My 9 month old still wakes up every 3 hours to eat at night, how can i get him to sleep all night?

Lindsey - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 65 moms have responded )

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He is 9 months old, wakes up every 3 hours to eat at night, he will only take 4 oz of formula at a time.

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Sandra - posted on 06/25/2009

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It's perfectly normal and natural for your nine month old to be waking up. This is nothing you need to "fix" - when baby is physically and biologically ready to sleep thru, he will.



Adding rice cereal to his bottle is not only a HUGE no no by every good expert, it can cause choking, the cereal itself inhibits iron absorption and can cause gas/reflux, it's empty calories, it can lead to diabetes and obesity. Never add cereal to a baby's bottle. And it's a HUGE myth that it will help a baby sleep. It often disrupts sleep, as a matter of fact, because of the compounds of it.



Parenting is a 24 hour job, not just from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Babies need parented to sleep. Never ever let a baby cry themselves to sleep. That does not teach them to self-soothe - it tells them no one cares enough to take care of them. There are REAL physical and physiological changes and damage that occurs from allowing a baby to needlessly cry to sleep. http://geriatricmama.wordpress.com/ap-ci...



Parent that baby to sleep. Rock, cuddle, bottle, nurse - whatever it takes. Don't let that baby think you don't care. Don't let him lay in his bed and realize no one loves him enough to help him get back to sleep. It is by no definition a " bad habit" to help baby sleep. He's barely been out of your tummy as long as he was in your tummy! He can't be expected to conform to adult standards - he's far from being ready. Bring him into bed with you and the whole family will sleep tremendously better, I assure you.



This will pass, and you will miss it. I guarantee it.

Kathy - posted on 06/25/2009

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Stop feeding him honey! At 9 months of age, he is eating in the middle of the night out of habit, not need.



If you truly think he is hungry, offer him water instead of formula/breast milk and see if he's still as eager to bother waking to eat. Chances are, you'll find he'd rather sleep than drink water. Hope u get some rest!! Hang in there!

AMY - posted on 06/25/2009

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I am sorry to say but some kids just don't sleep through the night. My daughter is now 24 and still does not sleep through the night never has! I tried everything and nothing worked! It is just something I got used too. As she got older I would get her up at midnight and have her go to the bathroom and give her a healthy snack and back to bed. Then as a preteen and teenager she would take a glass of water and a snack and put them on her night stand. She still does this to this day!

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Quoting Sandra:

It's perfectly normal and natural for your nine month old to be waking up. This is nothing you need to "fix" - when baby is physically and biologically ready to sleep thru, he will.

Adding rice cereal to his bottle is not only a HUGE no no by every good expert, it can cause choking, the cereal itself inhibits iron absorption and can cause gas/reflux, it's empty calories, it can lead to diabetes and obesity. Never add cereal to a baby's bottle. And it's a HUGE myth that it will help a baby sleep. It often disrupts sleep, as a matter of fact, because of the compounds of it.

Parenting is a 24 hour job, not just from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Babies need parented to sleep. Never ever let a baby cry themselves to sleep. That does not teach them to self-soothe - it tells them no one cares enough to take care of them. There are REAL physical and physiological changes and damage that occurs from allowing a baby to needlessly cry to sleep. http://geriatricmama.wordpress.com/ap-ci...

Parent that baby to sleep. Rock, cuddle, bottle, nurse - whatever it takes. Don't let that baby think you don't care. Don't let him lay in his bed and realize no one loves him enough to help him get back to sleep. It is by no definition a " bad habit" to help baby sleep. He's barely been out of your tummy as long as he was in your tummy! He can't be expected to conform to adult standards - he's far from being ready. Bring him into bed with you and the whole family will sleep tremendously better, I assure you.

This will pass, and you will miss it. I guarantee it.



Parenting your child to sleep the way you have recommended  only makes them rely on you to do that everynight.  I know know this because everytime my son got up in the middle of the night (he had his nappy changed and a bottle offered-always declined the bottle etc) he would only go to sleep when I rocked him and I had to wait until he was in a deep sleep before I could put him down again other wise he would cry. Also by doing what you just recommended it did encourage bad habits as he would stay awake for hours on end! And it was hard getting him back to sleep.



How dare you say "Don't let that baby think you don't care. Don't let him lay in his bed and realize no one loves him enough to help him get back to sleep"!



I love and care for my son and he does not go without.



I called Plunket for advise (like I have mentioned previously) before I did anything! and for the record my son is 1



 

User - posted on 04/17/2015

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my daughter just turned 6 mos and continues to wake every 3 hours at night to eat. my older sons NEVER did that. Oddly she has been snubbing her bottle during the day. Sometimes just giving a passie works but lately not, she wants a bottle. It kinda makes you feel like a zombie, having to get up EVERY 3 hours. Worst, no one in my house lends a hand at night ;( My daughter refuses to cry herself to sleep and won't take forced naps during the day ( forced as in, I laid her in her crib while she was awake) I really don't get it. She will cry for HOURS im not kidding. Starting tomorrow im moving my toddler into my stepson's room at night and putting the baby in a darker room at night by herself and a full sized crib. she'll get one feeding before bed then that's it till morning....i'll let you guys know how it went...im doing this for a WEEK. A week of all night crying i guess

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Niko - posted on 01/09/2016

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You are super annoying. Shut up. Whatever works for certain people, works. Ive never tried anything and just will go with my kids flow, but omg, shut up, you're super annoying.

User - posted on 04/17/2015

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I've been trying rice cereal at night too but it doesn't seem to fill her up, in the daytime it works just fine. Maybe the babies really are eating out of "habit" i wonder??

Sharon - posted on 06/26/2009

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If he's only having a small feed, I'd be letting him cry for maybe 10 mins, see if he goes back to sleep. At nine months, he SHOULD be able to go all night. The other thing I did is make night feeds as boring as possible - eg, feed in the dark, and with no loving - not even eye contact (I found this really hard) but after a while my boy gave up night feeds. The nurses told me to give him a chance to learn to put himself back to sleep - not necessarily with food. Hope this helps.

Kelly - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Kristin:

I say add the rice ceral and then if he gets up in the middle of the night let him cry. Its just a habit and you need to brake it. He's to old to be waking up to eat... good luck the first night is always the hardest. I had to do it with my son.. It hurts but is the best thing in the long run..



I don't think you will be able to cut out all the feedings at night, at once.  If your baby is used to feeding every few hours a combination of all the suggestions might be best.  Try increasing his food during the day and then going for longer periods during the night.  By taking it one step at a time your baby won't  feel like you're abandoning him (he will still be comforted while changing the routine).

Katie - posted on 06/25/2009

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He might be waking up from habit more that anything. Feed him baby food/cereal before bed and then bottle and try to comfort him back to sleep and if he cries let him cry for a bit then eventually he will go back to sleep. You might try extending it to feeding every 4 hours for a couple nights then longer like 6 etc... and then eventually he will sleep all the way through.

Traci - posted on 06/25/2009

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a lot of people say rice cereal in the bottle which never really worked for me. My daughter is 11 months tomorrow and what i have found to work is adding some banana to the bottle. Just put the amount of water in the bottle then mix in a good amount of banana then the formula(so it doesn't clump). My daughter loves it and doesn't normally wake up in the night after that. Let me know if that works for you :-)

Kathleen - posted on 06/25/2009

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My son just turned 10 months old. He has always been a healthy, frequent eater which also meant he was waking up constantly through the night for feedings. I breastfed for the first 8 months, but when we switched to formula, he wouldn't drink much at a time. When he was 8 months old, our paediatrition said he should be able to go 9 hrs without eating at night and suggested that we add a meal after dinner...cereal. Since doing this, he only wakes up once and its usually just for a diaper change. My son has never been able to eat alot at one time, but once we introduced the cereal, the appetite slowly increased. Now he has his cereal and a bottle (2-4oz) before bed. We also experimented with giving him cornmeal as opposed to the rice cereals. It seems to hold him longer with a smaller amount. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Rebecca - posted on 06/25/2009

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YES U AGREE RICE CEREAL MIXED WITH FORMULA!! HE IS PROBABLY HUNGRY. GOOD LUCK

Sonia - posted on 06/25/2009

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The amount of formula shouldn't matter it is a matter of getting his body into a routine and signaling his sleep cycles-naturally.......I used the book Healthy Sleep Habits, it's a bit of understanding the science behind sleep and infants and then accepting that you will have to listen to some "protesting" so that he can learn how to soothe himself and get into healthier sleep cycles. NOW, we didn't follow the book very well with our first daughter as it is VERY DIFFICULT to listen to the "protesting" so do what you can to get into a routine and know that infants are human and not robots that will sleep the same each night! :)

Cora - posted on 06/25/2009

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I found that at that point in my kids lives they were just wanting mom. If you know that he is not hungry or needs to be changed then, it may sound mean, but you should go to his bed, lay him down, rub his back for a few seconds, and then walk away. Let him cry for about 5 - 10 min, and then go to him and do the same steps. Never pick him up to coddle him because this is probably what he wants.It will probably be a hard few nights for you but I guarantee that it works. Giving him more food through out the night is not the answer. If you have to give him anything just offer water.

Eneyda - posted on 06/25/2009

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My son did the same thing.. Honey it hurts but you have to let him cry.. Its the only way.. He isnt hungry!!! He'll cry the first night maybe second but then he'll get use to it.

Ashley - posted on 06/25/2009

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My son is 20 months old and still wakes up multiple times a night... all babies are different.

Nicole - posted on 06/25/2009

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Babies are human clocks! My 9 month old tells me what time it is all the time, but we got her to sleep thru the night by trying to stretch her. . .meaning when she first woke up we'd try the soother every so many minutes, kept the room dark and didn't talk, and it took some weeks (8 weeks) but it slowly got longer and longer in between her waking up and now she goes down at 9 and wakes up at 6. . .then has a bottle and then goes back to bed until 9! Hope this helps! remember each day if it's a minute longer then the next, it's working!

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Quoting Kristin:

I say add the rice ceral and then if he gets up in the middle of the night let him cry. Its just a habit and you need to brake it. He's to old to be waking up to eat... good luck the first night is always the hardest. I had to do it with my son.. It hurts but is the best thing in the long run..



I was told the same thing through Plunket

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2009

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I say add the rice ceral and then if he gets up in the middle of the night let him cry. Its just a habit and you need to brake it. He's to old to be waking up to eat... good luck the first night is always the hardest. I had to do it with my son.. It hurts but is the best thing in the long run..

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I've heard a lot of negative feedback on the rice cereal... especially putting it in a bottle. I believe it even says not to do that on the Gerber rice cereal packs. My daughter is 8 months old... she wakes up once a night now. I breast and formula feed her but I have not been allowing her to feed at night for about the last two months or so. Of course if she is super upset I will sometimes let her breastfeed for comfort but this is becoming more and more rare. Are you sure that he is getting enough to eat during the day? Have you introduced solids? Do you feed him solids for breakfast and dinner? You may consider adding lunch in there as his body is now requiring more nourishment. When my daughter wakes up at night I go to her and rock her back to sleep but try my best not to let her feed. If they are getting enough food during the day, there should be no reason for a healthy baby to need to feed at night at this age. I would imagine he is wanting to eat for comfort. Just a thought. Good luck! I know it's tough!

Kathryn - posted on 06/24/2009

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Good Lord, only 4 oz at a time, you need to up that. I think he should be at 4 8oz bottles already. Give him rice cereal at supper time and then a bottle just before bed, if he wakes up then just put a soother in his mouth and he should go right back to sleep.

Janet - posted on 06/24/2009

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give him some cereal/oatmeal & then his bottle at bedtime. let him cry a little & see if he'll go back to sleep he may just not be a good sleeper & let him try to learn to soothe himself to sleep. i don't mean cry for a long time just 5 minutes then soothe him & see if he'll go back to sleep without eating he may just need to know you're there. all babies are different my 1st was like this & then my 2nd was sleeping through the night at 3 weeks.

Kate - posted on 06/24/2009

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Since he is 9 months, you could try FEEDING him with a spoon or finger food before bed. I would NOT put anything into his bottle!! That is forcing him to accept extra food and you should not do it.

It may be that his digestive system is just immature and he NEEDS to eat at night. The best solution is probably just to wait it out. You can offer him more frequent feedings during the day and see if having more food overall in the day means he wakes up less at night, but to force him to accept food (cereal in the bottle) against his will or to ignore him when he wakes up is just mean.

Laura - posted on 06/24/2009

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Have you tried putting a tablespoon or two of rice cereal in his bottle that might help.

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Jean:




Quoting charlie:

u need to get him in a routen bath bottle bed and stick to it every night wen he wakes up 4 a bottle he isnt hurgry let him cry xx








I rang the Plunket line today to get advise as my son (he is 1) has been out of his routine for a few weeks, wakes up in the middle of the night and I've found the only way I can get him back to bed to sleep is to wait until he is in a deep sleep and then put him to bed (its the only way I could get him to sleep in his bed without waking up and crying).








The last few nights my son has not gone to sleep until 2.30am in the morning.








While I was on the phone to Plunket they recommended that I stick to a good routine, and if he cry's in the middle of the night, to let him be, to let him self soothe. I mentioned to the Plunket nurse that there are alot of threads on here about some Mother's who think CIO (apparently its called preventative/controlled crying over here) is cruel and causes emotional harm etc to a baby. She pointed out to me that if this practise was to cause any harm then they would by no means recommend this to parents. She told me that what I was doing was rewarding my son for crying etc and letting him manipulate me, I know this is true as I have a very stubborn little boy. And also my son was a very good sleeper, he would sleep right through the night, up until recently.








I would also strongly recommened the Johnson and Johnson bed time bath range, this range works wonders.








Good Luck!









 






Thanks for your info about controlled crying. i feel like i am forever telling people that it is ok and better for the baby to let them cry otehrwise poor mother and baby will be exhausted and very upset in the long run due to the baby getting everything it wants when it wants. thanks for this






Thats okay.



What some parents tend to forget is what works for some doesn't alway's work for others, and you need to adjust things to suit your child.



Mother's need rest too just as babies need rest.

Kristi - posted on 06/24/2009

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My daughter is finally sleeping all night, at 9months old I had to feed her table food, that seemed to help. I think that she fel fuller and I cut out a nap. She naps from 12:30 to 3:00 and that is it.

Becky - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son is now 20 months old...but he was the same way. He did not sleep more than 2-3 hours at a time until he was 6 months old. Even then he would go maybe 5 hours at the most. He really regulated his sleeping by the age of 12 months. The only thing that seemed to help was when my husband changed jobs and we started eating dinner later (around 7 or 8). I think that seemed to help fill him up enough to keep him good for 5-7 hours. Adding cereal to his bottle never helps my son. As it is, he still sleeps only 8 hours a night! All my other friends have kids who seem to sleep 10-12 hours! That would be wonderful. Also, my son does not do well with baths at night. They seem to wake him up more than relax him. So, he gets his bath either late afternoon (if he is at the sitters) or first thing in the morning. That way he can play and get wound up and I don't have to worry about it affecting his sleep at night. I know baths at night help a lot of kids settle down, but that may be something to try differently if that is in your night time routine. Either way, hang in there!

Manda - posted on 06/24/2009

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Babys are too young to manipulate - their brains have not yet developed enough by this stage to be able to do so. All they need is to know you are there for them. There are a number of recommendations people have put here but there could be any number of causes for your little one to wake and want a food during the night - it could be hunger, it could be too many naps during the day, not getting enough food during the day, a bedtime routine etc etc etc. I suggest you and others having similar problems log onto Babywhisperer.com. There is a whole load of us out there having problems and these guys really help by going through your routine and helping you tweak it where necessary and different methods to help your baby sleep and get themselves back to sleep. Please do yourself a favour and have a look before going to the expence of buying countless books or letting your baby cry it out. This will give you the option of chosing whats best for you. I've been up 10 times a night for months and these guys are helping me through.

Wishing you the best of luck!

Carol - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son is 8months and has been a pretty good sleeper from birth 3-4hrs at first and now does up to 7-9hrs. He occasionally wakes up once in the night but the most I do is cuddle him back to sleep... and now he seems to know that waking up in the middle of the night doesn't equal feeding time, so he wakes up fewer times now. But its a slow process and patience is key...

Rachel - posted on 06/23/2009

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we chose to sleep train at that age (also due to difficulty getting her to sleep- even after nursing, the 5 S's, etc.), so used The Sleep Lady book. I think at that age she mentions that you could permit one waking, or be proactive as someone else mentioned and wake your son right before you go to bed (around 10 or 11 pm) for a feeding that should hold him until morning. I'd suggest checking out The Sleep Lady's book though- lots of good info & you can choose how closely to follow her advice.

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Babies don't manipulate! If a child is crying, please meet their needs. It is such a short time in our lives. I was so frustrated last night when my 11-month old was awake again at 4 a.m. But all he really wanted was a little nursing and cuddles. How bad is that really?

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Jean:



Quoting charlie:

u need to get him in a routen bath bottle bed and stick to it every night wen he wakes up 4 a bottle he isnt hurgry let him cry xx






I rang the Plunket line today to get advise as my son (he is 1) has been out of his routine for a few weeks, wakes up in the middle of the night and I've found the only way I can get him back to bed to sleep is to wait until he is in a deep sleep and then put him to bed (its the only way I could get him to sleep in his bed without waking up and crying).






The last few nights my son has not gone to sleep until 2.30am in the morning.






While I was on the phone to Plunket they recommended that I stick to a good routine, and if he cry's in the middle of the night, to let him be, to let him self soothe. I mentioned to the Plunket nurse that there are alot of threads on here about some Mother's who think CIO (apparently its called preventative/controlled crying over here) is cruel and causes emotional harm etc to a baby. She pointed out to me that if this practise was to cause any harm then they would by no means recommend this to parents. She told me that what I was doing was rewarding my son for crying etc and letting him manipulate me, I know this is true as I have a very stubborn little boy. And also my son was a very good sleeper, he would sleep right through the night, up until recently.






I would also strongly recommened the Johnson and Johnson bed time bath range, this range works wonders.






Good Luck!





 



Thanks for your info about controlled crying. i feel like i am forever telling people that it is ok and better for the baby to let them cry otehrwise poor mother and baby will be exhausted and very upset in the long run due to the baby getting everything it wants when it wants. thanks for this

Sara - posted on 06/23/2009

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My third child is presently 9 months old. It's completely natural and normal--see all the folks having the same experience--for a 9-month-old baby to require feeding throughout the night. He wouldn't wake if he didn't need it. He may even be going through a growth spurt. Or he may be getting hot and dehydrated during the night and need fluid replacement.

Shelley - posted on 06/23/2009

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Hello Lindsey,

Unfortunately my son is the same as Katie Orlando. He just turned 22 months and he still will not sleep thru the night. We have tried the cereal (with a spoon) before bed, we tried music, white noise, letting him cry it out (this "cry it out" method turned to be the worst. It made him so clingy that for the following 3 days if we even turned our backs he would freak. Never mind the ordeal when we left him with a sitter.) Finally I just couldn't take it any more and I brought him in bed with me and tried to comfort him w/out food. That worked. Now he sleeps with my husband and I and he's getting better at sleeping through the night. He will wake once for a drink and go back to bed. I agree that every child is different and it took all methods to find one that works. I have had so MANY people tell me im not doing it right, im making a huge mistake etc... Well the way i see it is this: I do what I feel is right for me and my son. If the only way either one of us can get 8 hours of sleep a night is to have him sleep with us then so be it. This is what makes my son feel safe, secure and HAPPY!

Cecilia - posted on 06/23/2009

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Every child is different, and every parent. I think the most important thing to remember is NOTHING LASTS FOREVER ... and try not to panic! My second son was a every-three-hour feeder. I was more relaxed with the second, so I just took it as a precious gift of time for us both. He never 'carried on,' and I was lucky to have a very long maternity leave. I got used to napping when he did (that was hard cause i'm compulsive about 'picking up.') Most of the time I could tell when he "needed to cry," and I now look back on that time as one of my most precious gifts.

Julie - posted on 06/23/2009

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my baby also was up every 3 hrs i nursed him,and was always in a panic,because he was always getting up. he turned 10 months and has slept for 9 hrs at a time. i think the more active they get the more tired they get. be patient it wont last forever.

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2009

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If he's accustomed to eating during the night, he probably is waking up hungry. What I did with my daughter was to gradually space out the night feedings. If she woke up at 2, I'd let her fuss/cry till 2:15 or so before I got up to feed her, and when she started waking up at 2:15 instead I let her go till 2:30, and so on. Each step only took a couple of nights, so it's not as long as it sounds.

Marilynn - posted on 06/23/2009

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I found that it was at about 9 months that my daughter started to do the same thing, I found that if I feed her a before bed (add pablum), and then just cuddled her or gave her her soother she would go back to sleep. After a couple of days of doing this she started eating better at night and sleeping through the night.

Tara - posted on 06/23/2009

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At this age (8-9) months they shouldn't need to eat anymore in the night time. Make sure he has enough to eat during the day and also they need about 3hrs of nap time, if at all possible! It is pretty normal for them to wake up (again) around this time because they are learning more milestones and also may have some separation anxiety. My son is 8 1/2 months and has been a good sleeper (10-12) hrs straight at night since 3 months and then when he turned 8 months he started waking again at night and I didn't know what the heck was going on but from what I have read and been told it is normal, it sucks, but normal lol. My son doesn't do it often. We have been doing the Ferber method with him since he was 4 1/2 months but now when he gets up he just screams and this method will not work. I pick him up and cuddle him and he falls right back to sleep, doesn't take long, he just needed mom so I think that is the separation anxiety. They just go through phases and we just need to try to hang in there! Good luck :)

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Oh I forgot to mention, I was advised not letting my son sleep after 3pm as he will be tired by the time he goes to bed and will most likely sleep the whole night

Nardia - posted on 06/23/2009

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Try giving him a nap earlier in the afternoon, and wait longer at night to put him to bed. get him exhausted and try giving him some more dinner and a bigger bottle just before bedtime.... hope it helps good luck

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Quoting charlie:

u need to get him in a routen bath bottle bed and stick to it every night wen he wakes up 4 a bottle he isnt hurgry let him cry xx



I rang the Plunket line today to get advise as my son (he is 1) has been out of his routine for a few weeks, wakes up in the middle of the night and I've found the only way I can get him back to bed to sleep is to wait until he is in a deep sleep and then put him to bed (its the only way I could get him to sleep in his bed without waking up and crying).



The last few nights my son has not gone to sleep until 2.30am in the morning.



While I was on the phone to Plunket they recommended that I stick to a good routine, and if he cry's in the middle of the night, to let him be, to let him self soothe. I mentioned to the Plunket nurse that there are alot of threads on here about some Mother's who think CIO (apparently its called preventative/controlled crying over here) is cruel and causes emotional harm etc to a baby. She pointed out to me that if this practise was to cause any harm then they would by no means recommend this to parents. She told me that what I was doing was rewarding my son for crying etc and letting him manipulate me, I know this is true as I have a very stubborn little boy. And also my son was a very good sleeper, he would sleep right through the night, up until recently.



I would also strongly recommened the Johnson and Johnson bed time bath range, this range works wonders.



Good Luck!

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Quoting charlie:

u need to get him in a routen bath bottle bed and stick to it every night wen he wakes up 4 a bottle he isnt hurgry let him cry xx



I rang the Plunket line today to get advise as my son (he is 1) has been out of his routine for a few weeks, wakes up in the middle of the night and I've found the only way I can get him back to bed to sleep is to wait until he is in a deep sleep and then put him to bed (its the only way I could get him to sleep in his bed without waking up and crying).



The last few nights my son has not gone to sleep until 2.30am in the morning.



While I was on the phone to Plunket they recommended that I stick to a good routine, and if he cry's in the middle of the night, to let him be, to let him self soothe. I mentioned to the Plunket nurse that there are alot of threads on here about some Mother's who think CIO (apparently its called preventative/controlled crying over here) is cruel and causes emotional harm etc to a baby. She pointed out to me that if this practise was to cause any harm then they would by no means recommend this to parents. She told me that what I was doing was rewarding my son for crying etc and letting him manipulate me, I know this is true as I have a very stubborn little boy. And also my son was a very good sleeper, he would sleep right through the night, up until recently.



I would also strongly recommened the Johnson and Johnson bed time bath range, this range works wonders.



Good Luck!

Rebekah - posted on 06/23/2009

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Our twins (5 months) were doing the same and it seemed to just be a habit that had gotten into. We ended up just leaving them cry a bit if they woke at night. Sometimes they re-settled, sometimes they didn't. If they didn't, I would get up and feed them. If they did settle, great! And now they wake maybe once a night, and sometimes they sleep 12 hours! They have just both been/are sick so things have changed again but hopefully we can get back to that same routine. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009

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Yeah, adding baby cereal or baby food along with the bottle at night would help keep him sleeping at night. My 51/2 month little girl is just now waking up after 4 hours after going to bed at night and wanting to eat. She's going through a growth spurt and you can't control that, just have to deal with getting woke up to feed the baby.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/23/2009

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I feed my son right before I put him to bed, and turn on "Natural White Noise for Babies", it's ocean, and river noises and helps him sleep through the night.

Yolanda - posted on 06/22/2009

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use rice cereal. if he is drinking only 4oz's, then put a teaspoon of rice cereal in

Victoria - posted on 06/22/2009

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I agree about the cereal but not in a bottle. Give your child cereal w/ a spoon, before bed for dinner. Then the bath, or no bath, either way first cereal & whatever veggie u prefer, then the bottle or breast. I don't agree tho with giving your child the cereal in a bottle. I read that they are more likely to choke. As well as you should be giving your child the cereal with a spoon, to help them learn tongue control & how to eat with different textures.



Anyway... Try giving him the cereal, veggie, then bath or no bath, then bottle before bed. If he wakes in the middle of the night let him know he needs to go back to sleep and try anything other then feeding to get him to bed. If you can atleast get him to sleep that first night. It will be easier and easier. By the 4th or so night, Hopefully you don't give in... and he should end up atleast sleeping for a full 8-10 hrs. without waking to eat.



My daughter has always slept through the night, except for when she was teething. It was getting her to bed without holding her and rocking her to sleep that was difficult. We 'ferberized' her and she hasn't giving us trouble since!

Denise - posted on 06/22/2009

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Joy has good advice. Feed cereal before bed. It will help him to sleep longer. It will fill up his stomach to he is not as hunrgy last.

Ebony - posted on 06/22/2009

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Unfortunately for me the only thing that worked was letting him cry it out. he was waking every 2-3 hours and feeding. sometimes i could get him to go back to sleep without feeding but it still meant that i was up. We went from feeding every 2-3 hours to 1 feed in 13 hours over night in less then a week. The first night was the hardest but he very quickly got the idea that night time is for sleeping. The longest he had ever slept was 7 hours so we knew he COULD go that long without food. this is the starting point our doc recommended. so the first night i didn't feed him til the 7 hours was up. he then slept another 5 hours after that.
Its a hard process and some people don't agree with it. but i believe that a couple of night of unpleasantness for you and bubs is better then a couple of years of tiredness and frustration for both of you. Its better in the long run.
Good luck. I'm sure others will have some great ideas for you. I know its hard but remember it will get better!

Kylie - posted on 06/22/2009

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You can try Dream feeding him just before you go to bed or around 10.30pm at night! To do the Dream Feed you carefully pick him up whilst he is still asleep and place a bottle of milk to his lips and he should start to drink whilst asleep. Once finished gentley put him back in his bed and this should help him last through the night. Because he is still asleep and not gulping the feed down he shouldnt get too much wind but if you sit him up he should bring it up anyway cause he is so relaxed! Just remember to keep the lights dim and make as little noise as you can. Worked for me!!!!

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