sleeping through the night!

Lisa - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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hi. My 8 month old little still doesn't conistently sleep through the night. If it were up to here, she'd still nurse every few hours!! I can at times ( on a good night!) get her to sleep for a 6 hour stretch, but its normally 4 or 5, before she is up and screaming for nursing. Any help would be appreciated!!

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Lisa - posted on 03/11/2009

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hi! thanks everyone for the posts.. leah. i hear you! we're in teh exacT same Boat. use ferber to put her to bed.. but at 3 am ( with a 2 yera old sleeping in same room as her) its so much easie rto just give in and nurse.. ideas?!!



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Leah - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi ladies...I am also experiencing a lot of wakings. I am still nursing and my little one just wants to nurse. Last night he was up twice - and the 1st time was after a bottle my husband gave him! Ugh! We have used Ferber to let him fall asleep but it doesn't seem to work for this. He escalates to a point of hysteria and the paci gets spit out or flung out and we haven't been good about doing Ferber in this situation. It had been MUCH better a few months ago with rare wakings then we started going away weekends and he slept in a pack n play next to us and the feedings resumed. Now when we are home he still wants it. I am having such a hard time with it - my pedi says to do Ferber but I can only seem to do it when he goes to sleep. I know he doesn't need to eat at this point but I am so desparate to go back to sleep and not hear him scream I do what works. Any thoughts?!

Angela - posted on 03/08/2009

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YOu are so not alone and this is probably the most talked about subject on the board.  We still have 2 wake ups a night and that is when he is not sick... which he has been consistently sice December!  If you find what works.. let me know.  We are trying to wean I am hoping that will help.

Anna - posted on 03/07/2009

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I have a similar baby, but things have improved. He was waking up about every hour and a half. We thought it was his acid reflux, but as he's gotten older, we think that it became more of a habit. It made no difference if he slept with us or in his crib. We were committed to attachment parenting and avoided cry it out methods, but in the end (like Crystal) turned to the Ferber method. It was a compromise between pure Cry it Out and the no cry solutions. It has worked well for us. He now goes to bed consistently and only wakes once per night (around 5am) and we feed him. We don't mind waking up once, as it is a great improvement from before! We also check in on him more than the Ferber method suggests because we're just not comfortable letting him cry for so long. Others have had good results with "The No Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley.

Angie - posted on 03/07/2009

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My little guy was not sleeping through the night either.. our ped reccomended the cry it out method.. all though I was not for it.... we tried it.. I got ear plugs and my husband made sure he was okay.... after 3 nights he was sleeping all night.. the 2nd night was the worst... but it was totaly worth it.. now he sleeps from 8-8.

Gemma - posted on 03/06/2009

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I was going to suggest giving a more solid feed before bed along side some milk just to fill the tummy more.

The controlled crying really helps. I did this with my son and after a few days he started to sleep through apart from waking for a sip of water or to be re-tucked in about once in the night but he usually goes straight back to sleep.

I refuse to feed him in the night now as he was only comfort eating and not really hungry. If it's before 6am I wont feed him, I just offer water.

User - posted on 03/05/2009

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SHE COULD POSSIBLY NOT BE GETTING ENOUGH FROM HER FEEDINGS... NOT SURE IF YOU BOTTLE FEED AT ALL BUT IT WASNT UNTIL I STARTED FORMULA BEFORE BED WITH RICE OR CEREAL MIXED WITH THE BOTTLE... MY SON WOULD DO THE SAME THEN I TALKED TO MY DR AND WE STARTED DOING A BOTTLE AT BED TIME W CEREAL OR RICE AND MY BABY SLEEPS ALL NITE LONG I HAVE TO WAKE HIM AT 9AM... YES IT SOUNDS CRAZY BUT IT SO WORKS.. GOOD LUCK:)

Emily - posted on 03/05/2009

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Quoting Crystal:



My 8 month old has been sleeping through the night for about 2 months.  At 3 months old, he stopped sleeping.  After a few nights of NO sleep we brought him into bed with us for a month and a half.






We finally decided he needed to be out of our bed and sleeping, so we talked with our pedi.  She has twin toddlers and told us she ended up using the Ferber method.  I was against this method, I couldnt let him cry it out!  Yet after reading a few other "methods" we tried it.  Now he eats at 7pm- goes to sleep by 7:15.  He then wakes up between 4:30am and 6am to nurse- then back down IN HIS OWN CRIB until 7am or 8am!






At this point- unless they are unhealthy, they do not need to eat at night.  It is all habit that is making them want  to eat.  When Benjamin wakes up at 4:30am- we let him cry it out- checking on him every however may minutes- until at least 5 or 5:15.  I know he can make it till 6 without eating, but some mornings I am to tired to drag it out.  I am hoping to get him to the point of sleeping till 7am every morning without eating at all.






This is consistent unless he is teething or something!!  He also wouldn't nap, this method didn't work at first for napping, but eventually did.






If you don't know what the Ferber method is or have questions- just ask me.





So how long did it take before you child was sleeping through the night.  My little guy slept through the night until about 4 months, and now at 8 1/2 he is still not sleeping through. He has gotten in 5 teeth in the last four months so I am sure that is why.  I have a hard time thinking about the cry it out method, but might consider it.  How did it work for you? Any details to help me out?

Angela - posted on 03/05/2009

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are you ok with using a dummy? I know some people don't like to give their babies a pacifier but that may help to calm her down. My little girl recently has decided to wake up during the night and i give her the dummy and she happily goes back to sleep. I don't feed her cos she doesn't need a feed since she has been able to sleep thru the night without a worry for a long time. Maybe distract her with some music/light show on her ceiling, give her a blanket to play with. My little girl goes to sleep on her own with a special blanket - helps her go to sleep....maybe introduce one to her. Everything is a trial and error...there's no harm in trying different things until you find something that works....good luck! xo

Crystal - posted on 03/04/2009

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My 8 month old has been sleeping through the night for about 2 months.  At 3 months old, he stopped sleeping.  After a few nights of NO sleep we brought him into bed with us for a month and a half.



We finally decided he needed to be out of our bed and sleeping, so we talked with our pedi.  She has twin toddlers and told us she ended up using the Ferber method.  I was against this method, I couldnt let him cry it out!  Yet after reading a few other "methods" we tried it.  Now he eats at 7pm- goes to sleep by 7:15.  He then wakes up between 4:30am and 6am to nurse- then back down IN HIS OWN CRIB until 7am or 8am!



At this point- unless they are unhealthy, they do not need to eat at night.  It is all habit that is making them want  to eat.  When Benjamin wakes up at 4:30am- we let him cry it out- checking on him every however may minutes- until at least 5 or 5:15.  I know he can make it till 6 without eating, but some mornings I am to tired to drag it out.  I am hoping to get him to the point of sleeping till 7am every morning without eating at all.



This is consistent unless he is teething or something!!  He also wouldn't nap, this method didn't work at first for napping, but eventually did.



If you don't know what the Ferber method is or have questions- just ask me.

Dani - posted on 03/04/2009

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I cant really help but i can say that your baby isnt the only one that doesnt sleep through the night (i know it can feel that way). Mine is up every 2-3 hours.

I did get some advice though and from about 5am professionals consider it morning for babies if they want to feed its not unreasonable. Have you tried dream feeding before you go to bed at all?

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