when should your baby be sleeping though the night mine is 8mths and 12days old and still get up during the night for a bottle

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Emma - posted on 03/04/2009

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well ive tryed to stop my lil ones bottle but she wnt have any of it. she is now 21 months and still has the bottle and still sleeps in my bed. u say not giving ya kid a bottle nd putting her in her own bed everyday till she gets the point is a waste of time. i try my best. but there nuffin wrong with kids haveing a bottle.

Cali - posted on 03/03/2009

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Wow these are all such great ideas. I have a 6 month old and I've always had the habit of breastfeeding him to sleep and transferring to the crib when he was drowsy. I asked my doctor and she said each night I should decrease the time at the breast in the middle of the night until hardly any time. Because baby gets a feeding in the middle of the night, his body is working up an appetite for the feeding, and so it wakes him up. But I've given in and am exhausted, because I'd rather feed him for a few minutes instead of deal with him being awake and wired for a couple hours in the middle of the night. He's teething so I'm not if he's getting up frequently to eat or from mouth pain. who knows... but I could really use a full night's sleep. haven't had once since he was 3 months old. Of course the doc says when babies are 5-6 months this is ok. But younger babies need round the clock nutrition I guess.

Bianca - posted on 03/03/2009

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My son is 3years old and sometimes I still wake up to give him a drink. He has slept through the nite before and most nights he does, the older he gets he does sleep through more often. It gets hot here and If I need to get up for myself than I just think how he might feel. To make it easier, why dont you have a drink ready for her. Sometimes they are just thirsty. Then again, my son made a habbit of waking me up at least 4 times a night at the age of 1. I noticed that when I gave him water to drink, he wouldnt wake me up as much.

Joanna - posted on 03/03/2009

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I stopped giving my daughter a bottle in the middle of the night at around 3 months old and shes been sleeping thru the night ever since.  She is waking up because its routine for her to get a bottle.  It will take about 3 sleepless nights but I promise she will sleep a good 10 to 12 hours from then on.  You will finally enjoy a nights sleep

Bonita - posted on 03/03/2009

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I am not sure how to answer that both my boys were over 12 months before they slept through the night every child is different and i tried feeding them more and all but they still woke for a bottle in the middle of the night if it is not bothering you then don't worry about it. They evenually grow out of it.

Allison - posted on 03/03/2009

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My son is 2 and he still does not always sleep through the night. I really dont think there is a right or wrong answer to this question as all babies are different. The only thing I would suggest is get a routine going so your baby knows what time it is. Atleast an hour before bed time I always turn down the lights, use my "quiet voice" read him a few books and sometimes give him a bath and he falls asleep a lot better that way. Hope I could help although I am sure you have heard this before! :)

Emily - posted on 03/03/2009

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All babies are different--there is no particular age when they "should" be sleeping through the night.  "Good sleepers" can sleep through the night as early as 4 months, but the vast majority of babies are not "good sleepers".  My son was the worst sleeper EVER (and still is sometimes), but this worked for me and may work for you, too.



If your baby wakes up at about the same time every night, note the time.  Then set your alarm for 1/2 hour before that time.  Wake up before your baby does and prep the bottle.  Then wake your baby up to give her the bottle.



Do this every night for several nights (4 or 5), and reduce the amount of formula in her bottle each night until there is only 1/2 - 1 ounce.



The next night, don't wake her up at all and don't give her the bottle.  You will have "weaned" her slowly from her night feeding and, by waking her up yourself, you will have also short-circuited her waking up and asking you for the bottle.  She should sleep through.



Of course, then she'll start teething and waking up again...I think parents are just meant to never sleep again.



Good luck!

Terie - posted on 03/03/2009

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Some babies wake up because they want mommy and nothing else. My first slept through the night at six weeks--freaked me out and he was breast fed, never woke up at night. My second, a girl, she woke up every night for ever..Oh my gosh. Nothing worked except if I put her in bed with me or I lay in bed with her she would sleep all night long. My third was on and off some nights were great others not so great but she got ever whatever bothered her. Yes there is one more, he's now 23 months old and sometimes he wakes up at night and I know he only wants me. I don't offer food just comfort so I sit or lay with him for a little while then back to the crib and he goes back to sleep.

It all gets better eventually. Try different things because your baby is unique as all of mine have been in their own special way. Do what works for you and your baby, it may take a little while and a lot of patience and even some day time naps for you before things get better, but they will. Good luck!

Christine - posted on 03/03/2009

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make a special routing just for your baby.  dinner, bathtime, a snack or bottle with cereal in it, brush teeth/wash out mouth, wash face, then cuddles in the dark.



mine was sleeping 6.5 hrs at 6.5weeks, 8hrs by 8 wks and 12hrs by 10 wks.  she has also never required a soother or blankie but when she was only a few weeks old, i started putting her to bed semi-awake so she learned to fall asleep and as well, i never went to pick her up in the middle of the night as most of her cries were for attention (if she was upset by something then of course, I'd get her but mostly she was trying to push our buttons)...now she is 22 mths old and can self-soothe in the middle of the night if she wakes up then promply falls asleep again.



i think for an 8mth old it's more about being able to pull your strings...maybe try and not go and get her right away...maybe wait longer to see what she does.



oh the fisher price aquarium also works wonders!!

Chandra - posted on 03/03/2009

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I would have to agree there really is no right or wrong answer to this question.... Although I took the bottle away from my daughter and she started sleeping through the night.... yours might also be waking up from teething I know savannah did when she was that age I would try some origel next time instead of a bottle it may work... Good Luck with everything and she will not stay like this for long trust me.....

Dina - posted on 03/03/2009

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since my son was 3 months old he has slept 12 hours straight at night...he is now 3 years old...I found whenever he wasnt getting enough food before bed he would start waking up earlier, so i then just up'ed his food intake before bed, and this has always worked...at 8 months your child is able to have infant cereal i would suggest starting to give your baby a night time snack...for my son he would eat cereal, have his bath, then drink and bottle and go straight to bed...this made sure his belly was full and he was still drinking the right amount of milk.

Heather - posted on 03/03/2009

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I don't think there really is a right or wrong answer.I know a majority of babies are usually sleeping through the night by that age, but I wouldn't worry to much about it unless of course it is problematic for you.My son who is now almost 10 months old even now will wake up for the occasional middle of the night feeding.I know some mommies will suggest the crying out method.For me I found it tough to hear him cry.I've even tried as far as giving him some cereal just prior to his bedtime but that didn't really work.He's now drinking about 8-9 oz prior to his bedtime and for the most part waking up about 5:30 0r 6 AM,having a bottle then going back to sleep for a few more hours.How much formula is she drinking before bedtime????? Heather  : )

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She should be able to sleep through the night from 6-10 weeks old.  She is big enough to not need a bottle for 8 to 12 hours.  My four month old is already sleeping that long without needing anything.  Try to just skip the bottle and offer a pacifier or blankie.  After asking a few times or a few nights and not getting anything, she should sleep through the night.  Good luck.

Janie - posted on 03/03/2009

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Add a little cereal to the bottle to so she won't wake up hungry. Its a comfort thing. If they are satisfied they should sleep for 8 to 10hrs. Mine did

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