16 month old sleeping patterns

Tiffany - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old still wakes up every 2 - 3 hours. Sometimes to eat, sometimes he doesn't. I am tired and need some advice please. What worked for others who might have had to go through this?



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Thea - posted on 04/25/2010

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We did sleep training with our daughter when she was 6 months old - it was so hard, but since then, most nights our daughter sleeps through. It's tough to do because it's basically letting her "cry-it-out." I have a manual that I followed (it's pretty strict), but if you want a copy, I can email it to you. Let me know.

Ella - posted on 05/06/2010

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Oh my gooodness!! I cant believe you made it 16 mo. without passing out from exhaustion!! I was so protective of my oldest I didnt want her to cry for too long too but then I realized a well rested mother is always better than a cranky exhausted one so I made a decision.that she needed more sleep and me too. I let her cry it out and by the 3rd night she was sleeping through the night. I know it seems cruel and I admit I cried the first night I did it. But children need a certain amount of sleep to thrive at their best. Clear out ur babies crib of anything but covers, make sure there is no bumper on that he/she can get tangled in or use to climb, make sure the crib is at its lowest level that the babe cannot climb out and get u an ipod with earphones to block out the crying so u wont cave in and get him/her out. You can start off by rocking him/her to sleep 1st and then when he/she wakes up let them cry it out then. Good luck. Remember, you both need more uninterrupted sleep, so u are doing this because you love them.

Ashley - posted on 05/03/2010

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Ok so my son is 17 months old and about 2 months ago we went to the doctor for his check up and I told her he was still waking up to eat every night. She told me to nip it in the but now because he does not need it and there is absolutely no reason he should still be waking up. She said the only reason he's doing it is out of habit, its like if you eat cereal every night at 10, the night you dont your body will tell you its hungry. You have to quit the habit. She said it could take up to 2 weeks to do it but he is old enough to know what night time is. She said he should be eating a regular dinner with us at night at the table and that should be all he needs.



So it's all up to you and how serious you are about wanting to quit the habit. You HAVE to be committed. We eat dinner every night around 6:30-7, I make sure he gets a good meal and then he gets his night time bath around 8. As soon as he gets out and dressed we sit down and he gets a warm cup of milk in a SIPPY CUP while we read a book or watch sesame street. Sometimes he drinks it, sometimes he doesn't. At 9pm every night, I put him to bed, tell him I love him and goodnight. It took about 5 days to completely break it, he sometimes cried for 30min. it was hard dont get me wrong but he lived, is fine, healthy and officially sleeps all night. Another tip she gave me was to turn the monitor down, she said enough to where I can't here every move he makes or whine but if he hardcore cries I can hear him. It's scary at first but works! I dont wake up every time he whines now, only when he hardcore cries, which helps us both. They need to be able to teach themselves how to fall back asleep without a bottle or mom and dad. It's part of them growing up and becoming an individual. So you running in there every time they whine or groan is not beneficial to them. If Tredon cries for over 15 min I check to make sure his diaper isn't leaking then I leave the room. He usually doesn't do it for more than 30 min. and is perfectly fine in the morning. He gets a cup of milk right when he wakes up!



This process is hard and takes commitment but it works and if you think about it you are only helping them, this is part of them growing up and learning to cope on their own and not need mommy and daddy for every little thing. They NEED this. Hope this helps! I know how hard it is to lay there and listen to them cry for so long but just remind yourself, its ok, their ok, and its for their own good as well!

Aleina - posted on 04/27/2010

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HI Tiffany i am a mom of 2 and found that letting the child play hard before its time for bed then give them a nice warm bath and feed them a lil of baby food if your child still eats that or a snack and also rib some night time baby lotion on usually found at target or walmart. It works wonders and if he/she is teething try orajel b4 bed time. I hope that helps best of luck ! Hang in there!

Christina - posted on 04/26/2010

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It does sound mean but it isn't. There is no reason a 16 month old should be waking at night to eat even if the baby is still nursing it shouldn't be more than once or twice a night. They should be sleeping 10-12 hours straight by this point. I raise terrible sleepers, I really do but at this age they understand that "night night" (or whatever you say) means it is time to sleep. On the rare occasion that DS wakes up at night now I check to make sure he isn't sick or hasn't peed through his diaper. Then I tell him "no no, it's still night night" and he might fuss for a couple of minutes but goes right back to sleep. We went through him waking two and three times a night around his birthday and it took a couple of weeks for him to break the habit but each night got easier with less fussing. Don't get me wrong, if he is seriously distressed and upset I don't let him cry but if he is just griping for the sake of griping we ignore it. I have also discovered that he wakes around 11 every night and fusses in his sleep for two or three minutes.

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FlipperTheDolphin - posted on 01/18/2014

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I am a 1st time father of a 16 mo old boy who has been a great sleeper from birth. For instance I put him down to bed last night at 9:30PM and it's currently 9:51AM and hes' still out like a light (I fed him a bottle 7AM but he went right back to sleep). He eats mostly toddler food now (finger foods) but still gets a bottle at night (mostly milk with some toddler formula). I think routine is really important and about an hour before bed time try and dim the lights, turn off all tv's in the house (try to send the signal that it's getting near the end of the day).

Also my son has been sleeping in his own room since 1 month old. Where do your babies sleep? How often do you let them sleep with you? I think a lot of it is just luck!

Oliver - posted on 08/23/2013

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Hi,
I have a 16 month girl who loves to sleep 8-11 hours per night since she was one month old.
Personally, I quiet my house down by turning off the TV or anything loud and put classical or Bhudda music on. After spending time in the pool or playing with her she will eat and slowly fall asleep.
I find that solid play time before eating helps the process of her falling asleep.
Good luck

Ariella - posted on 08/21/2012

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hi first time mum and new to the website i to im having problems with my 16month old daughter when it comes to sleeping at night, i try to let her cry, but sometimes its so much that i have to calm her down, i would like to bed train her aswel and have a routine sleeping schedule for her... thanks that helped, i would really appreciate if you could forward me the manual thank you. xx

Hayley - posted on 05/10/2010

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hi hun, I have the same problem my son is 16 months old and still wakes through the night, try leaving him cry obviously go check on him make sure he is ok and change him if he needs it, but don't talk to him, and if all is ok just let him cry and he will soon understand that your not going to come running to him every whimper it sounds harsh I know but I have to do it my with my son, as I am 29 weeks pregnant,

Robyn - posted on 05/07/2010

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I also really liked the book, Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep Solution" Really helpful.

Yhiba - posted on 05/06/2010

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My 16 month old daughter doesnt sleep through the night, she wakes up for her bottle, and even if she has her bottle at her side, she wants me to put it in her mouth.., as a result am up all the time..

Kath - posted on 05/06/2010

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i found dr richard ferber's book 'solve your child's sleep problems' helpful. involves short term pain for long term gain. good luck.

Liz - posted on 05/06/2010

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We have a 16th month old also. She sleeps half the time through the night and the other she wakes up 1 or 2 times. What have started doing is listening to her cry... if it is just a whine then we leave her be for a few minunts. If it is a real full on cry we get up rub her back and she goes back to sleep. If both those dont work we give her a sippy cup of warm milk and she is a sleep in no time.

Rhianna - posted on 05/06/2010

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i have 3 girls, i never had a problem with sleep with my older 2 but my youngest, she used to sleep through until my partners sister passed away 7 months ago, she's slept through maybe 10 times since. mum told me to let her cry. tonight will be the first so lets home my mum and all these other ladies are right

Cinda - posted on 05/06/2010

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I thought mine was the only 16-month-old doing this & thought it was just b/c we are still nursing. Since we co-sleep, I just let him nurse & fall back asleep. I've been making him fuss more before I let him nurse. He's starting to be able to sooth himself back to sleep sometimes.

Robyn - posted on 05/04/2010

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Do you co-sleep? I have my little guy in bed with me. He still breastfeeds so it's a lot easier to not to get up over and over again. I think that we both sleep better this way. I did it with my first and she sleeps in her own bed now. It very well could be teething. My son is getting several teeth in right now. Try and remember that you are trying to create a trusting relationship between you and your baby. I promise that this won't last long.

Kari - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son is sleeping through the nights and has been since he was 8 months old. We did a period of ignoring him at night when he woke up. He would only cry for about 5 minutes than lay back down. He now goes to bed about 8pm and sleeps anywhere from 6-7am. He doesn't like to sleep much during the day though so by dinner he gets a little grumpy.

Amber - posted on 05/04/2010

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I'm a first time mom and my son is like that sometimes. I found out that sometimes if he has more than one or two long naps he thinks that nighttime sleeping is a nap too. so I limited his naps to short ones and no more than 2 and he seems to do alright now.hope that helps.

Tiffany - posted on 05/04/2010

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Mylie is 16 months old as well. She goes to bed around 10:00pm, and sleeps in until 8:30-9:00 every morning. Yours will do so as well, on his own time. Maybe try a shorter naptime, or even no naptime. Give him a bedtime snack so he doesn't wake up hungry. Something else you can try is this : when he wakes up, pretend you're still asleep. If anything, don't play with him. that way, he'll know that it's bedtime, and nobody is awake to play. The Pretending you're asleep part may not work as well for you as it did for me, because my daughter sleeps in my bed with me. But try not playing with him. He will be bored and may drift on to sleep by hisself. Its worth a try. Also, make sure his diaper is dry when he goes to sleep. Having a wet diaper may be whats waking him up!
Hope this helps!

Kiersten - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son is 16 months now. Every once in a while he will wake up. In fact just the other night he woke up as we were going to bed. He was not crying just crying out almost like he was confused. He quieted down with a minute. The floor creaked, my husband went in there to check on him, he rocked him and put him down. My son did not like this but within a minute put himself back to sleep. We have taken out the afternoon nap time. This seemed to have helped. Also we had little nightlights, but all of a sudden this did not seem to help, so we have a fishy night light, that brightens the whole room in a bluish light but it has helped for the last month now. We have not gotten to the point of not using it, I think we as the parents are nervous. It could be teething, this is the time their molars come in and I know my son has at least two more coming in. It could be separation anxiety, it could be a nightmare. Your baby should not be hungry anymore at night. At dinner he/she may be eating too early or not enough in the sitting if he/she wakes up hungry. Try feeding dinner a little later if possible, or after you think he/she is done, give him/her a little dessert, puffs, fruit, crackers. this helps.

Melinda - posted on 05/03/2010

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Do not feed him at night. Let him cry himself to sleep each night and it will stop. He will become more independent on falling asleep by himself. Which means you get more rest and so will he.

Sarah - posted on 05/03/2010

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I had a lot of success with The Sleep Lady book. I felt that it was respectful of not wanting to do cry it out yet it does lay out a clear plan for dealing with exactly this. With my daughter, who was waking every few hours at around 14 months, I wanted to deal with it and her plan worked. It's the same pretty much as Pantley's No-Cry Sleep Solution. It didn't take long, about a week, and it wasn't traumatic and not strict cry it out. Right now she sleeps through the night but is waking up too early so that's the next thing we're going to tackle. Besides teething, I think around this age they are developing rapidly and the excitement and newness of being able to do so much more causes sleep patterns to change.

Kim - posted on 05/03/2010

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controlled crying is fantastic...well it was a life saver to my and my husband. my son is now 16 months and loves his cot he waves goodbye when u leave the room. he seeps from 7.30 to about 7.00am and after about 6 months of waking every hour screaming like something ive never heard before ha ha its fantastic. He still wakes now and again and ive put that down to cutting his back teeth. Good luck and hang in there !

Erica - posted on 05/02/2010

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If it is teething that is keeping him up try Hylands Teething Tablets. It is 100% all natural and it works great!!

Rhianna - posted on 05/02/2010

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my daughter slept through from 3 months until a family tragedy threw her routine out of sorts and she hasn't slept through since until recently, i threw her routine out myself by going away on a holiday and funny enough, she started sleeping through again.

Lisa - posted on 05/02/2010

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I'm sorry you are going through that. We are very spoiled my daughter still takes 2 naps during the day and is in bed by 7:30 and sleeps through the night till about 8:30.

Stacey - posted on 05/02/2010

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My daughter is 16 months old, and has been on and off with sleeping through the night, with the majority of the time waking several times a night!! She has just recently over the past 2-3 weeks been sleeping through most nights, and the only thing that I can put it down to is that I am feeding her some nice thick soup at night time. Usually I would give her finger food or a meal and let her go for it by herself (obviously they need that to learn also) but I was finding that she wasnt actually consuming much. Usually she wont let me feed her off of a spoon, but since I found that she really likes my chicken and veg soup, she lets me feed her dinner, and I'm thinking that then she is actually going to bed with a full tummy, and therefore isnt waking from hunger and wanting a bottle! Obviously I'm not sure what your food routine is, but if your bub isnt eating much at night, it might be worth a go trying to find something that he will let you feed him? I hope you find a solution soon, because I know exactly what you're going through! Good luck :)

Laurie - posted on 05/02/2010

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my daughter is 16 months and has been sleeping thru the night since she was about 7 months old. This is my second baby though, and I learned from my "mistakes" with my first. haha

At her age she shouldnt need food during the night. she is only doing this because she knows she will get something from you. I agree with Sarah, sounds mean but seriously try ignoring her. Each night she will cry less and less until she realizes you arent coming in to console her. Certainly you can go in and check on her, but dont touch her or pick her up, just say "mommy loves you, it's bedtime, goodnight" and leave. after a few nights she will sleep better. Good luck!

Vicky - posted on 05/02/2010

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i have to say i am very lucky with my son, he is 15 months old and has been sleeping through the nite since he was about 4 months. i really do believe it was because i had him sleeping in his own room by he was 10 weeks old, and when he started eating and taking supper before bed time, the last bottle before bed was the last....i didnt give into him once and he soon realised that there was no milk through the nite and so he soon gave up.

Jasmine - posted on 05/01/2010

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My daughter is 16 months and still wake up in the middle of the night i am thinking its because she sleep with me and is breast feed but when I try to put her in a different bed she wakes up even more so i guess not.I wish she would sleep through the night because sometimes i really need that sleep and i can't really ignore her because we are in the same bed .

Sarelle - posted on 05/01/2010

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My little girl is 16 mth and still wakes too up until lately it was every 2-3 hours now I only sometimes get up once around 3 am and that's it. I hear her but don't get up unlss she is screaming and she's learning to self settle. they learn. If we constatly get up and pay them attention they learn that's what they need to settle themselves. if we let them go they soon work out the difference between night and day and that mumm is NOT going to come. I also use music as a settling technique some night we have it going all night and normally i don't have to get up. My doctor says there is no reason for them to wake but clearly not all children are the same. I have worked out if she sleeps ok during the day and make sure i feed her lots she will wake and talk to herself but not get distressed and ressettle herself. Good luck. It's no fun being chronicaly sleep depreived.

Katy - posted on 05/01/2010

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Aiden has been sleeping thru the night since 6 mo old. As a newborn he had his nights and days mixed up, and he was almost nocturnal. I did close to what Ally said, make sure he's ok when he first starts crying, & if he's still crying go back in 5, 10, &15 min & so on. I would go in and reassure him, but not pick him up. Also, if you feed your child a good sized dinner, they shouldn't need to eat in the middle of the night. However, if they think they might get something yummy, or different, of course they'll want it.

Naomi - posted on 05/01/2010

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ive had the same problem with my 16 mnth old daughter, she wakes up through out the night frequently an will just scream for no reason she is even sleeping in bed with us now as she wont go in her cot so now my 4 mnth old is sleeping in the cot now. she wont go to sleep at night when my 4 mnth old does she stays awake really quite late until she falls asleep on mine or her dads knee. it does get really frustrating and tiring. she used to go in her cot at 7pm and when she woke up in the night have a bottle then go bk to sleep until we tryed moving her in to her own room when she was 8 mnths old to see if shed sleep through but since then shes 100 x worse an wont go to sleep or sleep in her own cot. we have tryd nearly everything an nothing works i gave in when tryin the cry it out routine because she just screamed constantly an i felt cruel leavin her.

Angie - posted on 04/30/2010

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My daughter is 16 months old and now sleeping in a twin bed, because we needed the crib for our 2 month old. She has been sleeping through the night since she was 4 months, so we have been blessed with that, but a friend of mine had problems with her son sleeping through the night. It got to the point where he would scream when she even took him into his room, they got him a toddler bed and he is sleeping much better with that bed. My 16 month old will cry out in the night some and i check on her but sometimes it is her just fussing in her sleep and she will do it a few times and be done. When she was younger and i was exhausted i would let her scream for a little while before I went in and soothed her, trying to teacher to sooth herself was an important part in her sleeping through the night. We have recently learned not to give her too much to drink before bed or she pee's through her diapler

Becky - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son is 16 months and wakes up every night for 2-3 hours each night. I am exhausted. He was always such a good sleeper but that gets tossed out the window when hes not feeling well or is teething.

I end up bringing him in my bed after a quick diaper change (he has ezcema and he hates being wet) and let him fall back to sleep laying next to me. after i am confident he is sleeping, i put him back into his crib. most nights that works, but others he will wake up 30 mins later which at that point he stays in my bed.

my son has 6 teeth coming in right now, and has a possible ear infection (getting his ears rechecked this aft) so he is having a rough time with teething. He is getting some molars in right now too.

every few months i will take a weekend and let him cry it out and he stays in his crib again and sleeps the whole night for the next little while. I think he is starting to hit his second phase of attachment right now and freaks out if he cant see me

Erica - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son started sleeping through the night when he was about 9 months old. What I would do is the 10 minute rule. I would rock him for 10 minutes then I would let him cry for 10 minutes then I would go in and rock him for another 10 minutes. Now all I have to do is rock him for 10 minutes and put him in his crib and he sleeps for 11 hours. Sometimes when I put him in his crib he does cry. He never cries past those 10 minutes though.

Martine - posted on 04/30/2010

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Thanks Kimberly. ANy ideas that worked for your mum (if any) would be greatly appreciated

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CIO! You will be doing both of you a favor. "Easysleep" book explains exactly how after making sure there's no teething or illness.

Kimberly - posted on 04/29/2010

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Yikes, Martine... ! I have younger twin brothers and shared a room with them when I was young...I feel your pain a little bit and so does my mom:)

Martine - posted on 04/29/2010

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The CIO method, great in theory, but what if you have twins???They just rile each other up more (dont have another room to seperate them) Have the same problems with one or other waking a few times a night and race to get who ever has woken out before waking the other (so that at least one of us parents get some sleep) Also open to new ideas please

Holly - posted on 04/29/2010

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I used The Sleep Lady after no other methods worked for us. It worked in 3 nights! I also feed my son a HUGE snack before bed (yoplait yogurt, sunbutter on bread sandwich, pediasure drink, smoothie, something calorie dense). I also just switched my son to one nap during the day (2-2.5hrs) and he now sleeps 11/12 hours!!!

Previously, my son would maybe sleep 8/9 hrs. And that was only since 13/14 months old. Before that he woke all the time and drove me nuts. But since the sleep lady and the big snack we usually don't have an issue.

During teething I give my son Hylands teething tabs and motrin before bed and that helps alot too.

Goodluck!!!!

Angela - posted on 04/29/2010

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What we do that worked when our daughter was younger was to go in and comfort her but keep laying her down when she stood up and just sing to her and tell her stories until she realized we weren't going to let her get up. It was really rough for the first couple of nights doing this, but then when she would wake up she would go right back to sleep by herself. Good luck!! It's hard when you're so tired!

Mindy - posted on 04/29/2010

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my daughter will be 17 months on the 9th and she was been sleeping thru the night since she was a month old she only gets up if she is sick. im so lucky but kids kids slept thru the night

Trinidad - posted on 04/29/2010

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Remember to have a routine! Start if you wish with a warm bath, than a book with maybe music, low lighting.
Whatever the things you do, the idea is to calm your baby down, relax her, and have her get the idea that bedtime is approaching.
I usually give my baby the night bottle in the crib, and by now most of the times he falls on his own. I leave him with the crib and leave the room, with the night light on (just a very low light). I close the door. Start the baby monitor. At the beginning after the bottle he used to cry, I learned to ignore that (cio method), for 5, then 10, then 15.
Lately I don't need to go. He stops in less then 5 minutes, if he cries at all.
Every day, at the same hour, with the same routine. No parties, no dining out, nothing breaks this routine. My baby sleeps 12 hours straight.
Good luck.

Ashley - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter is 16 months old and I am 8 motnhs pregnant. I can feel your pain. My daughter goes in cycles. Most nights she sleeps through, some nights she does not since she is teething with her molars. Best advice I can give is let him cry it out for 10 to 15 mintues before you pick him up. My daughter got so used to me just scooping her up that she automatically cries when she wakes up in the middle of the night. We are now at the point that if she wakes up, she sits up and finds a new comfortable postion and her binky and puts herself back to sleep. I also found that giving her her bedtime bottle as you lay her down helps. Also, if you have not already. Limit the binky,paci or whatever you call it to bed time only. Now that my daughter only gets it for nap time and bed time, she soothes herself very easily with it. we also have a blanket that we cuddle with before bedtime, so it smells like mommy and daddy and it usually helps her at night to not feel so alone.

Aleina - posted on 04/28/2010

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another tip that might help is if ur baby has been attached to the hip since birth which both my kids have lol i couldnt help it but what helps with that is taking a night shirt that smells like u and put it in the crib with the child kinda tuck it in with the sheet so it doesnt come up and they roll around with it and heaven forbid suffocate but the smell of u comforts them and makes them feel like ur there. i also put my 16 month old in the crib awake let him play a lil before bed in there i think it helps them to be awake b4 bed in there cuz if u rock em to sleep in ur arms and they wake up then their scared cuz they thought they were with u so maybe thats why they scream in the middle of the night. I hope this helps both my kids sleep great thru the night every night with these methods from about 8pm to 9 am!

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please post what happens. we are having the same problem. the CIO method sounds so evil but so tempting.

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Try the "cry it out" for a few days. That's usually all it takes, though it can seem like eternity at the time. We had a harder time with the last one because her crib was in our room. She could see us and would cry stubbornly for a LONG time so she just ended up sleeping with us. Then, I got the stomach flu and couldn't deal with her at all at bedtime. My husband put the playpen in our large bathroom, turned off the lights and closed the door. After a while she went to sleep and thankfully she stayed asleep all night! She was over a year old. After that she would sometimes wake up at night and I'd be sleepless while she cried; putting a low radio on helped a lot with that. Now she's 16 months and she often doesn't even fuss when I set her down.

Eventually he will learn to sleep all night. Believe me, my 16 year old does not come down and cry that he can't sleep. :)

Rosemary - posted on 04/28/2010

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Have you all tried white noise? Our baby (16 months old) has slept in his crib since day one, and since about 4 or 5 months, he's slept all night. SOMETIIIMES he'll wake up once, but early in the evening, and it's usually because he's either dreaming or because he woke up sweating. my advice is to let him cry it out. it's the only way.

Lydia - posted on 04/28/2010

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what can i say.............? am in the same shoe. nothing is really working for me. he sleeps at 8.30 and is up by 6am.he wakes up at midnight and at 3 or 4 am every day. hope he sleeps through the nights soon!

Zara - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter did the same thing. I told my Doctor when I took her for her check up and he said let her cry it will be hard but worth it. So I did and wow its been amazing. It took her one night of crying herself to sleep to see I wasn't going to come get her every 2-3 hrs and now she sleeps until 7:30 or 8. Now instead of rocking her to sleep I just lay her in her bed she cries for like 2 mins then goes right to sleep. It can be very hard and stressful but very worth it. I think it was harder on my husband then it was on me. I just wanted to some sleep!! Hope this helps!

Zara Nichols
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www.4AHappyLife.com

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my son will NOT sleep in his crib. hes terrified of it or something. the second you put him over the side he is screaming, and hasn't even touched the mattress yet. and this is screaming, not crying. it's horrible, and i've tried letting him cry it out out of sheer frustration, but he will scream at the top of his lungs for 30 minutes flat no matter what, so that's not going to work for me. in that situation i feel it's cruel. we co-sleep and night nurse, he will wake up 3-4 times a night to eat a little and go back to sleep, and i'm not really able to let him cry it out at that point because he wakes up his father when he cries and since dad has to work at 5am, he's not real happy about the crying. he does sleep about 12-13 hours a night though.

Kendra - posted on 04/28/2010

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stop going in his room. i had that problem to where my son got use to me and his father going in at midnight just give him water then he'll understand my doctor told us that and it worked he just sit there if he's awake

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