How can I get my 7mos. old to sleep thru the night

Heather - posted on 05/08/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Please help! I am very tired! My 7 mos. old will not sleep through the night. The past two nights have been the worst! She does not have any teeth yet so I don't know if that is what is keeping her up. I have been trying the teething tablets once right before bed, but don't seem to be helping. She is not nearly as fussy through the day. In fact, she is pretty happy through the day until right before bed time. I have been sooo tired that the only way I can get any amount of rest is to lay on the couch with her in the afternoon while she naps. Do you think that is causing her not to sleep? Does anyone have any suggestions? I am a first time Mom and all of this is new to me so any advice is greatly appreciated.



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Tamara - posted on 05/08/2009

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Quoting KayCee:

yes..read the book Baby Wise. It helps a lot is is the same concept as what monica Conde said. Get her into a routine. Check it out!


OP, please ignore this advice.  BabyWise has been advised against by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  From the abstract of the warning: 





One such book, On Becoming Babywise, has raised concern among pediatricians because it outlines an infant feeding program that has been associated with failure to thrive (FTT), poor milk supply failure, and involuntary early weaning. A Forsyth Medical Hospital Review Committee, in Winston-Salem N.C., has listed 11 areas in which the program is inadequately supported by conventional medical practice. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County, Calif., stated its concern after physicians called them with reports of dehydration, slow growth and development, and FTT associated with the program.





 



http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/c...



 



That being said, babies are designed to wake frequently.  There are many surveys on what is "normal" sleep for children 2 and under.  One of which has some of the following results:





Sadler S.
Prof Care Mother Child 1994 Aug-Sep;4(6):166-7.



In this study, part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood (ALSPAC), researchers surveyed the parents of 640 babies. Some of the results:





Only 16% slept through the night at six months old -- 84% were not sleeping through the night at 6 months

17% woke more than once per night, ranging from twice to eight times

5% woke once every night

9% woke most nights

50% woke occasionally

16% of six-month-olds had no regular sleeping pattern





If you note, only 16% of infants in the study were sleeping through the night at 6 months and therefore are in the minority.  Your child is a normal child who is waking in the night as their body dictates.  Further studies can be found here:  http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/...



 



 

Sara - posted on 05/08/2009

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You know, my little girl has been keeping me up for the past week and I could not figure out why. She's about the same age as your daughter. i clean her gums every day during bath time and just yesterday I noticed that she's got the corner of a tooth poking out, her first one. I think that they can have the symptoms of teething way before you actually see a tooth.



I agree with the routine also. My girl is not a great napper, but she sleeps in her own bed at night, every night. We do a night time routine (bath, bottle, book, bed) and I put her to sleep awake. She usually does really well at night, except for the past week! Good luck!

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Tamara - posted on 05/08/2009

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Quoting Marina:

my daughters neraly 18mnths and wakes thru the nite has been for so many months what do i do abiut that?


My daughter is 19 months and still wakes at least 1x/night.  From what I understand this is normal and won't pass until she's at least 2.

Melissa - posted on 05/08/2009

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My mom tells everyone that I never slept a whole night through til I was almost 8yrs old! That was when they discovered I had allergies, and that is what was making me miserable at night!! I know it may be a bit early to think about that, but it might be something to consider!! Allergies can cause lots of problems other than the obvious ones that you hear about all the time!!

User - posted on 05/08/2009

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Routine! Routine! Routine! Cereal before bed and a bottle with some gripe water.

Ashley - posted on 05/08/2009

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Hi Heather. I am curious to know what time you are putting your baby to sleep at night? Most babies want to be in their beds ready for sleep by 6pm, it's just when their brain switches to night time sleep. My daughter is 6 months old and I have her in bed by 6pm and she sleeps straight through until 6am. It sounds like your baby gets enough rest throughout the day, as you said she's pretty content during the day. A baby of her age needs about 14-15 hours of sleep in 24 hours, with a goal of 12 hours at night and about 3 hours during the day spaced into at least 2 naps of no less than 1 hour. If she's going to bed around 6pm and still waking up at night, it could be she's sleeping too much during the day, and you may need to wake her up from her naps so she only sleeps about 3 hours the whole day (I have to do this with my daughter sometimes). I know they say "never waken a sleeping baby" but if I don't she's up at 3am wide awake and it throws her whole schedule off. Knowing this really helped me as I am a first time mom too and was clueless! Good luck.

Heather - posted on 05/08/2009

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Thank you for all of your thoughts and advice. It helps to hear others may have experienced the same thing and I am not totally screwing up. lol I really want to do the best for my daughter and sometimes make myself crazy worrying about that. Thanks Again All!

Stephanie - posted on 05/08/2009

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I agree with all said above, but I would also try switching from the teething tablets to orajel and tylenol. The tablets actually kept my daughter awake at night. Once I switched, things got much better. She is over 9 months now and still gets up at least 2 times a night though.

Wendy - posted on 05/08/2009

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It is normal for your child to not be sleeping thought the night, especially if she is teething. Heck I don't even sleep through the night all the time, at least several times a week I have to cuddle with hubby in order to go back to sleep, so I don't expect any different form my child (just me).



Any who, for us cosleeping allows us to get more sleep. Additionally since we are BF I can just latch my daughter on as we both fall back to sleep. That is my only suggestion... Hope you find something that works for your baby and yourself!

Ann - posted on 05/08/2009

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I am a first time mommy also and sometimes I want to pull my hair out! But try making sure she is nice and full, dark room with some music playing. You can vary her bedtime, sometimes if mine gets over tired she wakes up more often. But I think at 7 months my daughter was going to sleep at 6 and sleeping through to 5 or 6 in the morning, not the best schedule but we just adjusted our bedtime to earlier so we got the much needed rest! (Now she is 10 months and goes down at 7 and wakes up at about 6:30-7.) If we put her down later she woke up earlier (weird) so that is something to try, you may also try some cereal before bed to really fill her up. I also have my daughter on her stomach, I think once they can really hold up their upper bodies its fine, but thats a personal choice! I first tried it for a nap so I could really watch her and then put her monitor base in the crib so I could hear her breathe! Good luck I know it can be hard, especially when you are getting any sleep!

Teresa - posted on 05/08/2009

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I felt the same way you do! I am a first time mom and I thought my son would NEVER sleep through the night! He is 14 months old now and finally sleeping through the night! How many hours is your daughter sleeping during the day? She could be sleeping too much during the day which is causing her to not sleep at night. If you have the book what to expect in the first year, it should tell you how many hours a 7 month old should be sleeping during the day and at night! Though you feel as though she will never sleep at night, just know that she will in her own time. If teething is the issue, I gave the teething tablets and a dose of tylenol to my son (per his doctor at bedtime only) to ensure that he wasn't in pain during the night. That helped, but with teething comes the sleepless nights and unhappy baby! Once the first tooth comes in it will get easier! Good luck!

Rayna - posted on 05/08/2009

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I agree with the routine. We have had the same routine for our 11 month old daughter since she was about 6 or 7 weeks old. Two to three big naps throughout the day, in her own bed alone, and sleeping alone all night. She set her schedule for us so it isn't that we make her nap for that long. We also put her on her tummy. Yeah, yeah, I know you're not supposed to do that but since we did it, she's slept through the night! Don't get me wrong, we have monitors everywhere and we checked on her all the time to make sure she was still breathing but once I knew she was just fine, so was I. She sleeps for 9 to 10 hours every night. I have never napped with her - as much as I have wanted to. I know it's best for her to learn to put herself to sleep and comfort herself when she wakes up. She has never cried when she woke up. She'll sit there and wait for us to come get her :) She's an angel. I hope you find what's best for you and her. Good luck!

KayCee - posted on 05/08/2009

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yes..read the book Baby Wise. It helps a lot is is the same concept as what monica Conde said. Get her into a routine. Check it out!

Courtney - posted on 05/08/2009

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My daughter is 14 months old, & just recently started to sleep thru the night. My son was sleeping thru the night @ 10 weeks. All babies are different, & sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. We have tried everything, believe me! :) It can be hard, but you will eventually have to not go in her room in the middle of the night when she cries. I would ask your doc if she is old enough to start this. Sometimes they just want their mommy, & if she gets used to you coming in when she cries, she will continue to do so. It usually only takes about a week or so, but it does work! Good luck!

Monica - posted on 05/08/2009

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Hi, babies need routine and also time alone, she could be starting to teeth if she's 7 mths and doesn't have any yet, by this stage she should be having a short nap in the marning and a nap in the afternoon in her own bed by herself. she might be in pain and you should maybe try to give her baby nurofen or calpol (please talk to your pharmacist on how you can alternate between the two throughout the day), if she's fine during the day don't give her any. And it's a very good idea that you rest while she does because they can tell when mummy is grumpy and they'll play up even more. I've been a nanny for twelve years and have gone through this many times, my own daughter is only 9 mths she's now on her 5th tooth and believe it hasn't been easy. If you would like to talk further please feel free to contact me. msggconde@yahoo.co.uk (Monica)- Goodluck!

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