Does your child sleep through the night?

Maria-Luisa - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son who is exclusively BF is going to be 10 months on Monday and he has yet to sleep through the night. He wakes up every 2 1/2 sometimes 3hours :( He's teething and medicine doesn't help much. I've tried everything, cereal b4 bed, keeping him up during the day, etc.. sorry, but formula is a no-go too b/c he doesn't like it. I know that every baby is different..so for all the exclusively bf moms out there, when did your child start to sleep through the night?

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Sheri - posted on 09/15/2010

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someone else said it, but if they're eating well during the day, they can make it through the night without feeding. it is a habit and not a need. my dr told us if we don't give my baby a reason to wake up, he won't. it worked just like he said it would. once we stopped feeding him at night, he stopped waking up. it's hard those first nights when they're still waking up. how you do it is up to you. you can take the CIO approach and let them put themselves back to sleep (seems harsh to me but many do it). or you can still comfort them and help them go back to sleep (what we did) until they get the idea. you know what's best for your baby so good luck! it won't last forever!

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Momof1 - posted on 10/08/2010

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My son started sleeping 12 hours at 9 months. But we had a really rough 2 months before that! If the problem is teething, I've heard teething tablets are awesome, although I have yet to try them. They are a little more pricey. My son still eats every 2 hours during the day, and I give him breakfast (waffles/eggs/pancakes/french toast and a banana.) For his lunch, I usually just give him a jar of vegetable. Then for dinner, he eats what I make for dinner (which is usually around 6, when the hubby gets home) but he doesn't eat too much. So then I give him oatmeal mixed with fruit (I used to mix it with breast milk, but we are running low right now.) Then at 7, I give him a "drink" of breast milk. Then I lay him down at 7:30. I wasn't sure if that was like a ton of food within that short amount of time, but apparently his weight dropped from the 50% to the 30% (from 6 to 9 months), so it must not be too much. Also, don't keep him up during the day, he needs to nap and that should help him sleep better. Bryce takes 1 two hour nap a day.

Ashlee - posted on 10/07/2010

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my daughter is 11 months and still wakes up at least every 4 hours... Ive tried everything, please let me know if you finds something that works.

Sarah-Jayne - posted on 10/07/2010

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Tizzie Hall has some good tips for getting babies to sleep through. She has books ( Save our Sleep) and there's information on a few websites. I followed a suggested routine from 8wks as my oldest wouldn't sleep anywhere besides my arms and he as well as my next two have all slept through (7pm-7am) from around 12 wks. I don't know if this will help as my bubbas were younger when I did it but another trick I used from Tizzie Hall was dream feeding. The kids went to bed at 7pm and I would go in around 10.30pm and give them a feed without waking them up, then every few days or so I'd skip it and they slept longer each time until they'd slept right through. All my kids were exclusively breastfed until 12mths. Hope this helps some :o)

Amber - posted on 09/20/2010

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Maria have you tryed the teething tablets they work better than oral jel, but my baby is 10 months and like you i have tryed everything also, all babies are different, my mom said i was 3 or 4 before i would sleep all night, just keep trying different things, something will work soon or a later

Kara - posted on 09/19/2010

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My son was 10 months old on the 1st and went through a phase when he started eating baby food and cereal where he slept through the night. That lasted all of about 6 weeks. Now he wakes usually once for a bottle. He goes down at about 7:30pm, wakes at 3:30'ish for a bottle, then sleeps until 6:30'ish. I have tried to just soothe him with rocking and humming, but the only way to get him back to sleeps is a bottle. I have even given him extra cereal before bedtime and that does not eliminate the need. I am also confident that he will grow out of this. He seems to be more of a "grazer" eater rather than 3 meals a day. He is in the 90% percentile on height and 75% percentile on weight. The doctor says keep doing what we are doing because he is thriving. :)

Alisha - posted on 09/18/2010

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My daughter will be 10 months at the end of the month and she just stated sleeping through the night but she gets up for the day at 6 in the morning now

Terri-anne - posted on 09/18/2010

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my son is 10 months 2day n he started sleepin through at 6 weeks but he had 2 have an opp on his kidney at 4 months old n ever since we got home he has never settled during da nite n gets up at least 3 to 4 times a night, i have tried everything n nothing works .

Candice - posted on 09/17/2010

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kennedy sleeps from 7 pm until 4 am...except when she's not well, we have had a few nights where we have been awakw from midnight! she is bottle fed and eats dinner every night just after 5 xxx

Virginia - posted on 09/15/2010

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my son is 10 months old and ever since he started his cycle of teething he haven't been sleeping much at night 3am every night have been a hassle for my husband I really don't know what to do

Ashley - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter is almost 11 months old and still wakes up 1-2 times a night for a bottle!! Its almost time to get off the bottle all together, let alone in the middle of the night! I know its my fault for not stopping it sooner, but any advise on how to break the habit?? Should I just let her put herself back to sleep???

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2010

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my little guy will be 10 months on the 17th and he still wakes once a night to eat (i exclusively express breast milk for him). if he's teething, its more often.

at this point, its more for comfort than nutrition. i think i tend to be the minority when i say that i'm confident that he will outgrow it when he's ready to. if he wakes up and realizes he wants momma, i can't help but to go to him. they are only babies for this short period, i want to soak it all in. i think we expect independence of our babes too early in life, especially when it comes to sleep issues.

what medicines have you tried? my son does terrible with teething and will wake ever 30-60 minutes if i don't give him anything...this has been our experience...orajel never helped him much, and he hated when i tried putting it on his gums. tylenol (acetaminophen) would work fine, but he would still wake every 4 hours when it wore off. motrin (ibuprofen) worked the best, lasts longer (6-8 hours) and is safer for extended use. teething tablets also are a big big help, and are homeopathic.

Maddison - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter has slept through the night since about 7 months old at that point I started taking night time feedings away. She was already eating baby food through the day and cereal. As soon as I took the night feeds away she slept through the night. My doctor told me that they only wake up for night time feeds if its a habit. So you have to break the habit and it sucks and its really really hard. But they don't need to be fed at night anymore as long as they are getting the proper amount of food during the day., Good Luck!

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Well, my twins started sleeping through the whole night after the 3rd month. I was giving them formula after the 2nd month and I think that they didn't wake because they weren't hungry. My doctor told me that when they would weight 4,5 Kg bf wouldn't be enough for them and he was right. When they were 1,5 month old I bf and give them formula too. Another thing that I think helped was the fact that they had regular naps after each meal and they still do. My daughter although about a month ago, woke up and I gave her milk. Huge mistake? She still wakes up at the same time, and we give her water or kinderte. Last night she didn't wake up and I think she got the picture. Hope all that helps

Manasi - posted on 09/12/2010

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My 10month old daughter still doesn't sleep through the night. I have tried everything as well. She was exclusively breastfed till she was 8 mths and then the nurse suggested formula as she thought my LO might be hungry waking up for more food. I tried 5 different brands of formula and finally she likes this current brand. She has now gotten into a habit of waking up on average twice per night for the bottle.....
I would be interested to know how other mums got their babies to sleep through the night as mine doesn't either!!!!!

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