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Q&A: Nine Month Old Cries When Put Down To Sleep

Wendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor


Q I have a nine-month-old who just recently started crying when I put him in his crib. He still doesn't sleep all night, even though he eats 10 oz. of formula in the middle of the night. He is allergic to cows milk protein and soy so there is only one type of formula that he can have. I even keep him up for 3.5 to 4 hours at a time, sometimes a bit longer. He has pablum before he is put down for the night. If he wakes up early, I put him in bed with his dad and I. Do you have any suggestions about getting him to sleep, or going to bed, without crying? I can probably just get up with him when he wakes up at 7 am, that will solve the sleeping with us issue.

A When babies cry, there is a reason. If you have ruled out any physical problems with your Pediatrician, then you can focus on other solutions.

Babies cry because they are hungry, need cuddling, or need their diapers changed. There is no reason to put your baby to bed crying, because your baby probably doesn't need a set "bed time". Your baby can be a bit flexible on this, just as you can.

You might want to take the time before bed time to do some wonderful cuddling with your baby. When your baby stops crying and before he falls asleep, that is a good time to put him in bed.

There are some wonderful books on this subject. The best one is by Dr. Jodi Mindell. The title is something like: How Parents and their Infants Can Get A Good Nights Sleep.

Best of luck to you,

A Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with eight years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Nursing Mothers Supplies, a website where breastfeeding mothers can purchase breastfeeding supplies and get a little advice as well.

Nursing Mother Supplies offers the best supplies for breastfeeding breastpumps that won't pinch or hurt breastpumps that provide comfort and breastpumps that offer true quality

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