sleepless nights..... need help!

Sunitha - posted on 11/07/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hey everybody, My name is Sunitha and my little one is 8 moths toworrow. He used to sleep very well for the first 4 months but come 5 months he keeps waking up every hour or two for a feed. He does not like formula. Any suggestions!!!

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Hassan - posted on 11/13/2008

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Hi Sunitha. i had the exact same issue with my daughter. up untill 10 days ago she was waking up every 45mins to half hour to feed. she used to refuse to take the bottle and she used to sleep with me in the same bed. so heres what i did:



- I made up my mind that i would give her formula at night - come what may. for the first 4 days, she didnt know what to do with the bottle. she would barely drink 1 ounce. but i persisted and would talk to her while i fed her - gently repeated that at night she should take the bottle because she was a big girl now ( i would also speak to her during the day - kids do understand!). by the 5th or 6th day, she figured out how to suck on the bottle nipple and now she drinks about 5 ounces before she sleeps and sleeps for 4-5 hours and goes to sleep while i give her the bottle and rock her.

- i also started putting her in her own cot. if babies sleep with you, they can smell you and your milk and sucking just becomes a habit rather than need to satisfy hunger.

- additionally, i have also started giving her a homeopathic medicine for teehthing, which most mothers i know, swear ny - its called Bio-plasegen 21 by Schwabes. i started it last night, and she seemed to sleep peacefully. hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2008

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Don't feed him. At 8months, and especially since he was previously sleeping through the night, he has no need for food in the night. He is waking for other reasons. It could be teething (try giving him some tylenol before bed) or it could be he's lost his pacifier and needs it back, or it could be that he is learning a new skill. Sometimes when they are learning something like crawling, the start practicing it in the night, and end up waking up scared and wondering what's going on. Hope it gets better!

Claire - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hello, My little boy, Roan 8 months, is also restless at night after sleeping well since he was about four months. If there has been any changes in routine, or home life this can affect him..the teething one is also a likely explantion... We just moved house a few weeks ago and this seems to have unsettled our baby a little, he is getting better though. I hope the situation improves for youx

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