How can I get my 6 month old to start sleeping longer? She normally goes to bed around 9:30, then gets up at 5 to nurse and go back to sleep. All of a sudden (last couple weeks) she's been waking up at 1 or 2 as well...any ideas?

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Melissa - posted on 04/29/2009

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I don't have any really helpful information for you but I can relate. My daughter started waking up like at when she was 6 months old too. Now she is almost 10 months. She goes to bed between 9:30 and 10:30 (we wish it was earlier) and usually wakes up around 4-5 a.m. (Some days more) to nurse and than is up for good around 8:30-9 a.m. Before she was 6 months she slept like a champ. Early bedtime. She slept throught the night and then some. At 6 months old we had to put her in a small private daycare. Which of course she than started to catch the normal colds and bugs that you can't avoid in daycare. Kids share them just like toys. Lol. We just can't seem to get her back on track. When she gets sick...she wakes up repeatedly throught the night. I guess maybe that is what messed up her sleep schedule. I really don't know. So...I feel your frustration. Our pediatrician even kind of scolded us for feeding her in the middle of the night. Hope her schedule works itself out for you...we are still trying. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Marisa:

Thanks for your suggestions. She is eating solid foods, has been for a couple months. We usually feed her dinner around 7:30 and I nurse her again before bed (like 9, 9:30). Then she's off to bed. And up again at 2. She doesn't necessarily seem hungry just awake.
Maybe it is just a growth spurt or teething (I'll keep my fingers crossed!). She got 2 teeth about a month ago and I'm pretty sure it didn't affect her sleep pattern....
Thanks for the suggestions and support!


Hi Marisa! I have a 6 month old as well and I consulted with an infant sleep expert shortly after she was born and she told me that most babies have a "sleep clock" that usually starts around 6pm at night and ends around 6am. If you try to move up the bedtime routine so she's in bed much sooner than 9pm her night time waking should significantly decrease. My daughter has dinner around 5-5:15pm, a bath, pj's, a bottle, and a book and in bed by 6-6:30pm and I don't hear from her until 6-6:30am the next morning. as long as she's eating and drinking well during the day (at least 24-32oz per 24hours) and eating solids she doesn't need food at night. Put her down much earlier and you will have a nice quiet night after a few nights of this consistent bedtime.

Michelle - posted on 04/24/2009

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does she have any weaning foods? she may be hungry or teething or she could be cold. I used teething powders for my son and they worked really well.

Rachael - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter will be 6 months on the 30th, she is teething and has been doing the same thing. Last night she was in bed about 8:30 up at 2 and back up again at 7. She just went down for her morning nap a few minutes ago. She was just starting to sleep through the night most nights after having to adjust to her new room and now she's teething. I'm sure it will all pass and she will get back to her normal schedule when she stops teething. Be patient. Good luck!

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My son is six months old and has recently also begun waking up 2-3 times in the middle of the night. I've read several articles that suggest that due to teething and awareness in their surroundings there sleeping patterns sometimes get disrupted. It'll start to go back in the next month but, it may occur again before she's a year old. But, no worries by the time shes one she should be sleeping a full 8 hours although, at that point we'll be having other worries ;)

Lianne - posted on 04/24/2009

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If she's eating solids now make sure she isnt eating before bed and get into a comfy routine for everyone and try johnsons bedtime bath in the water and the lotion before bed it works a treat?! Hope this helps!?

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My son is 7 1/2 months and we went through the same thing recently. It is likely a growth spurt or teething. For us, the night waking lasted about 10 days or so, before his schedule went back to normal. The same day he started sleeping at night again, his first tooth showed up and he started pushing up to crawl.

Marisa - posted on 04/24/2009

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Thanks for your suggestions. She is eating solid foods, has been for a couple months. We usually feed her dinner around 7:30 and I nurse her again before bed (like 9, 9:30). Then she's off to bed. And up again at 2. She doesn't necessarily seem hungry just awake.
Maybe it is just a growth spurt or teething (I'll keep my fingers crossed!). She got 2 teeth about a month ago and I'm pretty sure it didn't affect her sleep pattern....
Thanks for the suggestions and support!

Jenna - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son is also 6 mos. and has been doing the same thing. I believe it is because he is teething and has a stuffy nose. Feeding solids before bed is also a good idea and I agree with the other moms they say don't feed when she wakes at that time, she will begin to expect it.

Candace - posted on 04/21/2009

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my daughter just turned 8 months a couple of weeks ago. She has been sleeping through the night for about 3 months now. Is your child eating any solid foods yet. If yes, I found that she would sleep longer if I fed her about a half an hour before I put her to bed. She would go to sleep around 830 and she wouldnt wake up until around 8 in the morning. I was told that babies wake up because they are hungry. Another thing...I got yelled at by my mom because when my daughter would wake up in the middle of the night I would pick her up and feed her a bottle and put her back to sleep. My mom said that by doing this, it puts the baby into a habit of getting up in the night. It sucked but I tried not going into her room when she would wake up and wait to see what happened. She cried for about 5-10 mins and fell right back asleep. After a few nights of this she started sleeping throughout the night. Its worth a shot and it is hard not the pick them up when they cry but I would at least give it a try one night.

Elayna - posted on 04/21/2009

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Is she teething? The new movement of her teeth could be bothering her. Whatever you do, don't fed her when she wakes up at 1am. She will quickly adjust to getting fed at that time and you will fight to get her back to sleeping until 5.

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I would definately say, try getting some more solids in her. If she's only waking b/c she's hungry, more solids in her diet will help that. I've known some people to feed their baby a small bowl of cereal an hour or two before bedtime and it helps them stay asleep longer.



At 6 months old, most babies should sleep about 6-8 hours straight w/ needing to eat - some will sleep more at night.



If adding more solids doesn't help, maybe see if she'll fall back asleep without feeding her. Try just rocking her, or rubbing her back, and see if she'll fall back asleep. Sometimes they'll just wake for no reason in particular and will start to make a habit of it (like my son loved to do). Baby Einstein CDs helped my kids sleep through the night, too. They are just collections of classical music that is soothing to some babies. my kids loved them, and still fall asleep to them every night.



Hope this helps!

Zakimah - posted on 04/21/2009

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I'm not sure how accurate this is but, my son will be eight months come the 29th and as of recently he had taken up the dubious task of ensuring the house is up at 5AM and again at 7AM. Initially I just put the binky (pacifier) in his mouth and catch up on whatever Z's I could but now I have found that putting him to bed on a full belly (not just milk but actual things taken from whatever we have for dinner) ensures that there are less crack-of-the-dawn wake up calls.

Jane - posted on 04/21/2009

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hiya hun,

Is she eating propa foods yet if so what meals? I found my ds started to wake more at around 6months and he went through quite a bit of a growth spurt what i found would help is him having a tea and then putting him onto nurse after it then once he had a bath nursing him again. Hope she settles for you huni xxx

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