How do I get my baby to sleep totally through the night?

Emily - posted on 10/27/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello ladies! I have an 8 month old and we still get up once a night for a bottle. She has about 24oz in a day plus breakfast(some fruit) and dinner (veggies mixed with cereal to help her sleep longer). For dinner, about an hour before we put her to bed at 6pm, I give her cereal mixed with veggies to help her sleep longer and an 8 oz. bottle. Sometimes that works to help her sleep through the night and sometimes it doesn't. When she gets up and I cave and give her a 6oz. bottle she downs the whole thing.I just feel so guilty weening her off of her last feeding but I know it would do wonders for me.I'm sure you can all relate that by the end of the day, I'm exhausted. I am the main care taker of our baby since my hubby is in the military. I didn't feel as guilty when we weened her down for 2 bottles to 1 with permission of my doctor at 6 months old because I knew she would still have a feeding in the night. Oh, and she sleeps from 7pm to 5am. My little morning sunshine! Haha! Any suggestions on what I can do would be greatly appreciated.

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I'd recommend giving her 3 meals per day, and gradually decrease the amount of milk you offer at the night feed as at this age she doesn't need it, it will be more of a habit. She will eventually realise there's no point in wakling for a couple of ounces and won't wake.

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Natasha - posted on 11/01/2010

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I got my children to sleep through the night by giving them WATER in their bottle when they wake up during the early hours, after a couple of nights they didnt find it worth waking up for....however I would always make sure there last feed was very good and filling.

Melly - posted on 10/28/2010

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Ok, I wasnt sure if you meant she was sleeping a solid ten hours and only waking at 5 am. I was going to suggest putting her to bed a little later than 7 if that was the case, but seeing as she is waking inbetween at 2am, I'd do like Jennifer has suggested. Liam sleeps 13 hours solid from 7.45pm - 8.45am, he has 2 x 8 ounce bottles and 2 x 7 ounce bottles, plus three meals a day, so you may need to increase her food.

Emily - posted on 10/27/2010

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Melanie- She's sleeping 10 hours a night (7pm to 5am) which is great but she will wake up around 2am for a feeding of 6 oz. And I've read so many things that say at this age it's just out of habit. So, I was wondering when would be a good time to wean her off of that last bottle and how to go about it.

Melly - posted on 10/27/2010

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Sorry i'm a little confused, is she sleeping 10 hours a night and you want her to sleep longer? When is she waking up for the night time bottle that you want to stop?

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Babies are physiologically made to sleep in REM throughout the night in order for brain reparation. All day long they are bombarded with a million new sensations, pictures, words, motions, sounds, movements, etc etc etc etc. During naps they are so PHYSICALLY exhausted so they sleep in DEEP sleep. At night though, their brain puts their body in REM or light sleep. That is the only sleep in which their brains can repair, sort out new information and build new cells. Any noise, even their own breathing, can wake them from this. It's unfortunate but it is how they develop!

Also, babies are more comfortable with mom and or dad because during the day you give them comfort and reassurance. At night, alone in their crib, they don't get that which is why it is so difficult for them to get back to sleep after the inevitable waking. My husband and our son share a bed at night, it's their time to bond, snuggle etc as I am home all day with him. This way, I get a good nights sleep and daddy and baby spend much needed time together (even if they're just sleeping!).

Remember, it won't last forever and you're DEFINITELY not alone!

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