My 8 month old will not stay asleep at night!! HELP!!

Melennie - posted on 08/29/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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For months now my 8 month old will wake up at least 6 times a night every hour (IF I'm lucky!).. Here's his napping routine during the day. He normally will be awake by 8:30am or earlier. He takes his first nap at 10am-11:30am... Then he will take his second nap of the day from 4pm-5:30pm or 6pm.. But here's the thing.. His napping routine is never the same. But I normally bathe him at 7pm every night and he will usually start yawning and be asleep in his playpen by 8:30pm... He sleeps for 2 hours and then he wakes up.. He treats his sleepin time like its a nap so every night he wakes up to play at around 11pm as it takes me 2 hours to get him to sleep just so he wakes up again to feed. I don't breast feed, I bottle feed. Once before bedtime and every 5 hours at night cause he wakes up for it and it's the only thing that will have him soundly back asleep in under 5 minutes.. Is there any changes I can make to help him stop waking up so much at night?! I can't keep going every night with 3 hours of on and off sleep... Please help me.

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Francine - posted on 08/29/2012

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You need to stop the feedings at night even if it means him crying for a while, this may not be what you want to hear or do but he needs to learn that night time is meant for sleeping and not playing or eating. I weaned my babies off the feeding at 6 months with 1 bottle of water at night, it took a few nights for them to realise they were not getting anymore milk and it also taught them how to sooth themselves to sleep. Also, maybe change his routine for naps during the day. If he needs it in the afternoon make sure it's early in the afternoon and not around dinner time as you've stated, that is way too close to his bedtime hence why he does not sleep. Hope this is of help to you. Don't guilt yourself into thinking he's starving at 2 am, he's not, it's a routine he's put himself under and he knows you will get up and give him a bottle don't give in to his every little whimper because in the long run he will know how to play you and you will play right into his hand. People will say he's still little and yes he is, but now is the time to correct this.

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Melennie - posted on 08/29/2012

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Wow your very right! Thank you, i don't know why I never thought of that before.

Melennie - posted on 08/29/2012

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I don't know how to take away the bottle feeding at night. I feel like I'm starving him if I stop feeding him.

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