Food tip that will fill my son up

Candi - posted on 12/15/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is eight months and still getting up three to four times a night , I'm not having time for myself because the moment I put him to sleep like twenty minutes later he get's back up along with my three year old ..The moment I pick him up he goes back to sleep . Not only am I not having time for myself , I'm not getting any sleep . What foods can I give him so that he'll be full ? I think that's the reason for him not sleeping through the night because he's still really only bottle fed(he drinks 8 0z) because I don't know a lot of foods to fill him up and the baby food isn't working .

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Sarah - posted on 12/15/2015

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It can be exhausting! I was pregnant or nursing for 9 years straight. I made baby food for my first but I found after that it was easier to just chop up whatever I made for the family and serve it to the little one. You'd be amazed what those gums can do! If he has a white noise machine, that helps. Try to follow a bedtime routine; he sits with you at dinner, then a bath, then a book, bottle and snuggles and down to sleep. Leave a night light on, and if he cries, wait a while (15 minutes if you can) before you go back in to tell him "it's ok, time for sleep" pat his back and leave. If you going in makes him go berserk, then wait even longer. He may just fall asleep on his own. My mother told me, "no baby ever dies from crying, (your heart just hurts) and letting your child learn to fall asleep is a gift to them. Now, I was a total weak willy with my fourth. I knew she was my last so I secretly loved those late night nursing sessions. I did not have to make a bottle and I was way to tired and lazy to do that, so if she had been on a bottle by then she'd have gone without those nighttime feeds. At 8 months, he could be waking hungry at like 3-4am, so if he does, feed him. Depending on how much he takes you will know if he wanted you or the food.

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Candi - posted on 12/15/2015

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I will definitely do the fifteen minute thing because i feel that will make it easier on me and give him his own independence. Thanks so much . Can you respond to my other thread about my daughter as well ? Your advice has been real helpful .

Candi - posted on 12/15/2015

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He actually used to fall asleep on his own , Until he got sick a couple months ago and I made the mistake of rocking him to sleep the whole week that he was sick . So from there on out , he will not lay and his bed and fall asleep anymore on his own except for with my husband . He'll just cry and cry , But I'm going to take your advice and wait until he's drowsy . Thanks for the food tips and the helpful advice , I literally was just sitting here with tears in my eyes because I felt so overwhelmed and I now feel some what better .

Sarah - posted on 12/15/2015

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You can feed him anything you eat, just chopped up or soft pieces. Avoid peanuts at this age. Feed him: soft cooked veggies, fruit, meatballs, scrambled eggs, tofu, yogurt, toast with butter or cream cheese. I suspect it is habit more than anything that is waking him up because you say "..The moment I pick him up he goes back to sleep" Is he used to falling sleep in your arms?
When you wake during the night (without kids) you may scrunch up your pillow and look at your clock and go back to sleep, right? Now picture you rouse from sleep and your pillow is gone? You'd wake all the way up and find your pillow. This can happen with kids too, he wakes and finds the things that help him fall asleep gone, so he wakes fully and cries until you come to him. Kids can learn to fall asleep on their own. Laying him down when he is drowsy but not totally asleep can help start the process, if he has a special toy or blanket keep in nearby too.

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