my son is 6 months old and I have him eating cereal and fruit before bed and he still wakes up at night to eat, how can I stop this?

Jacqueline - posted on 11/03/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been told it is suppose to stop but I do not know when. looking for some advice. Thanks!!!

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Lori - posted on 12/18/2011

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It's actually quite normal for babies to continue to wake during the night throughout their first year. If he's 6 months old he should not be drinking milk yet... keep him on formula or breast milk till he's a year.



I know it's exhausting getting up at night, but not all babies are ready to sleep through the night at 6 weeks, or 3 months, or even 6 months.



My 3 1/2 year old didn't start sleeping through until she was 17 months old. By that point we had tried to CIO (which I don't recommend), and failed. She was eating plenty of solid food, and enough at night to keep her full, but she just woke during the night one or more times every night. I wouldn't go in if she just peeped a bit, but if she started crying, I'd go to her. When she turned 17 months all of a sudden she just started sleeping through the night. All on her own.... I did nothing different.



Now, I have a 13 month old who usually wakes once a night. As tired as I am, and as much as I'd love a full nights uninterrupted sleep, I know she'll sleep when she's ready too.



It's actually more normal for a baby to not be sleeping through the night at 6 months than for them to be sleeping straight through. That's hard to remember when you're sleep deprived, especially if you have a friend with a baby who does sleep through.



There are all kinds of books and methods that someone will swear by. Most sleep training methods shouldn't even be attempted until baby is AT LEAST 6 months old, and many more are not suggested until baby is over 12 months. Rest assured that your baby is completely normal, and that by going in and feeding him, you are meeting his needs - you are not spoiling him or setting him up for a lifetime of sleep problems.

Deashia - posted on 12/09/2011

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Try mashed potatoes, or rice cereal at dinner time, seems to be more filling. This always worked for my daughter even with a nap here and there during the day.

Holley - posted on 11/28/2011

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He should start drinking milk soon. But try to put some of his cereal in his formula and mabe that will work.

Holley - posted on 11/28/2011

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If he is still on the bottle and you are giving him milk before you give it to him worm it up and have him sit on your lap when he is drinking it so he knows that it is bed time. My son was the same way and i started to do that and he started to sleep all night.

Jacqueline - posted on 11/05/2011

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I am definitely ready to sleep through the night!! So last night when he started to fuss, I gave him his pacifier and he went back to sleep and then woke up an hour later and I fed him. U am going to keep trying, thanks for the advice.

Sandra - posted on 11/04/2011

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Oh, ok. Well, maybe you could try soothing him in a different way when he wakes up at night rather than feeding him. Rock him a little and see if he will fall back to sleep. Or, if you still feel like he is hungry, try giving him less amounts at night then you would during the day, giving him smaller amounts each time, weening him off of night feedings. Or you could just let him grow out of it on his own. I don't know what age they are supposed to grow out of it, but he is only 6 months...But I know you are ready to sleep through the night again:)

Jacqueline - posted on 11/04/2011

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Hi Sandra, thanks for responding. He doesn't take normal naps, he will take about 3, 20 minute naps a day, even if I lay down with him it is never longer than that.

Sandra - posted on 11/04/2011

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Hi Jacqueline, I'm Sandra. if he is still napping a lot during the day, that could be the reason. So, try to get him more active during the day or closer to the evening right before dinner. That might help. I have four kids. My youngest right now will be six months on Nov. 5. all all of my babies begin sleeping through the night before 6months.

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