Night Wakings

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LisaB - July 5

Yes I know its me again asking about how to get ds to sleep thru the night, we were doing ok on cio when he wakes then last night he was up for over an hour crying on and off. Problem with that is he becomes wide awake and unable to put self back to sleep. Is it because I'm nursing? Please anyone else not have their lo sleeping thru the night at 8 months? Feeling like a pretty big failure and like ds will never get good sleep.

 

Shannon - July 5

my baby dd is 8 months and she'll still wake up a few times. she's b___stfed though and not eating a lot of solids yet. the last time we tried cio, instead of nursinng her to sleep in our bed, she cried for about 45 mins until she threw up all over herself. i've been taking the easy way out ever since.

 

HANNAHs Mom - July 5

My dd is 10 months and sometimes will wake up for a little b___st. Lately I have noticed that she has seemed a bit more alert at her wakings and will stay awake for approx a hour or so. I am thinking it may be time to switch her to a 1 nap a day schedule instead of her usual 2 naps so she will sleep thru the night entirely. Just a thought...haven't tried it yet but hope this helps.

 

nic nac - July 5

LisaB, I am sorry you are going through this. Does he take a bottle of b___stmilk at all? I have a friend that has a 7 month old and she is still b___st feeding but her daughter only wants to drink b___stmilk from the bottle and she really isn't into solid foods yet, she just doesn't like them yet. But using the bottle at night instead of the b___st has helped her a lot. She goes to sleep at 6;30 and wakes at 4:30 for a feed and my friend isn't doing CIO, she just puts her down in her crib and she lets her cry for a minute or two if she wakes up in the night before going in to sooth her. Most nights she puts herself back to sleep but if not she justs puts her crib toy on and rub her back and she goes back to sleep. How is his eating schedule during the day?

 

Sarahsmommy - July 5

She may really need a middle of the night feeding. All babies are different and some need to eat more then others. Try to nurse her and see if she is really eatting or if she's just soothing herself. Sarah will be 7 months on the 7th and she still needs to eat once during the night.

 

LisaB - July 5

ni nac he eats 3-4 jars of baby food plus gerber puffs and nurses 3-5 times a day. At night he is up nurses and right back to sleep all in all it takes about 10 minutes but I am afraid of creating a night waking habit which my ped says this already is. He naps 2-3 naps a day totaling 3 hours. He is a grump if he doesn't get enough sleep and it seems if he naps well he does much better at night. I won't bring him into bed with us and thats about the only thing I haven't tried.

 

nic nac - July 5

LisaB,don't worry, it gets very frustrating when these things happen, LOL. I agree with your ped. I know we talked about this before and I know it's hard. Have you tried increasing his feed during the day by the amount he is waking for at night? Have you tried not feeding him when he wakes at night? If I remember correctly, he has slept through the night a few times and that means he doesn't need a night feed. You could try writing down what he eats and drinks on the days he sleeps through the night and the days he doesn't and the times. That way you can see what is going on during the day that makes him sleep or wake up. At 8 months he shouldn't need to eat in the middle of the night. What did your ped recommend? I write down everything my dd eats, drinks, the time and her naps too. I created a spreadsheet and it really helps me to make any minor adjustments to her schedule if it gets slightly messed up during the day, due to outings, heat, company, etc. So on a daily basis I can pretty much predict what her night will be like and what changes need to be made to try to avoid night wakings. Honestly, I have had success with CIO, but after she had her 6 month shots, for 4 days, she would barely eat and guess what, she woke up in the night to eat because she wouldn't eat enough during the day. Now she is back on track but keeping track of everything helped me out.

 

LisaB - July 5

Thanx nicnac I had been keeping a list of naps and feeding a long time ago and stopped I'll try that again. We'll see what happens

 

nic nac - July 5

LisaB, I wish I could be more help. What did your ped. say to do since he/she thinks the waking is out of habit?

 

Christy - July 5

What is your response to him when he wakes up and cries in the middle of the night? Do you wait a bit or go to him immediately? My son, who is also 8 months old, started sleeping through at 3.5 months. At about six months, he started waking in the middle of the night once or twice a week throughout the month of May. I never knew why or what was eating him, but he is back to sleeping through the night for over a month now. (Watch- he will wake tonight just to spite me! LOL!) When he does wake at night, if he is crying very loudly/strongly, I go to him immediately and usually end up nursing him back to sleep. Sometimes I just leave him in bed with me. If he is just fussing and whining, I usually leave him alone and he eventually falls back asleep. The one thing I did change in the past month is that I try not to let him stay up for more than three hours at a time. He naps twice a day, around 9 AM and 1 PM. If he wakes early from his naps and is fussing, I leave him for a bit and he usually goes back to sleep for like another hour or two. He definitely seems to sleep better at night when he gets his two naps in and doesn't stay up for too long during the day. OH! and I forgot to mention that he still nurses about 6 times a day in addition to two solid meals a day (breakfast and dinner.)I read that older bf babies (6-10 months) still need to nurse around 7 times a day- about every two to three hours when awake. I also read that many older bf babies still wake at night for a feeding as well. Maybe your son is one of those babies. :( Anyway, I hope this info helps. Good luck!

 

LisaB - July 5

When he wakes at night I wait alittle bit to see if he'll go back to sleep on his own there is a huge diffence in the going back to sleep cry and you better come feed me cry. If he his crying loud/ hard I will go in nurse him and hes back to sleep within 5-10 minutes tops. He has slept thru the night several times on his own and nothing is diffent on those nights. He also naps at 9 and 1 (thank you Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Baby) and sometimes if those naps are poor he will take a third around 4 or 5. I have noticed if he doesn't nap well he doesn't sleep as well. I was talking to my neighbor today and her THREE year old is just now starting to sleep thru the night please don't let that be me!!!!!! Oh my ped told me to reduce the minutes I nurse at night, tried it didn't work he also suggested cio he told me not to let ds cry for hours on end as it only make him more tired and unable to sleep, so I need to find a balance. Hopefully tonight will go well.

 

LisaB - July 5

Christy 7 times a day for 6-10 month olds, wow I never nurse him that much. I will try increasing his nursing he does eat three meals a day. Cereal and fruit for breakfast, veggie and fruit for lunch and cereal and veggie for dinner along with gerber puffs and little snacks to encourage his small motor devolpment. Do you think he still needs to nurse more?

 

nic nac - July 6

wow LisaB. I know you are not alone. Listen, I have heard so many stories about 3 and 4 year olds just getting to sleep through the night. That is crazy, no toddler should be doing that IMO. It scares you doesn't it, it d__n sure scares me, LOL. Anyway, it seems that his night wakings are due to his nap schedule being off sometimes. Naps are the hardest to regulate to me. I notice too that when my dd doesn't nap well, nighttime can be rough. If your little one is hungry in the night then he has to eat and it doesn't sound like he does it all the time so I would just feed him, maybe its a growth spurt, some babies eat more at wierd hours when going through a growth spurt (as long as it's not every night, then it will be a problem). You should increase his solid intake and see if he still needs to be fed at night sometimes. That may be the issue as well.

 

nic nac - July 7

how did it go last night LisaB?

 

LisaB - July 7

ok he was up at 4am and I nursed him. I am trying to cut it down to the one nursing around 4 or 5am and then after that we'll go cold turkey. He eats like crazy then and it helps him sleep til atleast 7am so its worth it. I just hope I'm not confusing him.

 

nic nac - July 7

nursing at 4 or 5 isn't bad. What time does he go to bed? Babies at that age can go between 10 and 12 hours without a feed so if he is going to bed at 7 and waking to eat at 4 or 5 then that is fine. Now if he is going to bed at 10 then that is a different story, LOL. You probably already know this but I will say it anyway, babies that wake in the night that are at the age where they no longer need to eat will continue to do it out of habit, they will wake out of hunger because they are trained that way. So they learn how to become hungry because you feed them and you feed them because they are hungry, it is a cycle that is created and their bellies get used to that. It takes time but you will get through it. I hope I don't sound like a know-it-all but I learned everything I am telling you through my own trial and error. Keep up the good work!! :)

 

LisaB - July 7

thank you any advice is welcome, it is a habit we are trying to break. Do you think I should do the 4 or 5 am feeding? He goes to bed between 6:30 and 7:30 depending on if we do two good naps or three shorter ones.

 

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