8 month old who still wont sleep through the night...

Melissa - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months old and still wakes up 2 to 4 times a night! I have tried giving him baby cereal in his gerber foods before bed to make him more full, having him sleep in his glider to keep him asleep etc. What can I do, or will he just grow out of it? I know that you cannot compare babies, but some of my freinds babies are 2 months old and sleeping through the night already. Is there something I could be doing differently?

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Ashley - posted on 09/28/2009

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My oldest didn't sleep through the night til 18months and my youngest was just under a year. I honestly think that they will do it when their ready, don't let dr. make u feel bad. Some things I tried was to get ur baby very sleepy then put them in their crib and rub their back or put ur hand on their back to they are asleep. Or I would get a pillow and blanket and lay on the floor next to the crib until he fell asleep. If they fall asleep in their crib it is supposed to help them be more calm when they wake up. hope this helps

Ashley - posted on 09/28/2009

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All I can say is it will get better try to play some soft music for him at that time and just hold him near and tell him it will be ok, check to make sure its not pain first it could be growing pains. or his teeth or gas, then if he's ok. comfort him he just might need to feel that security that only mom can give, and make sure all lights are out it might bother him and make him think its time to get up!

Amber - posted on 09/28/2009

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try putting him on his belly to sleep that helped me with my son he would wake up if he slept on his back

Fiona - posted on 09/28/2009

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My daughter was around 20months when she started sleepin through the night, I was so tired I didn't know what to do, I tried everything, she had no more than an hours sleep in the day and after about 45 mins sleep at night she was ready to wake up and would be up for a couple of hours before i could get her to go off again and that would never be for more than an hour and it would go on like that all night! eventually I asked for help, the health visitor put me on a sleep program, i had tried it before with no joy but had to try again for my own sanity and thankfully within a week it had worked. Believe me it was the hardest thing ever sticking to controllrd crying but now touch wood she is an angel at night time.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/27/2009

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My baby is 9 months old and rarely sleeps through the night. If she hasn't woken me up by 3am I usually jump out of bed nervous that I haven't heard her yet. I'm totally in the same boat as you. And I've also had parents of younger babies tell me that thier babies sleep through the night.

I just chalk it up to every baby being different. Some become very dependant on being cradled at night or fed in the middle of the night (at that age there's really no need to give them a bottle other than comfort factor...I've done it on some desperate sleepless nights though) For some babies it's sheer habit.



Though I do recall a couple of brief periods when my little one did sleep through the night...unfortunately it didn't carry over. So just because those 2 month olds are sleeping now doesnt mean they won't be waking up in the middle of the night in a few months from now.

I'm sure it's also part of going through the different stages...I noticed someone mentioned teething which makes sense

Bryanna - posted on 09/27/2009

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Our son is only 7 weeks, but already he sleeps 4 hours at a period during night..we don't get him right away when he cries, cause sometimes he does go back to sleep. We aer only up about 2 times during the night with him. I find the bath really helps calm and relax him before bed, we bath and then feed him, and he usually goes right to sleep. A set routine would help as well, we bath at 7pm , feed him at 7:30pm then bed at 8 or 8:30, and he will sleep about 4 hours.. I think they like being on a routine.. but hope that helps a bit, it is working for us so far.. we were frustrated and exhausted as well, when he was waking up every 2 hours or so!

Leticia - posted on 09/26/2009

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Melissa, my daughter does the same thing! i feed her a big bowl of food right before bed, and nurse alil bit, and she's still getting up every 3 hrs or so too. hang in there i'm sure we'll figure it out. if you figure ne thing out let me know!!! :) oh, is he nursed or formula fed? that totally makes a difference too.

Lacie - posted on 09/26/2009

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my suggestion is to not to go to him as soon as he wakes up. If he wakes up and cries for a little bit it's okay, he won't hate you. Who knows he may cry himself back to sleep. It is okay if he does!

Melissa - posted on 09/26/2009

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I give him gerber food mixed with cereal and then he usually eats about 4 ounces of formula after that. He eats A LOT right before bed but still wakes up pretty much every 3 hrs to eat! Im scared to just let him cry because if he's hungry I want to feed him, but I dont get why he cant make it throug
h the night yet...

Melissa - posted on 09/26/2009

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Thank you for responding. I will give it a shot. Here's hoping cuz he woke up 4 times last night and I don't know how I can continue to function on this schedule!

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I would just limit his nap time during the day so that way he'll be tired at night. Keep him awake. Play with him. Put on some upbeat music. Whatever you have to do so he doesn't sleep as much during the day. It takes some time for him to get used to this schedule but your baby will adjust.

Crystal - posted on 09/25/2009

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my son was 1.5 years before he slept through the night, and the only way i got there as letting him cry, its very hard but the only thing that worked...my daughter was under a year, every child is different. 2months sleeping the night is amazing! doesnt happen to often...

Alana - posted on 09/25/2009

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What I did was to give him something that smells like me or his dad, like a tshirt or something, and also he sleeps with a pillow but an adult pillow, he doesn't sleep flat in the crib. Don't give a lot of cereal right before bed, it could give a lot of gas, try water or juice. and when cryng don't go running to hold him, wait at least 2 to 3 min, he's learning to go back to sleep on his own. Well, hope it works

Echo - posted on 09/25/2009

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I know this might sound mean and hard to do but trust me it will work. Give your son a bottle right before bed and when he wake up crying let him cry. After a week or even less your son will be sleeping through the night. I had to do it with him son. It was hard I cried but he sleeps through the night and he is happier.

Lanie - posted on 09/25/2009

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My baby didn't sleep through the night until he was more than 1 year old... At first i thought maybe breast milk is not enough to last him the entire night, so we started giving him formula before going to bed... that only helped a little, instead of waking up at 1, he started waking up at 3 to ask for milk.

My husband and i sleep in the same bed with our baby, so that could also be the problem. But I later discovered that one of the reason why he won't sleep though the night is that he's already getting enough sleep during the daytime. I'd make him sleep at 10 in the morning, then again in the afternoon, or just whenever he feels sleepy.

So now i only let him sleep for 1-2hrs during the day, the result is he wakes up at 5am to ask for milk, then sleep again till 8 in the morning. And when he's really exhausted from our activities the day before, he'd still til 7 a.m.



Hope this helps!

Kristen - posted on 09/25/2009

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I co-slept with my daughter for awhile and the snuggling up close to me kept her asleep at night. you might want to try putting a shirt or something with your scent on it in with him at night. the smell might comfort him so he doesn't miss you.

Susie - posted on 09/25/2009

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my daughter is 15mths and wakes up still,its just to comfort her so she knows we still there,its sometimes due to teething aswell.im sure ur baby will sleep through when she is ready,just haft to b patient wiv her.ive had the same with all 3 my girls and took a while so im used to it.

Francesca - posted on 09/25/2009

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Every baby is so different. My son is 6 months and has been sleeping through the night since he was 2 months. Try not letting him sleep long during naps and make sure his last nap before bedtime isn't longer than 30-40 minutes. Are you giving him a bottle before bed, or just feeding him food?? Try a warm bottle with rice cereal and make sure he eats the whole thing so that he's not waking to eat. Also try to start a routine at bedtime so he will get used to it and know whats going on. I give my son a bath with Nighttime Baby wash, put him in a sleeper, give him his last bottle and put him down, and he sleeps all night. Don't get discouraged, I'm sure you aren't doing anything wrong!

Crystal - posted on 09/25/2009

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I have no advice because I'm going through the same thing. It's very frustrating!

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