My daughter still doesn't sleep through the night!

Amanda - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 8 months and she still doesn't want to sleep through the night... After 4 or 5 hours of sleeping she wakes up crying for a bottle. Is there anything I can do???

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Does she finish the bottle when she wakes? I don't think it is unusual really for babies to still need a night feeding at that age. My son will be 9 months on the 11th, and he still usually wakes once a night to eat. If she's just taking a little bit instead of downing the whole bottle though, then I'd suggest other soothing methods - pacifier, rubbing her back, soft music, etc.

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Emma - posted on 05/29/2009

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I agree that more oftgen than not babies will deicide for themselves when theyr gonna start sleeping throu the nite. have you tried "good night milk" in the last bottle b4 bed?? i have several freinds who swear by it!! cant recomend anything much my self as my 11mo is still brestfed(refuses bottles) and can wake during the night as many times as a new baby suffering with collic!!

Trina - posted on 05/29/2009

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as long as she isnt wet or hungry let her cry it wont hurt her to. she will be ok and fall back to sleep. it will take a week or so but she will sleep thru the night. good luck also try putting a little cereal in her milk it will last longer in her tummy

Charlotte - posted on 05/29/2009

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It's actually quite common for babies to be waking at night until they are past a year. Both of mine did, but since we were nursing I dind't have to get up to warm a bottle so it really wasn't a big deal. As Krissandra said every baby is different; I believe every child sleeps through the night when he or she is ready.

Krissandra - posted on 05/29/2009

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My 2yo didn't sleep through the night until she was 15months. Yet my 6 month old has been sleeping through the night since she was 3months. Every baby is different. It took moving her out of our room away from her daddy for her to sleep. She knew he would get up with her. I caught on to that when she was 10months old and my husband deployed for 2 weeks and she didn't wake up once! We had a lot of traveling and events comming up or else I would have moved her earlier. I just didn't want to overwhelm her with all the changes.

Alicia - posted on 05/29/2009

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my son is doing the same thing but i tried playing with him with his toys and the more i played with him the more he gets really tired and there are times he will sleep threw the night and other times he doesnt. when it somes to bed time i layed down with him on the floor and he fall asleep next to me watching tv.

Emily - posted on 05/29/2009

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Have you tried adding baby cereal to her night bottle? This works for some and not for all. It did on my first born, Mallory. I used the blender to get it nice and smooth....and you do not have to add too much either. Just enough to let it fill her up longer. You might have to make the bottle opening a little bigger too....use an ice pick for that. :)

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I agree with Jenifer! My son at that point was waking up 3 times a night and would take at least 4 times as long to take his bottle then usual. I cut out only one bottle and he did the other ones by himself. It was more of a comfort thing in his case. If he had taken the whole bottle I would have kept giving him the night feeding. Do what feels right for you.

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My son did that too (he was younger though ~5 months) and he kept waking up for a bottle and over time he had started waking up 3 times/night... I decided to cut out one of the bottles. When he woke up I went into his room changed his diaper and put him right back in his crib. I told him he wasn't getting a bottle now and that he had to go back to sleep. I stayed with him a few minutes and rubbed his back. When he was calmer I left the room. He started crying again and I left him in his crib for 10 minutes then I went in without saying anything rubbed his back for a minute and left again. Then I waited 15 minutes... and then 20... After an hour in total he fell asleep. The next day he woke up once but only for 20 minutes and the third day he wasn't waking up until the morning.



I hope this helps.. I couldn't let him cry out for a whole hour without showing him I was still there. Just be patient and usually within 3 days they sleep through the night.

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My son did that too (he was younger though ~5 months) and he kept waking up for a bottle and over time he had started waking up 3 times/night... I decided to cut out one of the bottles. When he woke up I went into his room changed his diaper and put him right back in his crib. I told him he wasn't getting a bottle now and that he had to go back to sleep. I stayed with him a few minutes and rubbed his back. When he was calmer I left the room. He started crying again and I left him in his crib for 10 minutes then I went in without saying anything rubbed his back for a minute and left again. Then I waited 15 minutes... and then 20... After an hour in total he fell asleep. The next day he woke up once but only for 20 minutes and the third day he wasn't waking up until the morning.



I hope this helps.. I couldn't let him cry out for a whole hour without showing him I was still there. Just be patient and usually within 3 days they sleep through the night.

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