Why won't my 7 month old sleep through the night?

Dianne - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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She has been on formula for about 6 weeks now and still does not sleep all night. She has not been going to sleep until 10-11 pm and still wakes up. She will cry until I finally give her a bottle. Usually around 4 am. This is my 5th child and have never had this problem before.

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Angela - posted on 02/15/2010

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she might just be hungry try filling her up right before bedtime. Also make sure the room she is sleeping in is quiet so she is not disturbed

Carianne - posted on 02/14/2010

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My oldest slept through the night right from the time he was 8 weeks old so when my little one wouldn't, it was quite frustrating. It didn't matter how much he had to eat just prior to going to bed he would still wake up for that night time bottle. Even as he got older and stopped drinking formula, he still needed something during the night to fill his belly until morning. Letting him "cry it out" was not an option with a husband who had to get up early for work and an older sibling who had to function at school the next day. Mommy just got used to getting up during the night. When he was about two we switched the middle of the night milk sippy cup for a cup of water. That broke the habit of waking mommy up pretty quickly although he still would from time to time (a cup of water isn't nearly as appealing as milk). The habit was completely broke when he stopped wearing diapers at night. In order to get a drink I would insist he get up for a pee (really unappealing when you're tucked into a nice warm bed).

Bottom line is that every child is different and we have to provide for each of their individual needs. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for another no matter how much we wish it would. It's perfectly normal for a 7 month old to wake up during the night for a bottle.

Deanna - posted on 02/13/2010

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Try feeding him pablum before bed. My son was starving at 4 months old. A little cereal at 10 and he was sleeping through the night. My girl could not sleep through the night until we moved her to her own room and realized she can't sleep with others in the room. Just something to think about.

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she may have sleep apnea. my son never slept through the nite and cried and cried. we tried every technique in the book until we finally realized what was going on - he was 4 1/2 years old at that point. once he had surgery to remove his adenoids and tonsils, he slept beautifully. he was my first born, so i had no prior experience and did not know better. now i have 3 sons and have learned to listen to the cues our children give us and trust my instincts much more now. my second son also needed to have his adenoids removed, and third son needed ear tubes. what an incredible difference it has made in their quality of life! good luck!

Gini - posted on 02/05/2010

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How much is she sleeping during the day? Try mixing a little cereal with her formula so she gets a little heavier full belly.

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