What can i do to get my baby to sleep a full night?

Alejandra - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My one year old still does not sleep a full night. She wakes up at least 3 times a night. I don't know what to do to get her to sleep without waking up. any suggestions??

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Andria - posted on 02/25/2010

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I am going thru the same thing so I dont have any suggestions but all I can say is it can't last 4ever!!! Atleast I hope not. :) Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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I was having the same problem with my daughter, she had acid reflux so she never slept, and once she out grew that she was just used to being up all of the time. Now its the issue of teething that keeps her up at night, so that may be some of the problem. I give her some cheerios to snack on before bed and I found these tablets that seem to do wonders for her teeth, called Teething Tablets (found them at Target), and just give her two before bed time. She sleeps from 7 to 7 every night, she will roll over and whine a little in her sleep sometimes, but she has been doing this for about two months now. I have a new born as well, so the sleep issue with Hayden had to be fixed before her sister came. Not sure if this will help, but I hope you find sleep soon :)

Crystal - posted on 02/24/2010

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i say cut a min out of her nap time and see if that work .because what i do with my 13 month old is we keep her up more now and we let her bother and sister's play her out.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2010

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yea i giv my daughter a bath either before bed or in the morning and i have noticed if i giv her a bath before bed get her pjs on let her play for half hour an she sleeps alot longer it is ment to relaxs them,

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My little girl also doesnt sleep the whole night, but someone said I wash her before bed time coz water soothes her and she feels fresh, but i havent done yet so you should try it.

Mwila - posted on 02/16/2010

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G Sorry i have no suggestions as my 13 months son sleeps the whole night.. hope other moms will help you.

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2010

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my daughter is 13 month old she sometimes wakes in the night but its mostly because she wants her juice, but if she stil crys then ill check her nappie an give her the bottle with her milk in an she falls back sleep til morning but i wont put her to bed til 9pm because if she goes any earlier she wont sleep an just crys,.

TINA - posted on 02/16/2010

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i have a one year old as well who hasn't slept since 3 months old.a friend suggested i take her to osteopathic cranial therapy,i now have a different child,she had slight migraines and her skull was very tight and sore to touch,i now have 3 sessions done with her and her appietite has greatly improved as well as sleeping a full night with only waking once only..Theething is not helping as she has none yet,but in fab form all the same.we went through 4 mths of no sleep to now sleeping nearly a full nite.maybe somrthing to consider if all else fails.

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We had the same problem. Our doctor said that we seemed like we were doing everything that we could but were missing the "light connection". He said that Caden (our 13 month old) needed to wait to get out of bed until it was visibly light outside, because otherwise he didnt know the difference between night waking and morning waking. We started putting him to bed at 7 pm (his normal bedtime) and then if he cried we would go in pat him the first time and tell him to go back to sleep it was ok. The second and third time (10 minutes apart if he was still crying) we would go to the door and tell him to go back to sleep it was still night time. After the 3rd time we dont go in until 7:30 AM or after that if we dont hear him up till later (when it is noticeably light outside) and make a big deal about opening the shutters and saying "Good morning!! its morning! time to get up!" So far it's working and he's been consistently sleeping through the night for about a month! I feel like a new woman :) Hope this helps...

Lesia - posted on 02/15/2010

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What do you do when she wakes up? If your getting her, stimulating her?? I started by waking G b4 i went to bed with a bottle,change bum and straight back to bed i wouldnt stimulate her toomuch after a few nights of this i left her and she slet through. G has slept thru since she was 3months old and the occsional time she is up, tooth etc i just stat back with the bottle thing for a few nights then leave her has worked for me but all babies diff and so are parents. good luck

Julie-Ann - posted on 02/15/2010

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I always try to figure out why she's get up in the middle of the nigth whether the baby is teething or maybe sick. Even if the baby might need some reasurance of where she/he is at or had a bad dream. Nevertheless I always warm up homo milk for her bedtime and she always seems calm after that. Then brush the teeth and off to bed. Hope your babies and a goodnights rest.

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son is 1 and around 7 months I read "The Baby Whisperer" because I wanted to get some rest bc he kept waking up. I would nurse him in the middle of the night, so he expected it when he woke up. I finally had to just stop the middle of the night feedings, bc by 6 months they do not need to eat during the night. In the book, they suggested the "cry it out" method, which I was sceptical of at first, but once I did it--he has been sleeping through the night!!! The first night was the hardest, but he only cried for about 10-15 mins and he was sleep. Then if he would wake up during the night, I wouldn't go in his room, and he would eventually go back to sleep on his own. Now he's in bed by 7pm and takes 2 2-hour naps a day and I actually have time with the hubby at night! Hope this helps! :)

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Ladies, my son is 13mos old....and we have had sleep issues since he was old enough to call them "sleep issues"! I found the answer though, I went through a sleep medicine center at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. (you can google it for the phone number). I lived out of town so I paid $125 for a phone consultation. You answer questions and you get a 90min call with the RN/sleep specialist Mrs. Birkenmeier. This was the best money we ever spent. She gives you specific instruction depending on the age/situation of your child. Jacob was 8mos old when we did it and it worked pretty good - but he was also experiencing night terrors so it wasn't perfect. Recently he has grown out of the night terrors so we started the sleep training again 5 nights ago, last night he slept from 7pm-5:20am and he's taken a 1.5-2hr nap 4 days in a row! He used to take 20-30min naps unless I held him. You do have to let him cry during sleep training but you're allowed to go in there every 3min to comfort him. It was hard, but if you have a child that doesn't sleep it's worth it. Some mom's are lucky and they never have to deal with this, but letting Jacob cry a little was totally worth it because he's a different kid when he sleeps all night, wakes up HAPPY!!! I'd be happy to give you details on exactly what we had to do, my email is sing3216 @ gmail . com Good luck!

Pauline - posted on 02/15/2010

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The secret is not to nurse him when he wakes up. Try rocking him back to sleep each tine he wakes up. He will cry for about a week but will get used and stop crying...this will be very hard for you to let your child cry and not nurse him but it will be worth it.
Pauline Matiko

Courtney - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi there, I have two children, a Girl and a Boy, born 15 months apart. Estelle slept through the night from 6 weeks old, and Angus 9 weeks old.. so last breast feed was at 10pm and then sleep through till 6:30 7am... now at 1 year old and 2 years old they sleep from 7:30pm to 7:00am every night. only up once in a while if they are sick or one has a tooth comming in..
The same routine every night Dinner, Bath, Bottle, Bed. and talking throughout the bed time saying things like ok honey sleep time now, time for sleeping, have a good sleep, mummy loves you, good night. and if any fuss arises, I am firm with my voice, matter of fact, ok baby, its sleep time time to sleep, i dont pick him or her up, i dont make eye contact but i am talking all the time about the sleep time. They get it, they know there is no other option, its sleep time!
I guess this has worked for me. Being firm and NEVER giving in (unless they are sick of course) is very hard for some mums.... (and dads)

Tiffany - posted on 02/14/2010

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I also have this problem. My daughter is almost 13 months. She wakes up about 2 to 3 times a night. I normally get her to sleep by feeding her a bottle. Then I will put her in her crib. She will sleep for a couple of hours and then she wakes up. I just get her and bring her into my bed. But I really want to get out of this routine!!!!!!!!! She still has a few bottles at night. What to do?

Tiffany - posted on 02/14/2010

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Are you giving her cow's milk yet? I still breast feed but offer my 13 month cows milk a lot in the evening too, that seems to help feel her more.

Lydia - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son finally started sleeping through the night at about 10 months, when I just couldn't nurse him 3 times a night anymore. The first night I just rocked him and let him cry in my arms for a few hours, thinking if we could make it one night it would be easier. I couldn't let him cry in his crib alone, but it was easier holding him. The second night we had to do it again. I held him, rocked him, for a few hours. The third night he woke up once and I let him cry for about 5 minutes and then he went back to sleep on his own. The 4th night, he slept through.

Then about a week later he got sick, so he was back in bed with us and waking up. About two weeks after that I went back to work full time, so it was another adjustment. But slowly we got back into a routine. The problem the last few weeks was that he would wake up at about 3am hungry (at a certain point, you can tell the difference between fussy and hungry). So I tried a few things, but what I've found is that he needs two dinners. We have one at about 5:30 or 6pm, and then just before he's ready to go to sleep I feed him again--something really filling. Tonight he loaded up on mashed potatoes, which I know will hold him. Other nights if I can't get him to eat a second real meal, I've just discovered the power of smoothies.

You can play with your own version (whatever you can get them to eat), but I put in plain whole-milk yogurt, a banana, about 1/4 cup of baby cereal (he likes the oatmeal), whole milk, and a TBS or 2 of heavy cream. The banana makes it sweet enough to cover the taste of the cereal which I can't get him to eat any other way. This smoothie has protein, calcium, fiber, and most importantly, lots of fat, which is important for babies' brain development, and keeps them full all night long.

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010

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my son is almost 13 months i also have this problem sometimes he can put him self to sleep other times i have to simply pat him on the back or hold him for a moment and hes right back to sleep, i cant remember the last time i had an interuted night of sleep! but i am looking forward to reading more on this.

Roxanne - posted on 02/13/2010

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I was told by my doctor... that if u want them to sleep all night then they have to sleep in a crib/there own bed

Gemma - posted on 02/13/2010

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For me the key was to be relaxed. My daughter slept through at 10days old, but when I took her dummy away just before she was 1 (about 3wks ago) she put up a fight for about an hour the first night, then a little less the second and now she happily goes to sleep on her own & sleeps for 10-12hrs if I let her!! Also if she wakes in the night she is happy to get herself back to sleep!
Madisyn has an afternoon nap but I don't let her nap after dinner!!
It must be hard when your so tired but try to relax - maybe your daughter is just picking up that you are stressed - can daddy put her to bed if he is more relaxed?? If she wakes in the night I just spoke to my daughter from her doorway to sooth & didn't go into her room & the gradually walked back to my bed whilst still talking to her.

Asia - posted on 02/13/2010

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I say stop the naps for a little while, run them like crazy, take walks, big dinner and nice warm bath. And rub your baby down and they will be so tired there shouldnt b no waking up.

Kristin - posted on 02/13/2010

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Alejandra, try to find out why she wakes up... Is she hungry, to warm to cold, is her nappy full, any noises close to her?
I tried the book "no cry solution" too and it shows you a lot of ways to get your baby to sleep. My son is 13 months now and wakes up once in the night, sometimes he sleeps through.

Nicole - posted on 02/12/2010

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I feel like I am losing my mind. My son is 12 1/2 months and the love of my life, however he does not sleep. I have a new baby coming in June and am worried to death that I may never sleep again. I work full time so it is hard to let him cry it out, because i have to go to work regardless of how much sleep I get, and I also have an unborn baby that I have to care for, so sleep is a must. Any suggestions or words of support?

Kenya - posted on 02/12/2010

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For my son (13 mos). I had to night wean him from nursing. It's been about 1 1/2 weeks now and he slept through the night last night! For us the key wasn't just no more nursing in the middle of the night. It was also not nursing to sleep. We still nurse at bedtime, but I make sure to put him down awake so that he puts himself to sleep. This way when he wakes in the night he does not need me to fall back asleep. We also transitioned him to his own room at the same time. I think this was also helpful.

Amber - posted on 02/12/2010

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My son was waking up 3 times a night and I bought the book No cry sleep solutions. It really helped me. My son now will sleep through here and there but usually gets up only once now on bad days twice. Basically I had to just change the way I put my son to sleep I put him to sleep several different ways at first it took a long time to get him to sleep, but it just taught him there are more ways to fall asleep than just one way so now he can get back to sleep by himself more often. I also stopped picking him up when he got up I will had him a bottle and let him drink it himself then switch the bottle to the binkie and he is sleeping again.

Boryana - posted on 02/12/2010

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My 1 year old daughter also wakes up a lot during the night. I breastfeed her and she is used to it. She drinks water but after that she's searching for her milk. I'll keep an eye on this topic

Amy - posted on 02/11/2010

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it depends on why u think she is waking so often. if she seem hungry, then u can maybe give her a snack before bed. if it's just attention...that's a tough one to get over. if she needs to be changed, then a night time diaper or liner might do it. my youngest, who is about 13 months old now, will wake up at least once during the night b/c she wants to be situated again (usually she is in teh corner of her crib and uncovered,etc. so i get her back down into the middle of her crib, cover her back up, and give her her bear to hold) it seems to happen less and less now. i have put her in warmer jammies so that if she gets uncovered, it's not a problem. and she seems to be 'traveling' a little less as she sleeps. you can also change her bedtime routine. if she naps a lot during the day, she may not be tired at night. there are times when my daughter seems like she's not really tired at bedtime so we will play quietly in her room with the little dresser light on so it's not bright. i play things like hide and seek or i just let her run around and pretend to chase her. anything that gets that last bit of energy out. it seems to work.

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