Sleeping though the night?

Amanda - posted on 06/02/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is just about 11 months and he wakes up twice at night for a bottle. I think its just a comfort thing though that started when he started teething. He doesnt take a soother, and he wont cry him self back to sleep. Does anyone have any tips that might help get him sleeping through the night? Or do i just have high hopes? lol. My mom says she used to put a bottle in my bed at night so when i woke up i could grab it and she wouldnt have to wake up. But thats just one more thing i would have to stop eventually.

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Amanda - posted on 06/03/2009

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Thanks for all of your suggestions, i think i have a few things to try over the next couple days! As I said before, he is also teething off and on so that doesnt help keeping a routine.

Thanks!!

Lauren - posted on 06/03/2009

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I think it's hard to say theres an age by which a child should be sleeping through, as all babies are totally unique...but sometimes it would be great to have a solid nights sleep!! I have just finished reading a really great book by the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health about babies sleeping and it should be expected that your average child will wake up and need some help to get back to sleep during the night at least once, about 30% of children continue to do this up until about 5 and that control crying is totally detrimental.

My son is 21months & he'll sleep through for a few weeks, then might wake up once for a few days then go back to sleeping through & occassionally throws in a nice 4 or 5 times a night thing & then it'll all change again!!!

A really great thing that worked for us was having a small sippy cup with water near our sons bed because sometimes he was just thirsty, & it will also help to determine whether or not he's actually hungry. The other tip my midwife gave us was to do what is called a 'sleep feed'or a 'top up', which is just before you go to bed give your little boy his bottle without waking him up too much and that will help carry him through the night a little bit longer, and because he stays mostly asleep it should also help his body get into the rhythm of sleeping for longer periods.

Good luck

x

Nicole - posted on 06/03/2009

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I have the same problem every now and then with my 15 month old. I do what Sarah suggested. I start by only putting one scoop of formula in her bottle, then less and less until it's only water. This usually helps and she begins to sleep through again. Another thing I do is make sure she's getting heaps for dinner, including some healthy snacks after, if he wants, as this usually fills her up and she won't want a bottle. (I find weetbix and a little honey is great for filling up on before bed). And one thing I always do now is exhaust her! I play exciting games a few hours before bedtime (not close enough to get her reved up though!), like jumping on the trampoline, chasey, and other games with lots of mental and physical activity. I find it works well to get her tired enough to need a full un-interrupted sleep.



I wish you heaps of luck

Mwah!

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2009

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I was advised by the nurse at our local child clinic on this topic. She said give baby a feed, but gradually reduce the amount you give them each night, or just give water. Baby will soon find this boring and not worth waking up for. (Hopefully anyway!) Good luck!

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