1 year old still not sleeping thru night

Autumn - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 12 month old is still not sleeping through the night. I had her getting up only once at night but now she is up at least five times a night. She wakes up takes 1 ounce of formula or wants rocked and goes right back to sleep. I am starting to wonder if her diaper gets to wet at night. It seems once she is on my shoulder upright she goes back to sleep. I need help it has been one year since I slept all night.

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Jenny - posted on 12/10/2009

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I highly suggest getting the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth. I used this book, and continue to use, my son started putting himself to sleep and staying down through the night at 3 months. This book is awesome!! Some of the techinques seem harsh, but I just did what I was comfortable with. Good luck!!

Kerry - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son used 2 wake up alot 2. four or 5 times. i found if i stand in his room, (hold the bottle)and give it 2 him, he goes back 2 bed for the night. he has slept the whole night 2 times since i started this a month ago. he aslo just started cuddling a soft bunny. so maybe try putting a favourite stuffed animal in her crib?? hope this helps!

April - posted on 12/03/2009

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Ok I know it sounds a lillte harsh but our dr told us there was no reason for her to be waking up and having two bottles a night, to cut out the bottles and let her fuss herself back to sleep, we were told she had to find a way to self comfort, so she could put herself back to sleep. amazingly this only took one weekk before she was sleeping 12 hours a night give it a try you never know !

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son was exactly the same way... maybe her nap is too late in the evening... my son naps about four hours after he wakes up in the morning and i make sure he has lots of play time and eats all of his dinner to get hiim good and ready for bed... he is in a toddler bed and comes to my bed sometimes but if the day goes as routine he usually sleeps well.... however when he was a bit younger I would make sure he fell asleep in his crib and if he wakes up in the early morning let him go to sleep in my bed.... partially for my benefit however because those extra hours of sleep were worth it ... good luck!

Cutrina - posted on 11/12/2009

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My baby always slept with me. My Dr told me it takes them longer to sleep through the night because they never learned to put them selves back to sleep. If they sleep with you, you most likely wake up and put her back to sleep. I tried to sleep in next room and let her cry it out but felt to bad. In the end what I did was pretend to be asleep while she was next to me. I breast fed and I wouldn't feed her during the night. I was a lot easier with me next to her. It took maybe a week of her crying through but it worked she learned to put herself to sleep with me next to her.

Lindsay - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son is nearly 3 now and still not slept through through the night. I have been the same as you, getting it down to once a night and then it went back to 5 times a night again. I have tried everything!!!! It has been over 3 years now since I slept all night and god knows how I am still able to function. Good luck and sorry I have been no help. Think I just needed to winge and sympathise with you xxx

Stephanie - posted on 11/12/2009

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my son was the same way. He is 21 months old and only now beginning to sleep through the night more often. I had to do a little bit of tough love to get him to sleep better. At 12-13 months old I moved him into a twin bed, and when ever he would wake up I would lay down beside him and comfort him, but I would not pick him up. I would rub his back, and sing to him to get him to sleep. The first few nights were a little rough he hated that I no longer held him and walked with him, but he settled in quickly and soon was sleeping much better. He still relapses some when his teeth are really bothering him, but I think that is normal. Oh I also stopped giving him milk at night. They don't really need milk during the night at this point, and its not great for their teeth to have milk at night because they hold some of it in their mouth, and it can damage the enamel on their teeth.

Missy - posted on 11/11/2009

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My daughter is 14 months and I have had the same problem. She's teething so she wakes up about twice. I have been picking her up just to comfort, but put her back in her bed. Hyland's Teething Tablets are miracle workers. They are homeopathic and can be used in conjunction with Tylenol. I have been giving them to her in the middle of the night because they melt under the tongue immediately. Good luck!

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My daughter is 13 months old and I am having the same problem. I put her to bed in her cot, but she won't go back to sleep after being breast fed unless hse is laying in the bed next to me. I am also living in a share house, so this is doubly hard for me.

Autumn - posted on 11/10/2009

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The problem is she sleeps with me part of the night. I cannot get her to sleep in her crib.

Anna - posted on 11/10/2009

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Maybe she is just getting a tooth or something? My son needs a lot of comforting at night when he's teething. Or maybe she's having a growth spurt and is just extra hungry at the moment. My boy is almost one and usually wakes to breastfeed once or twice in a night. I find he sleeps much better if I wear him out during the day. If I take him swimming in the morning and playing in the park in the afternoon or maybe a walk in his backpack carrier, and a long play in the bath in the evening, he will sleep right through.

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It sounds like you might need to start weaning yourself away from her at night. I had to do this with my daughter and now she sleeps almost 12 hours. I would start by not picking her up, just cover her up and comfort her while she is still in her crib. Once you have that mastered then it shouldn't be long before you won't need to go to her at all.

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