Won' sleep through night

User - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son will not sleep through the night. He wakes up usually twice a night. The first time ussually a pacifier will put him back to sleep, but the second time he wants a bottle. What can I do to get him to sleep through the night?

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Ashley - posted on 07/20/2009

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go to cloudb.com and get a sleep sheep. this thing saved my life. i give it to all my friends at their showers. my daughter slept through the night at 2 months and i'm convinced this helped. play it for him everytime he goes in the crib to sleep (even after he wakes in the night) my daughter liked the heart beat at first but now likes the ocean sounds. he will learn to associate it with sleep and soon you can go in and turn it on when he fusses and will soothe him back to sleep

Sharleen - posted on 06/30/2009

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Im still having issues with my daughter going to sleep!! This prob is no help but more of a "I understand" post. Its only been in the last few months shes gone down before 10pm at night. She hardly sleeps, more of a cat napper. When she was just a few weeks old she would be awake for 14hours straight. Im surprised im still sane. Nowadays she goes down around 8.30, but will still wake. Sometimes her dummy will soothe her back and othertimes its a trip to our bed to settle then put back again. We could never put her down awake as a baby because she would panic and vomit (also had bad reflux), so the past 17months have been hard. All we can hope is that it gets better. Good Luck!

Dawn - posted on 06/25/2009

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I completely agree with Nicole. My daughter started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old. When I went back to work she began waking up again to nurse. When she was about 7 months old she would wake up and just want to be held, not nurse. So we let her "cry it out". We would go in an reassure her every 5 minutes to start then gradually waited longer and longer before going in again. The first night it took 2.5 hours for her to go back to sleep. The second night it took 12 minutes and the third night it took 3. She has been sleeping through the night ever since. Now if she wakes up in the middle of the night I wait for a few minutes. 99% of the time she goes back to sleep on her own. If she does not it is because she does not have her pacifier and as soon as she gets it back she lays down and immediately goes to sleep. And she does not have ANY bad side effects. She has a very healthy seeping pattern. She is an extremely happy and very loving toddler.

Nicole - posted on 06/24/2009

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WOW, that was unnecessarily aggresive! I was just trying to share what worked for our son that has slept thru the night since 7 1/2 mo old. I am not suggesting let the baby sit there and scream their head off in the middle of the night but give them a min when they wake up and see if they are gonna fall back asleep. Everyone wakes up and stirs around in the middle of the night. That is normal. BTW We have an amazing doctor that has been very helpful to us and I dont think it is very nice to say that they are not well educated.

Sandra - posted on 06/24/2009

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Babies should never be left to cry themselves to sleep. http://geriatricmama.wordpress.com/ap-ci...



Any doctor that recommends this needs to go back to school. There are real damaging effects from allowing this to happen. It does NOT cause "bad habits" - I can assure you my 15, 11, and 4 year old do not need me to soothe them to sleep - but my 18 month old still does - and it's NORMAL AND NATURAL.

Nicole - posted on 06/24/2009

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I struggled with this with my son. I consulted my doctor about it and took her adivce. Maybe it will help you. She told me that if I felt confident that he had a big meal or bottle before bed that when he wakes up in the night to wait it out. Don't run into the room as soon as he stirs or whines. He has come to expect you to show up as soon as he makes noise and bring him a bottle or get him out of the bed. If he is not sick or anything like that, try waiting 5 min when he wakes up and see if he is still awake. And gradually go longer each waiting period. Withing 3 nights River was sleeping thru the night and had learned to self soothe himself right back to sleep. I'm not saying its easy to listen to them cry that first night that you try to do this but it is better for all of you in the long run. At this point it is a learned behavior on his part and not a necessity to have a bottle or cuddle in the middle of the night.

I hope that this was helpful to you!

Jade - posted on 06/21/2009

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hey im having the same prob with my daughter she starts waking up from 10.30pm and wont settle till 4.30am and in that space of time she can wake up 4-10 times have tried everything giving a second bottle put a heater in her room puting her to bed same time every nite keeping her up later so exhausting

Laurel - posted on 06/19/2009

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hi amanda, my son won't sleep through the night either so i know where you are comming from! i try to let him go back if he just stirrs but sometimes he will cry and want a cuddle to go back and drink. i try not to give him milk or any diluted juice just water and he's now getting used to not having milk now at night. it takes time and dn't worry

Sandra - posted on 06/17/2009

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It's perfectly normal! Babies (and they are still babies) aren't meant to STTN. They need parented, may need nursed/bottled, or just comforted to sleep. You can't force nature - when baby is biologically and physically ready, he will sleep through. For now, tend to his needs and he will grow up faster than you want, I assure you.

Jenny - posted on 05/20/2009

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We had the same problem with our son...also born in January 2008. We figured out that he needs to eat a TON of food before he goes to bed, so that way he doesn't wake up hungry in the middle of the night. Also, try giving her a warm bottle the first time she wakes up instead of the nookie...hope this helps!

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