My son is almost 7months old and still wakes up twice a night... When is this going to get any better?

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Casey - posted on 02/23/2009

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He takes about an hour nap in the morning and maybe a nap around 4 or 5 for an hour or two. Which before he was naping for only 20 min 4 or 5 times a day. And sometimes I have to fight with him to stay asleep for his nap so he isnt always napping. I've tried the cereal before his night time bottle.. doesnt have any effect on him staying fuller longer. He goes to bed around 10 and wakes up around 2:30am for a bottle and then again around 4:30am for another. Then around 8 or 9am hes up playing around and then down for another nap around 11 or 12.

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Heather - posted on 03/06/2009

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Both my boys woke up in the middle of the night until they were 14 months old. Their doctor told me I had created the habit. I had to disagree with that because I felt that the would not eat a full 8oz bottle if they did not wake up hungry. but then my youngest kind of proved the doctor to be right when one night I was half asleep when I made his bottle and didn't use warm water on accident and gave it to him. He started to drink on it like normal then pushed it away and went back to sleep. So the next night I did it again on purpose to see what he would do and again he pushed it away and that was the last time he woke up in the middle of the night. Wierd but maybe the doctor was right maybe I did create the habit by not letting them sooth themselves back to sleep without getting them out to feed them. I heard of a book called happy sleepers happy babies I think is the name of it. I have had some friends who swear by it

Bethyny - posted on 03/06/2009

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My son has never been a sleeper. EVER. He averages six hours a night and rarely takes a nap. It's a one in a million, but it does happen. Usually if you had a highly emotional pregnancy. As much as it sux for you, it may be normal for him.

Katie - posted on 03/03/2009

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My son was 6 months old when he started giving me a hard time about waking up every 3 hours wantingme to hold him while he slept.. I started getting no sleep with getting kicked and all. My mom got me this book call "Solve Your Childs sleep problems" the new edition by Richard Ferber. It is a really easy read and he explains the importance of sleep at different ages but it is a pretty straight forward method in there for getting kids to sleep on there own even if they share a room with you. I have to admit i was skeptical at first but after reading it it helped alot and i followed his little sleep chart--. Leaving the room for a few minutes at a time and coming back building trust etc. He explains it all. At first it was hard and i felt like a bad mom leaving him in his crib to whine but now he sleeps through the night in his own bed and falls back to sleep if he wakes in the night. I have to say it has really helped me. And the book is really open as far as different philosophies on co sleeping crib sleeping and everything but it really made alot of sense. I don't know ifwill be any help to you but it has made nights and even naps a lot easier. My little boy now takes a nap in the am from 10-12 then one at 3pm for an hour so he i ready for dinner around 630 then bath book etc and he is down by around 8 and sleep til around 7 he does wake ocasionally in the night but falls back to sleep on his own.The book isn't all that expensive either i think like$12 bucks. It helped me set up a sleeping pattern that was customized to him when he got tired by his cues and now it is like clockwork he and i both know what to expect. Good luck with it all i hope this helps...your not the only mom that has gone through this!!!

Monica - posted on 03/02/2009

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The first time mine slept through the night, around the same age as yours.  It was when I gave her a bath right before bed.  Normally I would do it before dinner.  It was a hectic day and ended up bathing her right before her night time bottle.  She slept through the night.  I was so amazed I continued to do this every night for months!  I was to afraid if I didn't she wouldn't sleep through the night.  At that point I would have done anything to get a full night sleep.  It worked for us but every kid is different.  I heard music helps too.  He could just be hungary as well. 

Monica - posted on 03/02/2009

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The first time mine slept through the night, around the same age as yours.  It was when I gave her a bath right before bed.  Normally I would do it before dinner.  It was a hectic day and ended up bathing her right before her night time bottle.  She slept through the night.  I was so amazed I continued to do this every night for months!  I was to afraid if I didn't she wouldn't sleep through the night.  At that point I would have done anything to get a full night sleep.  It worked for us but every kid is different.  I heard music helps too.  He could just be hungary as well. 

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2009

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Rice cereal in a bottle is helpful when putting your baby to sleep.  You might also want to ask yourself "Why is my baby getting up?".  My son is a very light sleeper.  Whenever he heard a noise he would wake up.  He would react to any kind of stimulus.  He sleeps best  without a night light.   When I fed him in the middle of the night I had to walk in, give him his bottle and not say a word.  Anytime I gave him any attention, he would cry as soon as I started to leave the room.  When I stopped giving him attention at night, he started to go to sleep on his own.  He hasn't had any problems sleeping since one and a half.  He's now three.  It will get better.  Prayerfully soon!  

Torey - posted on 02/26/2009

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it' powdered rice.......you can buy it in the baby food section at woolies, coles, pretty much anywhere. it's good worth a try anyways..... goodluck.

Torey - posted on 02/24/2009

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when my daughter was four months old i started putting 2 baby spoons of farex in her bottle. she'd have that around six and nine times out of ten she'd sleep through till six in the morn. she's now eight months old and i've noticed the change in routien with her now eating through out the day and dinner rattled her sleeping pattern. she was waking at around 4 in the morn. but she only done it for about a week. try get that routien back. maybe try the farex in the night time bottle i've bumped it up to about 3 heaped baby spoons shake it well, and it works a treat. is he cutting teeth?????

Wendi - posted on 02/22/2009

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Maybe he's not full enough from the bottle... When my daughter was a baby, we started feeding her a little bit of gerber oatmeal before bed time... It really helped... But, first off I would listen to Danielle and take him for a check-up just to make sure.. If he's in perfect health, then start trying other options.... Good Luck....

Amy - posted on 02/22/2009

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i know how ya feel! my baby is nearly 9 months now and still wakes during night for a feed or a cuddle. on the odd occasion she will sleep all night, very rarely tho. with my baby i try and make sure she has a good feed before she falls asleep so she'l hopefully sleep all night. my baby is very clingy so some times when she wakes its just to know that im still there. it takes a few attempts to get her to stay in her cot when she 1st goes to sleep. its like she just knows ive gone.

Alice - posted on 02/22/2009

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You dont say if he stays awake or needs something, gets it and then goes back to sleep. My son of 2 years still wakes up through the night for drinksof water, but then goes back to sleep. Sometimes he just need a diaper change. Where i'm not sure about your little one I am going to assume that he doesnt go right back to sleep. This can be exhausting for a single mom! As Danielle said something could be wrong medically, maybe you should visit the doctor....But if this not the case, its been my experience to try and take his whole day/routine into consideration. My children slept better if they only napped once or twice during the day at that age, the last nap being at least 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. They slept better with a relaxing bath prior to bed and a bit of warm pablum/ infants cereal fed  before bedtime bottle.  Fresh air, such as a stroll outside for a while helped. You might want to look at the amount of solid food he is consuming....check with your doctor or department of health for the guidlines for his age and weight. The reason belng that if a baby is getting too much liquid they get hungry during the night. Also if there are household noises disturbing his rest you might leave a radio playing softly in his room to "drown" out sudden noises that may waken him. Hope I've helped a little and good luck!

Danielle - posted on 02/22/2009

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HE MIGHT BE TEETHING OR HAVE AN EAR INFECTION. I WOULD TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

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