My baby won't sleep through the night

Emily - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My baby is 5 months old and is still up atleast 2 or 3 times a night. He eats and goes back to sleep but I wish there was a way to get him through the night. we have tried cereal and everything.

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Marie - posted on 10/26/2009

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If you keep getting up to feed him he will keep getting up to demand the feeding. He is old enough to sleep at least 10 hours now. My boy is 5 months old also and has been sleeping 10 hours since he was 3 months old. My daugher started sleeping 10 hours when she was 2 months old. You have to skip each late feeding, one by one, until he gives it up (stops waking for it). He will cry but should stop waking for it after 2 or 3 nights of doing this. If you can't stand the crying put him in a room where you won't hear him so loudly - he won't cry that long and will go back to sleep. I know it's hard to do, but he's ok.

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Kay - posted on 01/20/2014

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I feel your frustration, I have two boys ones just turned 2 the other 9 months old neither sleep through the night it's exhausting. Your doing the right thing by asking for help. Don't think your a bad mum it's hard to figure these little ones out sometimes. I hope something works for you soon I'm still trying lol. Best of luck ;)

Chelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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my daughter used to sleep all night from 9 till 7.30 when she was six weeks old. irs only since she has been teething she wakes in the night. is your baby teething? it might be sore gums

Danielle - posted on 11/01/2009

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Quoting Marie:

If you keep getting up to feed him he will keep getting up to demand the feeding. He is old enough to sleep at least 10 hours now. My boy is 5 months old also and has been sleeping 10 hours since he was 3 months old. My daugher started sleeping 10 hours when she was 2 months old. You have to skip each late feeding, one by one, until he gives it up (stops waking for it). He will cry but should stop waking for it after 2 or 3 nights of doing this. If you can't stand the crying put him in a room where you won't hear him so loudly - he won't cry that long and will go back to sleep. I know it's hard to do, but he's ok.



skipping or cuttingout a feed doesn't always work, i tried it a few times with my daughter, it would take 45 mins to an hour to get back to sleep and then she would wake 10 mins to half hours later because she was hungry.



not all babies are ready to skip feeds yet

Danielle - posted on 11/01/2009

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some babies still need that feed, my daughter is the same, we still wake up 3 to 4 times to eat then she is straight back off to sleep, he will start to sleep more when he is ready, its hard i know but it wont last forever

Miriam - posted on 10/30/2009

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Check out the book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night" by Elizabeth Pantley. http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/ She has helped many of the moms in my baby group. I just started and it seems to be working for me. She has great ideas that I've put into motion. I breastfeed and he associates feeding to sleep. I've changed up his sleep cues and have become more consistent with his bedtime routine. As you might be able to tell, he's asleep and I'm awake... I haven't gotten into this extra sleep yet.

I hope it works for you...

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2009

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Hi! I have 5 month old twins and they have been sleeping through the night since they were 1 1/2 months old. I have an older child too, so I learned the 'tricks' from when I had her (she took much longer to get to sleep through the night). I taught my babies to sleep through the night with the music from the fisher price cradle swings. Every time they would wake up in the night, I would turn the music back on on the swings. They would cry a little at first (and in the beginning they would cry long enough that I would have to feed them), but after a while they would go back to sleep the minute I turned the music back on. They now sleep in their crib through the night, but sometimes wake up occasionally. I now have the fisher price aquarium in their cribs. I turn on the fish with the rain noise, and they go to sleep themselves in their crib. If they wake in the night, I turn on the rain noise (not the bright fish) and they go right back to sleep. I would recommend trying the aquarium (or anything that makes a rain or cricket noise) since your baby is already 5 months and is probably almost getting too big to be in the swing. Hope this helps! It helps babies to have a noise to associate going to sleep. Maybe even a cd with lullabies would work. I would also recommend reading the book 'Baby Wise' (I don't agree with everything they say, but it is a good resource). Good Luck!

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He's still young. If he's waking up and needing to eat then feed him. He will sleep through the night soon. Hang in there!

Debbie - posted on 10/25/2009

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I was told not to wake my babies when they slep through the night. Both of my boys are extremly healthy. my first had some issues of health but I was told to let him sleep. He is 18 months and weighs 23 lbs 9 oz and then my 5 month old weighs 16 lbs 8 oz. He is a big boy.

Jennifer - posted on 10/25/2009

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You are not alone!!! My little one gose to bed at 9p.m and is up at 4a.m. for a snack then back to sleep. She then gets up at 7:30am. for the day. She only takes one some times two naps a day. Your baby may be in a grouth spurt. They eat more then. I would love a whole night of sleep but I'm not willing to let my baby go hungry to get it. Hang in there. Before we know it we will be missing those nightly feedings.

Debbie - posted on 10/25/2009

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my five month old Joshua goes to bed about 9 PM and sleeps till about 11:00 PM and I try to feed him. If he will allow me to feed him he sleeps till like 5:30 AM and then I feed and he goes back to sleep and wants to eat at 7 AM again also. But if I cant wake him at 11 PM to feed he wakes at 3 AM and 5:30 AM. My other son Jeremiah has slept through the night since birth. He spoiled me

Andrea - posted on 10/22/2009

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All babies are different...my son (5mo) has been sleeping through the night since he was 3 months old. I fed him frequently during the day and he is good at night...once he got to 6oz bottles, he was great..now that we are feeding him solids too, he does even better. The frequency of his meals during the day will help him at sleep through the night. its not bad for them either. My son is on a pretty strict feeding schedule too and that helps....if his schedule changes or is off by even just a couple hours..then he will be up at night...only happens when I visit family and his schedule goes berzerk!

Line - posted on 10/21/2009

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I guess i'm one of the lucky one she's been sleeping throught the night since she was 2 months. Try feeding him more during the day. If he drinks more, maybee it will satisfy him for a little longer at night. I don't know how much he eats but my baby (BIG eater) she eats 40 onces of milk plus cereal twice a day and puree for dinner and supper. Not all baby's are the same mine just happens to have her dad's appetite. lol!

Kaylarie - posted on 10/21/2009

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Hey there! My son is 5 1/2 months and I slowly stopped night time feedings. I started with cutting one at a time usually the earliest. Once one is cut wait awhile and move to the next. My baby loves his binky so instead of feeding him I put the binky in his mouth.If he spits it out I keep putting back in. I soothed him every way but feedings. If he is having a hard time you can try cutting the amount fed untill he is ready to stop that feeding.I just got rid of the last feeding and stopped breast feeding and he sleeps 10-12 hrs now. You have to remember every person young and old wakes at least 3-4 times a night. As adults we know how to put ourselves back to sleep. Babies do not know how to do this so they cry and we feed them. Once they are trained to just fall back asleep they will be able to do it by themselves.

Jessica - posted on 10/21/2009

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Your baby should not be sleeping through the night yet! His tummy is still so small and he digests food quickly so he needs the night time nourishment. He'll sleep all night long when he's ready! My son is EBF and he still wakes up every two-three hours to nurse but I know that this will not last forever and he'll sleep 12-14 hours straight before I know it.

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