Not sleeping well at night

Genevieve - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 9 months old and I still can't get him to settle at night after I put him to bed. He always wakes up as little as 30min after putting him down, and then at least 3-6 more times until we are up the next day. I have tried all methods, borrowed all books from the library, and I still can't seem to sooth him in anyway but to nurse.

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Savannah - posted on 06/04/2009

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I know it sounds mean but their comes a time when you may just have to let him cry himself back to sleep. It doesn't sound nice, I know, but that is what I had to do with both of my boys and by 10 months old they both slept through the night on their own. The first few nights are the hardest but it is very important that you kiddo learns to self soothe.

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Genevieve - posted on 06/10/2009

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Thanks to everyones input. I really don't like the crying it out deal but I thought I would give it another try and to my dismay he falls asleep in the first 5-10 min. That is something that he would never do for me before. As well I tried to give him a bottle before bed with formula and for the first few nights he would sleep for 4-6 hrs, but the last 2 nights he has been waking up every 2 hrs again. I am hoping that he has just hit a rough patch and will go back to 4-6 hrs and i'll keep my fingers crossed that he will start sleeping even longer soon. I found that giving him the formula seems to really help and it was a relief to me when he took it cause for 6 months he refused to take a bottle, I think i'm slowly going to transition out of nursing and strictly to bottle. Sorry for blabbing on but I just wanted to say thanks again for everyones help!!!

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Mine was the same way until I got a very strict routine. I also had to find just the right bedtime. i was putting my daughter down at 9 and she was up every 4 hrs. But then I put her to sleep at 730 and now that is her set bedtime. She wakes up one time a night still though to eat. I wish I could get her out of that but I havent found a way either. I too let mine cry a bit too. I dont set a specific amount of time I let her cry I just wait until she sounds like shes about to lose her mind and then I go in. Make sure you dont talk at all, try not to even make eye contact. And since it sounds like you breastfeed I would recommend pumping and just handing your baby the bottle and leaving the room while he eats it and come back to take the bottle when he finishes. That way he doesnt get the interaction that hes craving because there is no medical need for a baby of this age to be fed at night so he just wants you. Hope this helps :)

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2009

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Try to make sure you do the same time every night at about the same time every night Routine Routine Routine!!!

Jessica - posted on 06/04/2009

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I've been having the same problem with my 8 month old. I've been trying lately to just let her cry. I set a time after which I won't wake her and time a time before which I won't get up. The first couple of nights were hard, but now she sleeps about 5 to 6 hours at a time (not consistently yet though). I've been at it about two weeks. I hope it works soon! I'm so tired...

Rosey - posted on 06/04/2009

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try a crib wedge. ever since i put one in my baby's crib (she's 10 weeks) she's slept 5-6 hours straight. before she would fuss, wake up every 3 hours, and even spit up more. now she sleeps much more peacefully.

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I would also try letting him cry himself to sleep, I was having the same issue with my 4 month old and I let her cry an couple of nights for 45mins and after that she sleeps in her crib.

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