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Beth - posted on 09/27/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I can't figure out why my almost 8 month old is waking up almost every morning at 4 am to eat? He has done this off and one for the last coupe months and we have tried so many different things to fix it. But nothing has worked, any advice??

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Jen - posted on 09/30/2013

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My baby did the same thing around 10 months. We realized that he started drinking only 1-2 ounces of formula and then would fall asleep in our arms, so he wasn't really hungry, he just wanted help getting back to sleep. So my husband and I started trying as hard as we could to avoid picking him up. We would take turns each night (well, early morning) going into his room and soothing him back asleep without picking him up. Sometimes we would have to sit on the floor with our hand on his back for half an hour before we could go back to bed. A big pillow on the floor helped. It was hard, but we powered through it, and after a couple of weeks of that, when he no longer expected to be fed and was falling asleep more easily, we let him cry it out for a few nights, and he went back to sleeping through the night, or at least until after 5. ;p

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My kids all woke up at night several times until I stopped nursing. They were at least a year old. It might be just a habbit. Give him some water instead of milk/food and try to put him back to sleep. (I know it wasn't easy for me to do that so I waited until they decided not to nurse anymore).

Cecilia - posted on 09/27/2013

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Avoid bananas. They constipate like nothing else. Apple juice is instant clean out for my baby girls. Simply apple brand works the best for us but normal everyday apple juice should help. Also talk to your doctor about his constipation, s/he might be able to help you more with it.

Beth - posted on 09/27/2013

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Cecilia, yes, he might eat more on the days that he sleeps longer. Ever since we started him on solids we've had a hard time keeping him from being constipated. And when he gets worse, he doesn't eat as much. So maybe, if we figure out how to keep in from getting so constipated, then he will eat more and then he will sleep more. :) Hopefuls?! In the mean time I will go to bed earlier! Thanks for the ideas!

Cecilia - posted on 09/27/2013

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The nights that he doesn't do it is he eating more during the day? He might just be hungry to be honest. If he's breastfed he might be needing the closeness. I know you think 8 months is too old for this but the truth is some babies don't sleep through the night until after a year. Try getting yourself to bed earlier so you can get some sleep if you can.

Ev - posted on 09/27/2013

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You can't fix it. It is a phase he is going through at this point and it will pass.

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