Sleep Habits

Pam - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have a 9 month old who has no bedtime routine and will not sleep longer than 2 hours during the night. Some nights she's up for 2 hours before she'll go back to sleep. Does anyone have any suggestions?? We are going to start a bedtime routine this week. (I know we should have started it sooner)

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Nicole - posted on 04/05/2010

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I just got a routine down as early as possible, it seems to still be working. I give him a bath with the johnsons bedtime wash, then use the bedtime lotion, then I read to him, and then I put him to bed. You just have to try all sorts of different things until u finally find a pattern that works for her. I wish u lots of luck.

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User - posted on 02/17/2013

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Take away her daytime naps! Only leave her with 1 and that one should be no more than 2 hours. The nap should start no earlier than 1130 am or end no later than 2 pm. Keep her up and around 730 give her a bath and around 8 or 830 she should be sleepy

User - posted on 02/17/2013

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You can choose any bedtime routine that suits you and your baby.

Ours is as below.

We would read a story or two then give him his milk. I would then turn off the lights and while he is drinking his milk, I would recite some poems or sing some songs to him. Sometimes he would fall asleep while drinking his milk but sometimes he would finish his milk and starts to move about. If this happens, I will give him a bottle of water. He would usually lie down again and I would continue singing until I see that he is falling asleep. Then I would stop and just accompany him by his side until he falls asleep. Then I would pull the bottle out of his mouth.

It is advised that you follow the same routine daily so that the child will get used to it. Our process takes about 20-30mins for him for fall asleep but on days when he is not sleepy, it may take up to an hour or so. On days when he is really sleepy, he would even fall asleep while drinking his milk.

So far, we do not have problems with him not sleeping through the night.

Another thing to take not of is the room temperature. Since we live in a tropical whether it is general warm here. My son would prefer to sleep with the air-condition on. But during rainy season, we would turn of the air-con and only turn on the fan. If it is cooler, would would let him put on warmer clothing and socks.

All the best to you!

All the best to you!!

Luisa - posted on 04/12/2010

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Hi, it's amazing how many responses you had! I have a nearly 2 year old boy who still doesn't sleep through the night. And yes, sometimes he is up for 2 to 4 hours straight at night. We've had a bed routine since he was 3 months old, but he just can't stay asleep or go back to sleep by himself most nights... I finally had enough (I'm expecting again) and took him to his doctor's. We are undergoing physical exams to see if something physical is preventing him to sleep. Some kids stop breathing which wakes them, other's have their sleeping patterns screwed up and nap at night... you have to pay attention to see if your child is snoring at night or if he is confused and thinks it is play time. What ever you do, don't let him play. It's hard to put your foot down when all you want to do is sleep yourself, but make sure you stick to what ever you decide to do. Sleep training is also important. We looked into 7 different books and I hired a sleeping therapist too. You can let your child cry to sleep or check in every 5, 15 then 20 minutes to settle him. It's hard and you will be exhausted the first week but it is worth it if it works. In our case, it worked for 2 weeks and he went backwards. There are nights he sleeps through but then, it doesn't last very long and he is back on his non-sleep pattern.

Good luck!!

Cynthia - posted on 04/10/2010

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My kids are now 6,and 4. I agree with everyone else, get a routine that works for you. Also, what helped mine was putting a little cereal in their bottle before bed time, it keeps them fuller longer. Don't play and turn on a small lamp so they will learn that it is night time and not play time, also talk to them quietly and calmly. Hope this helps!

Dinah - posted on 04/07/2010

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I raised to of my own, a foster daughter and now get time with two grandbabies. All sleep routines must be family specific. I could not sleep in a dark house with no noise. But my children seemed to sleep better that way. My oldest did not sleep through the night until he was four and as I found out when he was 12 there were medical reasons for this. Collapsed sinuses. Could not breathe. My youngest slept all night from about 3 weeks on. She also broke herself from the breast, then later the bottle. Their sleep routines were slightly different but the basics were there. dinner, bath, reading, singing by parent if they like, (my youngest would stop me, oldest asked for it) some rocking/snuggle time. At 9 months you can try the routines, night lite on or off, soft music playing or not. Find what soothes your baby the best and go with it. The key to a nighttime routine is the routine. Same time, same thing every night. Even at grandmas or where ever. I had a cousin whose parents took him for a car ride at bedtime every night. Beware this gets old quick and cold in the winter.

Linda - posted on 04/07/2010

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my first son didn't do well with naps. He wouldn't go to bed at bedtime it was always a fight. So I decided to cut out the naps. After that he was tired enough by 7:00 every night and went to bed at a regular time every evening. My doctor always said when they are tired they will sleep or whn they are hungry they will eat, no to worry.

Holly - posted on 04/06/2010

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There are some good posts here, so saying I have questions. How much sleep does your child get during the day, maybe too many naps are confusing your child. Don't let your child take more than 2 naps and no longer than 2 hours at a time. You should try to find a routine that works for you both, a regular waking time, nap times, and dinner times. Bath before bed and a bottle or cup before bed, but I agree with a sippy or bottle of water in the bed. Sometimes babies cry at night for a bottle just for comfort, not because they are actually hungry. Sometimes you just have to let them cry themselves back to sleep. Don't worry you will get the hang of it and so will your child.
Tough Love.

Deanna - posted on 04/06/2010

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my dad helped me get my baby into a sleep routine when she was 3 months to this day shes up by 6 am n 7 am has 2 naps a day and in bed by 830 n sleeps all night. i like this routine. :D shes 14 months now. and im gonna keep her routine as long as i can till she doesnt need her naps anymore.

Marian - posted on 04/06/2010

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we have a sleep routine since she was 2 months, she still don't sleep more than 2 hours :( she is almost 8

Gwen - posted on 04/06/2010

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Bottles of milk/juice in bed will rot her teeth before she even starts school. It is extremely damaging. PLEASE do not make it part of your routine. We do sippy cup of water.

Linda - posted on 04/06/2010

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my daughter was a year old when the heighbors daughter taught her how to get out of her crib. Then I had to lay down with her every night til she went to sleep to get her to go to bed. I did that for about a year and I finally had enough, So then I had to break her of the habit. Had to listen to her scream her lungs out for several nights but she finally learned she had to go to sleep by herself. It's a hard lesson for both parent and child. (I think I cried too). So break your child of it now befor it goes any further.

Linda - posted on 04/06/2010

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My doctor always told me, just feed them and then put them right back to bed don't wait for them to go back to sleep. They need to learn how to do that for themselves. Sometimes you just gotta let them cry.

Tiffany - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have no routine with my kids. My daughter has just learned that when she is put in the bed with a soft blanket that its time to go to sleep. All lights and TVs off, no noise what so ever. She sleeps good. Also try the new Enfimil Restful, it is great. My daughter woke up alot during her 2nd month, and the formula is designed to thicken in their tummy, not in the bottle, to help them sleep longer and rest better. And i have to say it worked great. Then that got her use to sleeping a long time, then by now, she is 7 months and she is sleeping all night without the restful formula. My 2 year old though has a show he watches then when it is off he says he is ready to go to bed. He lays in the bed awake and puts his self to sleep. Routines to me lets them know they are about to go to bed and most kids dont like going to bed and it just lets them know whats about to happen. I dont like them and ive raised more than my kids and never ever went by them and everything has worked out perfect. To me in my life, they arnt what they are made out to be. But they work for some people but not my family.

Meghan - posted on 04/05/2010

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my son luckily kinda set up his own routine. But as he got older and more curious I had to step in and redirect things a bit. We do dinner at 6 then play for a bit (to get the last of his craziness out) then a bath at 7:30, then bottle and cuddles while we read a few stories. Then we brush teeth give hugs and kisses and in bed by 8 30.

Roxanne - posted on 04/05/2010

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our routine is dinner, bath if shes having one (every 2nd night or round bout), dressed for bed, sits and plays by herself for 10 mins, boob feed, dad cuddles, book read in her room and then bed.
works sometimes and other nights she has other ideas : ) as kids do.
good luck

Nicole - posted on 04/05/2010

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i had same problem, never had a sleep routine, just used to put bub to bed once she was too tiered.....i would rock her to sleep in her rocker or have her next to me in my bed.....she 14months now, but we got it down pat, dinner then bath around 6 and she has a cuddle n bit of play before she goes to bed about 6.30-7.....well thats what we try to do most nights lol if she still too hypo, we play till she nackered lol (put to bed with bottle and music...yes yes i know some hate the bottle n bed but she used to being put to sleep with me and breast feeding)

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