how to get my baby to sleep through the night

Anne-Marie - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 7months old and he still doesnt sleep through the night. he eats 3 times a gay and has about 3-4 bottles a day. during the night he wakes up 4 times and its really getting annoying because i need my sleep too. please help

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Amanda - posted on 09/09/2009

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This may seem like a dumb question, but are you increasing his food before bedtime? To 'compensate' for the break in feedings through the night? And is he eating cereal yet? Because that stuff does seem to knock them out at night. haha

Another thing that helped when my son began sleeping in his own room: we got a light up music box that attaches to the side of his crib that is very soothing to him. I think that just having some kind of 'security' item like that eases the transition sometimes.

Crystal - posted on 09/09/2009

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Try adding a little bit of rice or oatmeal to his bottle. Or increase the amount he eats right before bed, that's what we did with our son, he is two months and three weeks and he sleeps through the night.

Rachel - posted on 09/08/2009

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Wow, that's kind of hard, especially when he's in the same room with you. I know my baby always is more upset, when he can see me and he's really tired, he'll make even more of a fuss. Perhaps you can rearrange your room to where the view of the crib and the bed is obstructed. Putting the paci in his mouth in the middle of the night worked for me, I think they just need anything that might bring comfort- does he have anything like that, besides a bottle? My son wouldn't take a paci, but he found his thumb, and sucks it when he wants to sleep. Routine is great for babies, put him to bed at the same time, maybe earlier than you do now to create a trial run of "the middle of the night." Do what you can, but be firm not to give him a bottle, as older babies really don't need to eat during the late hours- if they eat before bed. If you make a firm routine and stick to it, then it will be great for baby and you- because you will know the times when you can sleep, eat, play-etc. Good luck, you can do it!

Elouise - posted on 09/08/2009

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Oh shucks, then i would suggest the same as what the other mom says, stay away for longer periods of time, untill he can learn how to self soothe and calm himself to fall asleep???? I sent an email to Ann Richardson (Sleep Sense) and they sent me what to do...Try them if you want????

Anne-Marie - posted on 09/08/2009

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he doesnt wake uup for a bottle. he only gets one fi i really cant get him to go back to sleep. he will go from 8pm to about 6-7am without a bottle but he just wakes up for comfort or his dummy.

Elouise - posted on 09/08/2009

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My daughter is now 18months old, and she did the same thing...Kept waking up almost every 2 hours and would only fall back asleep when she has had her bottle, so one night, i gave her some rescue calming drops (10drops), and you simply leave them to cry it out. Dont just leave them lying there crying by themselves though. I sat with her, and when she was ready for me to pick her up and comfort her, i did, still refusing to give her a bottle, just say firmly there is no more bottle, but keep calm yourself. she cried for an hour, and that was it!!! She then sleapt untill 5 the next morning, and i have not had that problem again. she now sleeps through MOST of the night, when she wakes around 4 or 5o'clock, i give her a sippy cup with some milk, cause they also get thirsty, and then she sleeps again!!!

Anne-Marie - posted on 09/08/2009

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the problem with me letting him cry is that i live with my partners grandmother and there is only 2 bedrooms so he is in the room with us. my partner has to get up at 4.30 am for work so if i let him cry not only myself buit my partner gets no sleep. i bath him about half an hour before bed. i bath hm the give him his bottle n he goes to sleep but he wakes up just for cuddles and his pacifier. i know i need to just let him cry but im soft and i cant do it not while he is in the room with me.

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2009

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I'm in the process of getting my 9 month old on a schedule. I give him a bath, nurse him, read him a story and put him to bed. The first night he cried, I went in every 5 minutes then every 10 minutes until he finally put himself to sleep. The next night it took less time and now he will cry as I walk out the room and then lay down to sleep. He was still waking up around 3-4 times at night wanting to nurse and I just did the same when he woke up, I went in, got him to lie down and then walked back out. I started the beginning of the week and last night he only woke up once!

User - posted on 09/03/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter who is now 2, and i'm in middle of training my son who is six months old. You're the mom and you know when your child is actually hungry or just wants to get out of the crib for someone to hold him. Children respond really well to routines, so try bathing him an hour or so before planning to put him in for the night. Feed him and rock him with the lights out, so that he knows it's time to wind down. Give him his pacifire if he uses one, his blanket and put him in the crib. If he cries, let him, more likely than not, his cries will die down as he puts himself to sleep. If he wakes up in middle of the night and you know he's not hungry, go in put the pacifire back in his mouth, cuddle him with the blanket and walk out! It's about 3 nights of crying and no sleep for you, but it's so worth it, because after that you will see a tremendous difference in sleeping patterns. I hope it helps.

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