My 8 month old still wakes at 3am & will NOT go back to bed without a bottle. I've tried the Ferber method, giving water, pretty much everything. I know she is getting plenty during the day as we have given more food during the day than usual. Once in a blue moon she'll sleep through the night. I do the same routine every night. Tips, or are you going through this too>??!

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Virginia - posted on 11/01/2011

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I had this problem until about a month and half ago. My baby is now 8 1/2 mths old & use to get up 3-4 times a night for feeding and go back to sleep. I too checked with her doctor & was told she didn't need it, she suppose to sleep through the night. I had to put an end to it as I was too beat and blood pressure was high so I let her fuss and cry it out for half an hour then she drifted off to sleep. I let her know I was there but never picked her up, changed her pamper in her crib & responded when she called but again... never picked her up. I realized she would get up for a few nights after but she learned to soothe herself back to sleep. You would have to take the crying for a few nights but by the end of the week they learn we won't pick them up and feed them and started sleeping through the night. Babies know from an early age how to control us so we have to take back control & train them. She had me trained very well!!! :)

Sharlene - posted on 10/27/2011

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Hi, M 6 month old premmie has naps during the day,he also has 5 bottles of 180 mls of formula every 4hrly his first bottle 5.30 am and last bottle at 8.30 pm sleeps until next morning.Probably try topping up her last bottle and hoplefully she will sleep all night for you.Cheers

Elfrieda - posted on 10/27/2011

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I think she might actually be hungry. I fed my son a 2-4 oz. nighttime bottle until he was 14 months old, if you can believe that! But I don't like getting up from sleeping, so I would just bring it to him at 10:30 or 11:00 pm when I wanted to go to sleep. I would tickle his mouth with it, he would start drinking (while still asleep) and then when he was done, he just kept on sleeping until morning. It's worth a try to move the feed up to a more reasonable hour for you.



I tried a few times to stop, but then he got hungry and woke up at 2 or 3 am, so I kept going. If a baby is hungry, let's feed the baby! But I am also in favour of good sleeping habits. Give it a try, it might work. Doctors don't know everything.



But if you really think it's just a habit, you might need to just rock her or show her where her thumb is for a few nights while she catches on. Or reduce the amount slowly, or dilute it with water slowly. Good luck.

Sherri - posted on 10/26/2011

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If you don't want to give her a bottle wait a little longer before you go to her. Then the next night wait even a little longer etc. Still giving her the bottle but just slowly waiting longer and longer before going to her hopefully breaking her of the habit if you don't think she is hungry.

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The ped also started telling me that my son could start sleeping through the night around 6 months. I love that doctor and go to him w/ any and all medical issues my kids have, but... HE is not the one raising them and is not in our room in the middle of the night. ;)

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My advice... don't listen to the doctor. Every kid will sleep through the night when they are ready and (IMO) 8 months is rather young to worry about it.

We only had breast, no bottle, in this house, but my twins slept 12 hour nights at 6 months... for a month. From 7-14 months they were up once or twice a night. Then they started sleeping through on their own while we were weaning. My son only slept through the night (10-11 hours) half a dozen random nights til he was 2! He's been a great night sleeper ever since.

Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2011

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She's 8 months old! She doesn't eat out of habit she eats out of hunger or thirst! Good lord, feed the baby!

Medic - posted on 10/26/2011

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My 21 month old wakes up some nights around midnight or so just to eat a bowl of yogurt drink a glass of milk and goes right back to bed. If shes hungry shes hungry.

Medic - posted on 10/26/2011

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Maybe the 1oz is what holds her over till morning. Just feed that poor baby and be done with it. Drs say kids SHOULD be doing lots of things and lots of kids don't fit into the drs nice little box.

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2011

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K so here's the thing..she's not really hungry. She eats out of habit. I could give her 1 oz and she'll fall asleep, it's just the only way she can soothe herself back to sleep. SO I really don't think it's hunger. It's not like I want to deprive her, obviously. I just want to know how to wean her from her 1 oz !

Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2011

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Feed the baby when the baby is hungry. Also, find a new damn doctor. The one you have sounds like an idiot. :P

Christy - posted on 10/26/2011

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Both my kids wouldn't go back to bed w/o their 3am bottle until they were both 13 months old. Hang in there!

Amy - posted on 10/26/2011

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Your doctor isn't the one fighting with her every night to get her back to sleep you are! Just give her the bottle maybe she really does need it. Remember all kids are different some will sleep through the night others will not it's just who they are. If our doctor tells us something we don't necessarily agree with we just don't bring it up again like not sleeping through the night!

Amy - posted on 10/26/2011

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Your doctor isn't the one fighting with her every night to get her back to sleep you are! Just give her the bottle maybe she really does need it. Remember all kids are different some will sleep through the night others will not it's just who they are. If our doctor tells us something we don't necessarily agree with we just don't bring it up again like not sleeping through the night!

LaMonde - posted on 10/26/2011

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Girl, feed that baby her bottle and go to bed!!! You have 17+ more years to stress over way bigger things! She's healthy and growing...she needs it. You can cut back when she is a teenager...odds are then she will tell you she's not hungry!

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2011

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I always do..but my dr says she should be able to sleep without a bottle by now..she just has the habit of waking up at 3 every night & is used to a bottle going back to bed.

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