How to get a 8 month baby to sleep through the night?

Adrienne - posted on 09/24/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I tried to give her the warm bottle with cereal an bathing her right before bed an putting the lavender lotion on her and they didn't work. What else can i do?? PLEASE HELP i need all my sleep.

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Satarrah - posted on 10/01/2010

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Ive found that for both my kids starting the bedtime routine early (1 month old) sets up good sleeping patterns around 4-5 months. Both my daughter and son slept through the night starting at 4 1/2 months. Nothing in particular really: DIM lighting, bath, massage, reading or soft music, feeding and then lights out. I guess I have been very lucky, but it worked like a charm both times. I never let them sleep with me and if they were a bit fussy (other than when they were sick) I always stuck to the routine. At 8 months your child already know how to manipulate you (wink) so I think CONSISTENCY is key now. start a bedtime routine so she will learn from your cues that its time for bed. Just my suggestion. All will get better eventually anyway, she will not always wake up at night

Susan - posted on 10/01/2010

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It has been a while since I had an 8mo. old. Mine is 15 now!! I do agree with more feeding and less bottle. Also, less nap. Get on a routine schedule with everything. Children do sooo much better when there is a consistent schedule. If the baby is napping and has been asleep for some time, then wake it up. It will be rough at first cause the baby will not have gotten it's nap "out" but you are going to have to do a "shift" in routine. Less nap, more "feeding", playtime, bath and then quiet/calm time should help!!

Doris - posted on 09/30/2010

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Hi Mom
You will just have to wait I understand you need that sleep but they do go by their own rules. By all means if you know your child is safe do not go to her at night. Peek in if you need to but if you are going she will keep this up. She is smart enough to know if I cry Mommy is coming.

Erine - posted on 09/29/2010

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i think mybe u can let ur baby play all the day then im sure she will tired n sleepy at night..my baby also 8month and i'm working whole day,before i get my sleep i'll play with her 1st then when she start tired i feed her then she'll sleep till next morning.

Ana - posted on 09/29/2010

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Just give up on the whole "sleeping through the night" thing and you will be just fine!!!! In other words - they NEVER sleep throught he night!

Vandana - posted on 09/27/2010

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does anything really work...the baby starts sleeping when he/shes ready .... i have 10 month twins & have tried EVERYTHING!! they still get up 4-5 times each... my son is showing signs of getting better... last 3 nights he only got up twice...but my girls driving me nuts... shes not even hungry most of the time... just gets up & starts howling...sometimes when i start comforting her she gets up & starts playing...aaarrrgh...

Alison - posted on 09/27/2010

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Most often a baby wakes for a feeding. If you stop feeding her (she no longer needs it at 8 months), she will stop waking up at night. You can choose to give her a bottle with water instead, or simply try to comfort her without a bottle. Expect her to fight you hard on it, but it should all be over within 3-4 days (per feeding). Then you will be able to sleep again!!!

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