My 7 month old has started waking up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours every night and I don't know what to do.

Tiara - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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It's been over the last 2-3 weeks that from 8:30 pm to 7:00 am that he wakes up every hour and a half to two hours. At first I thought it was teething, so we'd give him some Tylenol before bed, but it did nothing. Then we started keeping him up later, not putting him to bed until 9, or even 10 one night, and that did nothing. So then we started giving him baby cereal about 15 minutes before he went to bed, and that didn't help. I'm exclusively breast feeding, and I've wondered if maybe my milk supply or maybe quality is declining, so maybe I should try supplementing with formula? But I want to see if there is anything else I should try before I start weaning.

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Amber - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Julie :

It could still be teething. The little bit of Tylenol you give him won't last all night. Could it be gas? Maybe he's been eating something (or you've been eating something) that doesn't sit well with him. Does he have a night light in his room - maybe he's scared of the dark.

When he wakes up, do you nurse him back to sleep? I doubt it's your milk supply as if it was, he would be fussing all day not just at night. If you do decide to supplement with formula, you don't have to wean completely ya know.

Babies go through stages. My 9mth old would go weeks of sleeping through the night then months of not. Sometimes with no explanation at all.


I agree with this. but you dont want to give to much tylenol its not good to do that. try teething tablets you can get them at any store. i dont want to tell you what to do but giving them ceral before bad can upset the belly. it can also be gas try some gas drops. it could also be nitemares, my fourth child is 1 and he gets them alot. he wakes up and i just have to give a hug and talk to him and he falls back to sleep. but i would talk to your babys doc to see to. good luck:)

Triny - posted on 01/05/2010

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I wouldn't keep the baby up - I think that makes it worse. Your milk may not be enough and that is why he is waking up. I would definitely supplement with formula. Also, could you be drinking caffeine or soda pop- that might affect your milk. Try eating raisins and nuts (trail mix) - I have heard that it good vitamin source for breast milk.

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Amy - posted on 01/05/2010

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It may be that you need to start him on solids! My friends bub went from sleeping through to waking up all the time and as soon as she put him on solids as well as BF he went back to sleeping through.

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He should not be getting up to feed in the middle of the night anymore. Try letting him cry for 15 mins prior to responding. When you check in after 15 mins, make it brief to let him know you are there and everything is ok. If he still cries wait 15 more minutes then give him 2 oz of water. He will protest, but by the 3rd night he will quit waking up in the middle of the night all together. He will end up eating more during the day to compensate and stop night awakenings. Stick with it and you will have a much better sleeper.

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I have a 7 month old baby and he has really never slept through the night. Thankfully, I been able to ask my girlfriends questions about BFeeding. I was worried that my milk was down or maybe not filling up his little belly so I tried everything you have tried. Does your baby attend daycare? Are you a working mom? I began to notice that he definately did not sleep well the night I had been gone all day at work. It drove me crazy because I was so darn tired from work and then he kept me up most of the night. As I said, I have great friends to go to for advice. They all told me that babies sometimes won't eat as much at daycare and make up for it at night or evenings. Also, baby may just want some nuzzle time with momma. I have found that this to be true often. My little guy will hear my voice when I get home from work and immediately want to snuggle with me. I hope this helps some.

Danielle - posted on 01/05/2010

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I think it's teething. My son went through this type of sleep regression for a good month and a half, I was so exhausted. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though.

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Keeping the baby up later actually makes it worse - the closer to schedule they go to bed the better they sleep. My baby is 7 months as well and doing the exact same thing. She is my 4th child though and I know from experience that they all went through stages of growth spurts and teething. Nothing helps and unfortunately there is not much to do. Even if you completely weaned and went to formula it is no guarantee and he may still wake up every 2 hours! My daughter is mostly bf with one formula bottle before bed which dad feeds her and she used to sleep 7+ hours without waking and now she is waking every 2. She has just cut 2 teeth and is also going through a growth spurt. Don't stress it and I would say you are doing all the right things - offer Tylenol when needed, nurse and comfort him and eventually he will get back to his schedule. I know that does nothing for the interim but like someone else said, a baby does what a baby wants! Good luck and sweet dreams to both of you!

Jeni - posted on 01/05/2010

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my baby also did/does that. She is getting better now that her tooth broke through. i did everything you did.it was weeks of that. She had a hard bump on her gum for weeks & it finally broke through. She is now 8 months & she still wakes up to eat at 2am. & i give her baby cereal in her bottle before she goes to bed.

April - posted on 01/05/2010

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I know for my son that when he is overly tired he won't sleep as well. even at 2 he'll still wake up through the night if he's too tired. I'd try earlier bedtimes, more naps etc. to get his sleep caught up and see if that helps. At 7 months it is also possible that he's hungry and needs more than breastmilk or formula. He may be very ready for "solids."

Nancy - posted on 01/05/2010

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How many wet and durty diapers is he having? If that is normal then it is just a phase. Babies do what babies feel like doing. It will soon pass and something else will make you wonder if that is normal. It will be ok. I wish my milk did not dry up, dont risk your milk supply if you dont have to. good luck!

Julie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Kimberly:

sounds like he's hungry to me . Teething usually doesnt wake them up , You didnt mention if he is crying when he wakes up .



Teething woke my baby up.  When he finally cuts the tooth, he'll sleep through the night until the next tooth is about to come in.  Teething effects a lot of babies sleeping.



 



Have you tried sleeping with him?  I know ther ewill be times I can't get my baby back to bed, but if I lay with him for a while in my bed, he falls asleep and then I move him back into his crib.

Kimberly - posted on 01/05/2010

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sounds like he's hungry to me . Teething usually doesnt wake them up , You didnt mention if he is crying when he wakes up .

Tiara - posted on 01/05/2010

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Yea, maybe it is still teething, but I give him his recommended dosage, and it doesn't make a difference, one night I even gave him a bit more, he's so exhausted, and I'm so exhausted that I'm losing my patience... He has a night light, I'm not eating anything new, although I've given him a bit of gripe water before bed too, just to see if that's the case, we have a humidifier in his room, in case it was the winter... And yes, I nurse him back to sleep. And I know babies go through stages.... But he's been doing this since the very beginning of December, and I'm about to lose my mind....

Julie - posted on 01/05/2010

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It could still be teething. The little bit of Tylenol you give him won't last all night. Could it be gas? Maybe he's been eating something (or you've been eating something) that doesn't sit well with him. Does he have a night light in his room - maybe he's scared of the dark.



When he wakes up, do you nurse him back to sleep? I doubt it's your milk supply as if it was, he would be fussing all day not just at night. If you do decide to supplement with formula, you don't have to wean completely ya know.



Babies go through stages. My 9mth old would go weeks of sleeping through the night then months of not. Sometimes with no explanation at all.

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