sleeping.....

Sam - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, My son is 7months old was born on 31st July and he has never slept right through
he doesn't wake up real hungry or anything just wakes up for about 10-15min then i have to settle him to get him back to sleep he does this 4 or 5 times each night and he only has about 3 20min sleeps through the day... is there something i could be doing differently?? and is anyone bubs sleeping through at 7months? should mine be?

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Eleisha - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter doesn't sleep through either, but has learnt to self settle back to sleep when she does wake. She is BF and still has 1/2 feeds per night, all I meant was that if he isn't hungry not being so overtired will help him to self settle back to sleep.

Emily - posted on 03/01/2010

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Lots of 7-month-olds are not sleeping through. My first child was not sleeping through at that age. Be patient.. he will sleep longer stretches when he is ready.

Eleisha - posted on 03/01/2010

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I think your day sleeps my be the problem. First off, most professionals will tell you any day sleep that is less than an hour doesn't count. Which basically means that they are not actually getting any worthwhile rest in a span of 20 mins, so in reality your son is actually not really having day sleeps. 20-25 min is a typical sleep cycle. The first 20 min of a childs' sleep is called a "twilight" phase where they are in a very light sleep. after this phase a lot of babies wake up, and cannot transfer to the next stage, and need to be taught to go back to sleep. My suggestion for day sleeps would be to ensure your son's room is fairly dark, follow the same routine and add some white noise (fan on, radio on an in-between channel). The white noise will help block out and high pitched noises that may wake him and give him a continuous calming sound which may help him settle between sleep cycles. It may take 1/2 weeks, but persevere, he may wake after 20 min, but if he isn't distressed give him time to resettle himself. Sorting out his day sleeps will I believe in turn assist his night sleeps as he will not be as over tired, and more inclined to have a settled sleep.

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