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i'm having trouble getting my 4 month old boy to sleep for the whole night, please help?

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April - posted on 02/25/2009

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Are you feeding him? My daughter was waking up at 4 to eat but she didnt really eat - she only "snacked" so one night I didnt get up to feed her - she cried. We did that for 3 nites.. which was really hard.. but on the 4th night - she didnt wake up.. and she never woke up again.. She was 2 months when we did that and has slept ever since..

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2009

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Are you feeding cereal yet? At 4 months his nap schedule should start to get on a schedule, try not to let him nap past 6 and give him his last bottle right before you lay him down, but dont lay him down w/ a bottle, thats a horrible habbit to start. And when he wakes up in the middle of the night dont feed him, if you do he will just keep waking up because he wants that bottle! If you are giving him cereal, give it to him at dinner time when you eat then when its close to the time you want him to go to bed make him a bottle. It should hold him, it worked for my son. Hope it helps you!

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Tamara - posted on 02/25/2009

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Please, please, please, do NOT put rice cereal in your baby's bottle. It is DANGEROUS. I know this is hard when your child is going through sleep regressions but this too shall pass. Swaddle, use white noise, a swing, anything but rice cereal in a bottle.

Read the links I have posted above. They have text and links to scientific studies that show the very real dangers of putting rice cereal in your child's bottle unless they have GERD. Even then, it's -only- done under a doctor's supervision.

Fredricka - posted on 02/25/2009

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AS SOON AS MY GIRLS CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL, I PUT A LITTLE CEREAL, OR RICE IN THEIR BOTTLES WITH THE MILK. NOT TOO MUCH SO ITS THICK, BUT JUST ENOUGH TO BE NOT SO WATERY. THEY SLEP ALL NIGHT, EXCEPT FOR WHEN THEY WERE SICK. AND DOING THAT HAD NO BAD EFFECTS ON EITHER ONE OF THEM, MY DR'S WERE WELL AWARE OF IT AND SAID IF THEY SHOW NO PROBLEMS THEN DO AS UVE BEEN DOING. THEY WERENT OVER WIEGHT. I MEAN BOTH OF THEM WEIGHED AT BIRTH OR 8.5 LBS..SO THEY WERE BIG BABIES TO BEGIN WITH. BUT THE REASON Y BABIES WAKE UP SO MUCH THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE HUNGRY RIGHT? THEY ARE USED TO EATING WHATEVER U ATE WHILE U WERE PREG WITH THEM. THATS HARD TO LOOSE IN THEIR EYES ONCE THEY ARE HERE. SO FEED THEM MORE THEN JUST FORMULA, MILK WHATEVER. IT WORKS AND EVERYONES HAPPY.

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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I also put rice cereal in my oldest girls bottle when she was a baby. It helped alot. My 11 month old has been sleeping soundly since 6 wks old, thankfully. But I remember my first baby girl and nothing helped but the Rice cereal. Just make sure you cut the nipples a little so they won't clog. 

Monica - posted on 02/25/2009

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i have a 3 and a half monyh old he started sleeping thru the night at 2 months.... i started putting a little bit of cereal in his formula before he went to bed and he is out for like 9 hours.... hope this helps...

Tamara - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Danielle:

i sent you a msg by mistake my son was usually still hungry. I put rice cereal in his bottle and hesis out for the count!


Rice Cereal is not to be put in a bottle as it is a choking hazard, is detrimental to digestive health, and can cause food allergies.



 



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/tipcere... This link has studies to show the fallacies and dangers of putting cereal in a bottle for an infant.



http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/sol... This link also has studies that shows the dangers and fallacies of putting cereal in a bottle.

DeAnna - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son has slept through the night since we sleep trained him at 4 months old. He's in bed at 7:30 and sleeps till 7:00 - 8:00 am. He is a super happy and well adjusted 16 month old! Sleep training him was the best thing we ever did for him. We read The Sleep Easy Sleep Solution and it took 3 nights and he was sleep trained. I can't imagine how he would be if he didn't get enough sleep at night. He also takes a 2-3 hour nap in the day because he sleeps so well at night. Hope that helps. Sleep training is the very best thing we ever did for him.
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Christine - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi my little boy is 5 months old, they are not yet ready to sleep through the night without a feed. some do and if they do your lucky. My 2 year old still wakes at least once. My son has rice cereal for breaky, fruit for lunch and vegies for tea, he still goes 4 hourly feeds. Your little boy will sleep through when he's ready.

Danielle - posted on 02/25/2009

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i sent you a msg by mistake my son was usually still hungry. I put rice cereal in his bottle and hesis out for the count!

Mietze - posted on 02/25/2009

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 thanks so much for all the info, ill try a couple of things with him. i hope it works.

Alicia - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi Mietze



Have you tried giving him a lavendar bath, playing with him for 15 more minutes, and playing classical or soft music?  I did this with my son and daughter and it worked...It still works, he is 5 and she is 17 months.  Good luck. :-)

Whitney - posted on 02/25/2009

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I'm having the same problem with Jane she is six months.  The doctor says she wil do it in her own time but it can be rough.  Jane is still up at 12 and 3 .  Is you baby on solids?  i have noticed if she has oatmeal befor bed she will miss the 12 am but still wake up for the 3am.  good luck

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It's ok that he doesn't sleep through the night. My little girl is about to be six months and for the first week, she has slept stretches of 8 hours which is incredible. I started giving her a half bottle of breastmilk and half formula at night for the past two weeks. I'm not sure if this is the reason why (she could have just hit the right maturity) but my doctor suggested doing that at four months. I would just be careful and make sure you pump enough and have your baby nurse enough to keep your milk up. If you are giving him formula already, then you might try to stick to a routine (bath, bottle, pj's, book or cuddle, put down awake) or even throw in a little massage after the bath to start the relaxing period. Madeline always seems to sleep a little sounder with a massage.

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2009

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My little girl is 3mths old and she sleeps through the night, I feed her at 7 or 8 and then lay her down and she sleeps till 6 or 7 in the morning. I keep her warm and give her the pacifer. SHe is also eating 6 ounces of milk. How much is he eating and how often?

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I have 4 children and they are all different my first and last are very much the same when it comes to sleeping through the night, my first was 18 months old, but my second and third children slept all night, I think they do it when they are ready..... Good Luck......

Tamara - posted on 02/25/2009

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It's ok that he doesn't sleep for the whole night. Human beings aren't designed to be doing such a thing this young. http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/... is a great source of studies that show what is developmentally appropriate for sleep from birth to a year.



My daughter is 17 months old and still rouses 2-3 times a night. It's totally normal.

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