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Old 01-07-08, 05:46 PM
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Default 8 month old eating and sleeping

Anyone have any advice on how to get an 8-month old to sleep through the night. He is a very happy baby. He is a big eater. He has never really slept that great from the get go. There has been only 1 week when he was around 6 months that he actually slept from 7:00 pm to 7:00 a.m. But most of the time he will only sleep 3 to 4 hour stretches. I've done everything I can think of. He has always slept in his own bed and he puts himself to sleep all the time. He wakes up at least twice a night and if I give a bottle he will go back to sleep. Is this normal?
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Old 01-07-08, 06:02 PM
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twice a night? at 8 months?
No, not normal.
Some babies are allowed to do that, but you can basically force the issue if you really want to (and it sounds like you're done with the sleepless nights and are looking for ways of getting him to sleep thru the night now)

the easiest way (and it's not THAT easy), is to give him a bottle of water when he wakes up. he'll be upset, and he'll probably cry and scream and throw a tantrum the second and even the 3rd night. But pretty soon, he'll decided that if all he gets is water, it's not worth waking up. Usually, all it takes is 7-10 days. 10 days is for the REALLY stubborn kids

when he gets upset, you just rub his back and "shhh shhh shhh" him, sing him a song or whatever you want until he falls back to sleep. Without the milk.
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Old 01-07-08, 10:14 PM
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My first son didn't sleep through the night until 18 months -- it was my fault. I would worry if he didn't wake to eat
so I'd pull him in bed to nurse.

My second son was sleeping through the night at 12 weeks. The difference for me was reading Babywise and sticking to it. It really, really worked well for Tommy.

Sounds like lots is going well for you. Try Babywise -- it may help!
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He definitely doesn't need the milk. I'd try Karen's suggestion with the water. Another approach would be to gradually reduce the amount of milk you give him when he wakes. After several nights, he'll decide it's not worthwhile to wake up.
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Old 01-08-08, 04:03 PM
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How frustrating for you. Most babies will sleep through the night by this time, but about 15% of babies aren't doing this yet by one year, for many different reasons.

You can try what the other ladies have suggested to see if it's just a habit for him. But, since you say he has never been a great sleeper, it may just be how he is wired and it may take him a little longer to outgrow his need for midnight feedings and contact with you. Also, the period between 7-9 months is very typical for night wakings in many babies because of emerging motor skills; when they reach a period of light sleep, they subconsciously begin to practice pulling to stand or whatever new motor skill they are working on in the daytime. Try getting "Touchpoints Birth to 3" by T. Berry Brazelton. It's an awesome resource.

Babies will often let us know in their own way when they are ready for "the next step" in something. Hang in there!
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