They will also help you understand a babies sleep patterns. I really recommend a book by Elisabeth Pantley called The No Cry Sleep Solutions. It sure helped me out.

User - posted on 06/30/2009

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It could be that he is not waking for a bottle, but just waking and having a hard time getting back to sleep on his own. One of our top priorities was for our baby to sleep well, so we have a bedtime routine (bath, bottle, rock) and he gets put down in his crib while he is still awake, so he knows how to fall asleep on his own. We started this when he was probably about 2 months old, and it took a little time, but it works. He is almost 5 months old now, and has been sleeping through from 8-6ish most nights since he was 2.5-3 months old (I know this is early!) Now if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he is able to put himself back to sleep on his own, so we don't even know if he's up or not. I'd say when he wakes in the night, try to rock him or walk him instead of feeding him every time... then when he looks like he is about to fall asleep, put him down. I know it is miserable being up at all hours... he'll sleep through soon! Hang in there!!!

Jodi - posted on 06/30/2009

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Good luck! Sadly, there is no age that a baby sleeps through the night. My older son was 15 onths before he started sleeping through most nights. He is nearly 2 and a half and still gets up at night. He is just a kid who requires little sleep. My recommendation to you is to get sleep when you can and enjoy every minute your son is giving you to spend with him. Cuddle him whie he is still little. Try to cuddle him back to sleep or like Erin said, give him some water so he isn't relying so much on a full tummy to go back to sleep.

Ez - posted on 06/30/2009

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While it is perfectly reasonable for a 7mo baby to require night-feeds, four times a night does seem a lot (especially if he's formula fed). How much does he drink per bottle? And is he finishing each one he has through the night? If he's not taking as much in these night-feeds as he is through the day chances are he's not actually waking out of hunger. He may be thirsty (you could offer water instead) or he may just need your help in getting back to sleep. Have you tried resettling him without feeding him?
As for when babies sleep through, it really is very individual, and babies who have been sleeping through will often have new night-wakings at various points in their development. My daughter has never slept less than 6-7hr stretches since birth, and 10-12hrs by 10wks. Then she started teething at about 4mo, got sick and spent 2 days in hospital a couple of weeks later, and now is back to waking for one feed (though still goes 8-10hrs before that).
I would suggest consulting a doctor or baby health nurse regarding your son's feeding habits. They may have some advice on how to fill him up through the day so you know he's not hungry every time he wakes at night.

Ez - posted on 06/30/2009

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While it is perfectly reasonable for a 7mo baby to require night-feeds, four times a night does seem a lot (especially if he's formula fed). How much does he drink per bottle? And is he finishing each one he has through the night? If he's not taking as much in these night-feeds as he is through the day chances are he's not actually waking out of hunger. He may be thirsty (you could offer water instead) or he may just need your help in getting back to sleep. Have you tried resettling him without feeding him?
As for when babies sleep through, it really is very individual, and babies who have been sleeping through will often have new night-wakings at various points in their development. My daughter has never slept less than 6-7hr stretches since birth, and 10-12hrs by 10wks. Then she started teething at about 4mo, got sick and spent 2 days in hospital a couple of weeks later, and now is back to waking for one feed (though still goes 8-10hrs before that).
I would suggest consulting a doctor or baby health nurse regarding your son's feeding habits. They may have some advice on how to fill him up through the day so you know he's not hungry every time he wakes at night.

Sarah - posted on 06/29/2009

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How do you put him to sleep? Is he used to getting fed to sleep? Like falls asleep to the bottle or breast? Sometimes babies will wake during the night and if they are put to sleep with a tool (rocking, bottle, pacifire) they need that inorder to put them back to sleep. So they wake and eat, but really are not waking because they are hungry. I used to rock my son to sleep, so that was the only way he knew how to get to sleep. So whenever he would wake in the middle of the night I would have to rock him back to sleep. As he got bigger it became harder to lay him down without him waking up and having to start over again. I spent 2 nights in the rocking chair when he was around 10 months or so. I realized that he needed to figure out how to put himself to sleep on his own. After about 3 nights of letting him cry for awhile he figured it out and since then slept through the night no problem.

Lynlee - posted on 06/29/2009

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Make sure you are feeding him plenty during the day, especially in the evenings, but other than that, there is little you can do. As everyone says, they will do it when they are ready. Stop comparing your son to other babies - it will do your head in! I had a friend whose baby was three weeks older than our son; when he started sleeping all night at about 13 weeks old, I assumed our son would do the same three weeks later. But it didn't work out like that - our son didnt sleep all night consistently until he was 15 months old! To Cherise - that waking behaviour is very normal - he's only 5 months old, babies at that age sometimes seem to get worse with their overnight wakings.

Sara - posted on 06/29/2009

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I don't know that there is one age, it depends on the child I think. My daughter is 8 months and was getting up once a night to eat. However, since we started her on three solid meals a day she has been sleeping 12 hours straight (unless she's sick or something). I think that babies do learn habits though. If his body is trained to be hungry at 2am and 5am and so on, then he's going to wake up and want to eat. How much milk does he get during the day? How many solid meals? If he's getting all his nutrition during the day, you could try and just get up with him and rock him or offer him water in a bottle instread of milk. If you can help him to re-establish his eating schedule he may start eating more during the day and less at night. By this age, he is capable of going longer at night without eating. IMO, 4 times a night is too much. Plus, when he starts getting teeth, if he hasn't already, the night feedlings will not be good for his teeth! Good luck!

Cherise - posted on 06/29/2009

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ive asked that question alot but all everyone says to me is that every baby will do it in their own time ... my son is 5 months old now and he still wakes at midnight for a feed and is up at 5am everymorning to play but my friends baby is sleeping through and he is only just gone 4 months ...

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