Trying to ween 6 month old off of night feedings

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/12/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My baby girl has been nearly EBF since birth (I live in BC where some of our main roads and highways are carved from the mountains and there aren't always places to pull off and nurse. Plus I went back to work for a few weeks before moving) I started her on some solids last month right before she turned 5 months and she's hardly ever been a long sleeper.

My husband and I have been lucky a few times where she's slept until 4am, 5am or even 6am after going to bed at 9 or 10 (once in a while 8) but usually she wakes up and wants to eat and go back to sleep. So I'm thinking if I can get her off the night feedings she may sleep longer.

The sporadic sleeping is hard on both of us since we also have a 7 year old girl who we need to get up for school and walk to school plus my DH is also in school and it takes him an hour to actually fall asleep.

I'd love some help and support with this. I know some babies don't sleep at all, but I'd like to have one that does. She won't even nap during the day!

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My experience is somewhat similar to Celeste.... but opposite. My twins slept 12 hour nights at 6 months, but only for a month. Then they were up once or twice a night til 14ish months.

My son almost never slept longer than 4 hours til around a year and a half and only slept through the night (10-11 hour night) maybe half a dozen random times until he was 2.

Not napping at 6 months is pretty crappy though (for BOTH of you). I will say though that my non sleeping son never napped for longer than 45 minutes at a time (and frequently only about 20 minutes) until he was down to one nap a day. The first time he napped for an hour and a half I must've checked on him 20 times cuz I thought something might be wrong!!

Hang in there! I hope your baby starts sleeping better for you soon! :)

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/14/2011

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I was spoiled with my first daughter too. She started sleeping through the night at 4 months and still does! This baby won't even take a nap right now.

Celeste - posted on 09/14/2011

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You're definitely not alone!! My twins didn't sleep through the night til about 2. I was spoiled with my first daughter, as she slept through at around 3 months! So, I'm thinking they'd do the same. Uhh..no LOL

9:30am to 3:30am is awesome!!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/14/2011

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I'm just glad to know I'm not alone. I keep hearing about all these moms with babies who sleep through the night and I want to have a baby like that. But she won't. She slept from about 9:30 to 3:30 last night and my breasts were hard because they're so used to the feedings for every 3 hours.

Mary - posted on 09/14/2011

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I wish I knew... I have an 8.5 month old baby girl who wakes 2-3 times a night wanting to nurse. I think it's often comfort nursing rather than hunger. She usually goes back to sleep very quickly once the breast is in her mouth. I don't sleep much. Cosleeping helps because we can both just go back to sleep quickly once I get her on the breast. Still, I'm waiting for her to sleep longer stretches. I know some folks swear by the cry it out method, but I don't have the heart to leave her screaming by herself in a crib. My older daughter started sleeping through the night at about a year old on her own. I'm hoping the same will happen w/ my baby.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/13/2011

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Sara, my hubby and I put her in her crib first at night. But she's been co sleeping with me pretty much since she was born (my dh and I lived on opposite coasts for a while) And it's been that way for ever.

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Sorry, I know it's tough, but this is normal. She's still young and needs to nurse at night. My daughter didn't sleep through until 18 months. I cosleep with my second who is actually a very good sleeper and only wakes 1-2 times at night (she's 2 months). Sleeping with her makes it much easier to handle growth spurts and other times where she needs to nurse more at night. I wish I had slept with my first. If you're not comfortable with that then just know that this will pass.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/13/2011

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I know the solids are a myth. My husband (who I can thank for her sleep pattern) and I have been trying to get her on a schedule including a bath and meals. She nursed for 45 minutes last night and still woke up 30 minutes after we put her down.

Amy - posted on 09/13/2011

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Unfortunately you have one that doesn't. At 6 months old she still has a little stomach. If she goes to sleep at 9 and sleeps till 4 that's a 7 hour stretch you're pretty lucky to get that. Solids aren't going to keep her asleep longer that's just a myth. Not everyone is considered a good sleeper my oldest is horrible he's 5 and still gets up in the middle of the night, it sounds like your daughters sleeping patterns are similar to your husbands.

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