how do u get a 7 month old to sleep through the nite!!!

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my son joseph will not sleep he is 7 months old he goes down to sleep at about 8pm then will wake at about 2 and will only catnap in his pram whilst im rockin him. i also have a 2yrold to look after and my husband works very long hours so there is noone to help. i need to learn how to help him sleep longer as to be honest im gettin exhausted now. please help xx

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Kerry - posted on 09/24/2009

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My son is nearly 8 months old now, but he hasn't been sleeping through the night since he cut his 1st lot of teeth, (approx 2 months ago).
the earliest i can get him to bed is 10.30pm, then he wakes at 3am, i give him a dummy then i get at least another hour sleep out of him,.
I have read that you shud put him down awake, and let them get themselves off to sleep,and when they cry to let them cry,doing that in 5 min intervals until they sleeping and lenghten the time as the week progresses. Easier said than done when u have other children in the house that also need their sleep.
Thing is with mine, he DON'T sleep much in the day either, thats y i cant understand y he wont sleep @ night., to top it off now, he has come down with a cold, so it wouldn't supprise me if another lot off teeth r coming through.
Im starting to look like the walking dead. im so tired.

Sam - posted on 09/23/2009

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I truely reccomend self settling. My Daughter started sleeping threw 12 hrs from 6 months as soon as i let her self settle. Its not easy at first and expect a bad week when u start it.I was getting up to her at night and either feeding or rocking but realised it was just a routine she had come to expect it.Once they learn they can put there own dummy in or cuddle they little teddy they know tht its there sleeping cue not us having to help them.Hope this helps

Lani - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son had slept through the night for about 3 months straight, then all of a sudden, he started waking up during the night 3 or 4 times. The only thing I've noticed that helps him sleep through the night now is if I make sure to give him baby food about an hour before bedtime and then make sure his tummy is full again before he goes to bed. Good luck!

Suzi - posted on 09/23/2009

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my 7 month old daughter is a random nite time sleeper, from waking every hour to sleeping thru, and its nice to no she's not the only one! good luck with every thing,

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Hi, my daughter who is 7 months wakes between 2 and 8 times a night since birth. It is really hard but I am starting to surrender to it. We co-sleep so I just roll over and give her the breast, (I'm not planning on night weening for a long while, even adults get hungry in the middle of the night) and she goes back to sleep within a few minutes. The Dr. Sears book about sleep is really great,"Nightime Parenting". Also, most doctors will tell you that the medical definition of sleeping through the night is 5 hours, for babies. Good Luck!

Stephanie - posted on 09/23/2009

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I understand where you are coming from. I have 5 kids and I have been there before. I found that the easiest way to get them to sleep is by limiting their daytime naps. Try to keep him busy. Don't let him take naps during the day for long periods of time. My 7 month old gets up about 6-7 am and then she will nap for 30 minutes at 10 am. At 1pm I put her down for a nap in her crib she usually sleeps 2 hours. Then she will nap again about 6pm for another 30 min. then she goes to bed at 10 pm and sleeps all nite. good luck i hope it works for ya let me know if i can help. oh yeah just before she takes her longer nap i feed her baby food and 4-6 ounces of formula it helps her asleep longer.

Brandy - posted on 09/23/2009

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hello, I was having the same problem with my son who is alsoo 7 months. I broke his habit of waking during thenight, first i slowly cut out the mid night feedings instead i would pick him up and cuddle for a minute, give him his soother and put him back to bed, and eventually i didnt even pick him up, i would give him the soother and rub his back for a second and then leave him to go to sleep. He cried for a bit but he now sleeps through the night. Good luck to all of you. Its hard and testing but its worth it in the end.

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2009

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I developed a steady routine for my daughter. We all do dinner together including her dinner, then bath, then story, then bed. We do it every night. Even if we go out to dinner or a friends house. I don't know if this will help you or not but it worked for us. We just had to do something to let her know that it was not a regular nap time it was bedtime. =]

Julie - posted on 09/22/2009

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hi back again!!just googled fenigan and it said to give the medicine when the child is already sleepy,otherwise it can have the adverse effect and make them hyper if the have chance to run around!!good luck

Julie - posted on 09/22/2009

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hi hayley,
i have total sympathy for you.i have a 7month old mylee,and 7year old ellie.we have finally got mylee into a routine(who knows how long it will last!!)i keep to the same timings every night.tea at 5pm,bath around 6pm then a bottle at 7pm then bed..but the only way i can get her to sleep is by putting her on our bed!she goes straight off,then we trancefer her into her cot when we go to bed.dont ask me why but it just seems to work.ellie my eldest was a nightmare sleeper and in the end my health visitor told us to give her a half spoon of fenigan(for travel sickness)it has a mild sedative in it!!we only had to use it once and it broke the pattern of her waking up.hope this helps.

Cidnee - posted on 09/21/2009

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My baby is 7 months to and she sleeps through the night. I don't know if this helps, but I feed her some cereal then a bottle while I am feeding her her bottle I read her a bed time book and its the same book every night. I try to feed her as much as I can just so she doesn't need food in the middle of the night, if she does wake up then I let her cry or talk for a while then she falls back to sleep, but if she keep it up then I go get her. if you do this then your baby will get the hit to sleep then to wake up. I hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2009

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I know it sounds really mean but let him cry it out. I have 7 month old twins and they sleep from 8pm to 8am. All it took was a few nights of them waking up in the middle of the night and i would go in their room make sure they were ok give them their soother tuck them back in and leave. Dont talk to them. Touch them as little as possible. and after that first time of checking on them just let them cry. after two nights they were sleeping 12 hours through the night and that was at 3 and a half months. When i first started doing this everyone was saying dont but my doctor said go for it you need the sleep. for the few days they had to cry it out i didnt sleep but now i get a solid 8 hours and i have enough energy to run after 2 babys all day

Randi - posted on 09/21/2009

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All I can say is reading through all these different posts (I posted a similar story) has made me feel a ton better! It may not help your exhaustion but know your not alone. I thought it was the norm for babies this age to be sleeping through the eleven twelve hours b/c of all my friends kids but seeing this shows its not the norm. I really think they can be hungry and I wake up once to twice a night to feed my little one. I too am the sole midnight feeder! He eats anywhere from 4-6 oz each time. Your son eating or just sucking back to sleep? Only you know him..I'd say if he's hungry feed him, if you think he just wants cuddling, i guess you can try the cry it out. I hear it works, I've never tried. Good luck

Nora - posted on 09/21/2009

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I wish my little one would sleep through the night. She has gotten alot better with her sleeping patterns at night ( only as I let her cry it out for her day naps and when she goes down at night). I put her to bed around 7-730pm she will wake around 3-3.30am then up again at 6am then down and up around 7.30am. So that's not too bad to me concidering only a week ago she was up every hour. I was thinking about letting her cry it out at night when she woke at 3 but I am told that it is normal for babies up to 9 months to want a feed during the night and it's advised not to let them cry it out through the night until 9 months. So hang in there. You are doing a great job. Not always easy being a mum especially with the sleepless nights!

Tina - posted on 09/21/2009

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I know how you feel my son does not sleep thru the night yet either! My daughter, who is 7 yrs old, was doing it at 2 months old. I have researched many things some include - feeding your baby cereal before bed, don't give them formula and cuddle with them when they wake up only give them water and show them you mean buisness "if they don't get what they want they will stop waking up" unfortunetly none of that has worked for me I have read that untill they learn how to sooth themselves back to sleep it isn't going to happen. the funny thing is i put my son to bed awake and he has no problems going to sleep on his own he just doesn't sleep thru the night and is up bright and early in the morning. Good luck to You.

Kristine - posted on 09/21/2009

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I don't have many tips for you, but know I share in your lack of sleep... My son goes down about 7:30 or 8, then wakes at 3, and 6. At least twice. Some nights 3 times, some nights 5. And I don't feed him avery time, only if it's been about 6 hours since his last feed. I am also getting flustered and exhausted. My husband never gets up at night either. Hang in there! I thought that once I started solid foods he would sleep more. No chance. My friends are telling me to let him cry it out.

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