how can i get my 6 month to sleep longer at nite?

Sadie - posted on 06/14/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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he sleeps from 8 till about 3 and thats on a good nite.

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Alex - posted on 06/19/2009

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I've heard that rice cereal in a bottle is bad b/c they can choke. My daughter is just over 12 months and hasn't "slept through" yet. It doesn't matter if she's had a huge meal before bed or not, she always wakes at least twice a night. luckily she settles back really easily after a feed. It's quite normal for their sleep patterns to change over time as well. One thing we do find helps is making sure she is not cold. A warm sleeping bag, extra blankets (I think by 6 months the SIDS risk is pretty much gone) and a heater on for the really cold nights (makes for a huge power bill though). Good Luck!

Kereisha - posted on 06/18/2009

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You may want to add a little bit of applesauce to his bottle. This what my pediatriction reccommended

Gabrielle - posted on 06/18/2009

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Just letting you know what worked for us, we gave our son a dummy at night when he woke. And he'd start sucking, roll over and go back to sleep. Now if he wakes, I wait 7 minutes, then go and give him the dummy if he is still complaining.

Krystal - posted on 06/18/2009

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I have a seven and a half month old. He goes to bed anywhere from 5-8 pm, depending how many naps he has during the day, and doesn't wake up until about 6-8 pm. He gets three solid food meals a day and three bottles. That's it. Most of the time he doesn't finish his bottles. The solid food sticks to the stomach longer than milk. Instead of putting cereal in his bottle, which every pediatrician recommends against, try starting him on solid baby foods, cereal first. He will like it more and drink less formula.

Barbara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Maree-Anne:

Hey, wow thats still 7 hours!
My baby girl was sleeping right through the night as soon as we got her home from the hospital she was sleeping 6-7 hours and then right up until a month ago she was sleeping for up to 14 hours!
Anyway she has changed her sleep pattern now and is going to bed around 6.30pm and waking around 3am and i haven't been able to change that!
Is he breastfed or formula fed? Not that it probably makes a difference but i found cluster feeding and dream feeds would help my baby sleep longer (shes breastfed).
Has he always woken during the night or is it a new thing?



Could not be anymore normal....sleep pattern will change a few more times in their young age.

Tonia - posted on 06/17/2009

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I have twins that are now 3 years old they have slept through the night since they were 3mnths. It is all because of a book recommended to me by another mom. I think all moms should read it. It is the BEST guide you could ever read, it is called Health sleep habits, Happy child by Marc Weissbluth MD. If you never read anything else read this. Mine still sleep great. At 6 mnths they were sleeping at least 12 hrs a night and taking to great naps.

Sadie - posted on 06/16/2009

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thanx guys last nite i gave him 1/2 a spoon full ov rice in his last bottle and he slep 11 hours it was grate thanx every1

Alissa - posted on 06/15/2009

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Every child is different of course, but I noticed my son would sleep longer if there was a fan on in his room - he's just like me, needs to have some kind of consistent sound to block out other sounds.

Mel - posted on 06/15/2009

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you could try putting some rice cereal in his night time bottle see how he goes or try spoon feeding before bed good luck

Stacey - posted on 06/15/2009

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I would defnitly not put cereal in the bottle. I don't know what to say otherwise, maybe its just the schedule baby wants?

Sadie - posted on 06/15/2009

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thanks and no am not brest feeding he wont stay up any longer than 8 he just fulls asleep then

Andrea - posted on 06/14/2009

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I put my daughter to bed at 8 and she sleeps till 7:30 or 8. Every baby is different! Also, my doctor told me that making the bottle thicker isn't really doing anything different. If their belly is full, it's full regardless of how thick or thin the formula is (just what I heard...again, follow your baby's signals, they're all different. Can't stress it enough!). Not saying that giving him water would be ok but....lol

Christal - posted on 06/14/2009

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try giving him rice cereal with his last bottle of the day. our 5 1/2 month old daughter eats her last meal at about 8:30pm, she takes a 6oz bottle with 1/2tsp of rice cereal in it. it makes it a little thicker and she goes to bed about 9:30-10 and she sleeps till 7:30 am. if you dont want to add it to the bottle you can mix it with some formula and feed it to him. hope this helps

Ashley - posted on 06/14/2009

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Make sure he eats plenty during the day, if he's not on solids yet...might want to give that a try. But you will have the best success if you put him down around 6pm. Older babies want to sleep longer at night and a good way to know your bedtime for him is too late is if he wakes up around 3-4am. A babies brain operates on a 6pm-6am time clock for night time sleep. So most babies' circadian rhythms kick in around 6pm or so and tell them that it is time for bed. So if he is going down around 8pm that is about 2 extra hours that his brain is awake when it wants to be sleeping. So his brain is agitated and therefore does not rest well at night. My 7 month old has been sleeping from 6pm-6am (straight through) since 10 weeks. I have always put her down much before 7pm (now that she's older she can usually do fine with a 6:30pm bedtime) and she sleeps great. Give that a try. Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 06/14/2009

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I'm not sure if you're brestfeeding or not, but it is probably a lot harder to see how much your baby is eating if he's breastfed. My suggestion would be to pump and try to give him about 8 ounces before bed (that's what my daughter eats). If that's not the problem and you're formula feeding him and he's eating a ton before bedtime, you may just have a baby that doesn't sleep through the night! I learned to stop reading books because they only freak you out and make you wonder if your baby is normal. They are all different. Some babies don't sleep through the night till they're like a year old! Fortunately Brenna starting sleeping from about 8 PM to 7:30 AM right around 4 months. I hope it happens soon for you, but I hope you're not worrying about it too much. Like I said, they're all different! :)

Maree-Anne - posted on 06/14/2009

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Hey, wow thats still 7 hours!

My baby girl was sleeping right through the night as soon as we got her home from the hospital she was sleeping 6-7 hours and then right up until a month ago she was sleeping for up to 14 hours!

Anyway she has changed her sleep pattern now and is going to bed around 6.30pm and waking around 3am and i haven't been able to change that!

Is he breastfed or formula fed? Not that it probably makes a difference but i found cluster feeding and dream feeds would help my baby sleep longer (shes breastfed).

Has he always woken during the night or is it a new thing?

Maree-Anne - posted on 06/14/2009

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Hey, wow thats still 7 hours!

My baby girl was sleeping right through the night as soon as we got her home from the hospital she was sleeping 6-7 hours and then right up until a month ago she was sleeping for up to 14 hours!

Anyway she has changed her sleep pattern now and is going to bed around 6.30pm and waking around 3am and i haven't been able to change that!

Is he breastfed or formula fed? Not that it probably makes a difference but i found cluster feeding and dream feeds would help my baby sleep longer (shes breastfed).

Has he always woken during the night or is it a new thing?

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