How do I get my 7 month old daughter to sleep through the night??

Chantilly - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 months old now and I think should be sleeping through the night by now. I have tried to not let her fall asleep with a bottle in her mouth and let her cry for a few minutes to go to sleep, but nothing is working and I really need some sleep. Any advice please

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Stephanie - posted on 02/06/2013

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I can totally relate to your troubles. I sometimes would get up 5 times at night to nurse my baby girl. She is just starting to sleep through the night, and she's 13 months. I stopped nursing her in the night by rocking her a bit and telling her no more nursing at night when she woke up. I did this for a few nights and now when she cries at night, I just don't go into her, I let her fall back asleep on her own. If she is really crying hard or for a few minutes non stop I will go in to her.
It's a choice you have to make and you can't back down. You can't go in to her one night and expect her not to want you the next, consistency is key. It might take a month or so of her crying at night. Have you tried the cry-it-out method where you reassure her every few minutes? That is how I started getting my baby to sleep in her crib at 4.5 months.

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Pascale El - posted on 02/06/2013

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I have a boy he is almost 7 months old.He sleeps all the night after keeping him awake during the day.Increased the amount of milk during the night.Sit next to him and let him feel safe; let him catch my hand.And be careful concerning the room temperature; i used to notice he woke up if he is cold or hot.

Kristin - posted on 06/01/2010

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Kids sleep through the night when they do. It's really a crapshoot as to what kind of kid you will get; the dream sleeper, the colicky nightmare, or something in between. You sound like you've got the inbetween; not a bad deal. She may really still need that night feeding. How many times is she waking? You could work to getting her to waking just the one time so you all get more uninterupted sleep. If she just must have something to sip to sleep with, how about just plain old water? I will say watch out for teeth. They, and skill accomplishments, muck up everything.

It's tough but you are doing great. This passes pretty quickly.

Sherry - posted on 06/01/2010

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once I took my son off the boob it took about a week to get him sleeping through the night (at 6 weeks)

Though now he's waking about 30 min -1hr after being put down with night terrors (this is also normal) I'll cuddle him back to sleep and hold him for a few minutes and he's done for the night... Usually if that last bottle is accompanied by a "fall a sleep cuddle" he tends to sleep better. But he does get put down occaisionally with no fuss while he's still awake.

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