7 month old waking up every 2 hours

Amy - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 months old and will only sleep on his stomach. He goes to bed about 8 every night but wakes up every 2 hours like he did when he was first brought home. He just started this last week. He wakes up on his back and sometimes I can just roll him back over and he goes back to sleep. But sometimes he wont. He'll fight it and keep rolling onto his back. And wont go back to sleep unless I feed him. When I do feed him, he only eats about 2-4 ounces and then falls back asleep. Then 2 hours later, it starts over again. What to do?!

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Valerie - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter is 7 months old and was waking up EVERY hour!! It was getting to be to0 much. All she wanted to do was nurse to fall back to sleep, she wasn't able to fall asleep on her own. So after much research and hesitation I attempted the "cry it out method." Her crib is in our room so it made things easier. I prepared myself mentally for a week and ensured that my husband was prepared to support me. The first night she cried for about an hour the first time she woke up. Then after that she only fussed a couple more times. It's been about a week and believe it or not, she is sleeping through the night. She had never been a sleeper even at nap times. But it has made a big difference. Research as much as possible, it helps. Ask the older generations too, they really have insightful information. Good Luck!

Tara - posted on 03/10/2010

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My son is now 7 1/2 months and has been sleeping through the night for an average of 12 hours straight for over a month now. At 3 months he would sleep through the night then all of a sudden at around 4-5 months he was waking up constantly! After talking with the doctor and many friend and family (on top of being a my breaking point!), I finally decided to let him cry it out. He too only sleeps on his tummy! I just made it safe for him to be on his tummy, kept the room pretty dark, and put on some quiet music. From everything I heard and read, it takes about 3 nights for them to get the hang of it. The first night start at 5 minutes then go in and comfort them without picking them up.. the next time wait 10 minutes.. then 15 minutes and keep it at 15 the rest of that night. The second night start at 10 then 15 then 20 the rest of the night. The third and usually final night start at 15 then 20 then 25 and from there on out, keep it at that. After the first night my son got it and by nap time the next day I just laid him down and he went right to sleep. You have to be dedicated and not pick them up unless you know something is wrong (hungry, diaper, burp etc) You also have to have a husband whos on board and won't give in. It can turn completely bad if the baby learns that if they cry long enough, you'll come in and get them. He did great for about a month then we too had the rolling over issue. I let him just fuss through and and he usually goes right back to sleep on his back. Hope this helps and good luck! I know it sounds rough but it is so worth it!!

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Chress - posted on 02/24/2013

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my son is exactly the same and i still dont know what to do , i tried the cry it out but didnt work , everytime he would cry he would wake up 100% , and it takes me long time to put him back to sleep , so he push me to give him the bottle every time and he would take only 2 -3 oz :(

Navpreet - posted on 09/14/2012

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My lil princess is going to b 7 months in a week.. she is not a gud sleeper.. and she has reflux too...I am really exausted now she wake up after evry 2 hrs and now after an hr... yesterday i went to her room 6 times to settle her ..if i offer boob she have for 5 min and fall bk to sleep...in th day time she is taking usual 2 gud naps... i have tried to put my shirt in her crib, applied teething soothing gel , bath nd all the things bt still i am struggling wid her fr sleep...every nite really scares me alot i am on miedication due to sleep deprivation ... plz help whn this phase will b over.. i tried not to pick her frm cot but she screams and end up wat she likes...rearely she sleeps for 3 hr stretch.. i dnt knw wt made her to wake everytime....

she settles happily whn i put her in cot after cereal.... she sleeps by own by playing ... she tk this nap preety gud bt afterwards wakes after every hr...



i knw may b reader gets bored ..;) bt i need help, suggestion, advice ..whn ths time time will over... whn she will wake me up twice thatz okay wid me ...bt 5 or 6 times is toooo much.....hepl me plz...

Michelle - posted on 03/11/2010

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Bronwyn it's not a low milk supply. What happens is that if a baby gets used to being fed every time they wake, every time they hit the light stage of their sleep cycle they will expect a feed to resettle. It may be every 3 sleep cycles, every 2 sleep cycles or EVERY sleep cycle! The more you feed them, the more they wake! You don't have to let them cry to fix the problem though. It's one way and yes, it fixes the problem but you could also do something else. Every time they wake, go in and pat them back to sleep. Stay with them the whole time they're crying and pat them until they fall back asleep. The first time may take an hour and they will REALLY fight you. Every time it will get easier though and by the second night they usually start doing longer stretches. Try not to pick them up. Try not to feed. Just pat them back to sleep.

Tara - posted on 03/10/2010

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Oh and I've also heard that some people know that if they go in and comfort the baby during those intervals, they can't help but to pick them up or it sometimes just makes it worse because they see you. If thats the case my doctor said they sometimes will cry for up to a few hours straight! I dunno if I could personally handle that but just saying..

Bronwyn - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter has started this too. Some nights its 2 hours, some nights 1, some nights she is only up two or three times between 8 and 6. I'm not sure what is causing it, and I've tried almost everything. Am trying to persevere with the feed, bath, book, bed routine to see how that works. If I leave her to cry it out, she becomes too distressed and screams. I try rewrapping her and calming her and leaving her, she screams when i leave. I try giving her water instead of a feed, she screams. So I end up feeding her. I'm starting to wonder if perhaps my milk supply is running short in the afternoons and if that is what is causing it - she is just too hungry at night. Am going to mention it to my clinic nurse next week and see what seh thinks, and maybe start supplementing BFing with a bottle at night before bed to see if it makes a difference.

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