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Isaura - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Hi my 5 month baby still wakes up 3 times at night to feed i feed him formula , does anyone out there have the same problem ? I just want to know when is he gong to start sleeping all night?

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Alia - posted on 02/12/2010

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lots of kids don't until a year. they have their own little rhythm, in my experience its better to respect their little rhythm rather than force change, which can often create more frustration for you and baby. thanks!

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Catriona - posted on 02/17/2010

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yes i had the same problem so as my 1st child i hadnt got a clue so i asked my mother and she said use a little bit of baby rice in the bottle, or even some boiled cooled water.. so i tried it and he doesnt wake up anymore. it might sound stupid but u should giive it a go

Anna - posted on 02/16/2010

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My sister was sleeping through the night by 4 months. My poor mother put up with my nighttime feedings until I was almost 9 months old. Your kid will set his own pace. And a note on using food to keep them full: everything I've read, and having discussed it with my pediatrician, indicates that this really doesn't work well at all. I've tried Enfamil RestFull with my son, which supposedly thickens in their tummies to keep them full for a longer period of time, and he still wakes up twice a night to eat.

Nancy - posted on 02/16/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter....try giving him a warm bath before going to sleep and put some cereal in his bottle.

Priscilla - posted on 02/16/2010

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have you tried add alittle rice cereal to his milk? maybe the formula is not enough. he might need something heavier.

Lisa - posted on 02/15/2010

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my daughter is 7 months and stll does not sleep through. and my nephew of a year and a half has only just started to sleep though.

I did think id cracked it when she did two nights straight through but then the teething kicked in and im up sveral times a night. I spose it when the baby is ready

Julie - posted on 02/15/2010

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That doesn't sound like a problem. Babies still eat quite a bit at that age and he's right around that age where he could be going through a growth spurt. And I just have to say HAHAHA on sleeping through the night! My son started sleeping through the night at 11 weeks, lasted a couple weeks, then not again till around 5 mths. Then not again till around 8, etc. His teething really effects his sleep. He is currently sleeping through the night at 10.5 mths, but I know it won't last too much longer as he's due for some more teeth again.

If you baby is teething he could be using the bottle as a way to comfort himself, not so much as a feeding.

Allison - posted on 02/15/2010

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My little girl slept through the night in her own crib without waking for a bottle around 8 months..... just depends on how long of a stretch you want them to sleep for.. If you can start getting him on a new schedule that you test to see how much you can make him eat right before you go to bed. The more his tummy is full the less you you will be getting up to feed him. Give that a try and hope you can get your sleep : )

April - posted on 02/15/2010

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Try putting just a small bit of rice cereal in his bottles, if you don't already. It'll make it just a bit more filling and heavier on his tummy so he might sleep better for you. It may be habit, that's true, but it also may be that his body is processing the formula pretty fast and he really is getting hungry.

Kristal - posted on 02/14/2010

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Wow. You have alot of great advice on this one. Are you putting him down a bit early? For me, at that age, it was 3 naps per day and then up from 6-10pm. During that time, bath and feeding took place with cereal in the last bottle. Good burping and then to bed. We played soothing music in their rooms and keep them pretty dark. They all three slept thru the night quite early but of course, noone knows why. Best of luck to you. Don't give up, you'll figure it out! Hang in there- the first night it happens, you'll be scared something went wrong..then you'll be rejoicing!!!!

Sarah - posted on 02/13/2010

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All kids are different none are the same so its up to your baby, my eldest son was like that kept waking up over night a few times and i got sick of it so instead of giving him his formula i gave him water and he got sick of it quick and stopped waking up, where as my youngest has slept all night since the day he was born

Billie - posted on 02/13/2010

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From the age of about 3months (probably a little bit older) I fed my daughter her last bottle at night with a small amount of farex in it, although it is not recommended by doctors and midwives, but it helped her stay full for longer which meant slept longer :-)

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter slept through 12 hours from 10 weeks, then woke for a feed again at 12 weeks, so we changed her milk to hungry milk, and she was sleeping through again. Another suggestion is to feed more in the day, my daughter normally feeds every 3 hours.

Alex - posted on 02/13/2010

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That is actually very normal. Babies usually will stop eating between 9 months and a year. My little boy didn't sleep through the night till he was 13 months and is now a great sleeper. They are growing sooo much when they're that little they need the feeding. Be patient, they grow up so fast enjoy this time don't worry he'll sleep through the night just not ready yet!

Dana - posted on 02/12/2010

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My 2 year old just started sleeping through the night about 8 weeks ago. All kids are different. As sleep deprived as moms get...enjoy the cuddle time while you can. Even if it's at 3:00 AM....Good Luck! It gets better!

CJ - posted on 02/12/2010

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My daughter didn't start sleeping through the night without wanting bottles until her main food source was solids. You can probably cut one out, sometimes it's more habit than hunger. Try giving a bottle with water instead of formula. With my daughter, if she wasn't really hungry, she'd just take a few sips of the water, then pull away and go back to sleep, if she was actually hungry, she'd start guzzling it down just like she does the formula (so I'd switch to the formula bottle when that'd happen). After a few night of this, she quit waing for the feeding that she wasn't being fed at. (I did this with her when she was still on 2 bottles a night, while the doctor said she shouldn't need more than one anymore, and again to wean her off that last nighttime bottle)

Sarah - posted on 02/11/2010

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Try a little rice cereal in the bedtime bottle. It keeps them full a little longer. You also might want to see if baby can get back to sleep on their own, that way you'll know if they are waking out of habit, or actually hungry. Hope this helps :)

Michelle - posted on 02/11/2010

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SINCE I GAVE BIRTH TO MY SON HE ONLY WAKES UP AT 6AM AND WAKES UP AGAIN AT 10AM AND THEN STAYS UP FOR THE REST OF THE MORNING

Laura - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son was sleeping through the night at 3 months old. The reason was because I put him on a tight schedule. He would get a bottle every 2 to 3 hrs no matter if he cried for one or not so by the time he would go to bed his belly would be really full and he would sleep through the night. But you got to stay strict with a schedule and not just give them a bottle every time they cry

Lisa - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter is almost 1 and she still wakes up once at night to eat. Some say she doesn't need to eat cuase she is not hungry, but You should see how fast she drinks that bottle when she wakes up. she is hungry. She was up every 2 hours eating until she was 7 months old.

Trina - posted on 02/10/2010

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There is not really a magic age when it happens.I think you are a great mother for taking care of your little one at night. Mine didn't sleep through the night until over a year. I miss those late night snuggles, and sometimes I wish I could rewind the clock or reverse time. hugs.

Chancey - posted on 02/10/2010

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It depends on the baby. Every kiddo is different. ♥



My first was sleeping 8hrs at night by 8wks old(yes I know I was spoiled lol). Her little tummy didnt need that much food. On the other hand my youngest was still waking twice a night at 10months. She just needed more food more often. Eating solids wont help, only time. Once babys system is mature enough to go longer stretches at night then(and only then) will he start sleeping longer periods. Hang in there mama *hugs*

Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2010

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It may be habit now rather than necessity. Is he on solids now? My 6 month old was waking up every 3 hours but once she started eating cereal at 3.5 months, she started only waking up once a night. Now that I've got her on a better routine, she's sleeping through no problem.



However, all babies are different and different things may work for you. My friend's 4.5 month old son still wakes up every 2 hours as well. Good luck. :)

Letisha - posted on 02/03/2010

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well my son used to wake up every two hours and it was horrible he did not go to sleep all night until he was one he did not like to sleep but im getting all the rest i can get now.

Abbie - posted on 02/03/2010

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my son didnt start sleeping all night in his own bed untill he was about 3. he used to wake for a bottle a night untill he was about 1. all kids are different, it is up to them realy

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