9 month old won't sleep at night... Help!!

Megan - posted on 12/27/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old does not sleep well at night and it's miserable for all of us :( After going to sleep at bedtime (around 8 pm), he still requires 2-3 more bottles throughout the night (at 11 pm, 2 am, 4 am and then up at 6 am) 😞 about a month ago he learned to hold his own bottle well, so we decided to give him his bottle at night in his crib (I talked to my pediatrician and she advised not to do this anymore, so I already know this part). But since we started giving it to him, he wouldn't drink his whole bottle any way, thus causing him to wake up even MORE, crying, searching for his half eaten bottle, not being able to self soothe himself back to sleep. We get up at least 6-8 times a night to pat him, get him a bottle, give him his paci, etc and needless to say it's just not ok for him or us. It's hard for us to let him "cry it out" because of a few reasons. 1- we live in a small apartment with two other children and my father, and obviously have neighbors upstairs and beside us. 2- our child does not cry... He screams. I'm sure some of you moms know what I'm dealing with here. 3- he stands up in his crib... He knows how to get down, but when he's in "scream mode" in the middle of the night- he will not sit down... Meaning he never just tires himself out and falls back to sleep... I realize we've started a bad habit giving him the bottle in the night time and especially in his crib but now I just desperately need advise on how to reverse this 😔 the only thing I can think of is going back to taking him out of his crib to feed him at night... But then we still have an issue that the kid needs to eat every 3 hours! And doesn't know how to self soothe if he wakes up uncomfortable.... Ah.... 😴Please help!

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Angelina - posted on 12/27/2013

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Have you tried getting a co-sleeper bed and just keeping him next to your bed? Sometimes its the seperation anxiety although you are still in the same room, they can't feel your presense close enough. My 9 month is like that, we put her in her crib, and as soon as she feels we are not next to her she will act up, but the second she knows we are right next to her she is ok.

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