Does anyone have any tips on how to get my 5 1/2 mth old to sleep through?

Jessi - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have tried everything from putting her to bed awake and letting her self soothe to letting her fall asleep on the bottle. Every once in a while she'll have a good night where she won't wake at all but most of the time I'm up 3 sometimes 4 times a night patting her or giving her her dummy. It's driving me nuts not having a solid sleep and my 4 1/2 yr old is missing out because of it. Her routine is pretty much the same every day but her sleep patterns aren't. She's up at 6.30 - 7am for her first bottle and cereal. Her next one is about 11 am. In between those feeds she has about an 1/2hr nap. After her second feed at 11am she normally sleeps for a solid 2 hrs between 12 -2 and then wakes for another bottle and some fruit. Her next feed starts at 4.30pm with veges followed by a bath and then bottle. She may sometimes have a nap in between and by 7.30 - 8pm she's in bed. Please any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Liz - posted on 05/29/2009

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my daughter is the same age as your son and she was sleeping through from 8 weeks, hit 4 months and started waking every hour because she was teething. only problem was once the teeth were out the bad habit continued. we got her a baby lullaby cd which plays all night in her room and this seems to have helped a great deal. we give her some veg mixed with farex at about 7, she has a bath, a bottle then straight to bed. Mahni also goes into her jolly jumper at around 6.30 which gives us time to eat tea and also wears her out a bit. our doctor told us that if she wakes up during the night to start diluting her feeds because it was affecting her day feeds. she's now probably sleeping through 3 times a week and only waking 1-2 times the other nights which is do-able.



i know its really confusing because everyone has an opinion and i know it was so hard for me to hold my tongue so honestly just do what works for you, your the expert when it comes to your baby. good luck with it all!

Ashley - posted on 05/29/2009

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My son slept through the night BEFORE he was a month old, and I'm talking 10-13 hours a night. I put him to sleep on his belly, he felt more secure and because of that I never have had a problem getting him to sleep throught the night. I know that they say "don't put your baby on their belly" but they feel safer and in turn sleep better. I've done studies as well and it is actually safer for them to sleep on their bellies. Sometimes though I would have to lay him in his bed and let him scream for about 3 minutes to get out pent up energy that they really can't release at that age, after that I would pick him up and comfort him, lay him on his belly and he would sleep all night long!

Katrina - posted on 05/29/2009

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Hi - i have a 4month old boy and his not sleeping through, i wish he would. His sleep patterns seem to change all the time, sometimes we get really good nights, sleep from 8 to 5am which is gr8 but now his gone back to waking at 3-4am (tiring)......! He is usually in bed by 8-8:30pm everynight........! Not sure what else to do, i suppose they will just sleep through when they want. We use to wrap him but now only wrap his body and leave hands out as he use to wriggle heaps to get them out. Waking 1 time is gr8 we are happy with that BUT just cant wait to we get those full nights, every night.

Tray - posted on 05/29/2009

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i tried for 3 months 2 get my daughter to sleep in the end it was swaddling that worked and gave me a quieter night.

Toni - posted on 05/29/2009

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hiya my son was the same until about two week ago i was that fed up with callum avin a power nap at about 6 every nite so as it would reach 6 i would run a bath foe him and my daughter bath then together let them av a bit of water time babys love this get them both out and get them ready for bed then wen ur making ur babys bottle let her av a roll about on the floor this will make her even more tierd i give my son a bit of heinz baby cereal and a nine ounce bottle and he his settled down in bed for 8:30 and sleeps all the way through till 8 the next morrning

Jessi - posted on 05/28/2009

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Thanks heaps for all that info. i'll try it all and see which ones work. Though when you say cereal in a bottle are you talking about farex as an example.

Shannon - posted on 05/27/2009

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also I was suggested to put cereal in the bottle and if your baby can't eat it off a spoon then don't give it at all, This is just advice I was given by a nurse, do what works though.

Shannon - posted on 05/27/2009

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i was speaking with a nurse regarding feeding my 5 months old solids, and she is dead setagainst it for the reason of indigestion and the fact that her system has not woven tightly together enough to tolerate solids the way a 6 months old sytem can. She said that particles pass through the sytem and absorb, causing possible early allergies and anemia. Trust me I know you want to try anything as I did too to get my son to stay aslee but I no longer feed him solids. Your baby could be waking up due to tummy issues. I notice in my if he has gas he jolts awake after like a 10 min nap. Look into infant massage. I learned some great techniques for his tummy and sure enough he has really big poos afterward and is less agitated. Have you tried the lavender calming lotion and bath stuff in the bath before bed? I still struggle with him sleeping thru he usually goes to bed around 730-8 and wakes up at 4am on a good day and again at 6ish for the morning. I found if I went to bed earlier 10 or so I felt more rested no matter what time he ot up. Hope it helps

Erica - posted on 05/27/2009

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I would try process of elimination. One day try letting her miss one nap. Then if that doesnt work, try missing both naps, etc. Until you can find something that works. Also, playing a soothing sounds cd while shes trying to fall asleep also. My children both slept through the night fairly easily when they started eating cereal in their bottle. The cereal is more filling than just a regular bottle. Hope this helps if you need anymore suggestions let me know. I have tons of friends with kids and they might be able to help.

Stephanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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My doctor told me that when my daughter got tired to put her in her crib and just let her cry it out. and unless its a crazy cry like i hurt myself you leae her there. it will take a few nights but the she slept through the night.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/27/2009

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my sons the same age n pretty much has the same routine but after six we dont give hima and solid food n no more naps and i sprinkle pablum in his bottlen hes asleep by 8 30 all nite till 7 am

Natalie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I would try using lavender baby wash and lotion at bath time! It has been known to help put babies to sleep! Hope it helps!

Mariette - posted on 05/27/2009

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My little one also believes in these power naps. My Dr. told me that sometimes the noises in the room can desturb her sleep. So if she sleeps in the same room as her sister or brother she might wake up when her sibling turns around in bed or something. It did work to an extend for me, she doesn't wake up so often anymore. Good luck!

Chantal - posted on 05/27/2009

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Hi



Please what I am about to say just worked for me and Im not saying it is approved parenting and everyone has different ideas - OK. Reading other posts some moms get very upset.



What I did with my daughter is ... there were no naps. Very few anyway. Then by night time she would be tired and go to sleep. How I put her to sleep when she was 6 months odd was to hold her and rock her (usual mommy thing) generally to the sound of an Enya CD - the same every night and believe me u get sick of it BUT to the baby is signals that it is serious sleep time now. (I actually started it when i was still pregnant with her but I suppose starting later makes no difference). When she was all dosey I laid her in her bed or cot or whatever u are using, and laid my hands on her back and keeping humming to the music so that she knows u still there and progressively withdraw the contact until u can stand up. Then just stand there for a minute or two and then go - leaving the music playing softly.



My child is now 12 and goes to sleep on her own (of course) but if she is upset or unsettles she still goes to sleep when I play Enya, eveytime, so it stays to be a memory that could be useful to u in her later life too.



Hope that helps a bit.

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