How can i get my 10 mo. old son to actually sleep through the night with out waking up for a bottle?

Amy - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 10 mo. old son will fall asleep at 9 or so but then wake up at 12 o'clock and 4 o'clock in the middle or the night just to have a bottle but mind you he never even finishes the whole thing... what can i go to get him off this habit...He won't even take his pacifier anymore so that won't help either!!

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Andrea - posted on 05/14/2010

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Remember three nights! It will feel like an eternity but the sooner you do it the sooner you can actually move forward and you both can get a solid nights worth of sleep. I tried the water techinque and some other thing but I just kept coming back to the cry it out thing. If it doesn't break your heart you aren't human and to say it's tough is an understatment but the fact is, it works and it's fast. Be strong and you'll get through it!

Lisa - posted on 05/14/2010

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I would suggest getting the book: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg (free from your library!) and The Baby Whisperer answers all your problems... Her philosphies are amazing... doesn't believe in letting your child 'cry it out', but gives you a solid plan that WORKS! And best of luck to you, no matter what method you use, it's tough! Know that like all things in parenting: This Too, Shall Pass!

Amy - posted on 05/14/2010

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@ ink i recently started the whole water thing to cause if i give him a bottle of milk it would go to waste and the water was the best solution the i was able to think of and it's been working so far i guess he just needs something there to comfort him. @ Chaska i have a baby swing which he use to ove during the night but i just thought that i was to uncomfortable for him to sleep in during the night. but i just want to take this time to thank all of you wonderful mothers for your advice but i think i'm gonna take the hard way out and just allow him to cry and see what happens next hopefully it will work out..

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My daughter was dong this until I bought the fisher price rock and play sleeper....I guess it was comfortable, because shortly after she started sleeping till 6am and then up for a feeding and back down till 9am.

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I switched the bottle of milk to a bottle of water. If he did wake up through the night, he got water, only water. It was boring, not what he wanted... and he went right back to sleep mostly in disgust. But after just a few days of this, he didn't wake at 1am.... or 5am. He started sleeping from 9pm to 9am.

Andrea - posted on 05/13/2010

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This was my story a little over a year ago. The solution sucks but it works. I got the advice from books as well as my pediatician. Let him cry it out. It takes an average of three nights then it will be smooth sailing. My son cried and cried and cried and it broke my heart but he wasn't hungry. I sent my husband to the basement to sleep because he stressed me out more than the baby crying. After the second night of solid crying for 3 hours :( he barely cried on the third. Occassionally, he would still wake an cry but eventually he got the clue that I wasn't coming. Now, when he wakes up early in the morning he entertains himself (for the most part) until 7am. If this method seems to harsh for you I read a book called "The Gentle Sleep Solution" which is a 10 day process that I tried but took too long for me. Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 05/13/2010

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Thank you ladies but i have tried the dummy and all the snacks,cereal in bottle or even just feeding it to him but it seems like nothing works. I even just left him crying since i new that his diaper was changed and he wasn't hungry but that worked for about to hours then he woke up again.. i even have a 2 yr old that she was the totally opposite when she was a baby i just keep telling my husband that it's fine and it's because of his teeth!!...lol but it's just annoyin habit that it's hard for me to break with him.

Eve - posted on 05/13/2010

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you can try putting some rice or oatmeal cereal in his first night time bottle. or feeding it to him by spoon before his bottle.

Louise - posted on 05/13/2010

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At 10 months he does not need a feed during the night this is just habit. Make sure he has a snack before bed and then put him down. When he wakes just wrap him up warm and offer him a dummy. He will cry for the first few nights but when he realises that waking up is pointless he should adjust and sleep through. This will not be easy but stick to it and it will pay off. Good Luck! x

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