8 month old baby waking every 2 hours for feed during night

Gayatri - posted on 08/08/2013 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My baby wakes up crying for bf every 2 hours for feed .. How can I get him sleep longer

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Jen - posted on 08/09/2013

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It may not be hunger that is waking her up. My son went through this when he was only ~4 months old, and he would wake up every hour or sometimes less. If your baby is falling asleep after feeding for only a short while, she is probably not waking from hunger. Try to shorten the first feeding little by little, until she is only feeding for a few minutes. Then have your husband be the one who goes to her (for that first wake up), and he should comfort her without giving her anything, or just water. This should (hopefully) cause her to stop waking up at this time and sleep for a longer first stretch. After she stops waking up for this first "feeding", do the same with the next feeding.
When my son was 6 months old, I ultimately had to let him cry it out to get him to sleep "through the night" (until about 4-5 am). If you do this, make sure your baby only feeds for a few minutes at each feeding. Your baby needs to be close to being night weaned before you can successfully let her cry it out. The blog troublesometots.com was a big help.

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Melissa - posted on 08/11/2013

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I think oatmeal or rice cereal twice a day also babyfood 6 bottles a day and instrumental music also good idea (:

Tyla - posted on 08/10/2013

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Start letting him go longer without eating just because he wakes up does not mean you ahve to go get him out of his crib and feed him...I breastfed until my son was 11 months old and at 11 months he only woke up one time a night to eat and sometimes he didn't wake up at all...at 8 months he should only eat a few times a night maybe only a couple times

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2013

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Also feed cereal in morning and before bed babyfood in between times eachday hope i helped:)

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2013

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You could try oatmeal cereal with a bottle or put oatmeal in it twice a day feed baby babyfood three times a day

Gayatri - posted on 08/10/2013

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Thank you all for suggesting .. Today I have given my boy mashed potatoes with formula... Hope he does not wake up every couple of hours.... Fingers crossed !!

Theresa - posted on 08/10/2013

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Both of my boys woke up every night to be fed. It didn't matter how much I fed them before bed, they always woke up. I think it was more out of routine. My oldest didn't sleep through the night until he was 2 and at that point I had to just let him cry. I would hold him and hug him but I would not give him a sippy cup. It was a hard week. But it worked, he doesn't wake up anymore! My youngest will be one this month and I'm going to have to do the same thing with him. I'm waiting until the day after his birthday so that he will be switched over to whole milk instead of formula and sippy cups instead of bottles, and we're going to tough it out. Hang in there. Sleep is for the weak! ;)

KeRashawn - posted on 08/09/2013

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if you have a bed time set for him, like my daughter's bedtime is 10pm. So try feeding him his last bit of mashed potatoes like 2-3 hours before its his bedtime. And then give him his last night bottle. It will work wonders.

KeRashawn - posted on 08/09/2013

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try giving him more solids. It all depends on the parent. Every parent knows their baby so if you know how much he's taking and he needs more, then you make that decision whether to give him table foods. Start giving him mashed potatoes. When you give him something to drink with it, give it to him in a sippy cup. It was a great way for me to start the transition with getting my daughter off bottles. She was able to get used to the cup and she's 11months now and drinks maybe 3 bottles a day. others are in a cup. Good Luck.

Gayatri - posted on 08/08/2013

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I have started solids for him from 5th month. Can you plz suggest what I can get him to eat at night so that he is full

KeRashawn - posted on 08/08/2013

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he is getting older, so he require more foods and not just formula or breast milk. He may need to eat more jars of baby food during the day, or table food whichever he's on. I started giving my daughter mashed potatoes (plain) by that age. Then we still had that problem because her body had got like an alarm clock and would still wake up even if she wasn't hungry. I talked to her pediatrician, and she said to give her water, because she defiintely was not hungry. Good Luck.

Mary - posted on 08/08/2013

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it really depends on what you feed him before going to sleep. It may be too light...

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