1yr old not sleepin through the nig

Anna - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Any suggestions on how to get my 1yr old to sleep through the night??? He wakes up nightly anywhere between 2-4am for a bottle...some nights he takes 2oz and other nights he takes 7oz...



Any tips???

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Nadine - posted on 09/14/2009

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Ok now I feel like I have the best baby. lol My daughter is almost 5 months old and has slept through the night since she was six weeks. She has never gotten a bottle right before bed I didnt want to have to ween her off it later. I will give her her last bottle of the night and then play with her for at least an hour then put her in bed with her pacifier which bed or nap time is the only time she gets her pacifier. Even with nap time she doesnt get a bottle to go to sleep with I always keep her up for at least an hour after a bottle. She sleeps through the night which for her is between 6 and 10 hrs. I did do the tough love though because she wanted to be rocked to sleep I put her in bed and would pat her back for a minute then walk away and if she started crying letting her cry for at least 5 minutes then going in and doing the process over untill she went to sleep after only 3-4 days I know put her in her crib pacifier in mouth and walk away she goes to sleep she may fuss for a sec but goes to sleep on her own. It's hard but better for both of us now that she can do it herself

Jodi - posted on 09/14/2009

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Does he have a soother? try to just use that if he uses one. Let him cry for a bit before you give in to the bottle. If he knows he is going to get it then he will keep on waking up for it. Every night let him cry a minute longer to try to ween him off of it. Try to just rock him back to sleep and hope you can get him out of the routine of the bottle through the night. They are hard to figure out don't get frustrated.

Rachael - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had the sam issue with my daughter i had to stop giving her the bottle at night. When she cried i just went into her room gave her a hug and then put her back into bed. This went on for a bout two weeks but it was worth it :)

User - posted on 09/14/2009

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I definitely feel your pain! My daughter just turned 15 months old and just started sleeping through the night! Every night, for the last 15 months, my daughter has woken up once, if not twice, for a bottle. My doctor gave fabulous advice that worked like a charm for us! He said to gradually add a little bit of water to the bottle every night, until eventually the entire bottle is filled with water. This will help to wean the baby off the night time feedings. My daughter continued to drink the watered down bottles for a while but gradually began to drink less and less. She still continued to wake up after doing that for a few weeks or so, but I would not offer her the bottle anymore. I would just go into her room, rub her back, and leave. Now she no longer needs her bottle and it not waking up during the night! It took 15 loooooong months, but I'm so happy I tried the doctor's "trick." I'm finally not exhausted for the first time in 15 months!! Good luck with getting your son to sleep though the night too! :)

Jamie - posted on 09/14/2009

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Forgot to add its not good to give a bottle at bed, you can cause baby rot.

Jamie - posted on 09/14/2009

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Sure, he doesnt need a bottle, hes using it to self soothe. Let him cry and put himself back to sleep.

User - posted on 09/14/2009

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No suggestions only I feel your pain. My daughter is 10 months old and does the same thing. I keep saying to myself ok by this age she will be sleeping thru the night but that age comes and she is still up every night. I think some kids are just different, I have tried "tough love" she would cry for hours on end if I let, the only thing she will do is drink a bottle! Best of luck to you.

Sara - posted on 09/14/2009

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For me, this was the HARDEST thing! The only way I get my kids to stop getting up at night is by practicing a little tough love. So, this is what I do, because both my kids go through phases where they do not sleep through the night.



First, I would stop giving him ANY food at all at night. Your son is one and, I think, he is old enough to be denighed food at night so that he will eat more during the day. So when he wakes up I would go into his room and console him, without picking him up until he stops crying. Then I would leave, he might go right back to sleep, but he might fight you a little since he is used to getting food. If he starts crying again, let him cry for five minutes straight, without going in his room. After five minutes go back in and console him, again, without picking him up. When he calms down, leave again. again, he might just go back to sleep, but if he starts crying again, go back in and console him. keep repeating this process at ten minute crying intervals until he stops.



SO, I know this is going to be really hard and you are going to doubt yourself and if you are doing the right thing, but it will only be bad for a few nights to about a week, if you really stick to your guns and do not give in! The thing is that if you do not get on top of it now, I have friends who let it continue to two or three, and they had to do things like shut their kids in their rooms and listen to the kids kick the door and stuff because they were so used to getting up at night. Not that that would definitely happen to your son, but I have heard of it happening.



One more thing, is that my son tends to get himself pretty worked up sometimes and make himself throw up. So with him, I never let him get to that level and I would break my own rule and pick him up and calm him down and then start again. It did take a little longer to break him, than it did my daughter, but I sleep through the night regularly now!



I hope this helps, I read about it in a book, but I forget the name. Above all else, do what you feel is right, because in the end, you know best! Warmest wishes!

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First of all I would get rid of the bottle all together. Now is the best time, in my opinion. I went to a sippy cup with milk at night to help break the bottle. (yes its bad for their teeth but eventually you'll need to eliminate the sippy as well. I think it just helped ease the process for my little ones) It also depends on if he is on formula or cows milk. The formula is heavier so if you have made the switch already, maybe try giving him formula at night... Also he maybe waking up because he's wet and just wants to be changed

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