Night time Sleeping Solutions for 6 month old?

Jenna - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is soon to be 6 months old and is still not sleeping through the night..He used to only wake about once a night for a long time. Just recently he has been waking as many times as every 2-3 hours. This has been going on for almost three weeks now. Does anyone have any suggestions on why this may be or what i can try to end this?

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Victoria - posted on 01/02/2010

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It could be because he is uncomfortable because of his teething. As long as he is getting enough food through the day (our boy gets between 28-32oz formula, no rice cereal yet) he is old enough not to wake at night due to hunger. If he is dribbling a lot and putting anything in his mouth, cheeks red, more grumpy than normal, it's teething. Try "Hylands" teething tablets, they work great for us, 3 before bed at 9.30pm dissolved in his mouth and we don't hear a peep until gone 6.30am. They are 100% natural. We have also taught our boy to put himself to sleep, this way, if he wakes through the night, he puts himself back to sleep and we don't even have to go to him. I know we are very lucky. Also, make sure he is warm enough/cool enough, his body temperature will be slightly off if he's teething.

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Melinda - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son does the same thing. I have him on rice and have tried to push back his dinner so he could sleep longer through the night. He goes down at 10, up at midnight, then up at 300, and finaly up for the day at 600. I have given him baths..tried everything. I was wondering what I could do to help him sleep through the night.

Erika - posted on 01/05/2010

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Is he on any medication? My son was on Zantac until about a month ago. I weaned him off right around 5 months just to see if he had grown out of it (he would constantly vomit and spit up after almost every meal). Holding him upright for 30 minutes after eating really helps with him. He also doesn't eat much during the day. I think it is because he is so interested in everything around him. One thing that I have tried doing, which seems to help, is only feeding him in his room with the lights out and no distractions. I also go against the doctors orders and nurse him right before he takes a nap (he will then sleep longer).
Also, does your son burp well? I have found that with the acid reflux he also seems to have a hard time burping after meals. This, of course, results in him waking more often due to trapped gas.

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son has bad reflux and has had it since birth..so bc of this, he eats smaller amounts, but eats more often. So i think what is going on is that he is used to "snacking" during the day, so he wants to snack at nighttime as well. I tried to start feeding him more at a time to try and get him to start having larger meals, less often during the day but that just seems to end up in me wearing his lunch...so i may just have to stick it out until he grows out of this reflux that he has

Erika - posted on 01/05/2010

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He might just be hungry. My son is also 6 months old and is exclusively breast fed. He has been waking up every three hours at night to eat from the time he was 2 months old. I have tried everything that I can possibly mash and he won't eat it; he won't even take the rice cereal. What may be happening with you is that he is getting bigger and the milk is not enough to satisfy his hunger so he doesn't stay full as long. Once you start food (if he takes it) he should sleep longer. Hopefully you will have better luck than I am having!

Jenna - posted on 01/03/2010

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i seem to be in the same situation as you...he has no visible teeth coming thru but i can feel one on top about to come through...my son is even having troubles with naps now as well.

Haily - posted on 01/03/2010

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my son is the same age. She started sleeping very well at night around 4 months he is now 5 months and 6 days and wakes up around 3 times a night. We never did the cuddle thing at night when he would wake up I would feed him and he was instantly back in his bed asleep. Now when he wakes he just seems uncomfortable and all he wants is to cuddle. He is teething 2 teeth are almost through the skin im pretty sure this is the reason for his sudden lack of sleep at night. He eats 1/2 a jar of baby food before bed but that doesnt seem to help at all either.

Kristen - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Victoria:

It could be because he is uncomfortable because of his teething. As long as he is getting enough food through the day (our boy gets between 28-32oz formula, no rice cereal yet) he is old enough not to wake at night due to hunger. If he is dribbling a lot and putting anything in his mouth, cheeks red, more grumpy than normal, it's teething. Try "Hylands" teething tablets, they work great for us, 3 before bed at 9.30pm dissolved in his mouth and we don't hear a peep until gone 6.30am. They are 100% natural. We have also taught our boy to put himself to sleep, this way, if he wakes through the night, he puts himself back to sleep and we don't even have to go to him. I know we are very lucky. Also, make sure he is warm enough/cool enough, his body temperature will be slightly off if he's teething.


I wouldnt use those tablets.  The first ingrediant is belladonna, if you look that up it is from a poisonous plant.  Because the tablets are herbal and not monitered they cant garant how much belladonna is in each one.  Its scary.

Jacey - posted on 01/02/2010

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i'm in the boat as you, my son is the same age and for a few weeks now he's been waking up more than usual and he seems to be restless in his sleep which is odd because he used to be a good sleeper. i've started him on oatmeal since the rice made him conistipated, so i'm giving him some before his bedtime bottle, i'm waiting to see if it works.

Carol - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son is almost 6 months old as well and he is up every 3-4 hours during the night, sometimes he will settle with a little back rub but other times he wants to eat. He is exclusively breastfed, hopefully he will sleep better when we start cereals in a week. I am so looking forward to sleeping through the night!!!

Jenna - posted on 01/02/2010

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We actually do that already and have since he was born bc he has really bad reflux..but thank you!:)

Sammy - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter is also nearly 6 months, she will sleep for 4-6hrs when I first put her to bed then will wake up every 3 hrs after then! Are you breastfeeding? If you are (I am) it's probably a growth spurt and he is trying to get your milk up. Or maybe he just wants cuddles from his mummy =)

Jenny - posted on 01/01/2010

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Try puttin baby rice in to his bottle b4 u put him to bed. That works great 4 me.

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