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Erica - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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OK so my dauhter just turned 7 months old on the 18th. And she is still waking up atleast once a night! How do i get her to sleep through the night? Also im a first time young mom so theres alot of questions i have.. Should she be crawling yet. She only crawls backwards!

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Tanya - posted on 05/20/2010

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Every child is different from sleeping patterns to crawling.. There is no set age that every single baby will be on. My oldest daughter was sleeping through the night early and I got spoiled :) but my middle she is now 4 and will still wake up in the night this is her sleep pattern she has always done this so its not a surprise to us and at first I was losing my mind over this how do I get her to sleep all night well there is nothing I can do she is who she is and she will probably always be like this. Now my younest she was sleeping through the night by 7 - 8 months. No child is the same and you can try all the "tricks" that are out there but don'e stress over it. Now crawling again there is no set age my oldest never crawled she went straight to walking at 7 months and my middle she crawled by a year and didn't want to walk untill after her first b-day and my youngest she crawled at 6 - 7 months. But I've watched many children and they all set there own pace.. Just have fun with your little one don't worry she sounds like a perfect 7 month old.. Before you know it you'll be saying I wish she was my little baby still and I could hold her and love her like a baby you will miss these days..

Jeffe' - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hello! I am a first time mom and asked all those questions too. What I have come to find out is that my daughter loves her set schedule at night. I feed her a bowl of oatmeal then bathe her and then lay her in her crib with her bottle and I read her a book while she is drinking her bottle. When she is finished with the bottle I sneak out of the room and she plays with her hair until she falls asleep. I learned that holding her until she fell asleep was wonderful cuddle time but hard to lay her down afterward. So I started just laying her in her crib first and it has helped her to fall asleep without me holding her and helps her to be comfortable in there alone so if she does wake up in the middle of the night she will either just talk to herself or sing until she is back to sleep without me having to be by her side all the time. I agree with the other moms on not going to your child unless they are crying like crazy. Oh and for the first couple of months my daughter never slept through the night and I found out it was because she wasn't getting enough food. I know a lot of moms are not ok with the rice cereal in the bottles but I put one small spoonful in my daughters bottles and she has been sleeping through the night for almost a year now. Remember to follow your instincts they are the best to rely on. I hope i somewhat helped.

Sophie - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi, i'm a new member, first time mom as well, i hope i'll be helpful.

For the night time, there's 3 things to check 1st does she go to bed with a bottle?

2nd does she go to bed after falling asleep in your arms?

3 does she cries when she wakes up?

If she fall asleep only with a bottle or the breast, whenever she feels that they're not there, she wakes up.

If she fall asleep in your arms and not in her bed, whenever she feels that she's not in your arms that's wakes her up.

If she wakes up happy and not cry, try to let her in her bed she may fall asleep again.

If she gets use to being pick up each time she's up,she's gonna wakes up automatically, i know it's gonna be hard but you have to let her in her bed even if she cries. try to not associate bed time to a bottle or your arms, explain to her that it's bed time that mommy gonna put her in her bed and give her loads of kisses, tell her you love her, and be there tomorrow, try to put her to bed at the same time and not pick her if she wakes up, that's the hardest thing to do. Another thing to check absolutely is if she's getting enough food before bed, it can be because she's hungry.

Don't be worrying cause other babies sleep and not yours, all babies are different, your daughter is just fine and beautiful.

For the cawling, it's normal, she acctually in advance, cause babies at 7 months are just starting to control the sitting part, yours is crawling already, backwards because she's learning, normaly babies crawl around 10 11 months,

Don't stress enjoy her as much as you can and everything will be fine.

Sophie

Nikki - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi Erica, it's normal for a 7 month old to still wake up and each child develops differently when it comes to crawling, so don't be too stressed about it. DON'T give her cereal in a bottle, it is a choking hazard and studies have proven that it doesn't work to help them sleep through. She may not be ready to sleep through just yet, does she have a pacifier? Could you try to see if she will settle without a feed? If not she obviously needs the feed, so just keep going with it, it won't last forever. Good luck.

Tracy - posted on 05/20/2010

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You have normal fears of a first time mom. Not all kids develop at the same rate, so you can't compare your child to what is "expected" for each developmental milestone. My daughter commando crawled (dragged her legs behind her) from ages 7months to 15 months and barely pulled up on anything but then at 15 months just stood up and started walking. Of course we worked with her to get her wanting to walk. You can work with your baby to help her get her knees up under herself, but she will do it when she's ready and willing. Your daughter also may be in a growth spurt and is waking up hungry at night. You could try to get her to eat a bedtime snack of veggies and milk before putting her down for the night to see if that helps her stay asleep longer. Also, if she uses a pacifier at night, keep several in her bed so she can grab one if hers falls out of her mouth. I think they still make glow-in-the-dark pacifiers so she can find them on her own. Don't worry. It will all happen when it's supposed to happen. :)

Carina - posted on 05/20/2010

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Are you giving her a bottle? If so, make one nipple a little bigger and give her some cereal in her bottle before bedtime. Also, if you have a monitor, turn it way down so you don't hear every little sound. Only go in if her cry is crazy and she can't soothe herself back to sleep. As for crawling, one of mine only crawled for a tiny bit before walking. Consider yourself lucky that she isn't all over the place yet. :)

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