Sleeping through the night

Rebekah - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Im having trouble getting Ben to sleep through the night, we have been away lately so am waiting til we are at home for a good month before i try the Ferber approach to sleeping. ben is a cat napper during the day and at night sleeps in 2 hours segments but goes straight back to sleep in the night. Any tips on getting him to sleep more?

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Heather - posted on 06/12/2009

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Have you started any food yet? Rice Cereal made with either breast milk or formula, whichever you use may help keep him full longer. My first daughter was the same way and my second not much better. I don't know if you are trying these things already, but I do all of these for my newest addition and she sleeps straight through the night. I don't know if it is really my routine or just her disposition but here goes...

1. Keep the house dark & quiet around bedtime and night time feedings. No bright lights so he knows it's bedtime. (And keep the house bright all day long, even during naps)

2. Use some sort of "white noise" in his room, a sound machine or a noisy fan. Maybe he is a light sleeper.

3. Keep up a bedtime routine every night (like maybe bath, bottle, bed or something to that affect) this way he knows it's night time instead of nap time.

4. (I think I should have done this more with my first 2 kids more, but live & learn right?) Wait for him to really cry before you go in to feed him. He has to learn to soothe himself back to sleep. I'm not saying to just make him 'cry it out' because he may still need to eat, some mom's are firm believers in crying it out, others not so much. That's your choice, just try to read your baby. Is he really hungry or does he just think he needs his mommy to help get him back to sleep? There are some evenings when my daughter gets so overly tired that she cries and there is nothing I can do to soothe her so I just have to let her fall asleep. I do this on a blanket on the living room floor though, and sit next to her so she knows I am there, but I have to let her cry. After a minute or 5 she rolls onto her side and goes to sleep. Good Luck! My first 2 were around 8 months old before I stopped running in there for them during the night!

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