my nine month old has never slept threw the night

Nicollecasperson - posted on 08/30/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My nine month old son sleeps in the same room as me and my husband but in a crib. He wakes up all through the night to get breastfed for 5 minutes at a time and then falls back asleep. He wakes up at least 7 times. I've tried everything, I feed him food before bed and he goes to bed every night between 9 and 9:30. Any ideas on how to get him to sleep through the night?

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Kelli - posted on 09/03/2015

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Don't worry "It won't be like this for long".
I have four children (22,9,7&3) and I'm still nursing mine
and we do the co-sleeping. Remember that they will only be this little
for a short while. And then you are going to miss these
moments. My oldest son has now been in the Army (11 BRAVO) for 6 years.
When he was a baby he was a great sleeper used a binky, he
threw his bottle out the window going down the highway when he was 14 months old.
Never wanted it again. Binky was gone by 17 months old. And was potty trained at two years old. Then the two in the middle would not take a binky. Used s bottle until they were 3, and completely potty trained by 3 1/2. (WHAT???) That was really inconvenient.
Now my baby girl. She is in a league of her own. As I said she is still nursing and sleeping with us. She has never takin a binky or bottle. She speaks as well as most 5-6 year old kids. She potty trained herself when she was 1 1/2 (WOW!!!!). That blew my mind. But even still won't sleep threw the night. She wants (neener neener) to nurse. So my point is that just be patient and
and do what your instincts tell you to do. It will be over and on to the next hurdle in no time. GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY MOTHERHOOD!!!!
Kelli Martin-Gray

Emily - posted on 09/01/2015

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My son was doing the same thing. It was getting to the point I was so exhausted that I wouldnt remember grabbing him out of his bed in the middle of the night. I put him in another room so I wouldn't grab him in my sleep and nurse him. I made sure that he ate enough throughout the day and followed a bedtime routine. Then I put him to bed still awake so he would learn to soothe himself back to sleep. By day 3 he was sleeping through the night. Best of luck!

Nicollecasperson - posted on 08/30/2015

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I will try that I was thinking it's because he sees we are there and can grab him

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Sarah - posted on 03/09/2017

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True about the breast milk but this child is 9 months old and is eating "food". At 9 months a baby can put together at least 4-5 hours at a time a night.

Fahix36 - posted on 03/09/2017

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Mam. didn't you doctor explain that breast milk isn't as long lasting as formula or cow's milk? . I think that the average sleeping time between feedings is four hours! Express some breast milk into a container, then cows milk in another and formula into another one. And you'll see the difference among the three liquids. Your baby will thrive on your breast milk, but you'll have to sacrifice your sleep in order to reap that benefit. I breastfed four children and this was the case!

Danielle - posted on 09/02/2015

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He's not wanting to eat. I have three boys ages 5, 3 & 1. My two older ones didn't sleep through the night until they were 2. My youngest is almost 1 and still wakes up 1-2 times a night. I never have believed in letting them cry it out. When they are ready to sleep through the night they will. But if he just wants to suckle try a pacifier!

Silake - posted on 09/02/2015

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Dont worry Nicolle, I dont know many children sleeping all night =) He just needs some more time.

Dove - posted on 09/01/2015

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None of my kids slept through the night at 9 months old. Many babies nurse through the night and there is nothing actually 'wrong' w/ it... even if it is exhausting. He WILL sleep through the night when he is ready to do so.

As for how to change it if he's not ready.... that I don't know. My son nursed 1-5 times/night until he was night weaned at 2 years old.... ;)

Pamela - posted on 09/01/2015

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You can back up breast milk ready to feed him in bottle your see how much and it feel him up my son did that too he would wake me up all hour of nite it suck I no how you feel try to nap when he nap and make sure it not long nap feed him his food too to full him up I would give me son veggie and apple sause he would knock out and wake up at 7 am better than 2 or 3 hope it help it get better as you show them regular schudule keep your head up god bless you

Sarah - posted on 08/30/2015

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If he is only nursing for 5 mins. He is not eating....it is the suckling he wants. To change the habit you have to change the routine. Which might mean having a few sleepless nights while you work through getting him to resettle with a different tool.

Nicollecasperson - posted on 08/30/2015

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I have tried to rub his back and just rocking him when I let him cry a little it's never a little he crystal like it's the end of the world and very loud at the top of his lungs the only thing that gets him to stop is eating

Sarah - posted on 08/30/2015

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You need to change the habit. He is not waking because he is hungry. Try to comfort him a different way.....example rub his back. Right now you have developed a habit of just reaching for nursing as soon as he wakes. Allow him to fuss a little before you pick him up.....this allows him to figure out how to self soothe.

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