Should a 9 month old be sleeping all night?

Christina - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 9 months but has been waking up every single night for the past few months.How do i get him to sleep through the night?I have 2 other kids and its so exhausting!!!

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Asia - posted on 02/24/2010

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my 9mnth son sleeps 10 to 12 hours a night, but i keep hi up almost all day...

Kerri - posted on 02/18/2010

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I know how it feels my 9month old was sleeping 11 hours at about 4months old, and then was sick with whooping cough. ever since then she has gone back to having 2 nite feeds (breastfed baby). i thought once she started solids she wouldn't need them anymore, but if i don't feed her it can take me anywere up to 30minutes to resettle her! so i think i am just cheeting and taking the easy way out by giving her a quick feed! For the last 2 weeks she has been teething (first tooth) and she is having a terrable time. I feel like i will never have a good nite sleep!!!

Becki - posted on 03/03/2010

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dont feel alone, my 9 month old still doesnt sleep through the night, except for 2 times in his entire little lifetime!!! i keep hoping he'll get it. i have 6 other kids and trying on the weekends to get the lil guy to nap even, is a horror show!! good luck with the sleep

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Melissa - posted on 03/15/2010

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A rusk is a teething rusk designed to sooth tender gums. The hard texture of heinz teething rusks encourages biting and chewing, which is important for gum and jaw development. They are stick shaped and when babies chew on them they can be eaten, babies dont tend to eat the whole thing as it is a bit tiring i think with all the biting and chewing that they have to do. You can buy them in the baby section in the supermarket. Hope that makes sense.

Ivonne - posted on 03/03/2010

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My ten month old boy has never slept through the night. Not once. It's just how some kids are and you'll have to be a bit more patient. I do hear however that letting a child cry it out helps hm learn how to self soothe himself back to sleep, and at his age he doesn't necessarily need milk/formula anymore. I personally don't want to let my child cry it out so I'll wake up with him once or twice a night. I get a decent amount of sleep and I'm hoping my patience will pay off. Good luck in whatever method you choose.

Crystal - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son is 9 1/2 months and he is breastfed. He goes to bed at 8pm and sleeps until 5:30-6am, eats, and goes back to sleep until 7am. If your son wakes up, to do run straight in there or do you give him some time to calm himself? When my son wakes up in the night, I let him cry/whine/talk for a little while before I go in there. Do you think he may be hungry in the night? If you feed him, does he go back to sleep? Just the first things that come to mind when I think about my son. Good luck! Hope this helps and it gets better!

Angela - posted on 03/02/2010

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Also, the dr said that at this age, they wake up and notice that they are alone so they get scared..but...if you let them calm themselves, they will be ok. And A LOT of dr's and professionals say to NEVER leave a bottle in the crib with your baby. If you do, only make sure it has water in it! No milk, formula, or juice! It is bad for their teeth. It can cause decay and hard on their gums too.

Angela - posted on 03/02/2010

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My 9 month olds dr said that when she wakes up in the middle of the night NOT to run in and get her. NO bottle, NO picking up, nothing. Just let her cry. If it goes on too long, then check to make sure she hasn't pooped or is stuck in crib, but I let her cry for about 30-45min and then she's ok. Like last night she screamed for about 45min and wouldn't calm down...so I decided to go in there. She had pooped AND her poor arm was stuck in between the wall and mattress of her crib!! But...when we do just let her cry she eventually just falls asleep. She'll cry herself to sleep. It is HEARTBREAKING, but you can't let them know that EVERY time they cry mom or dad will come in and get them...Hope that helps!

Melita - posted on 03/01/2010

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my 9 month old wakes up nearly every night but i have a bottle next to her so when she does wake up, she grabs the bottle and goes back to sleep. its all to do with their body clock/feeding clock. it does get draining but if you leaving the bottle in the cot/bed somewhere, he will find it and feed himself. he may be afraid of the dark or something, so try a night light too.

Sylvie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Hi everyone,
My daughter just turned 9 months on the 24 of Feb. She is usually in bed my 8pm and is up by 7am. Sometimes she wakes up between 5 and 6 am for a bottle and goes right back to sleep. But lately, I have been letting her cry it out (this is extemelly hard for me) and she soothes herself back to sleep within 10 mins top. Before my daughter goes to bed she also gets baby cereal and a bottle wich seems to help hold her over better
ADVICE: This comes from a friend of mine- I plan on trying it soon if she starts waking up at 5am for a bottle again.
But if you know exactly what time your child wakes up at - you set your alarm to go in their room exactly ONE hour before they wake up and you just interrupt their sleep (ex move them around in the crib) apparently after doing this for a week or so your child will no longer wake up at that time. My friend swears by it and she is a mom of twin boys so I beleive her. I also think it is worth a try.

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my lil girl sleeps from about 1030 pm to 730 am but it changes when she is teething then shes up every few hrs or so

Stephanie - posted on 02/27/2010

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my baby is nine months old today! for the last week he has been wakeing up every three hours. sometime i can just patt him back to sleep and then sometimes i cant. so what i have heard lately from a few ppl is that at 8-9 months they start getting the sence that you are not there.SO i have started really trying to let him try to just comfort himself and go back to sleep. I will let him cry for about 15 -20 minutes before i finally go in there, but most of the time i dont have to because he will go back to sleep. Just let him cry alittle it wont hurt. It will hurt you more then it does him but in the long run a few nights of that and he should start getting used to putting himself back to sleep. just be strong i know its hard to just let them cry.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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Our son is about to turn 9 months. He sleeps any where from 5 to 7 hours at a time, then needs a bottle and diaper change in the middle of the night. We put him down around 7 p.m. It took us a while to find a routine that helped him calm before bed, but if we don't follow it (generally speaking) and respect the bedtime, he not only wakes up more in the middle of the night, he doesn't nap well the next day. Our routine consists of excited play with Daddy, bath with Mommy, then calm story time and bottle. I always try to put him in bed while he is awake, even if he feels the need to play a little while before he finally crashes. Then, I slip into his room, tuck him in and turn out the light. I also take great lengths to create a calm, quiet, warm environment. I run a cool mist vaporizer for white noise. To go to sleep, we play a lullaby CD, but I never leave it going all night.

Every baby is different. Try to take note of what might be triggering his waking periods. He will sleep one day. Try to hang in there.

Stephany - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son will be 10 months on the 4th of March. He sleeps through the night most of the time. When he does wake up he's either hungry, wet or just wants to cuddle. If your son isn't wet try feeding him some cereal and put him back to be. If that doesn't work maybe he's not feeling good. My son is teething and i always now when he's not feeling really well cause he wants to just hold on to me for life. But you have 2 other children so i see where you are exhausted. I only have my son. .I hope you get him sleeping through the night. I'm sure you are exhausted with 3 kids. Good luck to you.

Amanda - posted on 02/24/2010

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Asia has the right idea. My daughter used to wake up every 2 hours at night and it was exhausting. Once we started cutting back on naps during the day she started sleeping 9-11 hours at night! We have it down to a 1/2 hour in the morning... usually 3 hours after she wakes up. Then another 1-2 hours in the afternoon - around 3 o'clock. She goes to bed somewhere between 7 and 9 and is up between 5 and 6. The longer they nap during the day, the more they are up at night.

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My oldest son woke up every 2 hrs until 9 months when we used cry it out (CIO). He's now 2.5yrs old and finally sleeps through. My youngest is now 9 months and he still gets up every couple of hours to eat. It's frustrating cause he's like 95th percentile so it's not like he needs it, but as somebody earlier said he's a breastfed baby, and it's the easiest and fastest way to get him back to sleep. I'm very tired of getting up for feedings in the night though, so we will probably be doing CIO with him soon as well. I'm not looking forward to it.

Jayne Marie - posted on 02/24/2010

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My Son is 10 months next week, and as yet he has NEVER slept thru the night. He used to go 7pm until about 3-4am up until christmas, but since then he's waking every 1.5 hours. He stopped sucking his thumb at 4 months when he got teeth. He refused a dummy. I am still feeding him myself. I'm hoping it'll be something he just grows out of. Leaving him to cry it out, only results in him being violently sick.... I haven't had a full nights sleep now for over a year!! I now know why sleep deprevation is used as torture in some countries!!!

Brisa - posted on 02/23/2010

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At around 4 months my son started sleeping through the night but at about months he started waking up several times each night. At one point, he was waking up every hour to drink about 3 ounces. Sleep deprived and tired did not even begin to describe how my husband and I were feeling. We finally decided to let him cry it out. It worked for a while but not anymore. Now he is very unpredictable, some nights he sleeps through the night but most nights he wakes up around midnight and again around 4 am. At those times he has been drinking 3 oz although I started reducing the amount of milk he drinks and hopefully we can wean him off the midnight feed an a little later on the early morning feed. I have tried several things feeding him within an hour of putting him to bed, adding rice cereal to his last bottle, leting him cry it out for a couple of weeks a but nothing gives me consistent results. Any suggestions?

Shannon - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have 9 month old twin boys and they basically sleep through the entire night. They may wake up because they lost their soother or blanket and sometimes I guess just to "chat" or make some noise.
When my boys were almost 5 months they were still eating every 2 hours so my pediatrician had me start them on infant cereal and ever since then, sleep for 11 hours!!!! I give them 4 tbs before bed and a 5-6 ounce bottle.

Julie - posted on 02/23/2010

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Mine will turn 9 months in 2 days and still wakes up about 3 time a night, all night includind 1 milk.

Melody - posted on 02/23/2010

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Kerri, My little 9 month old is going through the same thing as yours - slept through for 12 hours up until 6 months old and now she wakes numerous times during the night wanting a feed. She is also teething - I think they have almost cut through so hopefully she will settle again - it is really exhausting. I think you just have to ride it out..:(

Robyn - posted on 02/23/2010

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My little guy wakes 3 times a night at 9months he is only in the 4% for weight so that is why the pediatrian says he wakes as he does not have much body fat and needs to feed more often.

Kayleigh - posted on 02/23/2010

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my little girl in nearly 9 months, she has slept through from 7pm - 7.30am, since she was about 12 weeks old. i think it was when we put her in her cot, in her own room. and took her out of her moses basket. she also has a bath every night, followed by a bottle of milk. i also use the johnsons bedtime bath, and bedtime body wash. it smells really nice. suppose to relax them.

Cesiah - posted on 02/23/2010

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My 9 month son goes to bed by 10 n sleeps thru 8, he has been doing this since he was 4months, he has a bottle just before going to bed, if he does wake up crying i just let him soothe himself back to sleep its hard but he does go back to sleep, this only happens when he is not feeling well though. somedays he will even sleep till 10 or 11 it just depends on how much nap time he gets the day before. other than letting them cry i dont know of another method that works, he is in his own room n crib with a baby monitor that has a night light, so just a good sleeping environment. I hope things get better with your baby and that he will start sleeping thru the night!

Nadira - posted on 02/22/2010

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My 9 months old baby also wakes up 2-3 times for a top up feed. My health visitor told me that babies at this stage should sleep without being fed. So I started to use cry out sleep method. BUT another problem is when he wakes up, he now can crawl and stands up holding the crib, altho his cot floor is in the law position. Because he is a bit wobbly, so he fell down on his mattress. Now I dont know how to use the sleeping method...

Vanessa - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping through the night since her second month. Before bed she'll have 8oz of milk, i'll make sure the diaper is clean and she has already burped, i'll turn off the light, leaving only a little night light and she'll know it's sleeping time. she usually goes to bed at 9:30 and wakes up around 8:00. After 7pm i'll just keep her awake until bedtime.

Sheralee - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son did the same thing , He woke up to 4 x a night from 6 months till 71/2 months and I was at my wits end so I was talking to a freind of mine and she said the same and she had to just leave him to cry when he woke during the night, so I tryed it and the first night was a shocker but then the next night got shorter and then the next night I had to get up to check if he was still alive lol and he was of course so there is a light at the end of the tunnel, some babies take longer but it totaly works, Good luck :)oh and he has a bottle about and hour before to but he always has.:)

Morana - posted on 02/22/2010

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when my son will not sleep I put him to bed with him and kiss him and he falls asleep or so back in his cot or continue to sleep together.

Teressa - posted on 02/22/2010

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My 9 month old wakes 2. I have 3 other children as well. My others never slept thru until they were 1. Evently they do sleep!!

Kara - posted on 02/21/2010

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my son is 9months and has been waking up atleast two to three times a nite for the past 7months now it is just a nightly routine

Claire - posted on 02/21/2010

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my 9month old daughter sleeps right through sometimes till gone 10am!!! at 1 point she didnt rise till 2pm...lucky!!! we started giving her porridge just before her last feed to fill her up more and it worked a treat with her. not even had problems with her at night while teething. hope it works for you to xx

Jesse - posted on 02/21/2010

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my nine month old daughter sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night. she usually just wants her Binky at night is the only time she ever wants it. it almost seems comforting to her.

Laura - posted on 02/21/2010

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It's nice to see there are other parents in the same boat as us. Our first daughter LOVED her sleep. She was sleeping through the night by the time she was 2 months old and has been a fabulous sleeper ever since then and she's 2.5 yrs old. Our second daughter who is 9.5 months old HATES sleeping!!! She has never been much of a daytime napper and she too wakes up throughout the night. She has a bottle about 1.5 hrs before bed and she has her cereal about 1/2 hr before bed so I don't think she's hungry. We have a heater on in her room to make sure she stays warm through the night even if she happens to slip out from under the blanket. So I too am at a lose. Don't know what else to do to get her to sleep through the night. But I'm due to go back to work in May so I hope we get this worked out by then!

Marie - posted on 02/21/2010

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My 9 month old..also wakes up EVERY night either 1 or 2 in the morning. then wont wake up till about 6 or 7 after that. but i usually give him a 4 oz bottle then he goes back to sleep. At night i'll try to feed him a little more food right before bed hoping that would help him sleep...but it doesn't =[ i hope waking up in the middle of the night goes away soon!

Susie - posted on 02/20/2010

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Does he nap late in the day? I find that if my little guy naps much past 4:00 PM then he is more likely to wake up at night so I try to make sure naptime goes until about 3:30. Just an idea :-)

Katie - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son JUST started sleeping through the night! I though that it would never happen!! He would constantly wake up 1,2 or 3 times in the night! I did the cry it out method, and yes the 1st night was the hardest! but after that each night got easier! I tried this a month earlier and he got so upset he thew up ,so I waited another month. And so far so good!! :) you can do it ladies! I honestly thought that Zack would be waking in the night until kindergarden!!

Valerie - posted on 02/20/2010

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I found that if I keep him on a routine to some degree with at least two good naps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. He'll sleep better. I had a friend tell me that her 2 year old wouldn't sleep well at night if he didn't get his nap out. Also, I use Ibuprophen and/or teething tablets when he's irritable and teething. Mines woke up to poop too. Arg! Can't help that. A while back I started leaving him in the crib with a "night-night", but only after he's been fed and changed and medicine if needed. Now he'll fuss at me, but lay down on the bed. I close the door too.

Dana - posted on 02/20/2010

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By now most babies, do sleep through the night. But some how my little man missed the memo. He's up at least twice a night. Some times its for a couple of hours. Some times he's just up to poop and then goes right back to bed. If he's teething or not feeling good, he wants to be held.

Amanda - posted on 02/19/2010

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it depends.. my son will sleep through but when he is teething he will wake every night.. i give my son dinner at 530 n i worked out that if i give him a peice of toast at about 730 and he goes to bed at 8:00 he sleeps through, just that little bit extra in his tummy before bed and he wont wake for a bottle.

Bonnie - posted on 02/19/2010

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I don't know my baby hates to sleep.... she use to when she was 1 month old till 8 months old now she screams!! until i come and get her. sometimes every hour sometimes every four hours. It's ridiculous! So I've started feeding her a veggie with some grain in it right before she goes to bed and putting her to bed by at least 9pm. Last night she actually went a whole 5 hours. Hope tonight it's longer.

Katie - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son is 9months and he had the same problem.. i spoke to my health visitor and she told me to give him a rusk n his milk b4 bed .. and since i have been doing that he has been sleeping from 7pm till 8.30am... hope this helps xx

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2010

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My nine month old sleeps best with her strict bed routine. 7:30pm she gets a filling dinner (a meat and veggie and grain usually) then a bath, quiet bedtime story, lights out, tucked in, and a kiss. After the same thing every night exactly, she started a sleeping routine from 8:15 to 9 am. My mom reccommended it so give it a try. =]

Megan - posted on 02/19/2010

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I am in the same boat! I havent had any sleep this week! He has been sleeing through the night since he was 2 or 3 months old. Never really had problems until now. He fights the sleep and hates to be laid down. HE will be sound asleep and as soon as i put him in bed he screams! Its killing me and my husband! I have been spoiled up until now and I dont know what to do. He also turns over on his belly and cant get back over so then hes wide awake. Is it ok to let him sleep on his belly now that he is older? Hang in there!

Cristina - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter is also 9 months and gets up twice a night still! She's my second and this is all new for me. My first daughter slept through the night at 6 months. I quess each child is different... If you have any suggestions, let me know!

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2010

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My little guy just turned 9 months and is generally sleeping through the night. If he does wake up, typically it is because he rolled over and scared himself, or he is not feeling well. When he does wake up and I know it's not because of any illness, I try to let him cry it out. I know it is hard, but you have to allow them time to self soothe.

Janelly - posted on 02/18/2010

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I hear you I can't be much help but my babies pediatrician told me that babies at this age shouldn't be waking up at night anymore, or eating. So his suggestion was to just let him cry and after a few days they realize that they have to sleep. For me it took a while longer.

Catherine - posted on 02/18/2010

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My nine month old wakes up one to two times a night. I am wondering what to do and for how long will this last, as well.

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2010

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Mine is 9 1/2 months and he will sometimes sleep through the night. Other days he gets up once for a bottle which he quickly drinks then goes back to sleep. Take last night for example, he slept from 8pm until 7:30am then we took my other kids to the bus and we were back home by 830, he had part of a bottle and went back down for a nap. I think he is growing because he had more than usual for breakfast too.

Dina - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping through the night since she was about 3mos old. I know I am very lucky! She did start waking up early or in the middle of the night, but it was just because the bottle/formula wasn't enough to keep her full through the night. Once she started eating more food and we make sure to give her enough at dinner; even taking breaks and then an hour or so later revisiting some fruit or cereal; that made a big difference. We also keep a humidifier on to drown out other noise in the house. Hope some of the suggestions help.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son is nine months and sleeps from 9:30 pm to 9 am and has been for like 4 months. All i know is you need peace and quiet once they are asleep, they should be in their own room so there is no disruption from other children, feed them only an hour or less before bed so they have something on their stomachs, and make sure they are tucked in once they are asleep otherwise they might be getting cold, plus babies like the security of a blanket on them. I don't really know of anything else.

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