My daughter is already 8 months old and is still wakes up in the night for feeding.



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Jessica - posted on 03/22/2010




My son is 22 months old and has only started sleeping all night long about 2 months ago. When i asked my doctor about it he said it was fine! My son is very tall (34 inches) and skinny (25 pounds) . Hes just like his mommy, so his metabolism is very fast! An infant may wake out of habit, but it will not eat out of habit. If your daughter eats when she wakes, it's bc her little body is working so hard at night to recharge, so she needs more calories and nutrients! At almost 2 years old, I still feed my son a bowl of oatmeal 15 minutes before bed. And about once a week, he still wakes up around 230 am , eats a granola bar and goes back to bed! And then eats breakfast at 730 am.

Sara - posted on 03/22/2010




I had the same problem with my son when he was 9 months. I was breastfeeding and he would wake up in the middle of the night and nurse. Sometimes for long periods of time. My doctor told me to not get up and that it was more a bad habit than being hungry. So that night I let him cry and I didn't go to feed him. He eventually put himself back to sleep... The next night he didn't wake up at all and I never fed him during the night after that.

Brianna - posted on 03/21/2010




My son did the same thing. My doctor told me he doesn't need the extra calories anymore so to just stop feeding him at night. So I just gave him his pacifier and it took about 3 nights, he would cry a little but then fall back asleep. He doesn't wake up at night any more. He is 5 months old.

Brianna - posted on 03/21/2010




My baby was doing that too, my doctor told me that if he is eating fine during the day then it is just a bad habit. He told me to not feed him at night when he wakes up. The first night he woke up at 4am to eat, I went in his room and held him, he cried for about 20 minutes and then went back to sleep. The second night he woke up at 4 again and I held him and rocked him, he only cried for maybe 10 minutes. the third night he woke up but i gave him his pacifier and he went right back to sleep with no crying. Now he is fine and no longer wakes up! :-D It's hard to let them cry but it made me feel better when I held him and rocked him. I knew he was fine.

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010




My daughter was the exact same way up until a month ago when I bought this great book called "The sleepeasy solution: the exhausted parents guide for ages birth-5" My daughter was sleeping in our bed and is breastfed and was waking 3 times a night and her bedtime was between 11 and 12 until i finally broke down and got this book. It breaks it down by age, how they are fed, teaches you how to wean properly, nighttime routine, and even things when they get older such as transferring from crib to bed and when they are climbing into your bed in the middle of the night. It's very easy to read and very sympathetic. It was written by social workers and was the best $10 I ever spent!! The first few nights are the hardest but after the weaning is done it feels so good! My daughter now sleeps from 8pm until 6 or 7am and doesn't fuss at all when she goes to bed or down for a nap....and sleeps in her own crib! All children up until age 1 should get at least 10.5 hours of sleep at night. You just have to stick to the routine every day/night and not give in...which is reallllly hard but it works. Babies don't like change, just like us...but eventually get the hang of it. It's important for everyone's health to get a good nights sleep :)

LaWanda - posted on 03/21/2010




My little one is almost 8 months and he still wake up everynow and again. He just started doing it again once he started teething. Your not alone! Hope it gets better soon!

Liane - posted on 03/19/2010




It is perfectly normal for a baby of 8 months to wake in the night because of hunger. Feed her and put her back to bed. My son, now 8.5 months old still wakes occasionally for feedings in the middle of the night (normally between 1 and 3 AM). It's not an everyday thing but several times a week. I have 2 other children, the oldest did not STTN until about 9 months old (she was bottle fed from 4 months on) and the younger did at only 2 weeks old. Every child reaches this milestone at a different age and most will accomplish it by 12 months. Hang in there. I know it can be very tiring but the first year really is such a small amount of time once you get through it. Good luck to you and your daughter!

Brandy - posted on 03/19/2010




This is completely normal. She is waking because she is hungry. Give her until she is one because I've been told that's when they stop being hungry at night.

Melissa - posted on 03/19/2010




Stop feeding her. Get her back to sleep in some other way, eventually she will stop waking up because she will realize she isn't getting any food.

Leisel - posted on 03/19/2010




Neither of my boys slept thro until 9 months and even then my eldest still used to get us up a few nights a week. My feeling is that at this stage they probably do not need night feeds and with both mine I switched to water at night and they were so disgusted that they stopped wanting a feed, but with my eldest we still had to use a bit of "controlled crying", luckily he never cried for more than 45mins (have heard of others crying for hours and I would not have been able to do that).

There are many strategies out there, but all I can say is you must chose one that is comfortable with you, and stick with one method. Babies respond well to consistancy, so do not chop and change!

Good luck.

Kerry - posted on 03/19/2010




my son is nearly 11 months and wakes 3-4 times a night some times he will stay awake 4 round an hour other times it could only be 4 round a Minute or 2 i would love 2 go all night with out been woke but cose he has done it 4 so long i don't no what 2 do i suppose he will grow out ov it well that's what am hoping

Janelle - posted on 03/18/2010




perfectly normal - STTN is a developmental thing, like crawling/walking/talking - different kids get there at different times. if she is still waking hungry or thirsty then feed her - is she BF or FF? giving more solids during the day does not equal sleeping longer at night! hugs momma it will get better - this too shall pass!

Amanda - posted on 03/18/2010




I just stopped giving my daughter a bottle if she woke up. I would just give her, her binky back and tell her go back to nite nite and turn her lullabies back on and eventually she just stopped waking up at night. I put her to bed at 8:30 and I give her a bottle at 11 before I go to bed just to give her an extra bottle for the day. Then she sleeps the rest of the night til about 7:30-8 and I feed her breakfast at 9:30 cause she wont eat before then. I love the 11pm feeding the best because she sleeps through it and its nice to hold her like she's my little newborn again. She just looks so peaceful.

Alisha - posted on 03/18/2010




My daughter will be 8 months old on monday and she is still getting up at least once a night and sometimes twice. From November through the beginning of february she slept through then all of a sudden she started getting up and screams until I feed her. I'm exhausted and just want her to sleep. Don't know what to do!!!!

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Is she eating enough during the day? If so, she could just be waking up out of habit. Talk to your Dr when she goes for her 9month shots see what they say. Good luck. I think I would jump off a bridge if I was still not getting a full night sleep. :-)

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