8 month old sleeping HORRIBLY!

Leasha - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months old. Between the ages of 5-6 months, he would sleep decently. Once we put him down, he was out between 5-8 hours. But now he's back to how he was when he was a few months old; he wakes up at least once a night, it's usually 2, maybe 3 times. My fiance and i bring him a bottle and rock him while feeding him, which usually gets him to sleep. But lately he's just been gnawing on the bottle not even eating since he's teething, but he still wakes up. i've tried giving him infant's tylenol then a bottle and changing his diaper but he'll still wake up a few hours later. i've tried feeding him lots before bed so he'll be full but he still wakes up. Sometimes he really eats and others he just chews on the nipple. We've tried baths before bed to soothe him but he loves bathtime and it just riles him up more. Is it possible that he's still hungry every time he wakes up? When we put him down for bed he usually cries it out for a few because he fights his sleep. Does he need to cry it out in the middle of the night too? He'll take the bottle whether he's hungry or not so idk. i just want uninterrupted sleep!

We put him down at 9 every night. We have a nightlight in his room as well as a CD of lullabies played on the harp on repeat. The cd helped him sleep a little longer at first and he needs background noise to sleep good, but is there something else that'll make him sleep better?

Also, no matter how many times he wakes up at night and no matter what time he goes to sleep he ALWAYS wakes up for good at 7 am. Is this normal?

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Sarah - posted on 09/13/2010

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Sounds familiar. You know how I fixed it? I stopped night feeds altogether. I was still feeding my little one once a night up until about 2 weeks ago (she's 9 months), but she was waking more during the night and I didn't know why - she eats enough during the day, so I figured she was waking for feeds out of Habit, not Hunger. And because I was still giving her a night feed, I think she started waking up more during the night because she wanted Mummy to feed her, not because she was hungry.

Then I recently learnt that intermittent response to a behaviour actually reinforces the behaviour more than responding all the time or none of the time (ie. I only fed her at 3/4am, but she has no concept of time - all she knows is that Mummy sometimes feeds her and sometimes doesn't, and doesn't understand why Mummy doesn't feed her EVERY time she wakes up... if that makes sense)...

So with that in mind, I decided to stop the night feeds altogether. And you know what? After one night - yes, ONE night - she was sleeping right through, whereas previously she'd been waking up 2-3 times a night. I was amazed, especially seeing as it's been two weeks now and she's still sleeping right through!

I also just have to mention that previously to that, we used a controlled crying method with her to encourage her to resettle at night, which worked really well. Good luck!

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Lucy - posted on 09/12/2010

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Sounds like my son too. We started the cry it out method two weeks ago and it has helped him sleep longer during the nights. He sometimes still wakes up for a bottle but then I don't rock him to sleep. I put him back in his crib and he cries of course but usually falls asleep in 5 minutes or less. He also wakes up at 7:00 no matter what kind of night he's had.

Sara - posted on 09/12/2010

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It just sounds like he's teething and this is quite normal. All us mums with 7 to whenever month old (mine is nearly 9 months old) are going through it. the pain of teething - hence the knawing on the bottle wakes the mites up. There is nothing really you can do but keep getting up with him. It doesn't last forever and once his teeth are through he will start sleeping again, but prepared it can last some babies till they are 2 years old before they start sleeping through the night and others are 3. I've been up as many 7 times during the night with mine and her teeth. My friends have a 2 year old and they are still up during the night with her. keep going it will get better and there will be breaks once teeth are through and others haven't started yet. No amount of over feeding at night will help it might infact make things worse as he will feel uncomfortable and too full. As for 7am awake this is perfectly normal. He sounds like a very normal healthy 8 month old guy.

Ashley - posted on 09/11/2010

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sounds like my little guy! He just slept the whole night for the first time last night and will be 9mos on the 22nd of Sept. I finally started letting him cry it out and he is starting to put himself to sleep now. He did wake up last night but I just let him babble himself back to sleep. Try and wait a little while when he gets up at night and see if he puts himself back to sleep. I know how much it stinks to not have good sleep

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