My 7 month old will not sleep through the night I need advice!

Krista - posted on 04/22/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old will not sleep through the night. I know this is a common issue from what I've read so far but I'm looking for any advice! My LO wakes up between 2 and 5 times a night and the only way to calm her is to give her a bottle. My husband refuses to let her cry it out because she screams bloody murder and will not calm down. She's not cutting any new teeth and her cold's have stopped. It could be habit at this point but she went to her grandparents house and slepp 9 hours straight for them! Please help!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/24/2013

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I don't like CIO either. It is not good for their brains, emotions or their bodies. She probably IS cutting teeth. Just cause you cannot see then does not mean they are not there.

I would just rock her back to sleep. Personally I have had to deal with this a lot. I go in the minute I hear a noise and get them back to sleep while they are still out of it. The longer you wait, the more awake they are, and the more difficult it becomes to get them to bed.

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I agree with Dove, and your husband. CIO is simply not a good method, especially for a child this young. When practiced before toddlerhood, CIO can cause long term attachment and security issues.

At 7 months, they are not yet expected to sleep through the night. I would start to limit the bottles to only 2 or 3 wakings per night. She is old enough that she should be able to go 3 to 4 hours without eating. During the wakings when she does not eat, just hold her for a few minutes until she is asleep, or comfort her by stroking her belly while she lays in the crib until she falls back asleep. She will most likely fall asleep faster if you hold her, but some people say that leads to a dependency on being held to fall asleep, so they recommend not picking up the baby. The important thing is physical contact. You just want to comfort her until she falls asleep--that will make her feel safe and secure, and the more safe and secure a baby feels, the longer she will sleep.

If you do not do it already, also try playing some rhythmic music while she sleeps. This will lull her back when she wakes, but distract her enough that she won't feel as compelled to cry for you. My son loves Bach & Grieg for classical stuff, and Steve Vai (guitar player) and Richard Amos have a lot of good instrumental stuff with strong rhythm that's not too intense. Beethoven might be a little too intense for sleep, so you get the picture. Find something she likes, that has a strong rhythm but is soft and soothing.

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Stacy Lauren - posted on 04/24/2013

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oh wow I had no idea any seven month olds slept through the night. Mine is 17 mnths and still wakes up quite a bit. I just see it as I'm his mom and am supposed to be loving calm and help him feel and know that I am there, day and night. It can be frustrating though I hear ya. Soon it will change and u will get more sleep but for now just try to be patient with your baby and I'm glad you aren't doing cio.

Krista - posted on 04/24/2013

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I appreciate the feedback I've been trying to go in before she starts wailing and giving her the paci and its been a little better but I won't let her cry too long don't worry!

Amy - posted on 04/24/2013

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I have found that warm rice cereal at bedtime before the last bottle helps for longer rest time at night. It has worked for the past week and a half so far. (Fingers crossed) It has been heaven to sleep through the night. I have an 18 month old and 7 month old so I haven't slept in two years! Heehee
As far as sleeping so long at the grandparents, she may have been exhausted from sensory overload. Just a thought.
Good luck to you!

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my son is 10 months sometimes he still wakes up once for a diaper change and bottle, which is way better than when he use to wake up every two hours. I noticed he started sleeping longer through the night when i got him in a nightly routine. When it's bed time he has a warm bath followed by a gentle massage with soothing baby lotion, then i turn on a musical night light (its not to bright) and he quickly falls asleep watching the stars and sheep on the wall from the night light with the calming lullaby it plays. I hope this helps a bit :) it got my son sleeping longer hours through the night.

Dove - posted on 04/22/2013

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What did THEY do? If they did something different... it might be that.. or it might just be a fluke that she slept that long for them. Your baby is perfectly normal and will sleep through the night when she is developmentally ready to do so. If it's not happening by around 1.5... they are older and able to understand more and gentle night weaning techniques become easier to implement.

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