My 7 month old baby boy wakes up crying and hungry (he's breastfed) at 2:15am every night. I try letting him try to soothe himself back to sleep for about 15 minutes, but his crying just escalates. I'd really like to get him out of this routine so that he sleeps through the night (a bit selfishly since I do go to school full-time)?

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Jennifer - posted on 12/28/2011

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Hate to say it, but most babies don't really sleep through the night for at least the first year. If he is really hungry at night then feed him -- cosleeping might help make that easier. It might help to make sure he's getting plenty of breast milk and food during the day, and to actually proactively breastfeed him in his sleep before he wakes hungry, perhaps right at your bed time.

Amy - posted on 12/28/2011

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You can try a dreamfeed before you go to bed to see if you can eliminate that feed. I breastfeed my now 21 month old daughter and I found that trying to let her self settle when she was younger only caused us both to lose more sleep because she would just continue to fuss till I fed her. That had more of an impact on my sleep then if I just got up offered the 10 minute feed and went back to sleep. I know it can be tiring I work full-time but if your baby is hungry it's easier to just do the feed. Also at about 8 months my daughter was waking 4-5 times a night because of teething pain, talk about long days at work!

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Jessica - posted on 12/28/2011

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My 8 month old wakes about 3 times in her night, once or twice after I go to bed. If you know he's hungry, it's probably in your best interest to feed him...especially if it'll put him back to sleep. I know that works easily for my daughter. BFing helps her fall back asleep the quickest. It helps me get back to bed quickest too. I know it's extra hard when you're working of schooling to be up in the night, but night waking is normal, and hopefully he'll grow past the waking stage soon! :)

Lori - posted on 12/28/2011

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My 13 month old still wakes up at night to feed. It's pretty normal for babies to continue waking at night through the first year, and even into the 2nd year.

However, since he's 7 months old has he started any solids yet? If he has, you could try offering a sip of water and rocking him back to sleep instead of nursing. It might work, then again it might not. Also if you go to bed later than he does, you could "dream feed" before you go to bed then maybe he won't wake again at 2:15. What you do is just before you go to bed, you go get the baby and only wake him enough so that he nurses. Then put him back down when he's done and you go to bed. You might find that's enough to get him through the rest of the night.

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