waking twice a night again!!

Jena - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months old, started sleeping through the night and now for no apparent reason is waking twice a night again and drinking 2 full bottles!!!! Do you have any advice on how I can break this before it becomes a bad habit!!!

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I agree with Melissa! Don't offer him a bottle! If he's genuinely hungry he'll learn to eat more during the day and eventually he won't be waking for feedings during the night! If you offered him a bottle when he woke up he becomes used to that happening and it is merely a habit! If he's feeding thru the night then he'll eat less during the day and it becomes a vicious cycle and extremely difficult to break them of it!

That being said, ur son is still fairly young and like another mom said, it's not uncommon for a 8 month old to wake throughout the night for feedings! Do what works best for you!

Jessica - posted on 03/22/2010

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It may just be a growth spurt. If it goes longer than a month then I would assume that it may be an attachment thing. Either way try your best to handle it and nurture him the best you can. You can also try adding rice cereal to his bottle before bed ... that will help fill his belly longer and possibly keep these late and early feedings down. Let me know if you need any other help :-)

Jena - posted on 03/22/2010

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Wow guys thank you all for your advice!!!!! It is just so great to have people to talk to!!!!! I am going to give all your advice a try as they all make sense!!!!! So keep up the good work ladies!!!!

Melissa - posted on 03/17/2010

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Don't offer him the bottle! If he wakes and you give him the bottle to go back to sleep, then he will start to wake up to feed on a regular basis. If you calm him in other ways, such as rubbing back, singing, pacifier, blankie etc, then he will start to sleep better at night again. (Assuming it isn't teething or other pain/issue). The last thing you want to do though is give the bottle, you don't want him used to getting that at night again. (This is all in my opinion and based on what my Dr. told us when my son was 4 months old.)

Tiffany - posted on 03/17/2010

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Teething is always a good guess... however is your child taking long knaps during the day? My son went through this phase that he seemed to take too long of a knap in themiddle of the day so he was too rested at night to sleep all night. Or is he taking his knaps too late in the day? Your childs sleep pattern at other times can have a bad affect on their night schedules. Try really hard to set a bedtime routine as well. Set him a set bedtime, about an hour before he should have a relaxing bath maybe with Johnson and Johnson's bedtime formula with jasmine to help him relax. Then give him his before bed small snack as this could cause some tummy upset sometimes depending on the child. Followed with a warm bottle and a book or lullabye. Soothing him before and relaxing him really well before can help...hope it does. Good Luck and have a Blessed day!

Megan - posted on 03/17/2010

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my guess is that it is a growth spurt.... i would try giving him a snack or something before bed

Danielle - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son didnt even start sleeping through the night until he was 10 months!! He was up 3 or 4 times a night. He wasnt hungary I think he just got into this habit of waking up. So his doctor told me that I did to start ignoring it because this habit will never go away. My son is also in the room with us so his doctor thought he was also just waking up because he knew we were in the room. So he told me the 1st time he woke up not to say anything to him and just give him his binky and lay him back down. Then he told me if I knew he was safe to just ignore him. My husband and I also use to go downstairs and sleep on the couch so our son would understand that its not wake up time..he would cry for about 15 mintues then he would go back to bed. We did this for about a month before my son finally started sleeping through the night. He's almost 15 months now. Ya he still might wake up every now and then but thats due to being sick or he lost his binky little things like that. But if your son is going to bed with a full belly I dont think hes waking up because hes really hungary. Hes just taking those bottles for comfort. But I would ask you doctor what he thinks you should do. Kids always go through phrases and like the Rebecca said teeth make kids do some weird things. But good luck and Im sure it will work out it always does. =)

Rebecca - posted on 03/17/2010

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It could be teeth or a growth spurt. My daughter is also 8 months old and she had a cold last week and was up every night 2-3times. She is also getting her top two teeth so about an hour before her bedtime i give her Tylenol now and she sleeps fine again. She sleeps from 7pm-9am

Carly - posted on 03/17/2010

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If I was you I would try a "GHOST Feed" I did it with my son when he started to wake back up and it worked a dream. If your child sets down for bed time before you do, wait until around about 11pm-12am and put a bottle in his mouth. Sit there and make sure he drinks as much as he needs then slowly take it back off him. He is not sound asleep when he drinks so it is perfectly safe for him to have a bottle led down. It should give him a full belly enough to see him through till morning. I did this with my son with reccomendations from a very well known experienced child minder & I have never looked back! After a few weeks I stopped giving it to him & he goes through a full 12 hours! It helped heaps and if it helps Mummy get a few more hours it's better for everyone! Hope this helps!

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