My 8 month old wakes all through the night

Katie - posted on 08/18/2013 ( 60 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old son wakes all through the night. I have tried keeping him up through the day feeding him formula as well as breast. I try to let him cry when he wakes. He still hets wrapped he takes dummy And as soon as dummy falls out he wakes. When he rolls onto stomach he wakes. I'm going crazy I'm sooo tired. Sometimes I can't even get up to take my 8 year old to school. What do I do?

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CORINNE - posted on 09/06/2013

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Katie,

It sounds frustrating. You said you are breast and bottle feeding. Are you also feeding him solid food? IF NOT that may be the problem. At 8 months old he is hungry and needs the calories for his development.
Morning should be oatmeal with fruit in it and maybe a little fruit on the side. THESE ARE JAR FRUIT I'M TALKING, SMOOTH!

If you are NOT using jar foods you can buy a small chopper and take your own food and chop it up. BE SURE TO CHECK CONSISTENCY.

Example: Use mashed potatoes with some liver (NO ONIONS) and maybe green beans together and blend to a smooth consistency and then start making it chunkier with the age progression. If you are already feeding stage jar foods you can still use this just adjust for the stage of development your child is at. I bought a book on natural baby foods for my second child Mason who is now 16 and I STILL have the chopper and use it for nuts, seeds etc.

He should be on three meals a day. You said you have a 8 yr old so I'm sure you know the difference in advice from child to child. My boys are 10 yrs apart! The first one they told me to feed early and the second to wait on feeding! BOTH of my boys were sleeping 8 hours a night after increasing the bottle to 8 ounces within three weeks of birth. I did TRY to nurse them both, but I do not produce enough milk so they were starving! literally...as my first was 9 lbs 8 oz and my second was 9lbs even!
Rice is for the first month or so. Then oatmeal is more filling as they grow.

Also, if you are holding him to get to sleep and then try to put him down and he is now on a cold bed. This may be the problem. It was for my boys. Even with a mattress pad under the sheet.

I used to lay a receiving blanket across the middle of the crib, tuck on side so it is taunt and then use the diaper cloth (burp cloth, woobie, lovey or whatever you call it) that was on my shoulder to lay flat beneath their head (check on them often so they can breath and it is not obstructing their nose or mouth!) . So they still SMELL you and are comforted by the smell of safe warm mom!
ALSO, AND THIS IS KEY!
Another receiving blanket was wrapped around their waist to keep the belly warm and this does two things.
1. When you place the child down they still feel like they are being held and stay asleep.
2. If the child has stomach issues or sensitivities to digestion then this will help as well, to curb that. Note: Burp the child and rub their sides and feel around the belly for pockets of gas bubbles as these hurt and can awaken the child in pain.

After all that make sure they are asleep and then lie them down on top of the receiving blanket on the sheet across the crib, keeping the blanket around the waist (DO NOT WRAP UP FEET!) it will almost look like a tube top around the waist! Once down you can cover the child up with the comforter or whatever you use.

A baby at 8 months should be sleeping for a full 8 hours a night. You might want to be sure that he is drinking 8 ounces of breast/formula before bedtime too.
If not then increase it. Personally, I think just use straight formula at night you might see a difference with just that. I think breast milk is too thin and not filling enough to sustain an all night sleep. (Maybe just mine was too thin? But give it a try and see.)

USE THIS IF STILL WAKING UP WITH AN 8 OUNCE BOTTLE AT BEDTIME.
Also, try to give oatmeal with fruit before bed so his tummy is full. But start small as this swells in the tummy! IF TOO MUCH HE COULD BE UP WITH A BELLYACHE FROM TOO MUCH FOOD

When all this fails you will need to see your doctor to find out if there are digestion issues. DON'T FORGET WHAT YOU EAT HE EATS. SO BE AWARE SOMETHING COULD TRIGGER A SOUR STOMACH. Remember when you were pregnant your stomach was upset eating something HE did not like? Could be reversed now?
Be aware. Keep a journal too. This will help should you need a doctors advice you have proof you already tried this or that. Plus, it helps that child for when they are a parent. I saw this with my oldest son Logan (25 yrs) and his daughter Makayla (now 4 yrs old).

I hope this helps you.
Corinne Balante

Kelly - posted on 09/17/2013

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I'd go to the dr's office & make sure basics were covered. If there was nothing medically wrong & you sure he's eating enough, I personally would put him in bed with me. I know a whole lot of people think its an awful idea. But I learned with my second child to worry less about creating bad habits & worry more about my sanity. And, no neither of my children co-slept for long periods of time. I do it when they seem to need me more & then slowly wean them off it.

Marta - posted on 08/24/2013

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I am not saying anything against breast milk, because I nursed my kids, but I sometimes think they don't stay full as long on breast milk. Especially at 8 mos old I would be giving solid foods. I know what some people say about only breast milk for the first year, but my kids would have been eating every half hour at 8mos old if I hadn't given them solid food. Especially at night-it's the longest amount of time without anything in their tummies! So, I always gave them food at their last meal before bed and then breast milk or formula before sleep. Just my opinion-so don't tell me I was doing it wrong! Too late anyway, my kids are all grown, healthy and none of them turned out to be serial killers, so it's all good!

Lindsay - posted on 08/22/2013

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I recommend letting baby sleep when he wants to. If you try to keep him awake during the day time he is going to get over tired and by night time he is going to be so sleepy that he is going to be miserable and fight it even more. He will get used to a schedule when he is ready, so don't worry about that right away. My son was the same, he slept fine during the day for naps but when it was night time he would wake up every 3 hours or so. I thought I would NEVER sleep! What I found worked was routine. Bedtime was 8:00 so we started quiet time at 7pm (playing quietly, reading, watching a quiet show etc). Then at 7:30 we had bath time, that led straight into drying off and getting into PJs. Then we would get a bottle and fed him in our rocker in his bedroom with all of the lights off. Then once he was finished we would continue to rock him until he fell asleep. We then laid him in his crib and slowly sneaked out. In the middle of the night, we would walk in there without turining lights on or talking and give him a little night time snack and he would usually fall right back asleep. Eventually the night time wake ups would get lesser and lesser until we just had one and then he slept until morning. Then there was NONE and we were all finally getting a full nights sleep. We never let him "cry it out", that didn't work for him or us. We felt too bad and I am a firm believer that you cannot "spoil" a baby. All they know how to do is cry when they need something and I think you should be there to help guide them through it. But this worked for us. No method is fool proof so just do whatever works for you and your baby! They are all so different. Good luck, and don't worry it WILL get better!! :)

Deborah Ridgely - posted on 10/04/2013

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I just thought of something that could help you- your 8 year old may be able to do a little more of your jobs around the house and entertaining the baby. This could help you have more energy and allow your baby to get more exercise. 8 year olds can be a great help with kitchen and cleaning jobs!

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Sarah - posted on 10/11/2015

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I don't know what babies magic tea is, but ask your doctor before you give it.

Artemis - posted on 10/11/2015

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Don't let him too much cry. Give him babies magic tea, it will give him relief from tummy problems

Jenny - posted on 10/06/2013

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I would get rid of the pacifier so he is not dependant on it being in his mouth to sleep. He is past the stage that he should need to the frequentcy of sucking a pacifyer provides. Try to sooth him by rubbing his back and whispering or singing very quietly. They usually will quiet down to hear what you are saying. Sometimes it starts when they are waking up from teething and it just becomes a habbit to wake up. You may even need to have someone else go in and sooth him in the night if it is not a feeding time since he knows you have the milk. If you are completely exhausted and nothing seems to be working, if you have room, could you put the crib close to your bed so you can reach your arm in to rub the baby's back before he wakes enough to actually be awake?

Yeng - posted on 10/05/2013

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I think you could ask his Pedia to check thoroughly , it could be he is teething, or ear ache, who knows.

Deborah Ridgely - posted on 10/04/2013

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First of all you need to make sure YOU get enough sleep! Ask your hubby or a friend to help by caring for the baby for a few nights so you can catch up on sleep. I know what it is to nearly go nutso from lack of sleep with a baby crying all night for weeks on end. Try to nap when the baby naps. He is growing very fast, so definitely let him sleep 2 naps per day. A good cycle of waking, changing, playing, feeding, playing, nursing while singing, then naptime or bedtime. Make sure playtime is physical for him so he feels tired after it.
Use a fan for white sound or play lullabys on a cd at naptime or bedtime. Make bedtime a special ritual: singing, reading bedtime story, praying with the lights out, and one last funny song that makes him giggle. Kiss, cuddle, whisper, I'll see you when the sun comes up! If this doesn't help, you may need to check with a doctor. I hope all the advice you get is helpful. Praying for you!

Helene - posted on 10/04/2013

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Sleep train with music!

Sleep training with music involves playing soft, no words, music that is at 60 beats per minute, which matches resting heart rate. Within minutes of listening to this type of music, baby's blood pressure, respiration rate, and heart rate will lower. This creates the phsyical state necessary for sleep to occur.

Because this system is physiology-based, it works with babies of all temperaments.

Repeated use of sleep training music creates a bio-feedback loop, so you baby learns to associate the music with drifting off to sleep. The more that you use this technique, the faster your baby will fall asleep, as the stimulus/response patterns deepen. Use the music at every nap and bedtime, including in the middle of the night, to help your LO transition back into sleep.

Easy, natural, inexpensive, amazingly effective.

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April - posted on 10/02/2013

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8 mo is a baby. Its normal for babies to wake up. I would say that there is probably a reason such as teething or other discomfort or just needing mommy. Try to meet your childs needs before resorting to a cruel method of getting more sleep. good luck

Deanna - posted on 10/02/2013

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I think you just have to be tough and let him cry it out. My 10 month old is also not a good sleeper. If i let her cry it out for a few nights then she is good for a while but if I give in for just one night then she will wake every night. She is also breastfeed and i believe if they get enough during the day then they don't need to be feed during the night. Hope you get your sleep back soon...cause it's hard to function without it.

Karyn - posted on 10/01/2013

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My son is 7 months and still eats 2-3 times a night. Breast milk is easily digested therefore your little man may need more to eat. Our health nurse advocates that it's completely normal for a breastfed baby to eat several times a night up until a year. You are your little mans mommy, others can give all the advice in the world but you need to decide what is best for him:)

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Baby may be teething - wrapping may not be appropriate at this age. So try to leave unwrapped so he can move about and not be smothered.

Radioredhead - posted on 09/24/2013

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See http://zombie-moms.com/category/sleep/ - "Goodnight soon" Pt 1 & 2. My 8 month old started waking and I got some free sleep training advice (originated in public health support) that was a MIRACLE. For real. My son was sleeping through the night by the 3rd night. And has been every since. It was easy and it worked. Good luck.

Rachel - posted on 09/23/2013

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Why are you keeping him up through the day? I was always told a well rested baby sleeps better. My youngest still naps at 2 and half yrs old, 1-3 hrs a day. Is he having growth spurt? Maybe it's somethin else. Have you talked to pediatrician?

Maya - posted on 09/23/2013

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You already have lots of great advice here from the other parents so far. It is normal for an 8 month old to need to eat once or twice a night, but if he is waking more often than that it is because he wants attention and hasn't learned how to soothe himself back to sleep.

I am a huge fan of Dr Marc Weisbluth's book, "Healthy sleep habits, happy child," it changed our lives and helped my very difficult girl sleep through the night.

Here are some things that helped with us.

1) Early bed time, sometime between 6-8 so you get him down for the night before he becomes overtired.

2) A predictable nighttime routine with at least 20 minutes of quiet time in a dimly lit room before going to sleep.

3) Cluster feeding. Feed him several times during the late afternoon and early evening to tank his little tummy up.

4) When he goes to sleep for naps and for the night, soothe him until he is drowsy, then put him in his crib while he is awake so he learns to fall asleep without your help.

5) If you are swaddling him with his arms in and he rolls over onto his tummy, you need to stop swaddling IMMEDIATELY. He can suffocate if he is swaddled with his arms in and he rolls onto his tummy. You can transition him by still swaddling his little tummy but leaving his arms out. We also used a "zippadee-zip" sleeper to transition our little one off the swaddle, it worked for us.

6) Use white noise and blackout curtains to keep outside lights and sounds from waking him.

7) Stop using the pacifier. It sounds like he has learned that he can only sleep with it in his mouth, so he needs to break that association. Without the pacifier he might learn to suck on his fist or fingers to soothe himself, which is great because he can always find that in the dark.

8) Consider letting him cry longer before you go to him. This has a lot to do with your comfort level, but keep in mind that if your son was crying because he wanted to play with knives, or didn't want a poopy diaper changed you would still enforce what he needed to be safe even if it meant him crying. Same thing with sleep--he may cry because he thinks he needs your attention, but you know that what the whole family needs is sleep to grow and be happy, so you let him cry until he falls asleep. A lot of people have strong opinions about whether this is best practice or cruel. You need to figure out what is right for you. If you want more information about methods of sleep training that involve no crying or some crying, I once again suggest reading "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" for a good description of some strategies.

Good luck!

Brenda - posted on 09/22/2013

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Check your baby's PH by using a PH saliva test strip first thing in the morning before you feed him. You need to know if he is neutral around a 7 or if he is too acidic- below 7 and worse if you get close to a 5. If he is too acidic, he will continue to give you problems. That happened with my 9 year old son....he was such a difficult baby, collick and acid reflux, difficult toddler and now he has learning disabilites. We are trying to reverse this all now and hopefully my 5 month old will not have to go thru that since we are aware of the problem now. Acidity can be passed from the mother to the baby in the breastmilk! I had no idea! My youngest is showing slight symptoms of acidity from birth, torticollis in the neck, regular spitting-up, and chubby legs, but not collicy. Your doctor will never tell you this, but I will. If a baby has acid reflux, it is because his whole body is too acidic and giving a prescription is not the solution, just a band-aid. We finally purchased a Vollara alkaline ionizing water machine and this will be the end of alot of problems for the whole family. All the naturopathic medical doctors are supporting this now. I just wish I had it sooner. If the baby's ph is too acidic I can give him the alkaline water between meals to fix that. We just won't be getting sick all time like we had been. Helps lose weight naturally too, I like that part!
I had to start supplementing my baby at 2 months due to the birth control pill/ mini-pill reducing my milk production and the fact that my baby was the size of a 1-yr old at 3 months of age. He was 9lb 6oz at birth and grew fast. I did notice that the nights he had the bottle of formula right before bed, he slept great. Sometimes for 12 hours!! THe nights that he had the bottle earlier and got the breast at bedtime, he would wake up once or twice. Huge difference! I also keep his room dark with just a little night light and use the musical glow worm and such for ambiance. Passifier helps him go back to sleep when I set him in the crib. He is not crying at all. He is happy when his tummy is full and can just fall asleep quietly, taking upto 15 minutes tops.

Lauren - posted on 09/22/2013

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Read Babywise. My son is 3 months old and sleeps 7-9 hours every night. No, I'm not lucky with a "good sleeper". I've trained him to sleep all night by putting him on a flexible schedule and not creating sleep props. I promise it works! Just do what the book says and you can get your sleep and sanity back!

Jenifer - posted on 09/21/2013

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it might be as simple as he might just have reflux, not bad enough to be vomiting but enoughto keep him up at night.

Olga - posted on 09/20/2013

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I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, my 3- and 4-year-old boys still wake in the night! However, what has helped a lot - on the doctor's advice - is getting rid of the dummy (pacifier), not giving them drinks other than water in the night (mine used to wake up for milk and juice, but when replaced with water they weren't that thirsty all of a sudden, and that also stopped several nappy changes at night!), leaving a little night light on (they can get scared of the dark), leaving a couple of their favourite toys in bed so they can cuddle them or play with them; however not going to them straight away is a bit tricky - with mine, if I left it too long they would be wide awake by the time I got to them and then the next 2 hours were "fun"... I have also explained to them that if they want mummy they have to come to me (obviously that won't work with an 8-month old baby). Oh, and of course a good bedtime routine helped lots! They always have to fall asleep in their own bed, we have supper, bath, book, bed routine, and we sit in their room with some lullabies playing until they fall asleep (getting further away from the bed and closer to the door, certainly without any body contact - apart from a cuddle and a kiss goodnight, but only once). Hope some of it helps! Good luck! (P.S. At desperate times, when it was all just too much, especially with my 8-year-old having to go to school, I took the little one to my bed for a few nights, but that was only a short term fix and obviously made going back to the routine more difficult...) x

Gemma - posted on 09/19/2013

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Hi

I have found the most important things to get your child to sllep at night is a good routine. Since my little girl was 6 month old and started solids we have tried to try and maintain a night time routine and this seeems to have really helped her become a good sleeper.
Our routine is as follows - after her tea at approx 5-5:30 she has a bath.she then has a wind down with book and a bottle in her bedroom which is calm and darker. Then still awake but making sure she is calm and relaxed she is put in her cot awake and allowed to settle herself to sleep. She had a dummy until 14 months then I decided we were actually encouraging her to use it rather than her actually wanting it so just stopped them and within a couple of days she did not notice they had gone, I know your little ones younger but perhaps think whether he still needs this? I think though if you're not ready to remove dummy the key is routine. If she cried when put in her cot I try not to pick her up but just offer reassurance with quiet calm tone and gentle touching. I also believe that a little time to calm themself is fine, she did a first sometime cry for a few minutes, but I found she soon settled and after a while she began to realise that all was fine and settles well on her own and thi s has lead to better sleeping at night. Also I found that she definately sleeps 10 times better when she has had proper daytime naps at 8 konths she was having hour and half morning and afternoon and tried to make sure she always got one good sleep a day at least ss if she got over tired she was a nightmare to settle.

Finally if she stirs at night I try not to immediately rush in and give her a chance to see if she resettles herself as this is an important skill they need to learn. You start to learn when its just a grizzly cry or theybare genuinely upset, I obviously don't leave her screaming. If I do have to go in I try to avoid talking as little as possible and try to stick to rule of only picking up if v ery distraught and calm them down and put straight back in the cot with similar routine as when I initially put her to bed.

Ope this helps, good luck

Heather - posted on 09/19/2013

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My grandson would wake up and cry during the night. (he lives with me) and I bought him one of those littel musical seahorses from Fisher Price. He would wake up, turn on the seahorse and go back to sleep. A night light also helped so the room wasn't pitch black when he woke.

Makwena - posted on 09/18/2013

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I had the same problem with my son now I fee him late just before we go to bed and whenever he cries I don't put the light on I have a small battery light that I turn on to check on him so that the room won't be too light and I give him a bottle or dummy while sucking he falls asleep then I gently pull it out

Helene - posted on 09/17/2013

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Try sleep training with music.
Play soft, instrumental (no words) music that is at 60 beats per minute, which matches resting heart rate. Within just minutes of listening, your baby's hear rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure will drop. These are the physical conditions your baby needs for sleep to occur.
Play the same music at nap time and bedtime as well as in the middle of the night for returning to sleep. This will create a bio-feedback loop, so that your baby associates the music with drowsiness and falling asleep. Over time, your baby will fall asleep more and more quickly, as the stimulus/response pattern deepens.
Simple, inexpensive, yet amazingly effective.
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Miranda - posted on 09/15/2013

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My daughter is 13 months old and is the same. I don't know what to do either. Its been like this for over 6 months. I have just learnt to accept it that this is my life. Probably not the best attitude but I just don't know what to do like you. Some nights she is up every two hours. I am still breastfeeding her. I am sorry I am noooo help just wanted you to know you are not alone.

Tynina - posted on 09/04/2013

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Maybe i can give you something much simple. My doctor and I (well family) can both agree on this. We have a mythic to take you baby a bath at night use johnson and Johnson baby bath therapy it relax the baby, second feed your baby until he can't take another bit (apple sauce and all) and I will guarantee your baby will stay sleep all night. Oh make sure pamper is change before sleep. Lol....xxxx and one more thing keep a warm bottle next to the crib when he wakes up. More sleep for you.

Aliza - posted on 09/02/2013

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Hiiii!
With my kids, at 6 months to the day I would nurse them to sleep then put them in their beds and be gone til the am. Some people don't agree with the crying it out method but it works. It was very hard hearing them cry (my daughter would go for hours) but eventually there was that precious silence. After 6 months I think most babies breast fed or formula fed have enough meat on them that they dont actually have to be fed around the clock anymore and they can sleep through the night. Some just need a bit more of a push to do so. Good luck to you!!!!

Belinda - posted on 08/26/2013

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THis is really tough on you! but here are a couple of things to remember - and they may seem counter intuitive here is some information that might help you! Firstly, never try to keep a child nap deprived, it only makes your and his life worse, makes it harder for him to fall asleep at night and he will probably wake frequently and early in the morning. He should be getting approximately 3 hours of nap time in the day. formula makes no difference to improving sleep- this is a myth. Consider wether he falls asleep on his own or are you putting him to sleep through rocking, feeding, etc. However he falls asleep initially is how he is going to need to fall asleep in the middle of the night during partial arousals - everyone has partial arousals, but as as adults we know how to put ourselves to sleep and back to sleep when we wake up. So if he is held to sleep at bedtime he will need to be held to sleep in the middle of the night. regarding the Paci, Teach him how to pick up the paci on his own if you don't want to get rid of it. and put a few in his crib so he can always find them.

Sarah - posted on 08/26/2013

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My eldest son was much the same, waking constantly throughout the night, we gave him porridge before bed which worked wonders. My little lad used to play me up every night, would go to bed at his set time but about 2am would keep waking up, i'd always be the one to get up. One night I slept through as I was so tired so hubby checked on him and he didn't wake back up. In the end I made him get up every time and after a week it stopped!!!

Caterina - posted on 08/25/2013

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I usually check if it's not too cold or too hot... Wrong temperature can cause great discomfort!

Caterina - posted on 08/25/2013

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I believe he is passing through one of a growth spurts. I dont think it's a good idea to keep him awake during the day or let him cry.I hope your son will sleep good soon. My 7 months old son is on breast all night because he's teething. I try to relax during his day naps.

Keri - posted on 08/24/2013

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i have 7 month old baby .he cries for two reason . i give him cereal before nap but after 8 hours long nap he wana nurse again thats why he cries and other reason is he don't feel comfortable in crib so after few hours nap he cries because he rolls a lot in his sleep , thats why i keep him with me in a big bed so he can roll freely, and sleep where ever and how ever he want .

Joanne - posted on 08/23/2013

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Hi Katie. Sorry to hear about your son not being able to sleep at night. I'm going to suggest something that is not of the usual. My daughter had the same problem when she was about a year old. She kept on waking up at 2:00 am'ish every single night. I was exhausted too, so I understand. Then my mother-in-law came to visit and she told me to move the crib from where I had it. I was willing to try anything so I re-arranged my daughters room. I couldn't believe it. The crying at 2:00 am stopped completely. She slept through the whole night and so did I. Oddly enough, the location of the crib was bothering her. I have my own ideas about it but who cares, my daughter was no longer waking up in the middle of the night. Try it. It just might work.

Marta - posted on 08/23/2013

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My daughter-in-law has to put a fan in the room for one child for "white noise", but the other needs soft classical music they have CDs with children's classical music. she now puts the CD in and turns on the fan and they sleep quite well and go to sleep much easier. It use to take forever to get them to settle down. They also do not have tv before bed, but mom & dad take turns reading a bedtime book to them.

Mary Grace - posted on 08/23/2013

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What does the ped say? It is good to get advise from other moms but I hope you bring this up to the Pediatrcian. How long has this been going on? Has he had any recent vacinations? This could be teething, a number of things, and most likely nothing to worry aboit....but a Dr. Would know and give you best advise and help. Another thing to consider, If he gets up screaming and crying uncontrollably, and is unconsolable and if it happens often for over a long period, it could be night terrors. And there is not much you can do except to make sure he doesnt hurt himself and it passes and he goes to sleep and he wont remember it in the morning...but YOU will lol! It is tough being a mom, but we ARE tough! Peace to you and your family!

Ashley - posted on 08/23/2013

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I thought I was the only person going through this!!! I too feed formula by day and breast at night (also some breast snacking during the day lol) i recently tried adding rice cereal to a formula bottle right before bedtime and noticed that she slept longer and only woke up once. im trying it again tonight. hope this helps!!!

Norah - posted on 08/22/2013

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That was happenig to my lil sister when she was young and its because she wasnt feeling full so she would wake up during the night. My grandma told my my mom to put one spoon of cereal in her milk and then everything went okay

Lindsay - posted on 08/22/2013

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Oh and another thing is your baby might be teething at this age too, or maybe already started! That makes sleeping a lot more difficult. But hang in there, this too shall pass.

Leslie - posted on 08/22/2013

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ONE thing that I heard from a doctor is that keeping young children up instead of letting them nap does more harm than good. It illicits a stress response in their bodies and they will sleep worse at night. My now 2 year old was a terrible sleeper, waking every 40 to 60 minutes, and the only thing that finally worked for us after 8 months of trying everything else, was cry it out. My 10 month old was starting down the same path so again we did cry it out. If he woke up within 1 hour of being laid down I gave him one "freebie" where I would go in their room hold him to get him back to sleep and then lay him back down. I didn't go back in until after 3am, if he woke again. We also have a box fan in their room for white noise, and that seems to help. A bedtime routine is a very good idea as well. Consistency was key for us. I hope this helps a little and that you get some needed sleep soon! I've been there and it is not easy.

Jenny - posted on 08/22/2013

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The babysleepsite is amazing! This helped us get through our sleep training and now our daughter sleeps through the night. It is such a hard process, but after we were at it for a week, a rough week at that, she went for it.

Melissa - posted on 08/22/2013

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Kids sleep through the night at different ages. Most 8 month olds are still feeding every few hours at night.

Morganne - posted on 08/22/2013

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I recently was having this problem with my 8 month old son. He would not go to sleep, unless I was breast feeding him, or holding him, and he was up several times in the night to breast feed.
After, asking and reading, I figured out my own plan. We did OUR version of Cry It Out, plus routine, and after two weeks, he doesnt use his dummy at all any more and usually goes right to sleep when I put him in his crib.
Our routine is up at 8 oclock, have breakfast, play, has a bottle, goes for a nap at 10 oclock, wakes up around 11:30, play for a little bit, lunch, play for a little bit, bottle, nap, wakes up, plays and plays and plays, has his supper at 6, cereal at 7 after cereal, he has a bath, then we come down stairs and his daddy feeds him his bed time bottle. Then I take him up stairs, lay him down, and exit the room.
Some nights he still cries a little bit before falling asleep but its never more then 5 minutes. And now he sleep straight from 7:30-8:00 till 8:00 in the morning with out waking up.
The other thing we did the first week, was when he did cry in the night go in checked his bum, checked if he wanted food, then left..and again as I said he sleep through the entire night. It's really hard at first but i found that usually when i had had enough and was preparing to go into his room to get him if i waited 3 more minutes, he would be asleep.
I don't know if this will help you at all, but to each their own and hopefully you figure something out!

Rebecca - posted on 08/20/2013

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I have a 15 month old and she was up and down all night at that age. I changed her routine to up at 7:00 feed her rice cereal which at 8 months i was mixing in a portion of a jar of fruit it helped her like it. I put her for a nap at 10:00 give her a bottle before. Another nap at 2:00. I fed her a bottle every 3 hours and At 8 months I fed her solids for breakfast and supper. My little one only naps for an hour at a time. It is better to put babies to bed earlier not keep them up to tire them out. That doesn't work it has an opposite affect and since I've been putting my baby down at 6:30 or 7:00 she only wakes up once at night. Mostly just to be snuggled back to sleep sometimes she wants a bottle. Keep bedtime short and sweet so when your little one wakes up you can get him back to sleep quickly and don't talk much to him at night when he gets up. Change his diaper and give a bottle if that works to get him back to sleep but he needs to know that night time is for sleeping not to visit.. At his age your baby needs 14 hours of sleep a day... I hope this helps :) good luck

Lydia - posted on 08/20/2013

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My son who is now 14 months old was the worst sleeper. He cried all the time whether to be picked up and be fed or just to be close.
I ended up letting him sleep on me (in the rocking chair) just to be able to sleep myself or next to me while feeding him until recently, when he just began sleeping the entire night with one wake up, at which time I offer him the breast and he's asleep after 2 minutes.

Whatever you do, don't let him cry it out! Its cruel, in my opinion. He's a baby and needs to be comforted. I thought he'd never sleep through the night, but things have changed, thank God.

Also, make sure his diaper is not the cause if his crying (too tight or wet) or he doesn't have a tummy ache and may need some gripe water??.

Imbeautifuldawn - posted on 08/20/2013

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Honey, he is probably going through a growth spurt! my son was worse than my girls for that. he ate every 2 hours for the first 4 months of his life and then when he was growing the most! that was the reason I looked Iinto modified co-sleeping. my son was number five and I had kids to take care of! so I would tuck him in with me when he woke during those times I would tuck him into bed with me and nurse him while I dozed. if I woke when he was done I would put him back in his bed, if not he slept with me the rest of the night. it was the only way I could sleep.
Do your research. many families are able to do it. if you aren't comfortable having him in the bed look into some co-sleeping products (attached bassinet, rollover guard, etc.).
DO NOT just let his scream and scream until he gives up! He has a nutritional need! studies are now showing that the forcing of a baby onto a sleep schedule through prolonged crying actually stresses infants and babies to the point that the stress actually inhibits brain development. kids who are the product of these forced sleeping schedules actually have a lower IQ and an increase in ADHD and other learning disabilities. Se what you can do and get some rest! and if all else fails, make sure you get a solid nap every day when he sleeps. hang in there! you are doing good!

Jill - posted on 08/20/2013

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Had a similar problem with oldest granddaughter, my daughter listened to everyone saying let her set her own schedule.... well that didn't work so well, she would get up have a bottle then go back to bed for a couple hours nap, then back up again, this was repeated all day. It was driving her nuts cuz then she would want to be awake all night. So we (her and I) came up with a set schedule for her. Hardest part was getting daddy to stick to it. Set a time for him to be awake by in the am, say 7, then give him a solid food breakfast, no milk or formula til he has eaten (sounds harsh but that is how to get him to try solids). If he naps (should never be more than 2 hrs or so) in the am fine, if not fine also. Feed him a solid food lunch, then the drink, put down for nap. At dinner time same routine. Set a bed time that you want him to go to bed, then stick to it. He's going to fight you on it but if you stick with it he'll be sleeping thru the night within a week or so. At least that's all it took for Mirli.

Christine - posted on 08/20/2013

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I would say first off get him on a good daytime routine.. And be kind of a stickler about it.. Figure out what time you want his day to start and that will be his first feeding.. At 8 months he can go 4 hrs between feedings so i would keep him up 2-2.5 hrs and then put him down for a nap.. If he is still asleep at noon i would wake him up and feed him again.. Then do it again for the nap and then feed him again at 4.. He should be able to make it to bedtime between 7:30 and 8 with one last feeding.. If you get him on a very good day schedule then he should start sleeping through the night.. As for solids he doesnt NEED solids but it will help. His nutrition comes from formula/breast not the food.. So at least for dinner since he is taking a feeding around 4 then have him eat dinner with you.. Hope this helps..

Carmela - posted on 08/20/2013

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There is a book by Marc Weissbluth. Happy Baby, happy nights? Something like that. He explains how to get your baby to sleep through the night. We had twins and it helped us a lot. It has been our bible. My son Koa had a really hard time giving up his last feeding. My husband and I just wore ear plugs, and let him self soothe. The doctor told us since our kids were over 12 pounds, we did not have to feed them through the night anymore. Their bodies would get the nutrition when they ate in the morning. It worked for him and our twin boys. The book also talks about a night routine. We also gave our kids ibeoprofin to help with the teething.

TIA - posted on 08/20/2013

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HAVE HIM IN AS MUCH SUNLIGHT AS POSSIBLE DURING THE DAY. MAKE IT AS DARK AS POSSIBLE AT NIGHT.
KEEP TRYING WITH THE SOLIDS. WHEN IT IS TIME TO FEED HIM AND HE IS HUNGRY DO NOT OFFER THE MILK OR FORMULA FIRST. THEY LIKE TO STICK WITH MILK BECAUSE IT IS EASIER TO DRINK AND MAKES THEM FEEL FULL FASTER. IT IS ALSO EASY ON THE TUMMY. IF YOUR FAMILY HAS A HISTORY OF ACID REFLUX CHECK INTO THE POSSIBILITY. BABIES GET ACID REFLUX TOO.
DONT GIVE IN ON THE MILK UNTIL HE HAS ATE SOME OF THE BABY FOOD. WHEN HE GETS HUNGRY ENOUGH HE WILL EAT WHATEVER YOU OFFER. MAKE SURE THE LAST FEEDING OF THE DAY INCLUDES SOME BABY CEREAL. ALSO MAKE IT FORMULA AT NIGHT. BOTH WILL KEEP HIM FULL LONGER BECAUSE IT TAKES LONGER TO BREAK DOWN THE FOOD AND FORMULA.

DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR ADVICE AND EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. IT IS POSSIBLE TO CALL AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH A NURSE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT TO GET ADVISE.

Lori - posted on 08/20/2013

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If he's 8mo he should be eating from a spoon by now whether it's cereal, fruits, or veggies. No need for cereal to be in a bottle. Some kids take longer to catch on or accept something new but u don't give up on it u have to keep offering n eventually they will pick it up. He probably isn't getting full enough on bm/formula alone. Alot of babies that I have come across (work with them) including my own, need more by the time they r 6mo. The doctor had me give my son a big bowl of cereal before bed at 6mo cuz he was underweight but it sure helped with sleeping thru the night as well plus he never got into the habit of a nighttime bottle which I know is hard to break. As he got older it switched to a snack before bed n he was fine. Could he possibly have an allergy like to what u r eating that is in the breastmilk or maybe to the formula that could give him an upset belly? Or is it only at night that he wakes n cries the most? How did ge do when he napped?

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