hi moms, How do i get my daughter to sleep through the nigh she is 7months now.
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Julie - posted on 03/29/2009
I was wondering the same thing when my daughter wasn't sleeping through the night. We tried everything...She was waking up and sucking down a full bottle in the middle of the night until she was a year. We tried cutting back on naps, adding cereal to her bottle, feeding her right before bed, letting her cry, etc. Finally, we decided to get rid of that middle of the night bottle. I started by watering it down little by little until it was just water and then cut it out completely. Eventually, she started sleeping thru the night at 13 months. Thank goodness! I just think every little one is on their own schedule and will sleep thru the night when they are ready.
Wendy - posted on 03/29/2009
Try not talking to her when she wakes. Deal with her without speaking. If she needs a drink give water not milk. It can become a habit and you may find she wakes at the same time every night. The more you cuddle and fuss the more she will keep waking up. try not to let ther nap after a certain time in the afternoon. It worked for all my 3 kids.
I always looked at it like if someone brought you a cup of tea when you woke and you loved tea... you would soon wake up for it around the same time each night.... it becomes an alarm clock.
Hope it helps.
Nancy - posted on 03/28/2009
I followed my mother's advice from very early on and both my children slept through the night before they were 2 months old. I started to wean them from the middle of the night feeding. If they cried, I would go check to make sure they diaper was OK and they were safe in the crib. I would pick them up, soothe them for a couple of minutes and put them back. The trick is no talking or feeding when you go to them because then they will expect it every night. They will soon learn how to fall back asleep alone with no interaction from you. Stick to your guns and it will work. Good Luck!
Leighanne - posted on 03/28/2009
Have you got a routine? It is SO important! Less sleep isn't the answer, bub will just get overtired. At 7 months my baby was still having 3 day sleeps and sleeping 7pm-7am. At 10.30pm I used to give a "dream feed". This is where you go into baby's room and give them a bottle while they are still asleep. This meant no waking up hungry. Sounds bizarre but it certainly worked for me. Best book I ever read was called "Save our sleep" by Tizzie Hall. It has routines for babies from birth to 2 years
Karina - posted on 03/27/2009
Hello, i found with my son that sometimes it was just a habit waking up during the night. he didnt really want anything but was just used to waking at that time. i also did controlled crying which was a little hard to start off with but worked great when we perserveered. my son just needed some comforting during the night (tucking blankets in, making sure he had his pacifier etc).
the best advise someone gave me was.....dont start anything that you dont want to have to continue forever....for eg: dont rock them to sleep if you dont want to be doing that each and every night.
i hope you get some rest.....
kind regards, karina. (australia)
Kerry - posted on 03/27/2009
My son is also 7 months and although he sleeps through the night most of the time he has his moments. Your little girl is probably teething which can certainly wake her up. If that is the case, I highly recommend baby Orajel for the nightime which will soothe the gums. Also, by 7 months you can usually put something in the crib for comfort like a small light blanket for her to snuggle with. My son loves to sleep with his blankie and pacifier. That's the other thing, if you are ok with pacifiers, they help soothe babies with the suckling motion. As soon as he has his "binky" and blankie he is out like a light. Also, before I go to sleep myself, I will go in and change his diaper while he is still sleeping in his crib so he is less likely to wake up from being uncomfortable from a wet diaper. Hope this helps!!