8 months & still not sleeping through the night!

Fallon - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Japser has never been a good sleeper. He's always been an alert baby & doesn't want to miss a thing! He's slept through the night a few times here recently, which never happened before. We don't give him bottles at night anymore, but he doesn't want one anyway. He just wants to be cuddled but i don't like doing that bc i want him to be able to sleep on his own. Any tips?!?!?!?!

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Fallon - posted on 10/11/2009

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alrighty here's my update... he's sleeping throught he night now. it took 2 nights of just letting him cry it out- i'd check on him evey so often & just pat him on the back for a min. it's funny now that he goes to sleep on his own at night, he doesn't want to be rocked or held before nap time. not saying he doesn't fuss a few minutes before he falls asleep, but it's alot worse if you cuddle him! thanks for all the tips!

Shannon - posted on 10/10/2009

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my baby is 8 1/2 months and he was the same way when he figured out how to sit up. he has always been a very light sleeper and when he figured out how to sit up he was always waking up screaming. you're going to hate this, but the only way i got my baby to go back to sleep was to let him cry it out. and he was very persistent. if i would go in there and try to calm him down and get him back to sleep, he would just be still until i stopped and then he'd start screaming again. i figured out if i just let him cry it out (sometimes it wold take an HOUR :o( ) he would go back to sleep and sleep through the night. it took about a week and it was horrible but it was worth it.

Kiehrstin - posted on 10/09/2009

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fye sleeping through the night is defined as from 11 pm to 6 am and doesnt usually happen till after 1 year or so. I sleep great bc I co sleep and it takes two secs to help my baby latch on and then i fall right back to sleep! I know not everyone breast feeds, but to those adding stuff to formula in bottles, please be careful EVERY NUTRIONIST says THATS THE WORST THING TO DO!! I know when your tired its seems like a solution, but they are only little for a short time!! Hunger Cues Wake Them Up and Reduces SIDS!

Cecile - posted on 10/09/2009

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Same boat here, we have a good night if he wakes up 8times and not more, and he refuses to go back to sleep unless I give him the breast. If I am not in time he will be so awake that it is difficult to get him back to sleep. So, here is to not sleeping at night and working full time at day!!! :)

Michelle - posted on 10/08/2009

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My little one is 9months and still does not sleep thru the night. He wants up 2 to 3 times....He gets a bottle still at night....Not sure what to do either...sorry I know not any advice jsut wondering if anything has worked for you yet....Thanks

Heather - posted on 10/08/2009

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Sorry no tips because my little boy isn't sleeping through the night very often either but I feel your pain and you are not alone!

Erica - posted on 10/07/2009

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Just stick to a routine. Starting in the mornings and go all day. It takes time, but well worth it in the end. I have four kids ranging from 13 yrs to nine months. They all have slept thru the night since one month on. Keeping a routine and feeding often (you cannot overfeed babies) helps out bunches. My kids are all very active and in very good health. I also cuddle with them often and as much as they need it. They feel more secure this way and I have less issues with them. My youngest is still getting a night time bottle and he does great. I have treated all four the same and they have all been pretty much the same. It works for me, it could work for others too. O anf my older kids and I have a great relationship and they are Very RARELY in trouble. You cant hold them too much at a young age. It just helps with their security. Luck to you and your babe! ;)

Deanne - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter, Lexy used to sleep through the night when she was around 2 months old. Then I moved and she started waking up at all hours of the night. I was sharing a room with her and one night I decided to sleep in the other room to see if that would make a difference. That was a few nights ago and ever since I changed rooms she has been sleeping through the night. Here and there she'll start crying but she always falls back asleep. I am ecstatic!

Trisha - posted on 10/06/2009

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I seem to do the cereal in the bottle before bed also. It works. I think that as long as there's a full tummy, my son sleeps a lot better. Baths also work with bedtime soothing lotion afterwards. Hope it gets better.

Jenny - posted on 10/05/2009

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I have\ am gone thur the same thing. try giving him a cerel bottle with bananas in it it works very well! My baby suffered from baby insomina and the nananers worked wonderfull so before bed i give him a banana shake in his bottle and hes fast asleep for most of the night. His doc also said to let him cry for awhile to not more then 10 min and that usally works inless he is teething or ill. hope you get some sleep i've been fighting no sleep going on 3 yrs with my babies! ( i have a 18 month old to and anouter on the way)

Fallon - posted on 10/05/2009

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Thanks for the tips! I've been doing a lot of those things recently, but i'll keep on doing & hopefully he'll get used to the routine!

Mel - posted on 10/05/2009

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My 8 mth old has been sleeping thu the night for about 3 months now. He used to wake every 3-4 hours. First I got him to sleep on his own by putting him in the crib awake. For the first few times he cried but I checked on him every 5-10 mins. After 3 nights he would go to sleep on his own. Then I worked on weening his night time feeds down to no feeds. If he woke up I would check on him and then he would go back to sleep (sometimes after crying for a bit, but I would always check to make sure he was ok)



I also read the book "The Sleep Easy Solution" It was great and gave step by step advice. I hope that this helps.



Best of Luck and wishing you good sleep!

Heather - posted on 10/04/2009

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I've been giving my daughter a cereal bottle at night before she goes to bed since she has been 1month old and is seems to help with her sleeping though the night.

Tania - posted on 10/04/2009

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Our son has slept through the night majority of his 8 months, he does wake if he is teething or unwell, then he seems to be out of routine so we have to get him back into routine (If that makes sense) We always bath, feed and bedtime - whether awake or asleep. Also during the day he is put to bed awake, he cries sometimes for about 5 minutes but will be fast asleep after that. It can be quite tiring when they dont sleep through though-some mums are miracle mums thats for sure!

Fiona - posted on 10/04/2009

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All children go through stages of sleeping and not sleeping. I have an 8mth old and 2.5 year old and between the 2 there's always something!! I think the key is to have consistency. Decide what you want to do and stick to it because in the end children do learn what is expected of them, even from an early age. You need to decide what works for you. Do you co-sleep, stay with him until he falls asleep, settle him and leave him to fall asleep on his own (which I do), or use controlled crying?? He could just be going through some separation anxiety and need that little bit of reassurance. Be assured I very rarely see a full nights sleep so your not the only one. Goodluck!

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