how can i get my 8 month old to start sleeping thru the night?

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Gabi - posted on 07/21/2009

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What is her schedule during the day? When does she eat, what time and how long does she nap? How many naps does she take? When does she get her bath? How often does she wake up during the night?

Dina - posted on 07/21/2009

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I put a Tsp of instant cereal (180 ml) in my baby's bottle before she goes to sleep and she sleeps through. (6 months)


Try it....... maybe she is hungry?

Liz - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hey, my 18month old has just recently started sleeping through ( huge change from number 1 who slept thru from 8 months!). Ive learnt the diff between her cries and only go to see her when i know shes not going to stop or is really actually upset, also she doesnt like to sleep with any blankets but won't sleep unless its nice and warm, she also listens to music- we had to experiment with that, started at nursery rhymes and found that rock or metal worked the best ( go figure! ) she also sleeps with a teddy. Its been really hard but she is finally sleeping thru- hope something in there helps!

Mindy - posted on 07/21/2009

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So true Arlene about the Routine at night! I didn't even think about that, it was just natural for me because I am a routine kind of person. Also, my Mother in Law said it always helped for her to give my husband a bath right before bed. It didn't work for me, but I have heard it helps other friends of mine. Something to try anyways.

Arlene - posted on 07/21/2009

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my lil girl Ava Grace has slept through since 3 months, we feed her 4 times a day giving a bigger feed at the last one of the night, when she would wake through the night we gave her dummy (pacifier) and blanky, and like mindys child she takes a long nap in the afternoon. also when i 1st got her home we would sleep with a very dimm lamp on so to see her and attend to her if needed. her usual bedtime routine is a bath, bottle and we play her music, we found baby, rolling stones, led zep, nirvana, and metalica! its done in a soft almost music box like melody for soothing babys to sleep. find what works for you both and it may take some perserverence (spelling?) but you will get there :)

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Mindy - posted on 07/20/2009

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Also, something my doctor suggested was if he/she is waking up in the middle of the night because of a wet/soiled diaper to not turn the lights on. It is harder on you to see what you are doing, but they do not get the shock of the lights coming on. I also found this worked for late night feedings as well. I put night lights all over my sons room because not turning the lights on helped so much, but I needed to see. I would go to his room and change him and feed him in the complete dark because by doing so, he was awake for fifteen minutes instead of an hour.

Kelly - posted on 07/20/2009

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How often is she eating solids durin the day......How much formula/breastmilk is she drinking during the day......How many times is she getting up during the night....My son started sleeping through the night when he started to eat solids twice a day, morning and night....and i would mix cereal with both of those feedings of solids.....another thing that i noticed is if he wasn't drinking all fo his bottles than he would be up in the night to drink a bottle......the doctor recomended that he should be drinking anywhere from, i think, 28-36 ounces of formula a day......(not for sure on the ammount, but it sounds right from what i remember was told at his 6 month visit)....i also started putting less and less in his bottle at night when he would get up and he eventaully didn't get up cuz to him it wasn't worth it to wake up to eat only 2oz.....and he started to sleep through...he also started sucking on his binky more at night to go to sleep and i know that he puts it in when he wakes up in the middle of the night and then just goes back to sleep.......thats what i did to help my son sleep through, but if she isn't ready then she will not no matter what you try....generally they say after 5 months that they can go without the night feeding....but every baby is different....a friend of mine has a son that is about 18 months and he still gets up in the middle of the night and she has to give him a sippy cup of water or he will cry for hours.......hope this helped........

Kelly - posted on 07/20/2009

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How often is she eating solids durin the day......How much formula/breastmilk is she drinking during the day......How many times is she getting up during the night....My son started sleeping through the night when he started to eat solids twice a day, morning and night....and i would mix cereal with both of those feedings of solids.....another thing that i noticed is if he wasn't drinking all fo his bottles than he would be up in the night to drink a bottle......the doctor recomended that he should be drinking anywhere from, i think, 28-36 ounces of formula a day......(not for sure on the ammount, but it sounds right from what i remember was told at his 6 month visit)....i also started putting less and less in his bottle at night when he would get up and he eventaully didn't get up cuz to him it wasn't worth it to wake up to eat only 2oz.....and he started to sleep through...he also started sucking on his binky more at night to go to sleep and i know that he puts it in when he wakes up in the middle of the night and then just goes back to sleep.......thats what i did to help my son sleep through, but if she isn't ready then she will not no matter what you try....generally they say after 5 months that they can go without the night feeding....but every baby is different....a friend of mine has a son that is about 18 months and he still gets up in the middle of the night and she has to give him a sippy cup of water or he will cry for hours.......hope this helped........

Mindy - posted on 07/20/2009

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Every Child is different. My daughter slept through the night at 4 months and my son, who is 18 months will sometimes still wake up at 12 or 1 in the morning. We have tried everything, but he is a very light sleeper.I have found that if I can get him to take a really good nap during the day, he will sleep much better at night. Also, does he have any kind of blankie or stuffed animal that he sleeps with? My son has been fond of this little blanked that has an animal head on it (I am not sure what exactly they are called). It is really small, but it is familiar and I have found that if he takes it to bed and wakes up that I can give it to him when he is in bed and he will go back to sleep. We have been doing this since he was about 7 or eight months and it worrks like a charm. Now, at 18 months, he will find it and usually go back to sleep after he finds it. The only problem now will be breaking him of carrying it everywhere!

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