5 month old not sleeping through the night yet

Sarah - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone. I've read a lot of posts of 5 month olds sleeping through the night, but my little man has to have another bottle around 1-2 and then wakes again at 4am. Is there a way I can help him sleep longer?

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Kristen - posted on 06/21/2010

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Hey Sarah, Both of my kids didn't sleep through the night till they were about 8mo old. One thing my Ped suggested when Ella was an infant was to not feed her when she woke. He said she probably wasn't hungry but just use to getting up at a particular time. So for the first week or so I only fed her if she really seemed hungry. The other nights, I just held her and rocked her and even sang to her if it was really rough. There were a few nights that I just got so fed up I just let her cry it out. Which normally only lasted about 20min. One key thing that I never did was I never turned on a light. I kept everything dark, even getting use to doing the occational diaper change in the dark. This was important because she never got to fully wake up in a sence. Each night that she woke the time I spent with her got a little shorter to the point where near the end I would just walk in cover her back up rub her head or tummy and she would be out. After a few weeks she got use to just sleeping through. And life was good. She did, during this time, learned how to truely self soothe too. So even if we had the occational wake up she would put herself to sleep before I had to get up. And I would always give her about 5-15 min of crying before going in. Chances were that she would fall back to sleep within that time frame.
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Corinne - posted on 06/24/2010

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My little one is not sleeping through the night either. She is so tiny yet. 13 lbs and almost six months. Could that be part of why she wants to eat more thoughout the night? She still likes to wake almost every three hours.

Ashlynn - posted on 06/24/2010

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also want to add that at this point your baby might be teething! teething tabs have been a life saver for me you give then 2 small quickly dissolving tabs under the tongue and it will help sooth their gums for the whole night! i tried them before giving them to my baby and they are great. no flavor and they work wonders, you can buy them at walmart!

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2010

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be careful with fruit it has natural sugars, might want to try a vegetable instead.

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2010

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I had the same problem with my son, my mother in law told me my husband was the same way and that she finally gave him rice cereal mixed with a vegetable right before bed time and that helped him make it through the night and it worked for me. Good luck.

Alice - posted on 06/23/2010

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hi we do a thing called dream feeding. We go in to him at about 11pm and feed him. if he does not wake he gets put straight back into bed after the feed if he wakes we change him and put him back to bed. This normally gets him through til about 5am

Ashlynn - posted on 06/22/2010

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I have heard so many problems with this and my piece of advice is SWADDLE!!! alot of mothers try this and give up very easy because the baby squirms and crys, well of course they do, who would wanna be wrapped up at night when cranky and tired? im telling you mommy's be strong your baby will thank you for it later. here is a routine to try!

1st off: your baby is young, too young for a routine, dont be afraid to put your baby down when you are ready to sleep, allow nature to take its course with naps and when it is time for you to go to bed allow at least 2 hours of play time before putting your baby down!

2nd; feed your baby before sleep a full tummy makes a happy baby!

3rd: give your baby a 100% clean diaper..sure you changed it 30min ago but your baby has potty in it since then and one more diaper change wont hurt!

4th; wipe the baby down with a warm rag if you haven't bathed her and then massage your baby with lotion to make her feel and smell good!

then wrap your baby in a warm soft blanket and rock her to sleep, use pacifier if needed! the first few times will irritate her but hold their attention with soft music or singing and her pacifier and eventually she will fall asleep!

remember...after a baby closes her eyes it takes at least 15min for them to fall completely asleep so keep a rockin mommy! and dont concern yourself with crib lights or mobiles after she is resting these will only wake her a dark room works best!!

GOOD LUCK

maeli's mommy!!

Katrina - posted on 06/22/2010

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you can try putting rice cereal in his bottle at night that usually helps them sleep through the night. also keep him on a schedule do the same things before bed every night

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2010

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hi hun i got told my my hv that some babys do and some dont my son dosent but she said the way you can help is by feeding him up like at the momant my son has his bottle and cuz he only has 5 oz i will give him some fruit and he loves it and he is starting to sleep a bit longer xxx

Sara - posted on 06/20/2010

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Every baby is different, but its most important to have a good routine - not just a bedtime routine. Set regularly schedule meals and naps then he'll fall into it naturally. Also give him a chance to put himself back to sleep when he wakes to be sure he's getting a FULL rest in. Believe it or not a sleep deprived baby has a hard time sleeping! Increasing their food sometimes helps, sometimes doesn't, but a schedule will always improve the quality of nighttime sleep.

Jessica - posted on 06/20/2010

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My little one does the same thing. I tried the rice cereal thing and it worked for about a month and then back to waking up every 4-5 hours. I've tried everything people recommend with my little guy, but he still wakes up. Good luck, just remember you're not the only one.

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2010

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I was breastfeeding until the doctor switched my little one to formula due to non weitht gain. The funny thing is..those were her feeding times too.lol. She just started sleeping threw the night 3 nights ago. I feed her rice cereal or oatmel before bed at 830 and she goes to sleep at 9. She doesnt wake up until 630 now, which is GREAT! being that I was almost never getting any sleep because I have 4 other kids who refuse to nap:{ but all is good now:} good luck with your baby and remember that all babies are different and may need the night feedings longer than others.

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