How do I get my 6 month old to sleep through the night?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2009

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Thank you so much, I have tried feeding her pablum before bed aswell as a bottle to keep her nice and full but she always wakes up at around 3 in the morning and wants another bottle. When i do feed her she goes right back to sleep but its still exhausting having to get up. My oldest daughter slept through the night from the time she was 4 months so im having a hard time understanding their differneces.... I was thinking of trying the Ferber method? It was suggested by a friend of mine... any thoughts? She said it worked for all 4 of her kids. Any help is appreciated, thanks again.!

Shayna - posted on 03/10/2009

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try feeding her a bit more just before bed time.  Either a few extra ounzes of formula or if she has started cereal a but of that.  most of the time a baby wakes up in the middle of the night for 2 reasons, they want comfort or they are hungry.  my pediatriton told me the extra formula trick when my son went for 2 week check up after he was born and it worked like a charm (took about 3 days to figure out how much was just enough that he slept through the night and didn't spit up after i put him down)  he used to sleep from 9pm till between 7 and 10am.  Also worke well with my daughter who was a but confused when was supposed to be bed time( wanted to sleep all day and be up all night)  i used this little  trick to get her on the right sleep schedual at around a month old.



 



Hope this helps.... Good Luck!

Janine - posted on 03/10/2009

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Encourage self-soothing, It is important for your baby to learn the important life-long skill of falling asleep independently. While it is up to parents as to when they want to encourage this development, parents should be aware that it is easier for an infant to learn this skill than it is for a toddler or young child.



When your child wakes up, let him or her cry thereself back to sleep, if you always so in and pick her up right away, that is what he/she is going to expect, but eventually she will learn to sooth him/herself back to sleep

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