My son is 7 months old and is on solids and on bottle milk but still wakes up every 2 hours sometimes just for a cuddle or maybe because he can't get back to sleep.
What techniques did you use??
Very important to have a full belly.... At around this age lots of em seem to go outta whack. I ended up using a very gentle controlled crying method during the day and within 48 hours he was sleeping right thru the night and was in routine during the day
Don't turn on a light in the room! Use a night light or turn on a light outside the room so you can see enough to be safe. Bright light will wake up the baby, dimness will keep the baby sleepy. Night sleep and daytime naps should take place in separate places - such as a playpen in the day and crib at night. Try hard not to pick up baby either - if you make a bottle, let baby wait in the crib & give baby the bottle without picking baby up. I know you're not supposed to, but if baby isn't really hungry, baby wont drink all of it anyway before going back to sleep (after a couple days). I know it seems necessary to talk and play with baby, but keep it to a minimum (nothing at all is best) when woken up in the middle of the night. Talk and play mean day, quiet means calm for sleep. Also, it's difficult, but don't make eye contact during the night either.
The point isn't to punish baby, but to train baby to not wake up during the night for play or cuddle time. It took me 1-2 weeks to get my youngest to sleep through the night when he was 7-8 months - he had day & night completely mixed up!
My babies are 15 and 20 and they still don't sleep through the night... LOL!
You said you don't pick him up but just pat his back a little and he'll go back to sleep - do you pat it until he falls back to sleep?
If so, I would suggest that you pat his back for a minute or two, but stop before he actually falls back asleep so he can learn how to put himself back to sleep. Over the next few nights, reduce the amount of time you spend patting him, until you're really not doing anything more than going in to make sure he's okay and leaving again.
If he already puts himself back to sleep, you can probably skip right to checking on him, giving him a pat to reassure him, and then leaving. Unless his crying gets louder or more insistent, he doesn't really need you, he just has you trained to think he does. Even babies who "sleep through the night" technically wake up several times a night and may babble to themselves or even fuss quietly for a little while. As long as they don't start crying, there's rarely any need to go in and check on them, and doing so can actually encourage them to wake more frequently and stay awake longer.
Jonny started sleeping through the night just at 3 months old, I was breast feeding him, but he wasn't getting enough milk so I supplemented with a tiny bit of Gerber's oatmeal baby cereal in some formula in a bottle. He slept all night woke up about 5am. I would changed and nurse him again and then we dosed off till 8am.
I couldn't bear the whole controlled crying thing. The second my babies squawked I was there. Both of them came in to our bed if they couldn't settle, and we played musical beds most nights. Having said all that, they both grew out of their bad sleeping habits by the age of three or four and now they sleep like logs!
It only too a few weeks, I breastfed both of my little ones and they never had any trouble sleeping.
For the first few months I had their bed next to mine. I breastfed them when they woke up through the night, at the first noice (without putting the lights on) "burped them" and put them back into their bed to continue sleeping.
maybe because they were fed inmediately and without lights they went to sleep inmediately and got used to take longer stretches of sleep everytime. Very soon they were only waking up midnight and them at about 5 or 6 in the morning to continue sleeping until about 9am.
Thanks for the replies and my husband read some of the posts and has tried a few and to be honest ( touch wood) he is sleeping much better
Most importantly remember that someday he won't be there with you at night anymore, so if you do have to get up to cuddle him back to sleep, enjoy it!
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