How do you make a 9 month old sleep through the night?

Ashley - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old wakes up 2-3 times a night to eat. and Im so exausted in the mornings. He eats alot of cereal before bed plus some milk. I try to rock him sometimes but it just wakes him up and he wont stop crying. I dont know what else i could do. Help Please!

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Stacey-Lee - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hi Ashley,
My baby is 3 months old and she sleps through the night, she will maybe wake up once to have a nappy changed, but then ots back to bed. She has an amazing paeditrician, last meal for the eve at 6.30pm and she's off to bed at 8pm.she eats the wayf we do, breakfast, lunch, supper which consist of eitrher formula or breast milk with either porrdge or purity and snack at 9.30am and 15h30pm....if you reside in Cape Town, i could forward yuo the details if you like. His name is Dr Roy Gordon, very old man, but really amazing. He was my dr when i was a little kid.

Kris - posted on 11/09/2009

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Have you tried a nightlight (like TykeLight) which is safe to place in the crib and can be handled by the baby, looks like a little friend:)) and some white noise music - like ocean sounds or rain sounds, etc. I used those on my infant and she was sleeping about 8 hrs through the night very early on. I rocked while listening to soft lullaby music but left the "white noise" on in the background throughout the night. Unfortunately, it could just be his way. My first born had difficulty staying asleep until she was about 4 years old. My second daughter slept through the 8 yrs at 3 mths.

Sharon - posted on 01/10/2012

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Dear Thiri,
I think that 8:30 is a little late for a baby that age, you might try a little earlier. For the most part I think this is as I said, a sleep regression. When you hold her, does she go back to sleep? How long does it take for her to go back to sleep? You might want to try not picking her up and just rubbing her back as she sits in the crib. DO NOT talk to her or look at her. Just get her used to the fact that all you are going to do is rubbing her back. Hopefully she will settle down and lay down as you rub her back and go back to sleep. Try using some soft music with no words, some classical music played on a very low setting. What you're trying to do is create a routine. The same music is played when she goes to sleep the first time, and the same music is played when she wakes. That sends the message it's sleep time. I would not do a cry it out method unless you have no other choice. Wait a week and see what new development pops up. Hope that helps.

Rebecca - posted on 11/09/2009

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I think talking to your health visitor may help. Do you keep a regular routine? They do say let them cry for 10 - 15 minutes if all is well - he may cry cos he knows you will give in to him and pick him up.

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Thiri - posted on 01/10/2012

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Dear sharon,

I'm breastfeedng her up until now never wanted togive her formula. But I have no choicebut to give her. She waking up because she wants to be held. Is my schedule for her right?? Is 8:30 her bedtime too late??? Any suggestion. I'm not feeding her too heavy food. I had given her only applesauce because formula is quite rich so I'm afraid she might not digest.

She had never sleep through the night ever since she was born. Yesterday night was one hell of a progress that she did, slept 6 hour at a stretch. I want her to sleep w/o having to wake up. She wakes up at least 3~4 time not because she's hungry maybe having habit having nipple all the time or wants to have pacifier. Putting her pacifier back and putting my hand on her chest make her sleep again. Is that a good idea??? Any suggestion??

Thiri - posted on 01/10/2012

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Dear Rachael,

It's only important for evening time because daytime she has no trouble of eating or sleeping. It's so hard to put her down to sleep in the night. I do think she has gas bubbles. I use to give her quite heavy food for dinner but now I only give her applesauce. When she was 4 months she had colic problems so I watch carefully what she eat and react.

Last night was first night she slept 6 hours at a stretch w/o waking up. What I did was gave her dinner around 6:30 and she would play until 8. 8:30 I put her to bed, rocking, singing and breastfed. Aroung 10 she wake up standing in the crib of course crying so laid her down and had tp put pacifier and my hand on her chest, fall asleep again. 11 she woke up again this time I would feed her formula, put her back crib and had my hand on her chest n she fall asleep. She wakes up at least 3~4 times. I want her to sleep at a stretch how shall I do it???

Sharon - posted on 01/10/2012

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He's not being woken from his sleep due to hunger. What you're experiencing is what's called a sleep regression. This happens at 4 months, 9 months, 18 months, and so on. The waking is tied to development. At this age you'll probably see a new skill emerge pretty soon. After he has mastered the new skill and it becomes second nature, he will return to sleeping the way he had been. Are you breastfeeding, bottle feeding? Does he really want to eat or is that just what he does. At this age, especially if he is breastfeeding, eating is probably what he wants and is comforting too. But hunger is not what is waking him from a deep sleep. Was he sleeping through the night before this? Those are the areas you want to look at to understand what's going on. Best of luck. Sharon ~ Proactive Parenting (dot) NET and Round-up writer for Circle of Moms

Thiri - posted on 01/10/2012

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Dear All,

As first time mom I'm going crazy trying to make my 10 month old ( Melanie) to sleep through the night. I'm having sleep deprive and I feel like I'm going crazy soon. I know motherhood is not easy as everybody says but I just need some professional help.

First of all this is Melanie schedule

7:30 wakeup / breastfeed

8:30/ 9 breakfast

10:00 morning nap (1~ 1:30) ( depending how long she was up last night)

12:15 shower

12:30 lunch

1:30 breastfeed

2~2:30 afternoon nap (45min)

3:30 breastfeed

5~5:30 evening nap ( max 15 min)

6:30 shower

7:00 dinner

8:30 breastfeed & ready for bedtime

The problem is she sleep in the daytime without a hitch but when she sleeps in the night she will not sleep for more than 2 hour in her crib.

I have read alot of books had try out nothing works.

One last source is to try out CIO method. That's the cruelest thing I have ever done to my daughter ever since she's born. I'm not a bit happy to use this method. I had no choice but to use it because my health is becoming critical.

So I've done Farber method by going in and  out to console her  but when she's see people she cries even more.

First day of the method  she cried for 2 1/2 hour and at last she got tired and finally went to sleep. We've been trying out for a week now

Now I thought my milk is not as rich and as much as formula so I've decided to give her when she wakes up again.

My question is that should I give formula at her bedtime 8:30 or wait till the time she wake up again. What I normally do is that I breastfed her, cuddle, rock and of course she fall asleep at 8:30. I didn't give formula at 8:30 afraid that she'll have nothing to drink when she wake up again hungry. I only give her only once day at nighttime to help her sleeps better. I had breastfed her up until now and never wanted to give formula. Planned to breastfeed until she reach 1 years old.

Around 9:30 she wake ups and of course start crying I would let her cry till 10 then I go in n feed her formula.

Please help me!!

Dana - posted on 11/10/2009

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ashley--are u feeding him because hes hungry or that is what u have been doing

check out healthy sleep habits, happy child at library

kids have to learn to get back to sleep and that involves crying--earplugs for xmas-

its hard to here him scream but he will still love u in morning-check out the book!!!

Michele - posted on 11/09/2009

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As mean as this may sound, you have to just let him cry it out in the middle of the night. He should be sleeping by now through the night. This happened with my now 14 month old and that is what the doctors told us to do. Our doctor told us that it is just a habit that we have to break for him. It was a misserable couple of nights, but then it just clicked with him and he sleeps through the night...most nights:) Good Luck! I know how exhausting that can be!

Jodelle - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hmm. Not sure if this will help since every child is different. When I had my daughter I read this book called "Becoming Babywise" How to give your infant the gift of nightime sleep. I followed the suggestions and my daughter started sleeping 7-8 hours at 3 months. The biggest thing I remember is not to feed your child to sleep. Feed the baby when they wake up from sleep, have awake time, then sleep time. This made sense when she was very small since they sleep so much. My question for you is how much actual food is baby getting? By 6 months I was feeding 3 baby food meals a day. You may need to impliment more food during the day. Cooked/mashed carrots, squash, oatmeal etc.
Good luck.

Eucharia - posted on 11/08/2009

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You should not be feeding a baby too heavy during the night, it makes them restless. Try to feed the baby the heavy food by 6pm, give the child a good bath, talk and play with the child, and then put the child to sleep by eight pm. This will give you time to observe any figiting in the child's sleep time. It seems that some children are more restless than others because they feel insecured. If this seems to be the case, allow the child to fall asleep while you are cuddling him/her, and then tuck him/her in cuddling a large teddy bear with their back supported by a pillow; then see what happens.

Rachel - posted on 11/08/2009

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My then 6 month old wasnt sleeping through either. She would wake up about 2-3 times a night and the only way I could get her to sleep would be to put her on the breast. After speaking to alot of mums especially on mother, she said a 6 month old should be sleeping right through and not feeding by now. So all these mums i spoke to said to do the control crying. As much as i didnt like it it was my last resort...I was so tired and cranky during the day I didnt have any other option.
I started Friday night and by Tuesday my daughter was sleeping from 7pm to 5:30am. Totally different baby.
Before bed my daughter has her dinner at about 5 - 5:30pm. Her bath is usually before dinner. Then at about 6:15-6:30 she will have her milk feed. At about 6:45pm she is ready to be put in her cot. She self settles. Have you tried giving your 9 month old veges instead of cereal? We give our daughter veges and then we give her some kind of fruit. Your son is waking and he knows that you are going to feed him. So, you need to break this. The control crying worked for me. Maybe you could try it. It will be very hard the first night or 2 but you have to be very very strong. During the night, when he wakes, go in after 5 mins, dont speak, look, or pick him up. Place your hand on his chest (so that he knows you are still there) then leave the room. Then wait another 5 minutes and repeat. Then keep adding on a couple of minutes each time. My daughter the first night woke up and it took her about 30-40 mins. Within this time I checked her about 4 times. When she woke at 2am, I checked her twice. By 2:30am I was that tired I had ended up putting the pillow over my head. I woke up at 4:30am that morning and went to check on her., She was sound asleep and fine. I knew that I was making progress with her. Everyone who I spoke to swore by it and they all said it only takes 3-5 days. I wish I did it with my first child...He is now 2 and half and only started sleepign thorugh about 2 months ago. We still have the occasional once a night wake up...Good luck and let me know what you think or do.

Kathy - posted on 11/07/2009

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The cereal before bed might be keeping him up. His little tummy is trying to digest it. The need for food in the middle of the night might be his need to soothe his tummy. He could also have gas bubbles from eating then being laid down. Have you ever read "On Becoming Babywise"? Great routine basis!! Basically: Sleep then eat followed by play during the day. At night the baby SLEEPS. :O) Works really well for us. Our daughter was sleeping throught the night at 7 weeks old. She now at 6 months sleeps 12-13 hours uninterrupted.

Sylvia - posted on 11/07/2009

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What a darling picture of you two! I am a mom of four kids that are grown, and I am so sorry that he doesn't sleep. My dtr did that and still is up all night at the age of 30~it was just her nature to not sleep for long intervals or at all. She did have allergies and asthma which also didn't help (could that be an issue with your adorable baby?). Unfortunately, babies are born with certain personalities, and this is just how they are~ With each child I "lightened up" a little bit and accepted their personal characteristics. You may not be able to change his behavior-but you should probably check it out with a doctor just to make sure he has no physical problems that are keeping him up at night. If you then find out that he is "just fine" from the doctor, the food advice from everyone is very good, If that doesn't work, maybe he just wants to sleep with you. It might actually make it easier`and you would probably get more sleep. Best of luck-he is so cute!

Lisa - posted on 11/07/2009

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I have a white noise machine in my son's room, that really helps.

When he wakes up in the middle of the night, reduce the amount that you give him each feeding and eventually (they say) he should not wake up anymore to eat. Because he has been eating in the middle of the night, he is programmed to be hungry then. If you slowly reduce the amount you are giving him in the middle of the night, in essence you are weaning him off of these feedings.

Amy - posted on 11/07/2009

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what is the eating schedule and the amount you give him! i give my 81/2 month ols 200ml of milk then 2hrs after 5 BIG tbl spoon of cereals plus half a little pot of fruits 4hrs after 200ml of milk 2 hrs after 2 half pot of veggies and a half pot of meat all togther then 4 hrs after 220 ml of milk before bed now my son is a big eater the quantity may be different but sometimes they are difficult therefore they dont eat the quantity they are suppose to because they dont like what you give him! give him something he really likes till he doesnt want it anymore to figure out his quantity then change your diet with that quantity ! at 9 months there are also teething so eating sooths them you can give him some camilia to reduce the pain its a natural product!

Mandy - posted on 11/07/2009

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Maybe I am old school but let them cry out!! Really, they are just fine!! When my babies would wake up and cry out (the longest was for 1 hour) they would not wake up again until the morning. Sometimes I would check her diaper because sometimes she poops but usually she is just fine! Seriously try it and after a week, you will probably not have that problem anymore!!!

Anne - posted on 11/07/2009

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I always fed my girls a little protein before bed. Actually, I fed them pablem the day they came home from the hospital. My oldest was hungery until she was 5, and was hard to fill up.
At 9 months they need to eat real food. If your conserned about choking, then blend it up or give baby meat. Often changing their diet to include more foods that will sustain them longer is helpful.

PETRONILLA - posted on 11/07/2009

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hi,
i'm a mother of 2. 12 & 10 yr olds. For me by the time they're 3 mons they slept till morning.

i would give them a bath after i've already taken supper/dinner, apply baby lotion as u massage the whole body, give him his breast / bottle and he'll sleep till morning.
Give him his bath an hr after he's eaten his supper.
waiting to hear about the results.

Sharon - posted on 11/06/2009

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Most babies begin waking in the middle of the night at about 8-9 months. This is a time in their development when they're learning that things that are hidden can be retrieved. This means a parent that is out of sight can be found. They learn this when you hide blocks and help them find them again. During the day the baby calls for mom and mom is right there. At night he calls for mom but she isn't there, she's asleep.
A 9 month old doesn't need to eat during the night. He needs to be tended too, but not fed. If he's really that hungry talk to your Dr.
8-9 months is one of the worst times, developmentally speaking, to sleep train a child. This is the time when stranger anxiety pops up. My suggestion would be to look at The No Cry Solution by Elizabeth Pantley for ideas. I think this idea is one of hers. Silently go in and lay the child back down in the crib—no talking to him. Sit on a stool so when the child is laying down he can't really see you. Begin patting the crib mattress lightly, not the child. This tells him you're there without engaging him. This should help him go back to sleep.
For 6 a pg. e-report full of tips about "How to get your little to sleep" go to my website and get it TODAY so you can get more sleep. Go to www.proactiveparenting dot net. Good luck.

Amie - posted on 11/06/2009

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How often is he napping during the day? It might not be food or anything else. He might be sleeping too much during the day. If he has more than one nap I'd try cutting one of those out.

If barring that then it might be teeth as another mom pointed out. Sometimes teeth take forever to pop through and it is horrendous for the babies. Our youngest is 7 months and she's working on popping out teeth but it doesn't bother her. Nor did it bother our other 3 but some babies aren't that great with it.

With the amount he seems to be eating though I don't think it's a hunger issue. Possibly once it could be he needs a bottle at night but I'm doubtful it's only that.

Is he sleeping in his own room or in your room? I'd try the white noise in the background too as another mom suggested. If he's a light sleeper the slightest noise at night could be waking him up. Mine all benefited greatly from white noise.

Lorena - posted on 11/06/2009

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Dear Ashley Every baby is different and thinks that work for others maybe will not work for you, maybe you can try during the day exhaust him as much as possible. Bath him at nigh then give him his milk and cereal, play some classic music and stay with him while he fall sleep. It works for me, maybe it could work for you, good look.

Alkisti - posted on 11/06/2009

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Alkistis from Greece. Hi!! Just needs "security". Take him to bed with you, next to you, to "smell and feel" you and will probably sleep. You don't spoil babys this way. What they need is to be next to their mother. My children sleep all night long from 2 months old. Good luck!!

Leonie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi, my baby did the same woke 3-4 times a night for a 'comfort feed' until he was 10.5 months and I just had enough. He was still breast feeding so it was very exhausting. I've read a few books on sleeping through the night and basically went with the controlled crying method where I let him cry for 10min before I went into his bedroom comfort him without picking him up (e.g put him in a sleeping position and give him his pacifier). I then left him closed the door and he cried for about another 9min before he fell asleep. (It's good to watch the clock because 5 min can feel like half and hour :) He woke twice during the night crying for about 5min and then went to sleep. It took two more nights of waking up about 2-3 times only crying for about 5min before falling back to sleep. It is good to have your husband / partner help as well. Instead of you going in to comfort him you can send your 'helper' because then your bub will really gets the message that it is sleep time and mommy is not feeding. If they have enough food during the day they should be able to sleep or be without food for 12 hours. I know some people are against the crying method but honestly some babies just need to learn to sleep through the night it is best for them and then obviously for mum who needs her sleep too. Most mums I talked to had ever only the 3 nights of playing 'tough love' before their bubs slept through and it is so worth it and your bub will thank you for it. Good luck...

Antoinette - posted on 11/06/2009

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does he want something if he wakes at night?? if milk, try to change that to water??
all my sympathy - our daughter only slept through at 12months... here is what we did... we stopped putting her to sleep in our arms - we trained her to fall asleep by herself by sitting with her - next to her bed. and we stppped giving milk at night. my husband took her for 3 nights - I usually took her and gave her breastmilk, and because she knew he couldn't give anything she started to sleep longer hours... she cried a lot the first night, but it just got better - for us this worked!
hope it helps!!

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I had to suck it up and let my 11 month old cry himself to sleep one night. The first night was the worst. he cried for maybe 45 minutes. But he slept through the night and has been for the past month or so. He puts himself to sleep now, too. He only cries til I get his door shut and turn the hallway light off, then he's fine. I wouldn't let your baby cry forever, though. If after so long, there doesn't seem to be any end in sight, go comfort your baby and try again the next night. Hopefully it helps

Sarah - posted on 11/06/2009

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If you know he isn't hungry (you fed him an appropriate amount of food/milk during the day) and it isn't a funky diaper. Try letting him cry it out. Just wait 5-10 min. before you go in to check. Check the diaper, if it is fine resettle him and try another 5-10 min. With my son, he would fall asleep before the 5 min. was up.

Bobbie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Maybe the cereal and milk isn't filling enough. Try giving him something a little more substantial like some fruit and a cracker. Also he might be sleeping too much during the day. If so don't let him sleep as long for his nap and keep him up a little later at night. If he is not tired and wakes up during the night he will definitely get hungry. Try this and let me know how it works.

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My first baby was the same way at 8 months -- waking every 2-3 hours to feed. My breasts had become her pacifier at night. I was encouraged by a lactation consultant and her pediatrician that at this age she was not waking out of hunger so I should let her cry it out. It took 2 - 3 days and then she learned to soothe herself and started sleeping through the night. I also let all 3 of my kids have water bottles at night. when they were small. I started it out with juice and water in order to make it an attractive idea and then weaned it down to just straight water. Good luck!

Camilla - posted on 11/06/2009

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My little girl didnt sleep through the night till she was 1, and i used to get exausted, i spoke to my health visitor and she told me that she proberly is not hungry, maybe thirsty so i started leaving her cup with water in, in her cot and she drinks that if she wakes, i was also told to ignore her because she gets to used to me coming in and getting her, in the end it works and she sleeps through now! hope that helps a little : )

Katie - posted on 11/06/2009

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I had the same problem with my son when he was 9 months. I always warm him up a bottle of whole milk right before he goes to bed. That's when he started sleeping thew the night

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I know this is going to sound crazy, but i tried everything with my little one too. i noticed, by sheer accident one night that he fell asleep before giving him a bottle that he slept better and longer when he went to bed without a bottle.

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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Some babies just need to eat more. My daughter slept through the night at 6 weeks on but my son took 8-9 months to start sleeping longer through the night. He is a eater. You may, if you think he/she will be okay, need to do the tough love thing and let her/him cry back to sleep or just go comfort them for a minute, put them back down and leave. If you do this a few night, making sure you do a late night feeding (11 or 12) before bed, the baby should be okay. They aren't going to die from not eating once or twice at night. You have to take control and ween. It is easy to write but hard to do. I too had to do it but I was a much better mom having had rest for my children. Good luck.

Ulrike - posted on 11/06/2009

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Sometimes it's just that they want to be sure that you are there, that they aren't alone. If you are sure he ate enough, they don't eat that much, try just a little bit of comforting during the night. When he wakes up don't switch on the light, just give him his pacifier and with a little bit of talk, don't pick him up, try to sooth him to sleep, light tapping on the bum. This might not work the first night, but try it for a couple of nights. What ever advice you get and you dicide to try it, don't give up at the first sighn that it doesn't work. You need to get into a new routine and it takes time. I hope this helps. And always remember you are a wonderful mother.

Debbie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Definitely feed him before he goes to sleep. If he has been waking up for a while, it is probably not teething, it doesn't take that long. Don't immediately get up and go to him when he wakes up. Let him play around or even fuss for a little while, he will learn to go back to sleep that way. It is hard for the first several nights to do this, but not as hard has spending the next 2 years getting up every night. Don't take him to bed with you, or he will never sleep alone.

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I know it doesn't help much, but my son is now 2 1/2. he has just started sleeping through the night. Sometimes, all you can do is cry, and find someone who is willing to do the night shift to give you a break. Sometimes just having that (even just 3hrs) uninterupted sleep is enough to give you a boost. We have had allergy tests done, and are now working with a whole new diet. unbelievable, but its now working. There is hope at the end of the tunnel.

Wricha - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi, Babies worry mainly about three things, she's hungry, she's thirsty or she's uncomfortable (dirty nappy, too hot too cold...)
If all the above are ok then congratulations, you're doing a great job!

Krystal - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi hon, my son is 8mths and until very recently he was waking3-8 times a night. I found an amazng forum called Baby Sleep Answers. Its based in the UK (im in Australia) and you can write to the sleep mentors and they write back as a support network and give you great advice and different strategies to try. He definately doesnt a feed during the night at his age. From 6mths they dont need one. Do you have a good routine for him? www.babysleepanswers.co.uk/forum/

Alex - posted on 11/06/2009

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I'm not sure if you're breast feeding or formula feeding, but this is what worked for me. If he drinks formula, try gradually watering it down over a week or two to just water. If BF then offer water which he's bound to protest to, but it may take a week or two for the idea to sink in and drink the day's milk in the daytime. The aim is that waking up just for water isn't worth it so he should sleep through. Good luck.

Tia - posted on 11/04/2009

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Feeding the baby cereal in the bottle helps before bed. My daugther has had a bed time since 2months 9pm to 8-9am Shes 17 months and is still following the same routine. The cereal is filling

Brittany - posted on 11/04/2009

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Let him play his heart out before the last bottle of the night, and I promise he will sleep threw the night, as well as give him a good bathe, and let him play, make noise, crawl/scoot, and whatever else he can do, and he should be fine!!

Katie - posted on 11/04/2009

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So I have an 8 month old. He does the same thing. recently I started feeding him some yogurt before bed, and then when i put him in his crib I give him a bottle, and then once he is done I take it from him and give him his binky. he now just wakes up once a night sometimes he sleeps through the night! Good luck

Ashley - posted on 11/04/2009

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i tried the pacifire thing but it didnt work lol. he realized it wasnt me and spat it out and kept crying til he got his way :(

Shelsea - posted on 11/04/2009

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maybe hes teething. my son will wake up in the middle of the night and just cry and cry while he is still half asleep because of the pain.

Maria - posted on 11/04/2009

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I do the same with my son since he was 4 months old. Cereal and milk before bed, but if your son uses a pacifier when he wakes up try that. If my son wakes I give him that rather than feed him and he goes back to sleep for the whole night 11 to 12 hours.

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2009

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Is he a light sleeper, if he is try keeping a radio on low in his room. The sound will make him feel more comfort. Like someone is up protecting him. It also helps so he wont wake up at every little noise he hears. Also, try feeding him more at one time rather than less more often. My daughter sleeps about 10 hours a night with out waking up.

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i agree with leah...maybe you should talk to the dr. about his diet they may want him to have more cals. to fill him up. and i always had to walk my daughter when she was younger cause she had colic but an older child may want to enjoy the walk rather than sleep. and does she nap alot during the day try to keep her up as much as possible

Leah - posted on 11/04/2009

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Maybe try feeding him a little more..some babies are different..maybe he is teething..there could be lots of reasons...i hope he starts to sleep more for you! :)

Keisha - posted on 11/04/2009

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I am having the same problem with my daughter it is very exhausting.. If anyone has some pointers i would love to read them

Leah - posted on 11/04/2009

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Maybe try feeing him/her a little extra and right before bed..that's what I do..for my 4 month old daughter. She sleeps 9pm to 11am..maybe we're just lucky. Who knows! good luck!..

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