how do i get my 5 month old to sleep longer at night?

Stephanie - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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after that he fights going back down. He goes to bed around 8pm to 8:30pm with no problems and is up any where from 12-3am for a feed then will not go back down, and if he does he is up every hr. Please help at wits end.

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Rose - posted on 04/22/2009

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keep him awake from 4pm. give him two close feeds b4 bed about i hour apart. try putting him to bed at 9 or 10 instead. also try giving water as a feed when he wakes as he wont like this he will soon not wake for it. he should sleep from 10pm to 7am if you keep this up. over time you will be able to make his bed time earlier. with no waking up.
good luck

Elayna - posted on 04/21/2009

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Try a routine at bedtime. Keep him up and active until his normal bed time. Give him a bath first (15 min), fed him and then put him to bed. If you are nursing, try introducing formula at the bed time feeding. He will begin to associate the new tasting milk with bed time (plus formula takes babies longer to digest). This may take a little while, but stick to a routine. Also, try soft music while he sleeps and fewer sounds may disrupt him. Along with the routine, set a time limit. My husband and I have an 8 minute rule. If our son crys for more than 8 minutes, then we go in. Crying is good for them. Great for the lungs and it gets them more tired. He will learn to fall back to sleep on his own. It will be harder for you than for him. Hope this helps.

Gina - posted on 04/21/2009

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The same thing happened with my son at that age. We had to change the amount of formula we were giving him and added solids to his diet. In the morning it was oatmeal with a little bit of fruit mixed in (bananas or apples) and then a 6 ounce bottle. 2 and 1/2 hours later he would get an 8 ounce bottle. 3 and 1/2 hours later he would get 6 ounces...for lunch he would get the rest of the jar of fruit from the one we gave him a little bit of in the morning (that was added to his oatmeal). it got him to sleep a long time at night. try it...

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Have you started any solids at all? Sometimes even just giving him one small bowl of single grain cereal shortly before laying him down may help him sleep a little longer.



Also, how many naps does he take during the day? If he sleeps a lot in the day, this will explain why he doesn't want to sleep at night. Try keeping him awake more during the day.



My son only slept 12-14 hours a day total - so i tried to make most of those hours at night! I would keep him awake as much as possible during the day and he would typically sleep about 8-9 hours at night until he was about 10 months old.



Also, when you feed him in the middle of the night, make it as dull as possible for him. Don't talk to him very much and try not to turn on any lights - use nightlights or very dim lights.

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