How do I get my 7.5 mo old daughter to sleep through the night?

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My baby girl is 7.5 months old and is still not sleeping through the night... not even close :( She goes to bed (usually being nursed to sleep) around 8:30, then wakes up at 11 or 11:30, then so many times through the night I can't keep count... I end up having her co-sleep with my husband and I just so I can get some sleep, since she will sleep if she is in bed with us. I'm just wondering how other people get their babies to sleep through the night since I know most babies her age are sleeping at least 6 hours at night. She does sleep in our room in a pack'n'play/bassinet when I can get her to. She is small (about 14 pounds, which her ped. says is fine since my husband and I are small) so I feel bad not feeding her when she wakes up... Do I just need to suck it up and let her cry or is there an easier way of getting her to sleep. We still breast feed and do not supplement with formula and will not give her formula to make her sleep through the night. She is eating solids about two to three times a day along with BF. I just need some suggestions :S

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Lisa - posted on 02/14/2011

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I just recently stopped feeding at night, and it only took 2 days then she seemed to realise not to bother making noise in the night bc she wasnt getting the 'comfort.' She now goes to bed at 7pm then wakes about 5am for a feed before going back to sleep until 7. I think it would be hard having her in the same room though.

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I don't know many babies that sleep in long stretches at that age. As Lynn said, all babies are different. My daughter started sleeping pretty well around 2 months. I thought, "that was so easy!" Wrong! When she started rolling over that was the end of sleeping through the night until about 20 months. My suggestion would be to cosleep the whole night. I wish so badly that I could cosleep, but due to medical issues that my husband has we didn't feel comfortable doing it. Around 16 months I told him I had to get some sleep. So on the really rough nights I slept in the guest room with my daughter. Remeber that all kinds of things can interrupt sleep (teething, illness, developmental milestones,etc) and sleep patterns will change frequently. Also, many breastfed babies will get 25% of their nutrition at night. I know it's hard, but you're definitely not alone.

Lynn - posted on 02/14/2011

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Remember every child is different. My daughter was a lot like yours. She took longer to sleep through the night and on her own. I tried a few times but she was not ready to start the process till 18 months. However, now at 2 she is sleeping alone through the night. Took longer than some but not forever by any means.
The Dr. Sears website has good info about night parenting and strategies to help everyone in your family get the best sleep possible at the point you are now. that is the most important thing, right?

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