How can i get my baby to sleep.

Caroline - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My is baby 9 mnths now , but she keeps waking up often in the night i mean every 2 hrs
i can barely get any sleep at night. Any ideas on how i can get her to sleep for longer?

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Amanda - posted on 10/13/2009

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are you still breastfeeding? that may have a lot to do with it, especially is she is having a growth spurt. try feeding her formula at bedtime. i did that when breastfeeding and she was sleeping through the night by 2 months.

also, no playing, changing a diaper unless it's super dirty, or feeding at night. try to ease her into it so it's not much of a shock.

let her learn to self-sooth. by this i mean don't jump up right away when she is crying. babies need to learn to fall back asleep on their own. when we had a bassinet next to the bed i'd wake up every time she did. but we moved her into the crib in her own room and it's not a problem anymore.

every momma needs a good night of rest. good luck!!

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Juliette - posted on 10/20/2009

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We sooooo understand! It was like that for us until very recently.

If she's not already in her own room, she needs to be. She also needs a big crib to move around in. I'm convinced our problem at 8 months (the same as yours) was that her crib was too small and she was bumping into it and waking up at night. As soon as we moved her into her own room, in a big crib, she started sleeping much better. Then we made sure she ate well at 6 o'clock, had a bottle at 7pm, and then to bed at 8 - she now sleeps mostly through the night. When she cries we just go and help her find her pacifier, tell her we love her, and leave the room. We don't give her another bottle until after 4 am. Has worked wonderfully....we are finally getting sleep.

Florence - posted on 10/20/2009

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try and make sure that she feeds well before going to bed. it may help a bit

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I used to have good nite sleep as my baby will just sleep through the nite by herself, however she's now sick with running nose and diarrhea so I bet she's uneasy and that's why she's awake in every 2 hours. Now I have to wait till she had fully recover and then train her sleep by herself again.

IMHO, do not just leave your baby crying b'cos he/she might be sick.

Caroline - posted on 10/14/2009

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thanks guys for all your input, will give it a try,see if it will works, coz i do need my sleep.

Laura - posted on 10/14/2009

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My little one wakes a few times at night but is always able to get back to sleep on her own. I think all babies wake throughout the night-it has to do with their sleep cycle. I never go into her room and she usually falls right back asleep. If she does cry I just go in, make sure she's not sick or anything, put on some music and leave. It's important to let them figure out how to soothe themselves (as long as the baby is not screaming her head off!!). Good luck!!

User - posted on 10/13/2009

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Could she possibly be sleeping to much during the day? My son was getting 3 naps a day but still waking up at night. I switched to just two naps a day and now I am finally getting a full night sleep. I do agree that at night if your not when she wakes up let her cry for a little bit. I usually let my son cry for only like two min. then I go in there and turn him on his stomach (because he won't sleep any other way) and I pat his butt until he drifts to sleep. I try not to feed him at night if possible. Good luck I know how important sleep is. Once I started getting a full night sleep I could totally see a change in myself. Hope my advice can help you.

Aubree - posted on 10/13/2009

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I agree with Amanda, you need to have your baby sleeping in another room if she isn't already. Let her cry for a couple of minutes before you get up and check to make sure everything is okay, lay her back down and leave the room. It's so hard, but it works. My baby has gone through different phases, but when I lay her down awake and let her put herself to sleep (at first, it can take up to an hour or more, but now she just knows that it's bedtime, and there's nothing she can do about it) she sleeps so much better, than when she's asleep when I lay her down.

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