How do I get my baby to sleep all night?

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Miriam - posted on 04/11/2012

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good luck Rebecca, my twin boys are 15 months old and still wake a few times at night... they are and have always been healthy and are happy, but always wake at night, we had them in their own room own cribs, but ended up bringing them to our room (our bed) because they were waking up many many times a night (EACH) now they still wake about 2-3 each one... I tried less milk till we go to water when they were about 8 months, but they would just cry and cry and with two one might be trying to sleep but the other one wakes him... I do not believe in ferberizeing, I have done much research on it and am totally against it so I guess I will just wait. eventually they will sleep and by then they will know they can always count on me!! I have a 9 year old son as well and he slept through the night by 12 months, but I also never did the CIO with him.. good luck!!

User - posted on 04/08/2012

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It's actually after 6 months. You want to be very careful with giving babies water, because you can over-hydrate them, and they could become very sick, and even have seizures. Speak to your pediatrician first about this one, in my opinion.

Jodie - posted on 04/10/2009

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Routine routine and routine... whatever you do be consistent. i have a evening routine i set in place with my little ones the day they came home from the hospital. bath, feed and bed. I also use controlled crying and am big fan of getting ababy comfortable with settling it's self. as both my children were large babies i found they slept a lot better with a top up of formula at about 8.30pm at night. both my children are also cluster feeders so it seemed to develope into a natural routine that they would eat as much as they could so they could sleep through. My 3 month old currently sleeps from 8.30ish to 4.30am and then to 8.30am. with my eldest he cut out the early morning feed at about 6 months and slept throught to 8am no worries.

Rebecca - posted on 04/10/2009

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Thank you all for your ideas! I have tried the cereal in the bottle to no prevail. Some interesting ideas though, I might try a few. She is in our room right now, (in her own bed) but right now that's all we can do. She's also in this phase right now she doesn't want to eat anything with a spoon. She wants "people" food....(has almost 5 teeth) but I am running out of ideas on what to give her. I have even tried the "gerber graduate" meals and she's not impressed. If anyone has any idea's on easy to chew foods that would be great. I have done banana's, pb & j, peas, carrots, baby cookies, pears and peaches but she seems to be picky. Sometimes she'll eat these things other times she wont???

Danielle - posted on 04/10/2009

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depending on how old your baby is, you can try to keep them up all day, or wake them up after shorter naps. my daughter is now 2, & she's been sleeping all through the nite since she was 9 months old. me & my husband keep her up all day, or wake her up early, & only let her take a half-hour nap & she sleeps sometimes longer than what we do. i know i'm a new mom, but that's what worked for us, & i found out she's a lot less cranky during the day, too! but like i said, it really depends on how old, because when they're baby-babies, they really can't stay up all day...(: but yeah, i hope this helped you...

Andrea - posted on 04/09/2009

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May sound odd, but the day I fed my daughter CHEESE was the day she started sleeping through the night. She was 8 months at the time and waking a couple times during the night out of habit to feed. I was desperate and on the brink of trying some focused sleep training. However, before I could, the upped level of PROTEIN in her diet seemed to settle her down and we managed to quickly phase out one feeding and then two. I just adjusted the amounts and quality of food I was giving her, especially at dinner. I also breastfed her before bed which filled her up enough to get through the night. Additionally, she self soothes by sucking her thumb and cuddles a washcloth for comfort. Now she's 10 months old, sleeps 12 hours and is doing great.

Shannon - posted on 04/09/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

I have tried the binkie (dummy) she just throws it..lol I think sometimes she wants to eat, but I wonder if its just habbit. I'm not so sure I can let her cry it out, I'm a sucker after 5 minutes. She wakes up 2-6 times a night, after almost 10 months I'm missing my sleep.



As long as the child is past 5months try giving him Water in a bottle propped up. If he is getting up out of habit it will trick him into thinking its food, and soon enough he'll stop getting up. If you give up after five minutes hes going to think aaahhhhaa all i have to do is scream and cry and she comes running. Babies are smart so try a 15 minute rule, and leave him. I bet he'll fall back asleep and soon enough the night time feedings will end  before you know it.

Ashley - posted on 04/09/2009

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Hey there!

OoOo having a child sleep alnight is a gift from god! When my son Romin (10months) was able to i put rice ceral in his bottle. It filled him up for the night and he slept all night! Hope this helps!

Katie - posted on 04/09/2009

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I love The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. I just didn't feel right leaving my baby to cry so I found a way that worked for us. He still wakes up a couple of times, but I get a full night's sleep now and am happy with our results, although it takes a little bit of work.

Katrina - posted on 04/09/2009

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They still think theyre in the womb. Get a little wrist band watch. Put it under his blanket or pillow. Whichever one he sleeps with. Try putting a finger full of cereal in the bottle and he'll sleep like a baby!(All night)

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2009

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Buy the book, On Becoming Baby Wise.  It's awesome!!  Both of my babies slept through the night by 8 weeks.  It's based on the "wake, feed, sleep" cycle.  Never, ever put your baby down with a bottle or nurse her to sleep, and always put your baby in her crib while she's awake.  She has to learn to sooth herself, so that if/when she wakes at night, she can go back to sleep on her own.  White noise seems to help a lot too for my kids.  Also, don't give in!!  Don't put your baby in bed with you.  And give her a chance "to cry it out".   Too much info, but READ the BOOK!!

Angela - posted on 04/09/2009

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nice warm bath follwed by a light massage and a warm bottle...then sing lulllaby...makes my son sleep right through the night





Alexandria - posted on 04/09/2009

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Does she sleep in her own room or is she with you? My son started sleeping through the night when he was 6 months old and it seemed as though it was when we moved and he got a room to himself. I also would give him a soothing bath everynight and then a bottle with rice in and he seemed to be good for the night. On occasions he would wake up and just wanted to be cuddled for a little while and went back to sleep (this would only happen maybe a couple times a month). He is three now and sleeps great every night. The other thing we came to learn is that he needed his room really dark, some babies like it really dark and some babies like a little bit of light (a night light maybe) and also background music was good to so he knew he was not alone - we always left a radio on close by so there was some noise.

Hope some of that helps ... good luck!

Chrissy - posted on 04/09/2009

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Try using Natural Calm (baby calm) by peter gillham. You can pick it up at most any nutrition store. It helps the baby to regulate their krebs cycle. It works amazingly well!! It also helps if your child has any issues with constipation.

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warm bath in the johnson's baby lavender bath then after the warm bath a bottle with cereal.... works like a charm! my baby would pass out before she could finish the bottle..lol

Rebecca - posted on 04/09/2009

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I have tried the binkie (dummy) she just throws it..lol I think sometimes she wants to eat, but I wonder if its just habbit. I'm not so sure I can let her cry it out, I'm a sucker after 5 minutes. She wakes up 2-6 times a night, after almost 10 months I'm missing my sleep.

Danyel - posted on 04/09/2009

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How old is your baby? I ferberized my triplets girls at four, five and six months. Some babies need that over night feeding, some don't. As long as your doc says your baby doesn't need that meal, put them in the crib and settle in for a long night.



The tears are tough but it's best for everyone.



Maybe one night, maybe two?



My Gracie cried for three hours and hasn't gotten up over night since.



My Claire cried on and off all night for a few nights and will whimper over night if teething (but we don't pick her up anymore).



My Bridie (the smallest, the youngest, in the hospital the longest, incredibly babied and actually crying right now) took several attempts.



But now she sleeps all night!



We also use a Beatles for Babies CD every night and have a copy in the car for trips!



Good luck!



 

Jayme - posted on 04/09/2009

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hey the way i taught my 1st son to sleep all night is when he woke up i gave him his dummy coz all he was waking up for was a bottle so take that away he had no reason lol but my 2nd son has issues he wakes in the middle of the night all the time and wont take a dummy lol

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