Not sure what to do...

Nikki - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 1/2 months old and she still won't sleep thru the night. She goes to bed great and is quite content to stay in bed until 7 am. But she wakes up at least 2 times a night to eat or get changed....how can I get her to sleep thru the night??

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Mel - posted on 07/30/2009

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try putting cereal in the bottle and if your breast feeding try a bottle of formula before bed instead

September - posted on 07/30/2009

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So many moms say to out cereal in your baby's bottles but I totally disagree unless there is a medical reason such as acid reflux that makes putting cereal in bottles a must. What worked well for my son is a bath, a 6oz. bottle and a smal bowl of cereal before bed. Then I would rock him for a few minutes and then just lay him down in his crib. He would fall asleep within ten minutes with crying at all. I think that routine is good. Babies seem to do well with routines :) You can set a routine that works best for you family. If you follow to a T things will soon get better. It may be that she is just not ready to sleep through the night yet....good luck! :) Babies grow so fast! Try to make the best of it and know that it won't last forever.

Sudie - posted on 07/30/2009

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I know your pain....with my daughter, she slept through the night at four months, which I thought was a bit late, but with my son, he didn't sleep through the night until he was 25 months. I tried crying it out, cereal, warm bottle right before bed, calming baby bath, nothing worked, and then one night he just did it on his own. If her doctor says she fine and has no type of sleep apnea it might just be a very frustrating waiting game, but she eventually will sleep though the night.

Stevie - posted on 07/30/2009

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well since she falls asleep well and knows how to soothe herself well then you could try cereal in her bottle a couple of tbs before she goes to bed and you could try the over night diapers ive personally never used them but i do have interest in them i think with them she might be more comforable being wet or dirty but like i said thats just my thought i could be wrong but i think its worth a shot and try not giving her her bottle in the middle of the night unless you know she is reallly hungry but just give her enough to calm her and the feeling of hungry

Leslie - posted on 07/30/2009

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try putting cereal in her bottle or feeding her some snacks about 30 minn before she goes to be i found that if my duaghter had a full belly before she went to bed se wold sleep thru the night.

Nicole - posted on 07/30/2009

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She'll get there eventually. Have you tried letting her cry it out? She's old enough now that she should be able to self soothe. Is she really hungry, or just lonely and wanting mommy?

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2009

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every kid is different and some of them take a long time to settle in to sleeping through the night...although frustrating to deal with relax and know that it will happen one day! in the meantime the only thing you can really do is set up a good pre bedtime routine...im assuming shes eatign baby food at this point so just make sure shes getting a portion size at dinner that shes comfortable with...when shes done give her a bath, nice fuzzy pajamas, warm bottle and into bed....if my oldest son didnt have that specific routine then he wouldnt stay asleep...i gave him dinner a little later as well, as late as 8 o clock sometimes so he would stay full but the bath was a MUST for him to konk right out for the night...i let him play in the tub as long as he wanted so it really tired him out and relaxed him...but like i sadi every kid is different and some just take a little more time then others to settle in ...you may be doing everything right,,,,good luck! oh and p.s. i used to turn the lights out except a small night light right after the bath and not turn it on again...darkness helps sometimes too....

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