Need help getting my 9 month old daughter to sleep all night long...

Kristen - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I make sure she has full belly before bed. We have a bedtime schedule where we read a book, say a prayer, give kisses, and say good night. I will usually stay in her room for like 5 min then leave the room. We have tried putting her to bed earlier and later, but she still wakes up wanting about a ounce or 2 from her bottle, sometimes more. I have tried weakening her bottle down over time until it was just water. I have tried rubbing her back. I have tried laying on the floor until she goes back to sleep. I do not like the cry it out method. I think it is too harsh. She has cried it out for a little bit during the day, but I can only stand her crying for like 5 min at a time. She gets 2 1 hour naps during the day. I have tried giving her a bath right before bed. I have tried giving her a pacifier, but she won't take one at all. I have tried do a lot of activities to tire her out during the day. Please help. I need a good night's sleep every night not just every once in a blue moon. I am willing to try anything as long as it works. Thanks.

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Crystal - posted on 08/23/2009

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I agree with the letting her cry part, but have you tried putting baby cereal in her formula before bed? My oldest would be so hungry in the middle of the night until we started giving her cereal in her bottle or feeding her cereal/ baby food right before bed. Also how light of a sleeper are you? My youngest, who is 17 months, wakes up about 8 times a night either fussing or repositioning. If i went in every time she made a noise then she would be up every time. She's not crying, just dreaming or moving around. Try not going to her every time she makes a fuss and maybe she will go to sleep again. Just don't give up... it will happen :)

Sarah - posted on 08/23/2009

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i give my lil girl a carton of her baby milk before bed time! this seems to fill her up all night! i know its not nice leavin your baby to cry but belive me it wont do her any harm and it jus makes them realise that night time is sleepy time!

Lacey - posted on 08/23/2009

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crying it out worked best for our son. it lasted about 30 minutes, and then that was it. and i think 2 hours of naps is not enough too. i put my son to bed for a nap and let him wake up on his own, sometimes 3 or more hours later. same thing in the after noon. and when he wakes up at night, unless it is a sick or hurt cry, we do not go in there. children naturally wake up at least a couple times a night, and they need to learn how to get themselves back to sleep.

Monique - posted on 08/21/2009

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Kristen, your solution is easy....eliminate one of her naps, if she goes to bed let's say at around 9 pm, make sure she gets another bottle around 12pm. My daughter did that for a little while and I was miserable, so I know how you feel. The key is that if you take one of the naps from her schedule during the day, she will compensate during the night and then she should be sleeping from 8:30 pm til 7:00-7:30pm. Best of luck!!

Sara - posted on 08/21/2009

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No parent likes to have their baby cry it out. It stinks, and it's hard. But it seriously only took a few days with our daughter, and she didn't even cry very long each time. If you know your baby is going to bed with everything she needs (full belly, pacifier, etc.), it is really just that your baby doesn't WANT to sleep, she wants to stay up and play & cuddle with you. You need to teach her that night time is time for sleep, and that she is fine in her crib. After a few days of this with our daughter, she has slept 12 hours a night, and taken two 2 hr. naps a day for the last year. She is now almost 16 months, and now at nap time, instead of wanting to play, she actually does the sign for "help" and points to her crib, like "help me get in that crib so I can sleep!" and goes right down. She wakes up happy after ever full-night's sleep and great nap, and I am of course so much more rested than I was for her first few months. I think you are going to have to bite the bullet if you truly want your family to get good night's sleep.

Jami - posted on 08/21/2009

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I would have to think maybe she is over tired. Children her age usually take much longer naps than 1 hour at a time. My twins were napping taking an hour morning nap and then almost a 3 hour afternoon nap when they were that age. A lot of the research that you'll read will say that when infants/children get over tired they sleep less. Maybe you should try working on a better nap schedule and see if that helps out at night. I know the crying out method is hard to do...but sometimes it is necessary...good luck!

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