8 month old still not sleeping through the night........help!

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My daughter will be 8 months old on friday and she still doesn't sleep through the night. she sleeps 3-4 hours and wakes up.....sometimes she is just wet but other times she needs a bottle to go back to sleep. is anyone else experiencing this? does anyone have any tips or advice? thanks!

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Oksana - posted on 01/30/2014

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My son is about to turn 8 months and he is waking up every 2-3 hours to nurse. He was sleeping great until 4 months, but then it all changed. I tried a lot of things: feeding milk with cereal before bed-not working. He does not take chamomile tea. He eats three meals a day. not too much milk though. he even stopped taking a bottle before bed-he wants a boob. when he wakes up, he nurses for 5-10 minutes and back to sleep. I change the diaper in the dark, i do not talk to him. i thought that teething is a problem, but he got his two first teeth and it seemed to get worse. Is he dehydrated? or is it just a bad habit? i tried to let him cry for up to 15 mins, but he got hysterical and got so upset that did not want to go back to sleep at all. i feel hopeless. I guess i'll just have to wait as long as it takes:( no sleep for me:(((

Dawn - posted on 09/05/2012

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hi i started by waiting an hour for the night time feed , EG if she woke at 2am for a feed i waited until 3am , soothing sushing and patting , I did this for 3/4 nights she then woke at 3am instead of 2am , I then did the same again pushing feed times by an hour every 3-5 days until we reached 6am , it was much easier than I thought with little crying ... hope this helps , but just remember each baby is very different and you know your baby best , hang in there it will come ;)

Faith - posted on 11/06/2012

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My daughter is 8months old,and she is doesn,t sleep through the night too,she goes to bed at 9pm and wake up at 2 for water then back to sleep again and wake up at 3.30 again for her milk then at 6.30 she is up and donst want to sleep again.pls is there any advice for me on what to do for her to sleep through the night.thank u

Chelsea - posted on 02/17/2010

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aw! my baby slept through the month starting at a month and a half! she isn't still sleeping in your room is she? i recently read that if the babies are still in their parents room, they can sense their parents and therefore will wake much earlier. what i found helpful is to get a really structured routine down. i never talked to my baby when he woke up in the night, nor did i make eye contact. i left all lights off as well. if he wakes up in the middle of the night now, i leave him since i know he does not need anything. he can make himself fall back asleep then. good luck!

Amy - posted on 10/15/2012

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My little girl is 8 months old and still gets up once a night. The problem is she doesn't breastfeed very well and she won't drink her bottles during the day. This has been going on for about a couple of months now. There are days she will only drink about 2oz during the day. It's very frustrating for the babysitter and myself. I am worried about her becoming dehydrated. She does eat baby food now as well. She eats about 1 container per meal. She was only eating about 1 container all day long. The pediatrician stated that she certainly doesn't eat the amount that most babies her age will eat but they aren't concerned because she isn't losing any weight. She will nurse only for a couple of minutes on each side. Any ideas?

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Brook - posted on 10/25/2012

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Both my children (2 years old and 9 mo. old) have went back and forth on sleeping through the night and then all of a sudden waking up. With my 2 year old We realized we had to up his bed time, find an object that soothed him and stay consistent with what we did when he would wake up.



Here is what helped him, gave him a sippy cup of water (never anything other then water) for some reason that seemed to make a huge difference for him. Along with that we wouldn't pick him up we would just rub his back and not talk to him. then leave the room and let him fuss. Not gonna lie sometimes he'd fuss for an hour but it wasn't more then a fuss if it ever got to the extent of a bad cry then obviously I would go in there again.



Now with our 9 mo. old she's doing the same thing and using the bottle as a soother which we don't ever give our child a bottle in bed and b/c I know she should be able to sleep through the night with out a feeding we are doing the same approach with her now too. Letting her fuss for 15 min the first night and then 10 min. longer each night there after. Then going in and soothing her without picking her up.



One more note. Our little boy we found out was having ear infections allot so that is one reason the water helped b/c the swallowing motion soothes an ear ache. So the thing that made the huge change was him getting tubes and adenoids taken out. He Immediately started taking longer naps and sleeping through the night.

Natasha - posted on 10/24/2012

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My son this almost 8 months and its the same thing. So dont worry im going tho the same thing.

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2012

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I did sleep training with my 2nd & 3rd babies. Leave baby 5 mins to cry...then comfort and lay them down & repeat. Progressive leave them longer. If Baby is sleeping too much in the day this will also cause them not to sleep at night. Also buy the next size up diapers...they will absorb more at night & let them sleep. I did that when my kids would wake....I knew the diapers weren't holding enough.

Amber - posted on 08/30/2012

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My baby is 3 mo. And sleeps very well through the night. Every baby is different. She sleeps 8 to 11 hours every night religiously and is on a schedule. She does still sleep in our room. When she does wake in the night, try keeping all lights off, avoiding eye contact, and avoid talking to them. That may be hard with the child in the other room bc they have time to work themselves up and tend to be wide awake by the time you can feed/change them. I can get her back to sleep without any fuss as long as I do those things.



Enfamil ar is a god sent!

Florence - posted on 08/29/2012

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Yes , I have two eight month old babies who are doing exactly the same and I don't know what to do.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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my son does the same thing. I put him to bed at 9 and he usually wakes up about 2-3 times a night and then wakes up between 7 and 730 in the morning. when he wakes up i always have to feed him. it gets irritating sometimes but i guess in time they will sleep all night!

Ashley - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son does the same thing. Its like hes thirsty. He wakes up eery 3-4 hrs drinks 4 oz and off to sleep sagain.

Patricia - posted on 02/20/2010

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Ok emfamil make this new night time formula that thickens in a baby's stomach. Once I put my son on it (bedtime botte only0 he was sleeping 12 hours a night I only had him on it for one month but in that one month he trained himself to sleep that long

Isabel - posted on 02/20/2010

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I am interested isn't ok if feed a baby just before he goes to sleep? Is it ok for the stomach?

Rachel - posted on 02/19/2010

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Hi Amber,
Just to let you know the feeding to sleep through the night is just really luck. Babies need to learn how to fall asleep on their own. It is a skill, it is not about falling to sleep on a full stomach. It's important that babies get all their calories during they day. Although it is possible for babies to sleep through the night at 6 months. The stat out there is like 70% of babies sleep through the night at 9 months. So hang in there you are not that far off. My son is also 8 months and does not sleep through the night. We do a dream feed at around 10:30-11 and that holds him over until 4-4:30am. I get up to feed him in the morning and he sleeps until about 6:30-7am. Keep in mind my son goes down at around 6:50pm, we start our bedtime routine at 6:30. And he does sleep in our room in his own crib. We shh him to sleep if he wakes up, we used a sleep doula and it really worked. I hope that helps. Good book - Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, something like that. I don't have it on me as I am writing this.

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My oldest which in now 2 did not sleep through the night until she was 1 and a half. :( She would get up 2 time a night. My youngest now 8 months just started sleeping through the night. For the last few months she would wake up 2 times a night an want a bottle, but she would only drink a little and then go back to sleep. So after a few weeks of getting up fixing bottles and she would only eat about 2oz. I let her cry when she got up. I know it sounds mean. After a few night she did not wake up. Every now and then she will let out a lil cry or 2 but she falls right back to sleep.

Carla - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son is the same his just coming up 8 months, he go's to bed perfectly at 7, and then from 11 his up, constantly!!!. I end up giving him a bottle around 1 then he will sleep through till 6:30-7. But its so tiring being up so many times. I cant figure out why he wakes up, i cant imagine he is truly hungry as he eats 3 meals a day including afters and 3 bottles a day and weighs 22lb 6oz (so a big boy) I need help!!!!!

Isabel - posted on 02/19/2010

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We have the same situation as well. the doctor advised to give him bottle instead of breastfeeding, but he doesn't take any bottles.So I am also in ur situation and still looking for some method that will be suitable for us. hope will find soon:) good luck to both of us.

Aura - posted on 02/19/2010

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well my baby been sleeping thru the night since she was 4 months. i think it depends on ur baby. but if your baby cry let them cry n they get used to that night or dark is for sleeping. my baby go to sleep at 9:30 and wakes up at 8 am.

Jennell - posted on 02/18/2010

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I hear you loud & clear. My son didn't sleep thru the night until he was 12 & 1/2 months. He is 13 months now! He would wake up for a bottle 1 or 2 times a night. I just waited until he turned a year and took the bottle away, replaced ir with a sippy and rode it out. It takes a while and many sleepless nights but...

Stefani - posted on 02/18/2010

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My 8mth old wakes up several times during the night for no apparent reason - just unsettled. She's been sleeping in the bed with me & my husband has been kicked out onto a matress - not very fair :) Even after a big day of daycare she can still be restless. I've put it down to teething and growing. As she is walking around and very active during the day I thought she would sleep well but she slept better as a 4mth old!!!

Kris - posted on 02/18/2010

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it's normal for them not to be sttn at this point. they have so many milestones going on...teething, crawling, standing, etc. it's tough when you're right inthe midst of everything, but before you know it, this time of their lives will be over. my ds (8 mo) is usually up eveyr 2 hours at night still. he's so busy during the day that he doesn't stop long for nursing and makes up for it at night. keep in mind that a majority of their calories should come from breastmilk or formula till a year.

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2010

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SAME HERE! BUT IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN HE DOESNT SLEEP ON A FULL STOMACH..WHAT I DO IS THAT I FEED HIM THE MOST HE COULD POSSIBLY TAKE IN RIGHT BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP..MY SON'S BEDTIME IS AT 11:00PM SO HE WONT WAKE UP TO EARLY IN THE MORNING!

Renee - posted on 02/17/2010

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you could try feeding her abit earler befor she goes down to bed at night, and just make sure bubs is not to cold or hot..babys temp drops quite abit while sleeping and that could be waking her..or maybe she just misses you and freaks out in the night with the lights all out,(try a dim light)so she knows wher she is when bubs wakes up.. Babys can smell mums milk so it's better if your partner goes in to settle her back to sleep.Or 7 1/2 month was waking inbetween 11-12pm so i rang plunket and wounded why she was waking..i tryed feeding abit earler and dressed her abit warmer and now she sleeps right though to 5am breastfeed and then back to bed til 7.30 8am

Emma - posted on 02/17/2010

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my little boy is 8months almost and he has only just started sleeping. i ve been giving 2 meals a day and its not doing anything so i give him brekkie @ half 9 lunch @ half 1 then a bigger meal @half 5 to replace bottles in day then after his bath he has a bottle then bed now he sleeps 10hours a nite!!! try it x

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thanks chelsea. no , she is sleeping in her crib, but she still wakes up. when she does wake up she usually goes right back to sleep. maybe i do need to wait it out when she cries instead of going in there to get her, but she is usually wet so i change her and try to get her to go back to sleep.

Christina - posted on 02/17/2010

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i feed my son cereal before bed and that helps out alot!!! i have the habit of him sleeping in bed with me he doesn't sleep all night he still wakes up about 6 in the morning but goes right back to sleep with a bottle!!!!!

DaLylia - posted on 02/17/2010

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i really wish i could give more help but the only help i can give you is letting you know that your not alone. i wonder the same thing about my son... as much as i love him i thought i would be sleeping through the night by now.

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