(Closed) my 8 month old won't sleep for long periods of time.

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Is he teething? Growth spurt?

Babies are pretty smart. If they can depend on you to play with them (snuggle, sing, chill out on the sofa watching movies) or feed them during the night they will chirp for you to come get them so they can party on. My daughter started waking up around that age for “I’m bored and I miss you” bottles. She wasn’t hungry, she just didn’t want to go to sleep. I started going in, rubbing her back for a minute without picking her up and leaving her with a bottle, but instead of milk I’d give her water. After a few nights of that she realized that crying wasn’t resulting in milk and play time, and she eventually stopped waking up during the night.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am anxious to hear replies too. Z has only slept thru the night a handful of times so far and he is almost 8 months. Granted he has been sick off and on for a few months.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

He sounds like my little guy – hungry!  We just started giving him a big meal of solids before bed, and I’ve already noticed a difference in his sleep.  Last night he only got up once, whereas last week he was getting up 3-4 times to eat. 

If you think he’s ready to wean from his nightfeedings, I’ve heard of a couple techniques (although in full disclosure, neither of these worked for my daughter, and we haven’t tried them yet with my son).  The first is to reduce each bottle by an ounce every few days.  So if he normally takes 6 ounce bottles 3 times a night, you do 5 ounce bottles for a few days; then go down to 4 ounce bottles, etc…  Eventually, you eliminate the bottle altogether, and if he gets up you just put him back to sleep without eating.

The other option is to start adding replacing milk with water in his bottles.  Using the example above, you’d start doing 5 ounces milk and 1 ounce water for a few days; then move to 4 ounces milk, 2 ounces water, etc…  Eventually, he’ll just get bottles of water only, realizes it’s not worth it, and stosp waking up at night.

Good luck!  I’d say my daughter’s worst sleep was between 9-12 months, and I am not looking forward to that time period with my son.  Ugh.

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