Anca - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




I have a question, but it is NOT regarding normal age when babies start sleeping through the night. I am asking those of you who had extremely difficult babies. My child is 14 months, never slept through the night, ever! She goes to bed at 8 to 8:30 pm, and wakes up at 7:30 am. During the night, she wakes up every 2 - 2.5 hours, for a total of 4-5 timea a night. She will not put herself back to sleep. We did not and will not try the cry it out method, so my question is not asking for "Advice", but for "experiences"--Basically, I am wondering of those bad sleepers, what is the age your poor sleeper started to sleep better? age 2, age 3, age 5? Could a child be age 3 and still be as bad a sleeper as I am describing? When did your child's sleep improve? Thank you for sharing.


Amy - posted on 01/12/2010




I am sorry you have to go through this. I was always a light sleeper. I wake up at little noises. What helps me is having an air cleaner or fan going to block out the other noises or sometimes music. That is what helped me sleep I don't know if this is why your little one is waking up or not. Good luck!


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Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010




i totally understand not wanting to do the cry it out method...i tried it once and couldnt handle it. my son is only almost 8 months but he still wakes up at 1130 and then again at 330 and we both get up at 530 cuz thats when i have to get ready for work...i got him on a really great schedule which helped with him sleeping better. he use to wake up every hour and want to eat, now its only twice. i feed him dinner at 600 then we play for a little bit, take a bath and he then eats another 5 oz before he goes to bed which is at like 730 or 8. i definitely know it sucks not to get any sleep and i know others have said to turn on the tv or something for background noise but i dont suggest the tv. i would just get a cd player or something and put on some instrumentals or baby cds...they are a lot better for their brains and development than listening to the tv all night. plus the extra light is stimulating which could also make your daughter stay awake longer...hope something helps and good luck.

Shawn - posted on 01/12/2010




What do they eat for dinner and do they get a snack before bed?

My oldest was like that and i would make sure he ate a good dinner and had some crackers or something for a snack before bed

Katie - posted on 01/12/2010




I hav a 9mth old that sleeps better with a fan on and soft noise from the tv...having a full tummy helps too tho (a lil rice cereal in a bedtime bottle feels them up for longer)...

Altho I hav a 3yr that has just started wakin up in the middle of the night again...mostly to ask for a drink or something...i don't kno when it gets better...i hav found tho(and I hav 4children) that a good bath, a full tummy, and background noise helps.

My 9mth old gets a bath and bottle...I rock him to sleep after his bottle. His baby bed is in my husband and me's room and once he's asleep, I lay him in his bed with a dim night light, CMT, and a fan...He used to wake up 3/4 times a night and now he'll sleep 5/6 hours at a time during the night--normally only wakes up for 1 bottle all night now that he has something to drown out the silence or other noises..

Good Luck!!

Emma - posted on 01/12/2010




My husband, stepdaugther and now son are all bad sleepers. Background noise is the best solution. My son is only 7 mo old, but we have our tv on with low sound and he sleeps better, still up twice, but all in all better. My stepdaughter could only sleep with some "white noise", we used an air purifier in her room due to allergies and worked like a charm with her. My husband also needs background noise, all of them can sleep through loud noises etc, but just need a little background noise to help them sleep at night lol hope this helps!

I also do not believe in CIO methods, and believe that there is always an alternative to help little ones sleep better without making them upset.

EDIT; my stepdaughter does sleep through the night, and has for quite a while, she's now 6 and since she was about 2 2/2 we have had no problems.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2010




I know you don't want to hear this since you aren't asking for advice, but crying themselves back to sleep won't hurt them. They do learn how to self soothe and it is hard to hear, but does work. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010




I have the exact same problem my son (19 months old) sometimes sleeps through the night but he always wakes up about 2 times in the middle of the night, if he wakes up I tend to put him next to my bed in his playpin. I am probably causing a bad habit for him but i think he feels safe and more comfortable knowing im right there. But my son never usually sleeps through the night but I don't know what i can do to help cuz i am having the same problems. good luck : )

Rylie - posted on 01/12/2010




i know i am not helping at all but my b/g twins are the same way..i dont know if it makes you feel better but it does me just knowing we are not the only twins eat 8 ox. bottles everytime they wake up too tho..

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