How can I get my 13 month old to sleep through the night.

Jackie - posted on 09/10/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old boy nurses around 8 pm, 12 am, 2 am, 4 am and then again at 6 or 7 am. Then during the day before nap around 12 or 1 pm. any he may want to nurse again. He eats breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. He drinks regular milk, apple juice, water. How can I get him to sleep through the night. I am so tired. I would love to still feed him at night before bed and in the morning and maybe before nap, but want to do away with the rest of the feedings. Any suggestions?

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Kayla - posted on 09/18/2012

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Our 14 month old doesn't sleep through the night either. I co-slept w/ her in a recliner for the first year. If you can call what I did sleep- a cat nap of 10-15 min./every 2 or 3 hours/night then I wake in a panic to make sure I haven't dropped her or smothered her.-talk about being a zombie... And I'd stay awake all day (from 7am-2 or 3am). When we started the crib at 1 year, she'd do ok averaging 3-4 hours at a time. After 2 weeks, she'd sleep her 8+ hours uninterrupted. Now she's back to waking every couple hours and I get up to nurse after trying to let her self soothe back to sleep and I can't take her crying anymore. It may be due to her teeth at this point, or a diaper change, but I still end up nursing her back to sleep.

Jackie - posted on 09/11/2012

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Tonight at 4 am, I didn't offer him into the bed, but instead sat in the rocker with him and allowed him to nurse for a few minutes on each side. I then put in back into his crib with no complaints. We can see how that goes. Maybe he will want to nurse more during the day, and that will be fine if I can. I liked the article because I don't ever want to go through sleepless nights and a screaming 13 month old. I know we can get through this in peace somehow. I will just try to remember that he will not be nursing forever, and this is a precious time. My husband wakes me up anywhere between 1:30 and 3:00 am as well when he come in from work. Usually my LO has just woken me to bring him into the bed for nursing and usually minutes later after falling back asleep, my husband comes in making noise. I am a light sleeper, I guess because I nurse. The second awakening usually keeps me up for the rest of the night. The next day, I am toast. Yesterday, I was able to nap because my cousin was there to help out, but then I felt like I was missing time with my baby, and I don't want someone else raising him because I have to sleep everyday. I don't see how I can keep all of this up. I am up now, since 2:30 am, and will not be going back to bed tonight. It's 5:33 am now! I am constantly aggravated with this, and it is robbing me of my joy. Also, he is not my only one. I have a 5 year old in kindergarten who I have to pack lunches for and get off to school and take to doctors appointments and do homework and give precious time to. What can I do except just get through my days like a zombie?

Lori - posted on 09/10/2012

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I'm still struggling with this with my 21 month old. The only thing I've found so far is that if I nurse her more frequently during the day, and make sure to offer plenty of solid foods too she's more likely to sleep longer during the night. Your LO may just want to nurse more frequently than you are doing during the day.



Other than that, the best suggestion I've seen is to use Dr Jay Gordon's sleep methods. I haven't fully implemented it yet... but plan to if we hit 2 years old and she's still not sleeping through the night. I've known a few people who have used this method with great success.



http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleepp...

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