Anyone have tips to getting 9mo. baby to sleep thru the night?

Ashley - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have a 9 month old son that still wakes up atleast twice a night for a bottle! I have tried feeding him right before he goes to bed. Before and after bath time. I have even kept him awake during a few of his usual nap times to see if that help.......still no good! I dont know what else to do to get him to sleep thru the night. Any pointers?? Thanks, Ashley

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Shonda - posted on 10/10/2009

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I don't know if this will help, but I bought a book called Good Night Sleep Tight and in that book the Kim says that the reason kids get up is that they may wake up, but then don't know how to put them selves back to sleep. I used her strategy on my son and he started sleeping through the night. Like I said I don't know if this will help bc it has nothing to do with his feedings but worth a try. :0)



This book uses a different method of teaching the baby's to soothe themselves to sleep than crying it out. I just couldn't do that.



Shonda

Demelza - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi, I have four children and to be totally honest with my first, he did not sleep throught the night until he was over 18 months old. With my second when plunket told me that from eight months a child does NOT need feeding in the night, from that night I did not feed him in the night. Yes, he did wake and scream and I went in there, made sure that he was okay and said, Shh, you are okay, made sure the blankets were over him and everything and walked out. He cried for a while and yes, it was hard listening to that, but, I was already pregnant with babies 3 and 4 and I NEEDED sleep. For two nights he woke and cried a bit, but on the 3rd night he slept through and did from then on. It becomes a bit of a habit for them to wake up and one that you have to break, unless you are happy with night time feeds.



Of course, if your child is a sickly child, then you have to make sure that there is nothing else the issue before trying this or anything. Hope this helps and GOOD LUCK!!! but it is worth it.

Grace - posted on 10/08/2009

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hi, prepare the bottes he needs during a the night, so when he wakes up for one you can give it at once. try to keep the room in dim light, no toys beside the bed to distract your baby from goin back to sleep. try to give him a tender massage to make him relaxed. hoped it work.

Heather - posted on 10/08/2009

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how much meat does he eat during the day?? I find that for my son who will be 8 months on the 25th, it helps him sleep if i feed him meat for both lunch and supper!! Also, skipping daytime sleep will make it harder to sleep at night. Does he wake up crying or just wake up and make little noises?? I know my little boy makes noise all thru the night, and sometimes for several minutes at a time but if i leave him alone he usually self-soothes back to sleep. Also, do you have the nighttime lotion from johnsons?? it smells like lavender and is soothing for babies to help them sleep.... now if only my lil boy hadnt licked some off my finger tonight! Hmph!

Lindy - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hello, I am having the same issue with my 9 month old daughter. She rarely sleeps through the night. It seems like she will not go back to sleep until I finally give in and give her a bottle...which is usually after at least an hour of trying to get her back to sleep without one. Our pediatrician said she is doing this out of habit. Until a few weeks ago I used to give her a bottle at 8 while we rocked the chair and she would fall asleep drinking or I would put her to bed right after she was finished. The doc said she is associating going to sleep with having a bottle. So I have elminated the bottle and given her a cup of milk around 7:30 to drink while we finish playing before bed. She goes to sleep on her own now with no problem and MOST nights out of the week she actually sleeps through the night. Give it a try! I wish you luck!

Mandy - posted on 10/08/2009

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My daughter is ten months old and just last month she started sleeping on her own. It was hard but I talked to her doctor and he sai before she goes to sleep give her her milk and change her diaper, give her a bath do everything possible that they may want. And if they wake up in the middle of the night lay them back down and give them there pacifier if they take one and if they cry you have to let them cry. If they are able to put themselves back to sleep then you will be golden.

Tammy - posted on 10/08/2009

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He is full...dry....and clean...no fever....We all know the sound of our babies cries and if there is something wrong...if nothing is wrong let him cry....crying wont hurt them but later in life when they have bad sleep habits will.....Try letting him cry and give yourself a time if he does not quit then go check on him.

Jessica - posted on 10/08/2009

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My son is 9 months also and just recently started getting up 2 times a night.He did sleep soundly for 11 hours straight, then He just cut his 2 bottom teeth last week and that has really affected his sleep. Not only that but he is going thru some major milestones(standing and taking some first steps) right now which also has made it difficult for him to sleep thru the night. He wants to test out his new skills in the middle of the night! Doctors say it is normal for them to wake up when they are going through this major growth spurt. My son still wants a bottle every time he wakes up, but I have slowly weaned him by giving him an ounce less every time he wakes...till he eventually gets only an ounce. Which is much better to his regular 7 oz he used to consume! I also give his about 4oz of cereal around 7pm and give him a 4oz. bottle at 8...this usually keeps him asleep till 5am, then he has his 1-2 oz bottle then sleeps till 9:) Which I think is pretty good. Letting him cry it out is somewhat ok for me. I try to use a more gentle approach. By singing to him softly and rocking for just a couple of minutes to prepare him. He usually cries for about 5 minutes or will just mumble softly to sleep. I hope you get some restful nights soon!

Alicia - posted on 10/08/2009

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Let him cry himself back to sleep. It broke my heart when I had to do it to my 2 boys but sometimes thats the only way. My pediatrician said they had to learn how to put themselves back to sleep. It took my oldest son just 2 times of crying before he readjusted. My younger boy was a good week but he no longer wakes up and we are much better off now that I could get a full nights rest

Nicola - posted on 10/08/2009

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Dont give him his bottle,i know its easier said dan done but if u keep feeding him he wil always expect it.Give him a little sip of water instead

Brittany - posted on 10/08/2009

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when my son did that i started giving him a milk bottle before bed and then every time he woke up at night he only got water. that helped him...

Erica - posted on 10/08/2009

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I had the same issue with my 2 older kids. I took the bottle and put the formula in a sippy cup. Then it was like magic!!! They slept,lol. So your son may be just wanting the bottle because its soothing for him at night when he wakes up.good luck

Casey - posted on 10/08/2009

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well you really have to go with your own personal instincts but my dr. and a few books I read basically said- when they wake up u can goin there and try rocking them back to sleep and if that doesnt work- you let them cry themselves to sleep. and as harsh as that sounds- it works- they WILL get tired of crying on go back to sleep. my son is 15 months and hes been sleeping through the night since he was about 4 or 5 months. Basically he did it one night on his own- and then wanted to wake up- but since he did it- i knew he wasnt waking up b/c he was hungry and that it was possible for him to go all night. So i did the rocking thing- but that didnt really work cuz then he just wanted to play- so one night i got brave and i let him cry- and in about 15 minutes he went back to sleep- and has been sleeping through the night ever since. But like i said- you have to go with YOUR instincts- every child is different and nobody knows them better then you.

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