LO not sleeping through the night and hungry?

Cyn - posted on 10/18/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Advice to help get 1 yr old to sleep though the night -- SLEEP (consistent, but broken schedule... at most 4 hours straight, then up screaming every 2-3 hours; drinks 4-5oz each time; She is (seems) hungry through the night, but I can't get her to eat much during the day (she drinks just enough so she can play/wiggle off my lap); at night wakings there are no lights on & I don't talk to her; Worst is her spoiled attachment because after a 2nd or 3rd waking, she doesn't want me to put her down, she fusses/cries (temper, kicking - which if I let it go, she gets worse... even to the extent of throwing up everything...)so I must either walk/bounce her for a long time (like 30-40 minutes) or sit and bounce her; if I try to lay her down or hold her and for me to lay down, she throws a fit. I am exhausted; -- NAPS (2-3 naps during the day @ approx. 15 min each, unless I drive around town in the car for 40 minutes+); -- FOOD (3-5 oz bottle preferred per feeding every 2 hours during the day, most with 1-3 tsp of rice in them; enjoys self feeding Puffs; 1-2x per day 1-2 tbsp pureed foods, never solids). At 7 months, she slept through the night; since 9 months, she wakes about 3x during the night. More food intake. iron levels are good. She is overall a happy baby and at a good weight. I think she is normal, but I would like some improvement for both of us. Suggestions or criticisms? Thanks!.

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Cyn - posted on 11/06/2012

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Thanks again, Anaquita. I got her eating (& cereal in bottle) every hour about 3 hours before bed. Go to bed peacefully, and let her cry for a few minutes when she gets up in the night, which 90% she puts herself back to bed. If up, it is only once to fed. Then she wakes up about 9 hours later. she takes 2 naps a day for at least 30 minutes. Now, to get her to hold a bottle or use a sippy cup, and be willing to eat more solid food.

Anaquita - posted on 10/18/2012

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At a year old, you should consider introducing solids to her, and maybe weaning out the bottle some. Slowly, of course. She can also hold her own bottle, so perhaps have feedings in a high chair, at the table where you guys can have meal times together. That way she just doesn't have a bit, then run off to play.



And maybe cut down naps to one nap, around mid-day. Maybe a bit early, but not too close to bed time.



As for attachment, it's not her being spoiled. Some kids just NEED the contact more. And this will come out more when tired. Most kids who got that need met, I've seen turn out more secure later on in life.

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