how to get an 8 month old to sleep

Marie - posted on 09/18/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi has any one got any sugestions on how to get an 8 month old sleeping through the night, the problem is he dosn,t wind down before he goes to bed he wants to be on the move all the time his bed time routine is 5.00 tea then play at 6.00pm i will try and get him to wind down by sitting with him and read a story and get him to have his bed time milk then at 6.30 i will give him a bath to try and relax him i do baby masarge as well and he is in bed by 7.00pm and he will sleep but at 12.00am on the dot he wakes up screaming the place down and will not go back to sleep untill 3.00-4.00 am in the morning, he also has an older brother who is 2 and they sleep in the same room so as you can imagine when my 8 month old wakes up he then wakes my 2 year old up and then he wan't mummys attention to, i have done every thing the health visitor has suggested but nothing seems to work, has any one eles had this problem and if so what did you do to stop it

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CONNIE - posted on 09/22/2011

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Marie Try to find some ENYA cd's. That is what I had to use for my Daughter who was like the energizer bunny when it came time for bed.Put a soft night lite and put on some Enya and it is like taming a wild bear.Worked wonders for mine. She is 7 now and still when she can not sleep she will ask me to put on her Enya and it will put her right out!

Amber - posted on 09/19/2011

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When my daughter did this (at a much younger age) I tried the tizzie hall method and started waking her at 7am on the dot and then she was tired enough to sleep all night. i also didn't let her sleep more than 2 hrs during the day. she now sleeps 7 til 7 every night!

Kelly - posted on 09/19/2011

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i agree with Kellie. if your 8 month old wakes up at midnight and wants a bottle or whatever, give it to him. if he won't take a bottle when he gets up in the morning oh well. he will let u know when he wants it. u r his mom. go by what u feel is right not what others tell u. if your other child made it to 2 years of age u obviously did something right with him

Kellie - posted on 09/18/2011

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always good to experiment until you hit on the right one!

If you feel he needs it, give it, or maybe at least offer it, he will tell you if he wants it or not.

What time are you giving him his morning bottle or boob or sippy cup? lol so many ways to feed our kiddies lol if he doesn't want his milk first thing, give him his solids (if he's having them) and about 30 minutes after that offer him his milk.

As long as he's getting enough food in whichever form, maybe some solids and a drink of water at breaky is enough for him. My DD hasn't had a bottle at night for a while now but she sometimes wakes and wants it, last night she had a bottle at midnight, but before that, it was maybe a couple of weeks ago, what else can you do but give it really, they're still little.

Other than that There's really not a hell of a lot you can do but roll with it, I know you need sleep but they need what they need, and I am against "training" children, ffs they're not the family pet, and I loathe CIO and flat out refuse to use it, and right now (it's the end of the day here) I am fresh out of ideas!

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Brandi - posted on 09/25/2011

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well to get him back tsleep i know music helped my son but not sure how you would keep him to sleep and not sure how that would work with your other child

Marie - posted on 09/20/2011

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he seems to be getting bettet woke up once last night at 4.00am had bottle and wnt back to sleep so i think it was a fase ie night mears/teathing or separation, as for seperate rooms we only have a 2 bedroom house so it's not posible to seperate, he did sleep in my room when he was going through this problem but he is so loud that it didn't matter where he was he would wake up the whole house

Melissa - posted on 09/19/2011

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try maybe adjusting the sleep to start a little later, maybe about 8 pm and maybe that will make a better adjustment, Does your baby nap during the day? Try adjusting the nap schedule too. My daughter is 13 months and has 2 short naps during the day and sleeps through the night now waking up 1 time for no more than an hour depending on the night. Sometimes she will take a 2 hour nap depending on her growth spurt/ teething. She's never been a good sleeper, however, babies are not meant to sleep through the night all the time, but shouldn't be up all hours of the night. Also maybe if you have room seperate rooms from the older child.

Marie - posted on 09/18/2011

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Thanks kellie i will just stick to his bed time routine and offer him his bottle when he wakes up and try not to worrie about it if he dosn't want a bottle in the morning he usally wakes up again at around 7 or 8 am depending on how quikly he went back to sleep again so i would try a bottle with him half an hour after he wakes up

Marie - posted on 09/18/2011

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Kellie i havn't been giving him a feed when he wakes at midnight because when i discused the problem with my health visitor she said not to as he refuses a drink in the morning, so she said it's because he has one at around midnight so he dosn't want it, she then suggested that i don't give him milk when he wakes up and that way he will have more fluid during the day i have only stoped doing the milk at night for 3 nights but if it's just a faze then i may go back to giving it to him, but like i said i have been trying some things that the health visitor has sugested and that was one of them

Kellie - posted on 09/18/2011

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From the research I've done and going by my 10 month old, around 8 months is when there sleeping goes a little pear shaped, this is due to a number of reasons, a growth spurt, teething, separation anxiety, night terrors etc...

When he wakes at midnight do you give him another feed? your bedtime routine sounds fabulous and is obviously working so I'd continue with that. Maybe give him a feed followed by snuggles with Mummy when he wakes at midnight upset. Even repeating your bedtime ritual minus the bath might work, or at least let him know that it's still bedtime. It will also let him know that Mummy's still there and he's safe and ok.

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