16 month old still waking up two to three times a night!

Carrie - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone. My son is 16 months old and still will not sleep through the night! Which means I have not had a god night sleep in almost two years as I didn't sleep well the end of my pregnancy. I talked to his doctor about it and she suggested feeding him high in protein foods before bed. She also said at this age he does not need a bottle in the middle of the night but uses it to soothe. So I tried using a little bit of water instead and sometimes it works for awhile but ultimately I find myself heating up a bottle once or even twice a night! He doesn't just wake up quietly either. He cries and cries and sometimes wont even calm down enough to take a bottle for awhile. During the day he is as sweet as can be but at night he turns into a different baby! Does anyone else have this problem or have any tricks of the trade to share! I also have a almost 6 year old and she used to do almost the exact same thing but wouldn't go back to sleep without me putting the tv on! I don't want to get him in this habit so I am trying alternatives. Thank you!

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Amy - posted on 11/10/2009

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OMG Carrie...I've been looking for someone in my same boat for 16 months! I wish I had some great words of advice...my son is exactly same age and gets up usually once but if we don't give him bottle and let him cry it out (we've done this 5 times so far) he cries for literally 3-4 hours. Like your son, he is a great baby during the day but when night falls it's a different story. Our doctor says he is in the 1% of babies who are super stubborn and she suggested giving him a sippy cup with milk...then gradually watering it down so it's straight water. The plan is, we'll eventually give him that when he gets up (we'll still have to wake up and give it to him) then we could go back to sleep. If I could only fall back to sleep easily - I feel your pain...haven't slept in forever and am now on medication for insomnia! I hope your little one has luck with this strategy above...we're still working on it.

Angelique - posted on 11/30/2009

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My son is 17 months and co-sleeping. He still wakes every 3 hours during the night for a bottle. I don't know if it's because he gets Milo or Milkshake to drink I just don't know. I don't know how to make him sleep through and to get him out of our bed as well,

Anna - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi, my daughter is 16 months too. She woke up in the middle of the night for food a couple a times at night till she was about 14 months. She's in the 1% in body weight, so we used to let her get away with it. Our doctor said that she should be sleeping through the night and if she needed food she would compensate for it during the day and eat more. She suggested the "cry it out" approach. We put her down like normal and she went to sleep. When she woke up at the middle of the night, we checked on her but didn't pick her up. She wailed more , but we stayed strong and left the room. She cried for about an hour\ hour and a half and finally cried herself to sleep. She slept till morning and was happy when she woke up. I think we did that two nights and now she just sleeps through the night. (8pm to 8am) She knows that we will be there in the morning, but we are not coming in at night. I know, it sounds harsh, but it works. I for sure needed support, my hubby and I kept each other company because it was heart wrenching to not go to her. I hope this is helpful.

Susie - posted on 11/06/2009

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hi,my daughter is also 16mths en wakes in night still.its mainly for comfort to know im still there or to get her dummy.im putting her in her own room soon,will wean her in to it by putting her in there when she has her naps,it worked for my other 2 so im hopeing it will work 4 libby.i dont give a bottle in night just b4 bed time and when she wakes up,as that incourages babys to still wake at night i think.

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Kirsty - posted on 11/29/2009

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hi everyone, my son is 17 months old. He has been waking up in the middle of the night for about 3 months now since getting chicken pox, could be 1-7 times a night i don't know what to do anymore sometimes he goes straight back to sleep but other times he will just scream for hours. I give him a bottle cause it's the only thing that puts him back to sleep

Jodi - posted on 11/22/2009

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My daughter is 17 months old. She has slept in her bed ever since she left the bassinet. When she wakes up in the middle of the night and I see that nothing is wrong, I just lay her back down and let her "cry it out" Rarely does she cry though. I will give her a drink of water from her sippy, check her diaper and back down she goes. She has been off the bottle since 11 1/2 months.

Erica - posted on 11/20/2009

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my daughter is 17 months old. and wakes up atleast once in the night.... i tried several things to put her back to sleep (trying to NOT use a bottle) ... but it seems to be the only thing to put her back to sleep- but it's ok, I'm not worried.. she will grow out of it eventually. I understand your frustration though- good luck!

Eva - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son is 17 month old and every night is a different story...I can't put a number of how many times he wakes up 2, 4 or 5 times, every time is different...it does not bother me anymore since I co-sleep, he will outgrow it eventually...

Kelly - posted on 11/11/2009

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Darcy is almost 17 months and still wakes up at least once if not twice, I dont give him a bottle to go to bed but I do give him one when he wakes around 3.30am. We are currently co sleeping because of our housing situation, but it does not seem to have changed his sleeping patterns at all and with so many other things to worry about it I have not really worried about it too much, but it is nice to see I'm not the only one. :)

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my son still wakes up several times a night too. I doesn't bother us much since I nurse and cosleep but babies aren't meant to be put on some schedule made up by doctors they will start sleeping better when they are ready. Eventually it will happen. Just try to be patient in the mena time.

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