my 8 month old still wont sleep!Anyone else suffering?

Liz - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi, My daughter Isabella Grace is now 8 months and she's still waking up in the night about 7-8 times She wakes up for a night feed at 12 and then an early feed at 5 but on top of that shes waking up, flipping herself onto her front and cries until I get up, put her dummy in, put her back on her back and even then she wont settle for at least 10-15 mins. Its really tiring me out, and I know I'm getting grouchier and grouchier. I've tried everything...she has a bedtime routine of 6.30 bath and massage 7.30 ish food and 7oz formula then bedtime story and in bed by 8.30 latest. She sleeps straight away but then the kick off starts about 1am and doesn't stop until 6.30 when get up. Anyone going through the same...or been through it? Any advice for a very tired and emotional mom?

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Quoting shannon:

I went thru thi w/ my 1st born....was averaging 3 hrs a night.Finally I broke down and took some advice.....let them cry it out.Yes I hated it ,and yes I felt horrible,but it worked.After 3 nights of crying it out he fell asleep by himself and slept all night.at that age they dont need to eat that often they are just use to it...I asked his Dr. about it......and this was w/ me breastfeeding.



I had this with my son too, he would sleep through the night no sweet but at one stage he kept waking up two-three times during the night and absolutley refused to go back to sleep!



I tried everything and ended up letting him cry it out. It worked.  My son was bottlefeed.

Kirsty - posted on 08/13/2009

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hey!! we ahd terrible trouble wiv jodie, she was ok at this age, got to about 1 and wud just go mad! we still havn't got a clue why she did it, but we just left her to cry in the end and that sorted it!

Shannon - posted on 07/27/2009

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I went thru thi w/ my 1st born....was averaging 3 hrs a night.Finally I broke down and took some advice.....let them cry it out.Yes I hated it ,and yes I felt horrible,but it worked.After 3 nights of crying it out he fell asleep by himself and slept all night.at that age they dont need to eat that often they are just use to it...I asked his Dr. about it......and this was w/ me breastfeeding.

Jessica - posted on 07/27/2009

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To me it sounds like the teething is partially the problem! my oldest child didn't start sleeping good at night until she was 2! I found that just being consistent, like it sound like you already are is the key! There are herbal teething tablets that help with teething issues I strongly recommend them!

Liz - posted on 07/25/2009

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Thanks for the advice...shes never slept through the night except on 2 occasions (and it absolutely scared me to death)...but she seems to have gotten worse. Shes teethin and has two teeth which came through together a few weeks ago so I think that may explain it a bit. I didn't think teething could cause such problems. It seems everyone else I know with children of similar age aren't experiencing what I am. I'm sending her her grandparents for a night to try and catch up on sleep because I need a little break and hopefully can be a better mom for Isabella after a recharge of my batteries. Thanks again for the advice, will try the ideas out and let you know what happens :)

Crystal - posted on 07/24/2009

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has this just started? im guessing she is in a cot maybe you could try putting a couple of cushions on the cot mattress, my daughter had trouble sleeping in the cot until my dad suggested putting a folded up duvet in it to make it softer and it worked. do you think she could be teething? or have nappy rash sorry if you have checked all these things im just seeing what it could be some babies have trouble sleeping but hope this helps, why dont you see if someone can look after her one day for a few hours so you can relax by yourself all mums get stressed try and take some time to yourself to relax even if its just having a bath then relaxing with a book

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