How do I get my one year old to sleep thru the night?

Jessica - posted on 02/14/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 1 year old daughter thats always been a good sleeper for the most part...until it comes to bedtime! To this day, I still can't get a full nights sleep, but I'm sure I'm not the only one here. =] I just need some advice on how to get her to sleep longer! I do the normal routine with supper, and a bath, but she got in this habit of going to sleep with her bottle during naptime, and now she thinks its ok a night. Part of its my fault, cuz at 4 in the morning, I kinda want to find the easiest way to get her back to sleep. I'm easing her off the bottles more, and putting water in them instead...she doesn't seem to have a problem with it for now. Any ideas for what else I could try with the weening process and getting her to sleep longer?

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Lindsey - posted on 02/16/2010

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When our son reached the age of about 1, he started waking up at night and he was always asking for juice .. he was thirsty. He was no longer on a bottle, he had been on sippy cups for a few months so what we started doing was letting him sleep with a sippy cup of water. He had it when he fell asleep and then it was there if he woke up in the middle of the night thirsty. We have not had any problems with him waking up at night for almost 2 years.

Weening off bottles is an easy fix. She is a year old and shouldn't be on a bottle anymore. You can give her the soft top sippy cups or just go straight to the hard top ones (which I prefer) and just stop giving her a bottle. She will protest for a while, just like my son did, and eventually she will want a drink bad enough that she will take it in a sippy cup. When my son would get upset because his drink was in a sippy cup, I would just set it on the counter where he could reach it and tell him that it was there whenever he was ready to have his drink. It took a couple of weeks for him to completely give up wanting a bottle but it worked. I hope this helps you.

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Melissa - posted on 02/16/2010

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Breaking her of a second bottle is just not catering to it. If she wakes let her cry herself back to sleep. She will not starve in the few hours she has to wait for breakfast.

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son is a year old and he sill kinda nurses, but has been off the bottle since he was about 6 months old. He would rather have a sippy cup or a regular cup with a straw. Needless to say at night he will sometimes wake and fuss but I noticed if I had the baby monitor on it amplified the crying so I thought he was crying louder than he really was. Which prompted me to go in a rock him, which would wake him up and now its was 3 in the morning and he was awake. Once I turned the monitor off and let him cry himself back to sleep we have had no problems. I have also learned that it's easier to just take away the bottles and all that stuff at once. Move them staright to a sippy cup or the cups with straws during the day and if the bottle is not an option than what can they do?

Rita - posted on 02/16/2010

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Once I weaned my son from the breast, he started to sleep through the night.I dont know if it was coincidence, but I think once he got used to the idea that there was no more boob, or bottle in your case....my son just went back to sleep. I have an 8 mo old now....and If he wakes up at night I do not stimulate his mind at all! no diaper changing, no light, no tv....I DO nurse him and put him back...but he sleeps from bedtime until 6:00 am , I nurse him and put him right back down.
My 8 mo old was off track at one point, and I let him fuss his way back to sleep a couple of nights in a row at 1:00 am...but very hard to do when the whole house is sleeping.
Good luck with this

Jessica - posted on 02/16/2010

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Thanks that was really helpful. I keep getting different inputs on when I should start weening her off the bottle and didnt know if I should just up and stop giving her the bottle or ease her off...I'll take ur advice and see how it goes! Thanks! =]

Jessica - posted on 02/15/2010

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no shes on the bottle, drinking vitamin d milk now. shes in the habit of wanting to go to bed with a bottle, and wake up around 4 in the morning for another bottle. i need some advice on how to break her of that habit and get her to sleep thru the night instead of waking up for a second bottle.

Ala Ala - posted on 02/14/2010

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you mean you are still breast feeding? if you are, interchange the time she gets the bottle at night instead of her nap time. so that you can also get a few more hours of sleep. i did this with my little boy. during the day i'd breastfeed, but at night i'd give him the bottle. because i was too exhausted to get up again to feed him at night. it gave me about two more hours of sleep.

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