My 7 month old is waking up 3 or 4 times a night.

Melanie - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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He has been sleeping through the night sice he was 3 months old. Now he is waking up some times 4 times a night and not setteling untill he has a feed. He did get his first 2 teeth. So i put it down to teething. but he was only un settled for a couple of nights. Then things went back to normal. But it has started again and has been going on for weeks and weeks. I am worried if i keep giving in and feeding him i am starting bad habbits. what do you think is going on? Should i keep on feeding him?

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Melanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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Quoting Kerryn:

Hi Melanie,

My daughter is doing the same thing at the moment. I found the nights that i stuff her full of food with little sleep through the day she will sleep through the night. You may find that there are more teeth that are bothering him that u cant see yet as well.

Hope this helps a bit,

Kerryn


Thanks Kerryn, Its nice to know I'm not the only one. I hope it is just a teething thing. Its so funny you will try anything when your tired to try and get a good night sleep. i have been giving him a big dinner. Warm bath with lavender oil in the bath before bed. lots of fresh air. I don't know if any of this is working!  but to scared not to do it all in case it makes it worse. any way hope you get a good night sleep tonight. Thanks for your advice.

Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2009

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My son went through a phase when he was about 11 months when he nursed every hour at night. It was right after he got his 2nd tooth. If you're nursing he might just want the comfort. My son is now 13 months and still wakes up 1-2 times a night. He did start sleeping better after I weaned him from the pasi. He also could just be thirsty. Since my son eats pretty much what we eat now if he wakes and I realize I'm thirsty I will give him a couple sips of water and he will usually fall right back asleep.

Crystina - posted on 06/21/2009

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Are you nursing or giving him a bottle? Is he in your room or not? Just like adults babies fall in and out of sleep at night, it's a way to stay aware of your surroundings. He might just need a little comfort and a snack at night. I say if you don't mind it what's it really hurting? As long at 15 he's not still asking for a snack at night (slight sarcasm) you'll be good. Maybe he's at a time in his baby life where he just needs to reconnect. Just look to it positively and it makes things a whole lot cuter. :-) I love those moments with my little man.

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2009

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I have heard that giving cool boiled water instead of usual milk will teach bubs that feeding is not aceptable at night but I can't do that. Mine is also waking up for feeds several times but has reflux and colic so there is not much I can do. Teething could also be an issue...the top teeth hurt more than the bottom.

Kerryn - posted on 06/21/2009

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Hi Melanie,



My daughter is doing the same thing at the moment. I found the nights that i stuff her full of food with little sleep through the day she will sleep through the night. You may find that there are more teeth that are bothering him that u cant see yet as well.



Hope this helps a bit,



Kerryn

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Sarah - posted on 06/22/2009

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Hi Melanie

My Second and third child were the same, i gave them there last feed before bed and purchased a night light, worked good.

Melanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

I have heard that giving cool boiled water instead of usual milk will teach bubs that feeding is not aceptable at night but I can't do that. Mine is also waking up for feeds several times but has reflux and colic so there is not much I can do. Teething could also be an issue...the top teeth hurt more than the bottom.



Thanks kelly, I hope it is just the teeth. I might try the water thing tonight just to see if it works. It cant hurt. Maybe he is just thirsty. He surly doesn't need 4 bottles of milk a night. Gosh sometimes there is so much guilt involved in raising children. thanks for your advice.

Melanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I am not breast feeding anymore, He has formula now. And he is now in his own room as he was sleeping better out of our room. It is nice to have that time alone with him while the other kids are sleeping, but he is waking up a bit grumpy in the morning, as he is not getting enough sleep. and to be honest i am getting a bit grumpy now too. if it was just once in a while i think I would cope a bit better.

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