My son is almost 7 months old and still waking up a couple times a night. Is this normal?

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We tried to ignore it, but he'll go on for hours. Does anyone have any tips to nip this in the bud?


Mari - posted on 09/04/2009




my 7 month old is also still waking up a few times at night. tried to not give him bottle but that made him wake up more, so now if he wakes up I give him a bottle and he only wakes up twice a night instead of every 15 min to 2 hours.

don't have advise on how to make you bub sleep through, but sometimes you just want to know that you AREN'T THE ONLY ONE. trust your instinct and dont' always listen to the profesionals.

good luck

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2009




It's very normal. My son is breastfed and wakes up every 3hours and he eats solids just before bedtime. My first son was formula fed and he slept for longer intervals but woke up twice a night until he was about 1yr and he got to the point where he woke up only once a night. And around 16mo he started sleeping through the night.


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Amanda - posted on 09/15/2009




I started my son on a bed time routine around the first part of August and now I notice that if I deviate from that schedual at all he will not sleep as well, sometimes even waking up as soon as I lay him down in his bed, so if you have a routine going make sure you stick to it like glue. The bad news is that sometimes he still wakes up in the middle of the night [I was up at 345 this morning :P] even when I do follow the routine- by this age with my first two I had already introduced a "lovey" for lack of a better term, just a small stuffed animal that I held with them as I was rocking them to sleep at night, pretty soon they started to associate that animal with comfort and sleep, my almost 7 yr old still sleeps with his and swears it has magical powers that help him get to sleep lol! I am planning on going out this weekend to pick out a lovey for my baby.

Holly - posted on 09/12/2009




I heard its normal I was told to leave my son at grandma and grandpa house for a few days and thats the perfect cure. But My parent spoil my son to much it would just make it worse. So just wait it out time will tell. get sleep when you can. He a baby never take his naps away he can help if he tired or not tired you can only just lead him down the right path.

Erin - posted on 09/12/2009




my almost-7-month-old is breastfed and eating solids, but she still wakes up about every 2 hours at night and will only go back to sleep after nursing. We aren't ready to let her cry it out, but that seems to be the most popular method out there. She's not hungry at night, but she associates falling asleep with nursing, so when she wakes up at night, the only way she can fall back asleep is to nurse. I'm just dealing with it for right now because making her cry at night is a battle I just don't want to fight right now! Easier to just nurse for a few minutes and drift peacefully back to sleep:)

Aleks - posted on 09/08/2009




My 6 and a half month old girl has only may be slept through once!!!!!!!

I breastfeed, and she wakes up to feed. She wakes between 11:30pm and 1am for one of the feeds, and again between 3:30am and 5:45am. She recently went through teething and was beset by colds, so she woke MORE frequently, like 3 or 4 timesf per night.

Breastfed babies may still need to wake up for feeds, some don't but many will. Also, babies go through growth spurts that will make them more unsettled and requiring extra feeds.

Even bottlefed babies will wake at night, for one reason or another... teething, cold, developmental milestone ( some babies are more wakeful just before a new skill is learned). My son, for example, used to wake at night frequently because he was craving more of my company. For some reason what I gave him during the day was not enough. As soon as I was able to put more time into him he slept so much better!

Just remember, babies are people too. There is no one magical formula that works all of the time for everybody. Neither are babies robots, where you pull one lever or press one button and Presto! Approach babies as you would your equal - ie, with kindness, compassion, feeling and love...

Anna - posted on 09/07/2009




all babies are different. my baby is 7 months and is breastfed and sleeps with me. so he is waking up 2 to 3 times a night still. i have tried the bottle of water and the crying it out a few nights but given up before it started to work. i know he is able to sleep through the night because he has before when he was only a couple months old. i guess the reason i let him still nurse during the night is because i dont mind it and because its just me and him in the bed.. i plan on weaning him one day but im just not ready yet cuz its so much easier to just nurse him back to sleep.

Tawanna - posted on 09/06/2009




my son is 7 months and he sleeps thru the night. the only thing i do is usually put a little extra cereal in his last bottle. he is usually sleep by 830 every night. i think you should try to put him down for bed the same time every night and get him on a schedule and he will get use to it. i am so thankful that my son sleeps thru the night, he usually doesnt wake up until 7am or until i wake him up to start our mornings...but my best advice is try to get him on a schedule even if he may not seem ready to go. GOOD LUCK

Stephanie - posted on 09/05/2009




Well as we can see every mom and every baby is different! My kids go down really easy (thank goodness) so I know they know how to self-soothe. However (oh, btw I have twins) they still get up at least once a night. My daughter has slept through the night twice, but my son? Never. Still getting up with him. We've tried the crying it out, cereal in the bottle, stuff them before bed time, but they just wake up and I figure these are the only kids I'm going to have so we get up and feed them and put them back down. Hopefully I won't be doing this for another year!

Gloria - posted on 09/04/2009




My daughter Emma has been sleeping through the night since she was 4 mos old. This is something my mom did for us when we were babies and I did it with all 3 of my girls. The last bottle before bed I make 6oz of formula, 1 tlbsp cereal, and 1 baby food(friut). She drinks that @ 7:30-8:00 in the evening and sleeps until about 7:30-8:00 the next day. I cut the nipple a little because it's like a baby smoothie. Good Luck!

Cari - posted on 09/04/2009




If your son is teething, it is normal for him to wake up in the middle of the night. My daughter is teething and she wakes up sometimes at 4am. She is usually wet. I put her back to bed, put a blanket over her, put on the radio ( classical music) instrumentals and she sleeps through the night.

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I was told my the doctor that I shouldn't feed mine in the middle of the night either, but he seemed so hungry ... nibbling on my shoulder that I couldn't just let him cry. He has started to wake up again at about 3 am. I try to change him and help him soothe himself, but when it wasn't working I was giving in. Now, I'm starting to make sure he is really full before he goes to bed. He is a lazy eater, always has been. After eating/nursing at night he falls asleep soon even though he is not done yet. I think that's why he kept waking up. I was just feeding him his 4 tbsp of cereal and however much milk he wanted and usually went down by 8pm. 2 days ago I started to also add 1/2 a jar of baby food and a piece of fruit for dinner. There is a holder device with the net where you can put banana or melon or anything and they'll just eat it w/o chocking or having to chew it yet (he loves it). Yesterday he did not wake up until 7am and today at 6am. I'm happy and I hope it continues.

Michelle - posted on 09/03/2009




That's actually not unusual. Around 6 months of age they start to dream for the first time and they're usually in some stage of teething. So they may actually be waking up when they weren't before (like my daughter is going through right now). Things you can do to encourage them to sleep are to let them cry a bit and put themselves back to sleep, not feed them when they get up. It can be a long process though.

Stacey - posted on 09/03/2009




At my six month check up I mentioned to the doctor that my daughter was not sleeping through the night. She said that there was no nutritional reason that she needs to eat during the night. She asked me if there are just times I wake up in the middle of the night, roll over and go back to bad. I said yes, of course. She said that is what she is doing but she hasn't learned how to put herself back to sleep yet. Self-soothing is very important for her to learn according to the doctor. So, that night, I didn't get up to feed her. I let her cry for 5 minutes then went in to make sure she was still covered. (Also, check the temp of the room. Is it too cold, too warm?) Then I would leave again for another 5 minutes. She never stayed awake longer than 15 minutes. It only took a few days before she was no longer waking up and crying in the middle of the night. I hear her make a few noises but she goes right back to sleep now. Another thing, is the room dark? My daughter needs a very dark room. As soon as light starts coming through the window she thinks it daytime.

Debbie-shea - posted on 09/03/2009




My daughter (born the 13th) still wakes at least once, usually twice during the 12 hr stretch she's in bed. I dont mind feeding her, I feel like its helping me keep my milk up.

Stephanie - posted on 09/03/2009




em this really works WATER the hate it so the wont wake up for it. babys are so clever, the test us all the time. my son use to wake up at 4-5am every night and when he turned six weeks i gave him cooled boiled water, he hated it and cried for hours, he trew a tantrum but i didnt give in, the next night he woke again and i did the same he only cried for 15mins and the next night he slept all the way trew, he's now 6months old and goes down at 7.30pm and wkes at 6.30-7-30pm never wakes up. u have to be prepared not to give in to the cries, its worth it in the end. good luck

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