Sleep ... Anymore ideas .... Im desperate !

Kate - posted on 05/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




My daughter is 7 months old and i have already posted a 'help' message regarding her sleep. I have ruled out all possible reasons for waking, food, teeth, hot/cold, wrapped not wrapped etc. People have said to put her to bed when she is at that really tired stage like 7/8 so i have tried this for a week now and i feed her a bottle at 11 and most times she will drink half but then she still wakes at least two more times through the night. I have tried to let her cry it out too but she wont give in! This has been going on for over a month. Any more ideas ?? What are your routines ?


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Jeni - posted on 05/29/2010




Have you tried things like cutting back on day time naps, making sure she doesnt eat too late and a clear cut bath story & cuddles then bed routine? Probably all stuff you've tried but i thought mention just in case its useful. Maybe she's drinking less at 11 because she's nearly ready to give up that feed? Have you tried just offering half a bottle before she wakes so she's kind of drinking half asleep? They call it dream feeding its supposed to make it less of a big deal. Have you also tried when she wakes up later going in doing checks (nappy etc) but making it almost business like no eye contact, no playing etc, just get her comfy and walk out after that leave her 5 then 10 then 15 etc it can be exhausting but it worked for me, if its attention seeking you're sending out a clear cut I'm in charge not you and now is not play time signal.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/29/2010




Argh I feel your pain. My 9 month old also wakes at least twice a night. What do you do to put her back to sleep?

Lindsay - posted on 05/28/2010




My son is 9 months old... We get up between 630 and 730 in the morning, he has a bottle, lots of play time and then his bath 2 to 2 1/2 hours after he wakes up. Then down for a nap- usually 2 hours. Wakes up and depending what time it is he'll have another bottle, and lunch between 12-1. More play time, and usually a nap about 2 or so. Sleeps for another 1 to 2 hours, gets up has a bottle and dinner around 430-6. and bed about 7 and usually sleeps all night. I would suggest maybe getting your little one on a schedule. I started my son at 4 months taking naps ever 2 1/2 hours, make sure they are fed and have a diaper change. My dr told me that there is nothing wrong with letting a baby cry, and it is good to lay them down for bed while they are awake. When I started out I would give my son a half hour and if he still wasnt asleep I would get him up and see what he needed. Now he usually will lay down and go right to sleep. Good luck!

Lisseth - posted on 05/28/2010




My daughter is almost 6 months: her night time routine is 7pm cereal and bath time 8pm BF and nap 10pm BF and Sleeps. I keep trying to get her to sleep earlier. She just started waking up at 6:30am before it was 8:30. Mine I know wakes up sometime because she rolls on her tummy in her sleep and it wakes her.

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2010




Well the routine I try to stick with, with son is wake up at 7:30 or so breakfast before 8:30am lunch at 11:30-12:30 nap at 1pm-3pm never past 3pm! snack upon awakening lots of active playtime, dinner at 5-6:30pm then bath books cuddleing rocking singing quietly and then I hold him entil he falls asleep I put him in bed no later then 8pm. if he wakes up at night I put him in bed with me and pat his back until he falls back to sleep, when he was younger I would hold him in bed laying him over my chest he would always fall back to sleep so fast when I did that. I stoped feeding him at night at around 8 or 9 months old. sometime I think they just want to snuggle with mommy!

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