How did you get your little one to sleep through the night? DESPERATE!

Tegan - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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okay my little boy is almost 6 months and still wakes up every 3 hours during the night for a feed, i'm breastfeeding, but ive tried almost everything, its starting to stress me out! Please tell me your secrets!!!

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Lisbeth - posted on 05/30/2010

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Christina,
I would probably say it has some part to do with it but also every baby is different and your parenting is also different. there are many factors in sleep what you consume if you are breastfeeding affects your baby, if you are a parent who allows crying or not, if you carry your baby a lot o not. I for one still try not to eat anything with caffeine, I never ever let her cry as a small infant and I carried her a lot like in one of those wraps. I went against everything my mom told me to do b/c I read a lot of books and tried to make the best decisions for her. I also tried a lot of the diaper free method but not to fully as it is quite a lot of work.also for the first year of her life I didn't drink or eat anything with milk so she wouldn't get an excess of protein b/c that can affect their digestion. I also exclusively bf so I don't pump or give any other source of milk. Now though I do give her yogurt and cheese and some milk in her cereal but not much. anyways I hope this helps ( p.s. everyone including other mothers and ppl with no kids b/c they don't want kids say my little girl is one of the easiest babies they have ever met)

Lisbeth - posted on 05/30/2010

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I co-slept with my little girl and still do on top of cutting anything in my diet with caffeine. And she is an amazing sleeper for the time she was 1 month she slept 12 hours at night and still does then she would have her naps during the day and still takes a nap in the afternoon for two hours a least and she is 20 months, but I cut out even chocolate. Good luck hope I have helped

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Suzi - posted on 06/02/2010

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i am having the same issue with my 6month old boy. his doctor told me to feed him, change him, and put him in his bed while he is still awake and just let him cry until he falls asleep. He said eventually he will stop waking up in the middle of the night for "comfort feedings" He will eventually sleep all night. We are working on it now and it's hard listening to him cry but hopefully it works

Tammy - posted on 06/02/2010

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I have a 4 month old. I was breastfeeding also but it just didn't seem he was getting enough and I started bottle feeding and when he started to get full he slept all night. Not sayin u should change but try givin him some baby food at night before he goes to bed it really does work and u will know a difference.

Vicky - posted on 06/02/2010

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dreamfeeding helped get my baby to sleep through the night i no longer have to do it and she is only 6 months although i did put her on formula at 8 weeks and also put food thickner in her bedtime bottles its designed for babies to thicken the milk to keep them full for longer you can express milk and use it. i also found when she did wake she didnt always need a bottle even if it had been 3 hours since her last food she just wanted her dummy and mummy's hand on her forhead. every baby is different but its good to try different things till you find what works for you. i lasted 4 months with no sleep and then started dreamfeeding also figured out that my daughter hated the quiet so we had to put a digital photo frame in her room that plays movies and music and now sleeps through somedays i get 8.30 pm till 9.00am :)

Sara - posted on 05/30/2010

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When my son was 9 months I had finally had enough of waking up in the middle of the night. I realized that he wasn't actually hungry, but just wanted to nurse to go back to sleep because he would nurse for a couple of min. and be out again. One weekend my husband and I moved out to the living room (we're in a 1 bedroom and share the room w/ our son), and forced him to figure things out on his own. When he woke up we let him cry for 10 min, went in, calmed him down by touching his back, but not picking him up or talking to him. After he calmed down a little we would leave the room and let him cry for another 10. If after doing this 3 times he wouldn't go back to sleep I would nurse him, which I actually never had to do. The first night, the first time he woke up I went in after 10, then before the second 10 was up he was asleep. The second time he woke up he cried for 5-7 min. and was asleep. After that we didn't have any problems w/ him waking up.

I hope this is helpful for you!!! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2010

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my daughter started sleeping through the night at 1 month old. she was waking up throughout the night and so hungry i finally started mixing cereal with her formula (i couldnt breastfeed). after starting that routine she would sleep all night long and be perfectly content. most doctors tell you not to do this but if you think that itll help and your baby seems to digest the cereal well then i say why not?

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2010

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Alas, there is no secret. It's something that will happen when your child is ready. And if you're stressing, it's likely that they are picking up on it. But if you are concerned, I would talk to your son's doctor.

Cheryl - posted on 05/30/2010

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I soooo feel your pain. My first son slept through the night after his first couple weeks home no problem but my youngest just would not get with the program. My mom helped me out by telling me to start a routine with him every night to get him in the mood to sleep. We would do a feeding and have a bath and I would sit and rock him to sleep to the sound of some soft music...after a couple of weeks he was good.

Kailey - posted on 05/30/2010

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My daughter is almost 10 months old and is still waking up every three hours as well. she has never liked or taken a bottle or pacifier, so ive had to stick it out. i would like to find a solution too, but im beginning to realize that every baby is different i guess.

Christina Marie - posted on 05/30/2010

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Lisbeth Roca,



I have a 15 week old I breastfeed and co-sleep. She wakes up every 1.5 - 2 hours still, and does not nap for me during the day. I am a very tired mom! lol ..I drink one large coffee a day. I am wondering could this be why?

Emma - posted on 05/30/2010

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I give my son a warm bath wiv johnsonns bed time bath wash. then a massage, warm pj's and a warm bath my son has also slept thry the night since since 1 month and is nor 5 months and still sleeps thru.

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