I need help. 9month old son wont sleep through night.

Tiffany - posted on 03/27/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




I have a nine month old son who is "attached to my hips", I breastfeed and i've been trying to get him on a schedule that allows me some "me time/chores". Also i would like to get at least 6hrs of sleep a night.. its like he is still a new born.. only about 6wks ago i finally got him to stop feeding every 2hrs now he can go a stretch of about 4-5hrs with out bmilk. Of course i feed him baby/table foods as well as snacks through out the day. He gets 3 main meals and 2-3 snacks and feeds on me like 7-8 times... but at night he tries to stay with me in my arms and suck all night and sometimes im so drained im not aware that im allowing him to keep doing it so ive moved where i used to feed him to a rocking chair and now i know that im not half asleep. but its a battle and im not sure what other options should i do! i also have a 7yr old boy as well and my husband wakes for work at 6am and that means the baby wakes.. (we share a room with our baby) and it depends on when he comes home 4-7pm... my baby doesnt sleep for me till 1 or 2am once in a while i get lucky that he sleeps at 10p but risk him waking as if it was a nap... hes up most mornings then at 6-8am and naps between 12-4pm i only give him 2hrs. and tries to sleep at 8 or 9pm but i keep him up.. but not sure if i should.. Help!!


Monica - posted on 03/27/2014




Hi Tiffany,
I can't even imagine being in zombie mode for 9mo, so my hat's off to you for doing what you do, Regarding sleep schedules etc, everyone has an idea or a suggestion, but every baby is different and you need to find out what works for yours. I was desperate when I had to return to work, my son was 4 mo at the time, because I wasn't really getting any sleep. Like you said I was praying for 6 hrs of uninterrupted sleep. What worked for me, and my son started sleeping through the night when he was 4.5 mo old, was this book called "healthy sleep habits happy child." I swear by it. It gives different examples and different methods for different parenting styles. I highly recommend it. By the way the book advises against waking up the baby from naps. It says that the more they sleep, the more they sleep. I was doing the same thing, keeping my son up, or waking him up, but you're not supposed to do that. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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