My baby still won't sleep through the night!

Jodi - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else still have to get up with their 7 month old about 6 times a night??? Any suggestions on how to get my little guy to sleep?

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Brittany - posted on 02/19/2010

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I tried everything from bedtime formula to switching his crib facing east to west, nothing worked. At my son's 6 month checkup his Dr. gave me some stuff to read.... Part of it is how you put him to sleep, it says you should put your baby in his crib while he's still awake so his last memory is of his crib, not of eating or being held. If you have to hold him to put him to sleep hold him until he's almost asleep and then put him in the crib and if he falls asleep eating wake him. It says the baby's last feeding should be when you go to bed which most call a dream feed, before you go to bed feed him but don't wake him. Next is don't change wet diapers during the night only poopy ones, I started putting vaseline on my son at his last daiper change to prevent diaper rash. Naps... It says a baby should take it's first nap 2 hours after they wake and then the next one should be 3 hours from that nap and don't let them sleep longer than 2 hours. Routine is another thing it says. Another thing about feeding is the whole feed your baby alot during the day and they won't want to eat at night, they say this is false b/c the baby gets in the routine of eating every 2 hours therefore they stay in that routine through the night. They suggest spreading feedings out during the day and once you do that they won't want the night feedings. Last is cry it out... my son's Dr. said it's ok to let them cry for up to an hour which I don't agree with but I guess it's not going to hurt them. I started letting my son cry for 5 minutes and then I go in and tell him he's ok and now if he does cry it's only for like 2 minutes, he's learning he doesn't need to be held or fed to go to sleep and he's been getting up maybe once a night just for his binky. Oh another thing it said was babies are programmed to go to bed between 5 and 6 which definately doesn't work for me and they said when your baby gets a burst of energy after their cranky time it means they're over tired. I've started putting my Little Guy to bed around 7:30 and he usually sleeps until about 6 or 6:30. Hopefully this can help some of you, I know how frustrating it is to get no sleep. Good Luck Ladies!!

Vicki - posted on 02/07/2010

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It's normal for a 7 month old to not be sleeping through the night, although 6 times is a lot and must be affecting you! Where does he sleep? Will he sleep a bit longer if he's closer to you? Is he cold at night? Hungry when he wakes? I haven't read it, but a lot of people have recommended the 'No cry sleep solution' by Elizabeth Pantley. Hugs to you and I hope you find a solution soon.

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Stacy - posted on 02/18/2010

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I am having a terrible time with my 7 month old! The frustrating thing is that her sleeping has gotten worse! I can get her down in her crib for 2-3 hours and then she starts waking. I usually just put her in the bed with me and she is fine. However, the lasr few nights have been awful! I can't get her down. She wakes as soon as I put her down. If I am lying in bed with her and get her to sleep she will wake as soon as I try to lay her down beside me. I have tried everything! I have moved her bedtime up and pushed it back. She has a bedtime routine consisting of eating, bath, and a massage. I have tried to let her cry it out and she goes strong for 15 minutes never backing down. I feel like I am dealing with a newborn. I have also tried Motrin and Oragel in case it was due to teething, but it made no difference. Any suggestions????

Allison - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son is 6.5 months old but he actually slept through the night 2 days in a row, then last night he woke up once. He usually wakes up once. I can't believe your baby gets up that much at night. How much does your baby eat? Maybe you need to up your babies feedings each time. And make sure you are giving your baby enough solids during the day. Mine has 3.5 oz each time..which is 3 times a day. So about 10.5 oz of solids everyday. Then some little snacks here and there ( like puffs graduates or something like that )

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2010

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that is alot! I usually keep my daughter up longer but not too long and give her a bath. If she wakes up during the night I let her cry for no longer than 10 minutes but she usually falls back asleep after 4 minutes. At first I had to let her cry & cry It was so hard but every night you do it she learns. eventually he should get use to it. Babies should be sleeping all through the night now. My baby does sometimes. I'm still working on it.

Naomi - posted on 02/17/2010

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mine is just the same we get so tired especially as we both have to be up at half 5 for work she settles only if she is on me in our bed but then i am terrified of going to sleep incase i roll on her or something x

Juliana - posted on 02/17/2010

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u have to bath the baby with cool water, and feed the baby then back to bed.

Staceyyy - posted on 02/13/2010

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My 7month old is still getting up loads through the night and sometimes never sleeps. he only settles when hes being cuddled x

Asha - posted on 02/11/2010

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oh yes its too tiring...but ve you tried making him sleep beside you coz my 6 and half month old daughter too used to get up so frequently in her cot but after i started making her sleep beside me she is fine. I just need to breast feed her 2 or 3 times then she slowly drifts to sleep.

Heidi - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi Jodi I feel for you! It must be so exhausting. I have read a number of books on this and they suggest that a lot of what happens at night is due to what happens during the day. There can be soooo many factors that can affect sleep but I will try to summarise the 500 or more pages I have read on this :) (I was a paranoid Mum thinking my child would wake all night every night so I bought many books and read them before he was even born).

1. ROUTINE-Basically get them into a feed, wake and sleep pattern (it can take a few days for them to get used to this if they have not been doing this). Each child can be different with the amount of sleep throughout the day but about 2 1-2hr sleeps and one 45min to 1 hour sleep throughout the day (very rough guide). Too much or too little sleep can affect their night pattern. Each child has a different amount of sleep they require per day.

2. FOOD-The amount of food they have can affect their sleep. Basically if they do not have enough during the day they will want more at night. At about 7 months they will be on 3 lots of solid meals a day with liquid feedings every time and a liquid feed at the end of the day (about 600-800mL formula/breastmilk per day).

3. HOW THEY RESETTLE WHEN GOING TO SLEEP- When a child cannot get to sleep do you run to their aid immediately or check to see if they can self settle for at least a few minutes? I found it hard to let my child go for more than 10 min he would normally settle within 5 min if not I would leave him in the cot and pat him without him seeing me or give him a dummy if he couldnt settle properly (Loosing dummies can also cause them to not be able to resettle.)

What does your child need to resettle during the day to sleep? If any of it involves you or a dummy this may be why the child needs you at night to resettle. I know it is easy for me to say this at the other end but I know what it is like with a child that had serious wind and I had to resettle him all the time. However when he outgrew the wind I slowly weened him off from needing me to rock him to sleep. I hope that this is helpful and again it is only a tip of the iceburg. I hope that is not offensive as truly I do understand what it can be like in this situation. (PS I still use a dummy to resettle him but it doest seem to affect him resettling at the moment - as soon as it does I will be getting rid of it)

If none of these things help let us know and we shall brainstorm some more. There is a person called the baby whisperer that is very good with these things and I can let you know the name of her book if you would like to have a look at it (its a big book but highly recommended by many mums in your situation)

Please let us know how you go Jodi and make sure you get some well deserved rest when your little one does sleep.

Alanna - posted on 02/10/2010

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When my daughter was getting teeth, it was bad like that but I found a good feeding, followed by bath with the sleepy time bubble bath and lotion very helpful. Just make sure he is nice and full with food and milk and try the Johnsons bed time system.

Hannah - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi there! My son is 7 months too, and he sleeps all night! Can i ask if u are nursing? Well, my son is exclusivly breastfeeding and he sleeps with us on my side and he does fine! You might want to try that! He will feel more secure with u there!

Bronwyn - posted on 02/10/2010

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Katelyn was doing this after her 4 months needles, and had just started to settle again when she got her teeth through. I found a comment on here somewhere else where mums were finding that by putting their baby down around 7pm, after keeping them up from 5ish, they were sleeping through. I started that with Katelyn 2 days ago, and since then she has been sleeping 7:30ish till 5ish or later. I don't have a bath, book bed routine yet, just give her a breastfeed about 6pm, then solids, play then bed when she starts to get grizzly.

When she was waking during the night, i found that rocking her off didn't work, that i had to feed her back to sleep, only for a few minutes and she was out.

I know its not fun, but good luck.

Chelsea - posted on 02/10/2010

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Alothough he could be hungry, it could also be his teeth... mine sleeps through the night unless his teeth are bothering him and then we get up 5-10 times in a night!

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I hear you!! My 7 month old daughter is up every 2-3 hours!! The only way to get her back to sleep is breastfeed. She stays on the breast for a few minutes, then she is out. I've tried patting her back, singing, walking around but the breast is the only way she will fall back asleep. I hope she grows out of this pattern soon!

I wish I could give you things to try but I'm in the same boat...let me know if anything works for your little guy..

Haydee - posted on 02/08/2010

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my 7 month old baby girl, wakes up 2 times throughout the night.. I put her on my breast and in 30 seconds she's sound asleep..

Kyla - posted on 02/08/2010

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We had a hard time getting our little guy to sleep longer and wake up less at night. I found it really helped to put him down a little later, usually between 9 and 10. I started feeding him a pretty big dish of cereal and fruit around 7 to make sure he's getting plenty full. Then we get him playing hard and laughing for about an hour. Burn off the last of the energy. Then off to the bath, then a book and some milk. He usually crashes out, and he only gets up once a night now for a little snuggle and top off the belly. Then he's back to sleep until about 8 every morning. Hope this helps.

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He doesn't get up to eat I just have to rock him back to sleep.......and does not really nap during the day maybe 3 naps about a half hour each ....... ya he is not a sleeper.....and cries in the car I thought babies love car rides and sleep......:)

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Yup mine is up everynight at 2,3,4,5 and 6 then at 6 i bring him into bed and give him s bottle he then sleeps till 8:30 -9

Andrea - posted on 02/08/2010

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I'm right there with you.. Nikolas still eats 2-3 times each night. I've tried using a pacifier to calm him but he wants food. I'm fixing to start some foods to see if that will help....

Lucia - posted on 02/08/2010

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hmmm... have you tried giving your little one a big feed before bed (with solids if you can), and making their bedtime later (i.e. 8.30/9pm?)
I have heard a theory whereby you give your baby nothing but warm water when they wake during the night, which teaches them that waking for a normal feed is pointless... but I have never tried that and honestly can't say whether it works.
Could it be teething problems? if so, may be some baby panadol and bonjela would help? I feel for you!

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