Hi everyone! My doughter Aliyah just turn 1 Oct 25 but she still wakes up twice during night for feedings, any suggestions?

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Honorata - posted on 11/09/2008

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Thanx to All of You for all the support, it has been a week and Aliyah is sleeping usually till 5;30 , 6 am. I will contine to work on that and hopefully she will sleep througt the night. Thank you!

Gina - posted on 11/07/2008

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Chances are she doesn't need to eat- we went through this with my oldest and the doctor said that it's not a biological "need" to eat, it's just the inabiity to self-sooth. As long as you're confident you're giving her enough for dinner (maybe add in something heavier- like cereal.. or feed her later than usual) then you'll just have to bite the bullet and let her cry.



As I said before- we went through the same thing and it feels like an eternity when they're crying- but after a few days, Julie was sleeping through the night. Now- we have a 6 month old so we incorporate cereal into her dinner feeding and then a bottle and she is sleeping a solid 12 hours straight through already. It also helps that we learned to teach her to self-sooth early on so we routinely put her down to bed while she's still wide awake- but getting sleepy. Bedtime (at least for now) is so much more pleasant this time around!!!



One more thing- I did the hold and cuddle thing for a while and it WAS A HUGE MISTAKE (at least for me)! Every time I put her down, she'd start crying... and eventually I was joining in! I thought it was a cruel approach to just let her cry, but as my late mother once told me, "No baby has ever died from crying... it's just what they do".



Good luck! (And happy birthday to Aliyah!)

Sandra - posted on 11/07/2008

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It is more of habit she still has than her actually being hungry. She has been so use to the same routine since birth, and they’re not able to stop on their own.

With my daughter, I just let her cry it out for about a week and that helped. Doesn’t hurt to try, I hope my advise helps.

Claudine - posted on 11/06/2008

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I recommend: http://www.sleepsense.net/

This program is worth every penny.....I ordered it and have shared with numerous of my friends. My daughter was sleeping through the night after 1 week of following this program at 41/2 months old...she is now 3.

Karuna - posted on 11/03/2008

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I HAD GONE THROUGH A SIMILAR SITUATION THEN I LEARN'T FROM A FRIEND THAT HE OR SHE IS JUST PLAYING WITH YOUR MIND. LET THEM GET UP AND AVOID ATTENDING EVENTUALLY THEY WILL FALL ASLEEP BY THEMSELVES. WORKED FOR ME AFTER THAT MY DAUGHTER GOT THE POINT AND WOULDN'T WAKE UP IN THE NIGHT.

Crystal - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son was waking up several times, I started giving him water and letting him cry himself back to sleep, It was hard at first but now he sleeps through the night.

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I did the same thing. My son has always been a good eater. So that made me realize that the night time feedings were not necessary. I took it away cold turkey. The first couple of nights were horrible. He cried for 30 min. the first time. The next night 15 then the next night for only 5. I took him off the night feedings at 6 months. He has been sleeping through the night ever since. He is happy and healthy with good weight gain.

Hillary - posted on 11/03/2008

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I remember reading about weaning them off by giving them water instead. I of course realized that my son didn't need food and as sad as it was the first time I let him cry. It lasted 15 minutes as I sat by the door crying as well and then ...I did this at 6 months and he has been sleeping from 7:30 - 7am since. He is now 2!

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I haven't had this problem lately, but I remember discussing it with other moms. They tried what Sia said, to switch to water, and it worked for some. Others would hold and cuddle their child back to sleep. Sometimes when they wake up they just want the confirmation that you're still there, not necessarily needing the food. Think about yourself - if you eat a meal at 10pm every night, then at 10pm you're going to be hungry. If you go a week without it, you'll get used to not having it. I think it would take less than a week to break the habit for your baby, though. Try water, try just cuddling not feeding. If that doesn't work, I agree that the Ferber book should have good ideas. Good luck.

Sia - posted on 11/02/2008

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It really depends on your child. At 1, my son still woke up for night time feedings, but at 1 and a half he started using it as a crunch. I replaced his midnight milk with water, which he didn't want and he kindly refused and went back to bed. Is your daughter really eating? Maybe she is hungry, but if she is just using it as a crunch then maybe it is time to ween her off slowly. (My son is now three and still wakes up once to check on me, then he goes back to bed in his own room.)

Kara - posted on 11/02/2008

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Read Good Sleep Habits by Dr. Ferber. I think you should start cutting her back to one a night for awhile and than cut her off completely. This will be hard but the book has tips on how to transition to this. Also, it will be hard at first but it will be best for her since she does not need the extra calories at night that lead to unnecessary weight gain.

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