do some babies just dont sleep through the night? ive tried everythin any suggestions?

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Sarah - posted on 08/31/2009

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I got my son sleeping through the night when he was 4months old.
It's good that u feed her early enough in the evening but then putting her to bed so early she's storing that energy from the food. Keep her up a little longer and get her active play games, read her stories, get her body and mind active almost to where she's falling asleep then give her a little extra snuggle time and that should get her down if not all night then a really good portion of it. The later you put her to bed the later she'll wake up in the morning.

Katarina - posted on 08/31/2009

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I'm thinking 7pm might be a little bit early. A baby can usually only sleep through 6-7 hours without a feeding.

Johanna - posted on 08/31/2009

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how old is the baby? i have 5 all girls and even tho the doctors said cereal should wait till 6 months, everyone of mine had it one month... teeny bit in the night time bottle, but don't forget to widen the nipple hole. yup 4 to 5 oz (at one month they aren't taking but 4 to 5 oz) mix some baby cereal in that and mine slept from 10 or 11 to like 6 or 7 in the morning.

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Calandra - posted on 11/19/2015

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Give babies magic tea to your child even if he/she is one day old. This tea will soothe your child and give good sleep time through the night.

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2009

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It all depends on the baby. My youngest would not sleep through the night but i found out that he was still hungry or his tummy was not full enough; my doctor told me to add a bit of cereal in his bottle to help calm his tummy so that he could sleep, by the time he was 2 months old he was sleeping through the night; it worked wonders for mine

Annie - posted on 09/16/2009

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Read "On Becoming Babywise." This one is for newborns but they have "On Becoming Babywise II" for older babies and they have one called "On Becoming Toddlerwise" I read the 1st book while I was pregnant and followed the program. My baby slept through the night at 6 weeks old. Now she's a year, she's in the 55th percentile and as happy as can be. Everyone I know asks me how I got so lucky to have such a happy, healthy, content baby. I recommend this book to everyone. If you're having trouble with your child sleeping through the night, it's worth a read. If it helps you like it did me, you'll be glad you read it.

Mary - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter is almost 14 months and I'm still breastfeeding. She wakes up once maybe twice for a feeding but other than that she sleeps right through. What I do is the three B's; bath, book, bed, but before I put her to bed I rub some Zmo oil on her tummy, back, and legs. It helps with tummy akes, growing pains, bruses, and much more. Some times growing pains hurt alot and this stuff is amazing I would sooner give a new mother Zmo oil than a new outfit. It's about $15 a bottle but I've had mine for 14months and I still have 2/3 left, try it!

Kate - posted on 09/08/2009

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My friend did have this same problem and when she came back to work bubs 7mths old) she looked completely WORN OUT. She booked herself and 7mth old into Tressillian and turned out bubs liked a warm room to sleep in.

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I feel your pain. My first one was sleeping through the night within weeks! However, my second one was more than a year old before he slept through the night. My husband and I stick to a schedule every single night to get both of our kids to bed. We start at about 7 pm. We begin with their bath, usually with a soothing baby bath liquid, book reading, Bible reading, and prayers. After all of that we make sure they're wearing something comfortable, and appropriate for the night time weather, brush their teeth, and put them to bed around 8 to 8:15. They rest with nice calming music on repeat all night. We live in a fairly loud community, so, this helps us to block out noise. We also make sure that the baby doesn't nap for three to four hours or more before bed time. I know this all takes time to develop, and seems to take up some time every night, but do what works best for your baby, and family. It may take a while to find what works for you, but it sure beats spending hours trying to get baby to sleep or waking up once or more throughout the night. I hope you find something that's best for your family soon.

Courtney - posted on 09/07/2009

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hey i feed nahla at 7am (250mls) then 8 farex and puree apple then 9 bed til 11am then ill feed her the bottle ( 250mls) then 12pm mashed potatoe and then apple 1pm sleep til 3 then il feed her bottle (250mls) then 4.15 walk in pram and wil have a 45 min sleep then 5.20 bath, 5.30 farex and apple after feed read a book then 6.30 bottle (250 mls) 7pm bed. thanks for all the suggestions!!!! =) will try alot of them xx

Jenna - posted on 09/05/2009

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Quoting courtney :

yeh she has her own room jus down the hall.. so ill try the cereal in her bottle she has 250 mls so how much cereal? yeh ive got a book called save our sleep and have used that routine. shes so tired even b4 7 sometimes... and shes havn 5 or more hours sleep during the day 2 hrs in the morning n 2 hours from 1 til 3pm then a 1 hour sleep from 4.30 til 5.30 then down again at 7 and next time she wakes is 3 or 4 the following morning



Hello there, I just wanted to give a little input to see if I can help you out a bit.  Your little one is sleeping too often during the day and probably not eating enough at daytime, so she's hungry at night.  I had the same problem with my son at that age.  The mothers that say to put some cereal in a bottle are very correct in there advice.  I did the same for my son one formula scoop to four ounces is what i used...  He's slept through the night ever since, but I made sure to keep him up during the day and only allow one two hour nap all day, so that he's tired enough come bedtime.  Best of luck to you!  (Also, one scoop of plain yogurt in a bottle will help with belly issues.  You can even use one scoop plain yogurt and one scoop cereal to spice things up...) The Mommy that posted rice is a choking hazard is also correct, i only used barley or oatmeal, but never give a bottle without strict attention to baby.

Ellen - posted on 09/05/2009

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My kids were both pretty colicky, the older had night terrors, and both are allergic to milk, so I nursed them a long time (until the older outgrew her allergy at 2.5), and the younger is 16 months and still nursing. I transitioned my older out of the bed when she weened at 2.5. She still wakes up sometimes, but we worked with her slowly to get her used to going back to sleep herself. We did all this with her as she could talk and understand that it was time to start sleeping "like a big girl." I expect to do the same with the younger. Crying out just did not work with either of my kids. But it has gotten incrementally better. I am posting so even if none of the great suggestions others have made work, you know it can get better.

Darlene - posted on 09/05/2009

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The cereal does work, babies sleep better on a full somach. My daughter had a hard time sleeping at night, I tried the cereal in her bottle and like magic it worked wonders.

Heidi - posted on 09/04/2009

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Good luck. My son is 19 months old and still not sleeping through the night. He is (finally) going to sleep on his own at night, so we know it is not an issue of not being able to do that. It's tough, but I know eventually he will learn - after all he won't be in sixth grade still waking and crying in the middle of the night, right? :-)

Kelli - posted on 09/04/2009

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My son is now 13 months and he still doesn't sleep through the night. But we also have had a lot of big changes in our lives that are probably effecting him, such as moving to another state and time and just getting settled in our new place. Babies can also sense when you are stressed out, so it might be a good idea to do a self-check on your state of mind and if there are some big things happening in your life that could be causing undue stress on you and your baby. What had been working for us before all the changes was just letting him cry it out. We had tried the "No Cry Sleep Solution" but it just wasn't getting us anywhere. I constantly had to rock him to sleep with soft music playing in the background, and given that my son is larger then the average baby...rocking was just not working for me. So, after much debate we decided to go back to the Crying-Out method. It took a good two weeks before he would sleep through the night. The thing we learned with this method is that he finally understood how to get himself back to sleep when he awoke at night. It was also during this period when he stopped using the pacifier. Instead of sucking on it, he would hold it in his hand like a security blanket. So now...we have to start all over again. But given our past success with this method, I feel confident that he will once again be sleeping through the night:)

Kaylass - posted on 09/04/2009

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hi Courtney, firstly, don't add cereal to the feed - def no no, no matter what age as it sets up bad eating habits from a very early age. Also, is baby old enough to wean? and do you have a sleep 'routine' in place? for example, you could have a 'tidy up time', bathe, feed and read a book to baby (again, just the act of reading, no matter what age, earlier the better, will add to routine), once you have the routine in place, baby will start to recognise the routine and begin to wind down ready for night sleep. the other suggestion is, have you tried the 10 minute rule? if baby cries for 10 minutes, go in and pat baby, reassure till crying stopped then leave room and keep applying 10 minute rule, if baby stops crying then starts again, then restart 10 minutes when crying restarts - this is REALLY, REALLY hard, but worth it in the long run - my baby slept from 7pm to 7am from a very early age because of this rule. last of all GOOD LUCK and let me know how you get on x

Gordana - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting courtney :

do some babies just dont sleep through the night? ive tried everythin any suggestions?


An hour before baby goes to sleep should be the same each night -  do not feed a baby overnight, but if she/he is asking for a bottle or breast-feed, give her/him only water. Do not let a baby to get exited an hour before going to sleep. A walk, a bath and a meal would be a nice order of things to happen before baby goes to sleep. 


 

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Oh yeah. Also breastmilk is quicker to digest so it doesnt stick with them as long as formula will. So, if sleep is important to you then u might try formula. Two out of the three neonatologist i work for preferred formula over breastmilk. Except for the first so many days after birth the breastmilk is healthier for the baby cause it has extras that formula doesnt that helps the immune system. After that they believe formula is just as good as breast milk. And its easier to put them on a schedule. But its whatever makes you happy as a mother that counts. But sleep is very important.

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Okay I believe that all my children would wake up once during the night for the first few months or so. I would a bottle and lay them right back in bed and never made night time cuddle time or play time. You might try like a humidifier or fan in the room for noise. Babies and myself take comfort in noise. But if you dont think your baby is hungry then when he wakes if he's not crying then dont do in there. If he is crying give him a minute to see if he will stop and go back to sleep if not go to his room and make him lie down in his crib dont pick him up. Rub his back or pat him on the bottom until he falls a sleep or he lets you leave. If he fights this then you have to walk out. And let him cry or whatever. You have to let him know its sleep time not play time, not mommy time but sleep time. If you do this I believe it will work. If he crying I would go in there every 15 mins or so to comfort him but If you pick him up you will prob lose the battle. I have 3 children and all slept in there rooms peaceful. I have lots of baby experience cause I use to work newborn intensive care. And my kids were great. If you need anymore advice feel free to contact me.

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Quoting Carolee:

Of course it is different for everyone. If your little one is bigger than normal for their age, it may be that he / she needs solid food before bed. Have you tried putting rice cereal in their bottle at bed time. It seemed to help with my son, so many years ago.


Not sure how old your LO is, but they don't recommend cereal for babies under 6 months, or maybe 4 at the earliest. If your baby is younger than this it's totally normal for them to not STTN yet. DD only started to do it most of the time(still has some wakings) just after a year. And 2 years is normal as well. The Baby Sleep book by Dr. Sears has good info on how babies sleep, and why they do.

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Quoting Carolee:

Of course it is different for everyone. If your little one is bigger than normal for their age, it may be that he / she needs solid food before bed. Have you tried putting rice cereal in their bottle at bed time. It seemed to help with my son, so many years ago.


Not sure how old your LO is, but they don't recommend cereal for babies under 6 months, or maybe 4 at the earliest. If your baby is younger than this it's totally normal for them to not STTN yet. DD only started to do it most of the time(still has some wakings) just after a year. And 2 years is normal as well. The Baby Sleep book by Dr. Sears has good info on how babies sleep, and why they do.

Sherri - posted on 09/04/2009

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Don't give up hope! You will survive this. It's completely normal for a child to wake once per night through the first year. Many babies do it. Regardless of how much you feed them. Regardless of whether you breastfeed or not. Some kiddos just can't fall back to sleep on their own. The goal is always to help them to do it alone, but when they are little, they don't have the faculties to do it sometimes. Try different things to help them soothe back to sleep. I breastfeed and then bounce a bit. She is never all the way asleep, but sometimes she needs to be for me to put her down. My eldest never slept through, no matter what I did, until she was ready. You will know when it is time! Just keep the goal in mind, that you are a facilitator for sleep. You are helping them soothe themselves until they can do it alone. After 14-16 months, if they still aren't doing it alone, I would allow them to 'cry it out.' I know there is a lot of debate about this, but most children of that age can fall asleep when given the chance. Many kids will cry for awhile and then decide to fall asleep. Take heart. They are only little once (thank goodness!)

Candice - posted on 09/04/2009

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Depending on how old your baby is you could put just a little bit of baby cereal in their milk bottle before they lay down for the night. The little trick I did was set some pillows up in the bed a little higher than I was I let him lay close till he went into a deep sleep that was because he was was strictly on breastmilk.

Stephanie - posted on 09/04/2009

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At about 5 months our doctor recommended letting the baby soothe himself back to sleep and for us to maybe go in pat his back, make sure his diaper is dry and leave the room. We did this and it was very tough! However, Mikey is 14 months and has slept throught the night ever since and if he wakes - he goes right back to sleep. This has worked on both of my kids and Mikey had colic!

Ritu - posted on 09/03/2009

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feeding at a regular time followed by a bath always helps. after d bath let the baby play,4 some time. when he"s tired after an hr, put hm to sleep on his cot. stay arond, pick him up if he cries, then put hiom back 2 bed. do not breast feed at dis time .keep repeating till he falls asleep.it may take 3 to 4 days for a routiine to build. shifting d sleep time a little later wl also help. if he sleeps later he wakes later.

Heidi - posted on 09/03/2009

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I made a tape of me reading her books and this seemed to satisfy my daughter, so when she woke I just put on the tape and she would go back to sleep with the sound of my voice. You may need to use a CD now days

Stephanie - posted on 09/03/2009

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unfortunately some babies don't. Try a warm bath with lavender soap and a bottle and it depends on the age you might could try a tsp of infant rice or oatmeal in his/her bottle. ??just suggestions??

Amy - posted on 09/03/2009

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Cereal helped my kids so much. Most all of us had it when we were a month or two old and I did the same with my kids. (Never put it in a bottle spoon feed) That may help but some just don't sleep for a year or two:-(

Stacey - posted on 09/03/2009

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My son would not for the life of him sleep through the night, i talked to some nurses and they told me to just let him cry. It was very hard for me i could not let him just cry so my boyfriend turned on a fan. after a week he was sleeping through the night no problem and has been doing so for 5 months now. it was very hard but very worth it!! hope that helps.

Monica - posted on 09/03/2009

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my daughter is 2 months pld well alomost 3 months old and she sleepd through the night. I just go into the shower with her for about a good 30-40 min and by 10pm she is out and does not wake up until 630-7am. And that what i did with my son also he is now 4 yrs old but i started doing the same thing with hime probably an hour or 2 before there bedtime and he started sleeping thrue the night at 4 months.

Kerry - posted on 09/03/2009

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It will take some sacrifice but I suggest limiting his/her sleep in the daytime. Try to play with, change his/her clothes more frequently, walk around outside.. If you can disrupt some of the sleep in the day hours maybe for 2-3 days you may be able gain a better night time sleeping habit.

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2009

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I know you've got a lot of advise on this subject, but I want to pass on to you what my mom told me. I thought she was crazy when she suggested putting oatmeal cereal in her bottle, but at 2 weeks I was ready to try it. So, we put just about a tablespoon amount in her 3-4 oz bottle at night and fed her that same bottle if she woke up again at night and first thing in the morning. Over time, we were able to increase the amount of cereal we put in it. She was sleeping for 6 hours by 4 weeks. So, we would put her to bed around 11:00 with her first cereal bottle. If you give it to them too early, they will get up during the night. It takes a while, but now, she's 10 weeks old and is sleeping 8-9 hours at night, and her sleep during the day doesn't effect how she sleeps at night. It's wonderful! Also, routine is great, too. We always use the lavender scented night time lotion after baths before we put on pj's. On the nights that we don't give a bath, we still use the lotion before dressing her. We don't use it on her during the day; that way, she associates the scent and dimmer lighting (and less stimulation) with bedtime. Now, your baby may be a little gassy at first with the cereal, but gas drops work great! After their belly gets used to digesting the cereal, it will be better. I hope this information helps. I know it's great to get a full night's rest with a little one draining all your energy! :) Good luck and I hope it works for you, too.

Melanie - posted on 09/03/2009

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When people say "sleep through the night" this actually usually means "sleep for 5-6 hours straight". So your bub may wake up once during the night, say 4am or 3am, but that's normal.

Olivia Dawn - posted on 09/02/2009

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Okay I've tried ALL of the other posts. I have 3 kids and this is the only thing I found that worked and you may think that it sounds crazy, but trust me it works. It is an old remedy from years and years ago that has been passed down from my family and friends of my family. It is called "Onion Tea". You will get a sweet yellow onion and boil it til it is falling apart. Take the juice off of it and add a little sugar to it to get it sweet to taste. Let it cool and give it to your baby. It only takes an once or two and I promise they will sleep all night long.

Christie - posted on 09/02/2009

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Quoting courtney :

do some babies just dont sleep through the night? ive tried everythin any suggestions?




My son slept through the night after only 2 or 3 weeks I was very lucky but for him he never took naps! I mean never so his bedtime was 7pm and he never woke upo before 7 am. Ofcourse he has had off nights here and there but really babies that age only need like 12 hours a sleep for the whole day so if yours is getting it throughout the day start getting rid of the afternoon nap and then slowly taking away or shortning the other also. Good luck if it helps at all my newphew never slept through the night until 15 months and my sister tried it all to no avail.. some kids just dont sleep all night long.. my son is almost 4 yrs old now and he still doesnt take naps which is going to be a problem when he starts pre K soon they require 2 hour naps and I already know if he does start taking them i will be in your shoes soon he wont want to go to bed until midnight or after! Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 09/02/2009

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1. How old is your baby? 2. If he is still little, have you tried swaddling and or white noise? Hope this helps.



Blessings,

Nicole

Samantha - posted on 09/02/2009

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I myself have tried everything....it would work for a little bit, couple of days, and then would just stop working. My friends daughter just started to sleep through the night and she just turned 4 this past year. I really dont think here is anything that can be done except for riding it out. Lets just hope it rides quickly, and doesnt take 4 year road trip!

Amanda - posted on 09/02/2009

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my little guy sleeps atleast 6 hours almost every night. He has been doing this since he was 6 weeks, he is now 12 weeks. But, our nightly routine is always the same. We don't start it till he seems to be getting sleepy. When he start to get sleepy we feed him then bathe him, lotion him up, and then feed him again. I think I just got lucky though. Of course he has a rough night everyonce in a while, but they are few and far between.

Always remember every baby is different. Don't start your baby on cereal unless the doctor says so. Baby's tummys aren't desinged to handle it.

Robyn - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son is going to be six months in 4 days. We recently moved him to his own room because he was waking every 1 1/2 to 2 hours even after being nursed. I nurse him at about 7 or 7:30 and then he goes down for bed at 8:30. He takes usually 3 naps a day, but they vary in how long. He has gotten to where is may wake up three times a night or just once. If he wakes up between 3 and 4:30, I will nurse him again. Any other time, I will let him cry himself back to sleep. I turn the monitor down so that I can still here him, but not enough to keep me awake. He usually falls back asleep before 30 minutes has passed. He has no physical need to wake up and nurse until he has slept at least 5-6 hours (which is a full nights rest to an infant). I want him to learn to fall asleep on his own so that he can fall back asleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Just don't have unrealistic expectations that your child will sleep from 7pm to 7am without waking. For a 6 month old that is very unrealistic. I would also recommend not doing the cereal in the bottle, it leads to a bad habit. A child should only have solids by spoon. Save that for a different type of bonding experience. It has been proven to not work any better than those that don't give it. You could try feeding her at least an hour before bedtime because some babies actually wake up more when put to bed with such a full belly. It is just like when you eat a really big meal late at night and then wake up extremely hungry. That is the way some babies feel when they go to bed so full. It seems to work for my little guy if I feed him earlier. I have tried it to see and it does make a difference.

Ora - posted on 09/02/2009

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change their day sleeping try to keep them up in the day time and dont let them sleep allday they might got there day and night mix up hope that help

Elaine - posted on 09/02/2009

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Very quiet music works like a charm. The quieter it is, the better. The baby tries so hard to hear the music that they don't stir so they don't make any noise. Mozart for the brain is excellent and is said to make it easier for babies to learn. Worked for my son!! He is 6 now and is reading at a 2nd grade level, learned his colors, ABC's, etc... all before the age of 2. I might have just gotten lucky, but it's worth a shot!! Good luck.

Bonnie - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son turned 2 August 1st and he still wakes up at around 3am. I can't figure it out and nothing I do helps. I have let him sleep in my bed from 3am till 6:30 when we get up because it gets me more sleep. He was breast fed until 13 months.
I have heard about waking them up right before you go to bed to help them sleep longer after you go to sleep. I also heard that from a young age, teach them how to fall asleep on their own. If they need rocking or singing to fall asleep, when they wake in the night they won't know how to fall back asleep without that help.
Didn't read all responses so hope this helps.

Carolee - posted on 09/02/2009

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Of course it is different for everyone. If your little one is bigger than normal for their age, it may be that he / she needs solid food before bed. Have you tried putting rice cereal in their bottle at bed time. It seemed to help with my son, so many years ago.

Tiara - posted on 09/02/2009

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I have 4 kids and non of them slept through the night in till about 15months. I think nursing them in till they were 15months had something to do with it. I wish I could help but they seemed to sleep through the night after they stopped nursing.

Jodi - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son is 3 years old and I can count on one hand the number of time she has slept thru the night. I tried everything feeding him, making sure he was comfortable, wearing him out at the park. Nothing worked. He just doesn't sleep well. Now when he gets up its for about 15 minutes and he is ready to lay back down but it is still an every night thing. Sorry hun just part of who your child is.

Kristin - posted on 09/01/2009

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The Kiddopotamus Swaddle Me blanket!!!!! I am not sure how old your child is but I've used it on both of mine - my son slept through the night since the day he came home - we had to set the alarm clock to wake him up to feed him the first two months at the request of the pediatrician. Once the child starts rolling over it isn't a good idea since the arms are constricted but if I could only have 1 baby product it would be that!

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2009

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I used a book called "The Sleepeasy Solution." It was a godsend! It says you will see results in a week and we did- it took 3 days of their method and my 6 month old started sleeping through the night. Its worth the $15 for the book!!!! Good luck!
:)

Stacey - posted on 09/01/2009

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Sometimes they just don't sleep through the night. My oldest is 4 and there are times when she still wakes up. My youngest is 2. If it's not her it's him. Sometimes that's just the way it goes. I feel like I haven't had a good night's sleep in 4 years. And even when they DO sleep thru, I'm up checking on them to see if they're ok. ;) It's the life of a mom. You'll be tired for a long time. But this too shall pass. Just love 'em up! Hug 'em and hold 'em because one day they'll be grown. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 09/01/2009

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Read Baby Wise. It helped us soooo much and I have several friends who sware by it also. We had our little one sleeping through the night at 2 months. Make sure your little one has eaten enough. Maybe a bottle of formula with rice cereal added to it before bed, mabe they need some more snacks during the day. Depends how old they are. They may be waking up hungry. It may be time for different more filling foods. Good luck.

Ryan - posted on 09/01/2009

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I also started cereal in the last bottle of the day at 5 weeks for both of my children. Worked like a charm. They were only waking up to eat. Mine were sleeping through the night by 6 weeks of age. The pediatrician didn't think it was bad either...

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