I'm having trouble finding ways to keep my four month old asleep through the night any suggestions? I give her a bottle and vegies before hand but still doesn't help

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Jodi - posted on 12/10/2013

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Whatever Jessica, I was just letting you know what current recommendations are from pediatricians based on research. If mother always knew best, I guess there'd be no need for Child Protection. What a wonderful world that would be. Unfortunately, not every mother's own way and own thoughts are necessarily in the best interests of her baby, and while some mothers have those best interests at heart, their actions may not be necessarily the best, whether they realise it or not. That's why gathering information, whether you agree with it or not, is the best way to make an informed decision. An informed decision is not blindly following what your mother, and her mother before her, did, but actually researching it for yourself.

Jodi - posted on 12/09/2013

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At 4 months she shouldn't be having veggies either. Just milk. Water can also be dangerous at this age - both nutritionally and also due to potential water intoxication. If she is waking because her tummy is empty, you shouldn't be filling it with water, she needs the nutrients in the milk.

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Phoenix - posted on 12/12/2013

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I hope you don't think that everyone is picking on you but I also have a 4 month old and she is my 4th and she wakes once or twice a night for a feed and its totally normal one of my babies didn't sleep through until 11 months
With giving a baby water I think you might need to talk to your doctor or midwife about it. My bubs needs to have water in a bottle twice daily once in the morning and once at night but this is due to medical reason but I was told by paediatrician not to let her have more then 25ml in 24hrs or it can be very harmful to to a babies inside at this age

Szilvia - posted on 12/11/2013

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Let your doctor know that you are giving the baby water and see what he/she says about it

Sarah Beth - posted on 12/10/2013

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Some Babies Don't Start Sleeping Through The Night Until 6+ Months Old. Its Just Something That Not All Babies Do.

A - posted on 12/10/2013

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I agree with Jodi, when my son was that age he woke up at night and I gave him milk and not water.

Jessica - posted on 12/10/2013

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Well all I can say is that every mother has there own ways and thoughts about what is right and wrong and what should and shouldn't be done, I only came on this site to ask about what was my current problem that isn't now.

Jodi - posted on 12/09/2013

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My mother took me home from hospital in her lap because that's what was done in those days. That doesn't make it a good idea because now we have much more information about why it isn't a good idea.....

Do your research, but if you do, you will find that neither solid food nor veggies are recommended at this age because their bodies NEED the nutrients in the formula/breastmilk more AND it creates digestion issues (potentially later in life). There is plenty of research to back it up. You don't have to agree with it, I'm just saying it isn't a good idea because it has potential to harm your baby.

It is also totally NORMAL for a child this age to wake up hungry at night.

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2013

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I'm sorry but I disagree, my mother feed me veggies at this age and I don't feel as though it is causing any problems, it's perfectly fine to give them cooled or warm boiled water , they need it other then just milk it also helps with there digestion too, she only has a few sucks n then is content again she is five months very soon, I'm beginning to think it wasn't a matter of her waking up hungry but just being restless n gums hurting and with me trying to figure it all out then I just offered her the bottle as a quick fix but know now she didn't actually need it as she's been sleeping through the night the past four nights. Thank you for ur concerns n input about it though.

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2013

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Even though she is young I don't want her to get into the habit of thinking it's ok to wake in the middle of the night/ early morning thinking to have a milk bottle n I want to encourage her to drink abit more water to, before I decided to give her water when she woke up she was only drinking about 90 mls of 180mls before she was comfortable to bk to sleep n I really didn't see the point if making it all up just for her to waste more then half if it , she has the recommended 5 bottles during the day as well as brekkie , lunch and dinner so I didn't think it's really ness sry to give her that 6th bottle just for her to drift if again :)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/09/2013

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May I ask why you feel it's not necessary to give her milk in the morning? I see that you say she's "happy" with water...but honestly, at that age, 4 months...she should be getting milk.

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2013

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She's actually doing a million times better since me writing this post, she's now going to sleep without me nursing / rocking her n stopped havering a milk bottle early morning n is now happy to just have a drink of water :) thank u so much for responding to this btw, I am thinking part if her problem is her teething at the moment

Jodi - posted on 12/05/2013

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What is your definition of "through the night" and what actual sleep is she getting. It is actually very normal for a child this age to still be waking at night.

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