my son turned a year old and im not sure how to make sure he is full at night sometimes he wakes up crying sometimes he sleeps all night


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Dove - posted on 08/09/2012




While some kids can and do sleep through the night around 6 months it is my experience that there are more kids that DON'T sleep through than those that do. If it makes you feel any better... my son didn't night wean until he was 2. 'Could' he physically have gone through the night without nursing earlier... probably, but he wasn't emotionally ready and I was ok with that. He's slept through the night consistently (with rare exception for nightmares, illness, or peeing) for 2.5 years now. :) I believe it will happen in it's own time though there is nothing wrong with gently guiding him towards that milestone. I, personally, didn't start our 'night weaning process' until around 18 months.

Brittney - posted on 08/09/2012




Usually by the time the child is 6 months, he/she can stay full till the morning feed, instead of feeding him when he wakes up, wait 5-10 minutes before you go in (he may fall asleep again), every night increase the time you wait to go in by about 5 minutes. When you go in, don't turn on any lights or talk in a normal voice. Quietly go in, change him (if applicable), tell him good night and lay him back down, exit quietly. Once he turns 18 months, night terrors may begin and that will upset everyone.

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