9 month old wont sleep through the night. He gets up at least once a night for a bottle.

Raeleigh - posted on 01/16/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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From 3 months til 7 1/2 months he slept threw the night, the younger times he would get 8-11 hours of sleep a night. But now he gets up in the night to have a bottle, its getting tiring and its been awhile so i dont believe its a growth spurt.

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Jodi - posted on 01/16/2011

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It sounds pretty normal to me. My kids were both good sleepers, but at this age they used to wake and wouldn't settle until they had a bottle. I am pretty sure it was a combination of teething, and also easing into a routine of eating solids. Is your child eating well? Getting enough solids during the day too? If a child isn't getting enough calories during the day, they will wake at night to get more, so I just thought I'd ask.

Kate CP - posted on 01/16/2011

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Babies go through growth spurts at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. A growth spurt can last a month long and sometimes longer depending on the baby.



I also don't condone letting a 4 month old cry it out. That's actually against the guidelines of crying it out. You're supposed to wait until they are at least 6 months.



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AN HOUR?! Don't let a baby cry for an hour!

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Christina - posted on 01/19/2011

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My nine month old son does the same thing and I agree it is exhausting but i've always been told that babies only eat when they are hungry so it seems cruel to deny them a bottle, wish I had a cure for you, still looking for one myself, good luck though!!!!

Blackwood - posted on 01/19/2011

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Sorry to say, but my son still gets up too have a bottle in the nite and he is 17 months old. He maybe getting teeth and the bottle might be comforting too him. He could be just thursty or going through a milestone or learning something new.

Veronica - posted on 01/19/2011

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Im having the same issue with my 8 month old. He wakes up a lot. Im going to try giving him water too. I feel like he is a new born all over again! Good Luck :)

Cassandra - posted on 01/18/2011

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My son is 10 months old an does that its just all in the kid either you take it from them yourself or wait it out eventually they will stop takin night bottles. but i narrowed the milk down an put it in sippy cups but just sayin my son does the same thing an it IS tiring....

Wendy - posted on 01/18/2011

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We are having exactly the same issue, but with us it is teething. Our little girl slept right through from about 6 weeks and then started teething at 4 months. She sleeps in between the teeth coming through but when they are coming through she can be up a couple of times a night. Unfortunately it doesn't take much to disrupt their sleep. Our little one now has her molars coming through at nine months old and hasn't slept through the night for a couple of weeks so I can empathise.

Raeleigh - posted on 01/17/2011

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hes not holding his bottle well yet tho, but i never thought about water! thanks

Laura - posted on 01/17/2011

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What I did with my sons is put a sippy of water in bed with them so if they wanted/needed something to drink they had that. They would usually take a couple of swallows and be back to sleep. I figure I get up in the middle of the night and have a glass of water by my bed what's wrong with letting a child have it too. It worked for us twice at about the 9 month point.

Nicole - posted on 01/17/2011

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pick him up change his diaper and then put him back to bed and let him cry it out!!! thats what i had to do with my daughter cuz i was givin her a bottle then i stopped and i had to let her cry

Leah - posted on 01/17/2011

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Most babies go through this several times as they get older. You will just need to retrain him to go back to sleep. It will only take a couple of days. Don't get him up when he starts to fuss - just let him fuss (it may be up to 30-45 min) but with my kids it was only max of 5 minutes. Then they will fall back to sleep. Also, babies need at least 12 hours of sleep per night (until they are at least 3) so make sure he is still getting good naps during the day. Pick up a copy of BabyWise - it is helpful! :) Good luck

By the way - I have 3 kids so I know what I'm talking about- scheduling your kids is helpful for them. It is hard sometimes but its important that they get their sleep.

Raeleigh - posted on 01/17/2011

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thank you all so much, he eats well very well. he is teething but i give him orajel when he wakes at night. i might try the crying thing but ive heard your only supposed to wait 15 then comfort thne 15-20 the next time. thnk you all so much

Casey - posted on 01/16/2011

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His still only little and it's normal for them to be still going through sleep issues up untill the age of 2, I think your really lucky that his only getting up once lol I know when my son was that age sometimes he would wake 4 or 5 times a night. There isn't really a magic cure for it but at his age maybe his teeth have started moving a bit which could wake him up so it might be an idea to try giving him a dose of pain relief just before bed to see if that helps, or you could try lullabies in his room, also make sure his not to cold or hot, is he still getting enough sleep during the day cause if his not sleeping enough during the day then he might have trouble at night, also try giving him a dream feed just before you go to bed (sneak into his room while his sleeping and pop a bottle in his mouth and let him drink it while his asleep just to top him up but don't ever leave it with him cause it's bad for his teeth), If none of this helps then also check out Tizzy Halls save our sleep I know she has a website with useful information and so does the super nanny website good luck :)

Emily - posted on 01/16/2011

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One thing I have learned about babies is that sleep patterns change often. There is nothing wrong with your baby, and nothing wrong with what you're doing. You don't have to make your baby "cry it out".. he will sleep through again when he's ready. There are lots of reasons why babies wake during the night, not just growth spurts. Developmental milestones, teething, illness.. anything really. Babies change constantly.. sleep is no different. Just hang in there.. he will sleep through again.

Juli - posted on 01/16/2011

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My daughter did the same thing and I had her broke of it in just a few days. When She woke up I would check her and make sure her diaper was clean and give her a teething tablet just in case that was what was causing her to wake. then turned on her sleepy music and laid her back in her bed. My daughter went to sleep about 5 to 10 min after laying her back down. Good luck.

Kellie - posted on 01/16/2011

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That is going to be a tough one. But if you don't want him having a bottle at night then you are going to have to go through a fight for a week or two but if you stick with it and are firm you can do it, Some people will most likely get mad at me for saying it but it works I did it with my daughter over a binki at 4 months old. I am a firm believer in letting them cry themselves to sleep, and learn to sooth themselves with something other than a bottle or binki. You can't give in or waver, when he wakes up just lay him back down, no stimulation like lights, or talking too much, turn on some soothing music and tell him to go to sleep, maybe give him a soft toy or blanket he can cuddle with. Don't hold him or rock him, them walk out and wait it out, He will soon tire and go to sleep, it may take 15 min or an hour but don't give in. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks for him to realize you are not going to give in and give him a bottle, then he won't wake for it anymore. It is going to be hard and you will have to fight with your self not to give in but you have to stick with it. It took my daughter a week. Your husband has to be on board too. Good luck. If you don't like what I suggest then don't do it.

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