How to get my son to sleep through the night?

Celisha - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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He was sleeping like a dream from 3 months--5 months. Then he started waking every 3 hours again! He is almost 7 months old and I am missing my sleep! Once he wakes me up, I have a hard time getting back to sleep. What can I do?

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Lina - posted on 09/11/2009

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My doughter did the same, starting she was 3 months. We tried everything. What helped? During thees terrible nihgts, I slept with her in my arms for apr. 3 hours (she didn't need me for more). When she turned 9 months, she unexpectedly started to sleep normally. Still we all three sleep in one bed, she climbs either to me or to her father, takes my or father's hair in her hands and puts her back to sleep again. No crying.

Jen - posted on 09/10/2009

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It could be teething. Are his teeth coming in? If so, we tired some homeopathic ampules of Camilia from a local health food store. Even Save on Foods carries it.

If its not teething, we found a cuddle and backpat sometimes works, but sometimes he did need breast/bottle. The summer was very hot and I think he was thirsty/dehydrated. We try not to rely on feeding but I'm still looking for more advice about this....

Sharon - posted on 09/10/2009

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This is quite common for babys to do at 6-7 months (wonder weeks they call them???) It will pass, just stay in your routine as always, when you go to him avoid eye contact and place back in bed, try to keep the room as dark as possible when you go in without crashing into furniture etc (do you have a dimmer switch?) they are great or perhaps use a night light in his room whilst he is needing your attention. I too, had no trouble at all with our son from 3-6 months was sleeping through most nights - but started doing what your son is......... some nights we had to pick him up and nurse him in a chair until he was calm enough to put back into his cot............ you do what feels right............ you know best............ everyone has advise ............. but your child is different to all others ------ but just know that it is just a stage he is going through and it will pass......... . It may take a week or two or three even a month, just keep whatever you decide to do consistent!!! Don't let bad habits start........... owh and its ok to let him grizzle a bit before you go straight in - just judge for yourself what his cry is saying to you. Hope it helps............ It is damn hard work ...............My little one is now 2 years and that has other issues!!!

Alisa - posted on 09/10/2009

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It depends on if you are getting up with him. I know it is hard, but if you can tolerate the screaming and crying, it is best to let him cry it out. Once he realizes you are not coming, he will get tired and go back to sleep. It may take up to a week, so you have to be patient and willing. However, it could also be because of a change in eating. Perhaps some new foods are giving him gas at night. Keep track of what he is eating and see if there is a pattern.

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