Posted in Bottle Feeding, Sleep, Babies

Sleeping habits

My lo is 9 months and she sleeps in her crib every night but struggles. She has a routine that we follow, it’s quiet and peaceful but she cries when I place her in the crib. As soon as she is done her last bottle of milk she wants to play and she rolls around. A couple minutes after that she falls asleep. But around 2-4am she wakes up for a bottle again. Last night she woke up crying with her arms up for me to pick her up. So I did and placed her next to me on my bed. I put her a little farther away from me than usual but she managed to snuggle up to me and started feeling my face and then fell back asleep without the second bottle of the night. My husband doesn’t think it’s good that she is doing that, but I’m not sure what I should do. Should she still have a night feeding? Is co sleeping at this point not recommended? I don’t want her to struggle later on with transitions. I’m a first time mom so thank you in advance for any recommendations!

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Feb 15

    My doctor said that at nine months babies don’t require a meal in the middle of the night. I nurse my baby so by 9 months he slept until about three or four and I would nurse once then right back to the crib to sleep until around 7 am. You know your baby best. If you don’t mind co sleeping and it helps you get rest then do what works for you. This may create a habit and it may be harder to break it when you’re ready to not bed share. Every mama is different. You could try the cry it out method and after a few nights she may be sleeping straight through the night. Usually the night time wake ups are due to habit at this age, unless they’re teething or sick of course. Good luck!

  • J
    Feb 15

    My LO is almost 8 months and she was doing the same. She would have 4 6oz bottles during the day and would wake up around 2-3am and have her 5 bottles (30oz in 24 hours). Two weeks ago we upped her bottles to 7oz and she’s only been drinking 4 bottles in a 24 hour period and has been sleeping almost 12 hours! She’ll sometimes get up in the middle of the night just for a quick snuggle but then we put her right back in the crib. Only twice has she gotten a little extra milk (2-4oz). Maybe try giving her more milk during the day? Good luck!

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 15

    This is a personal decision for you. For breastfeeding, I continue to nurse on demand for my kids until 12-15 months old. It probably isn’t nutritionally necessary but the sucking action usually helps with all the teething they do and helps them go back to sleep. If you are ok with cosleeping, there is nothing wrong with it, just make sure she can’t roll off the bed or get stuck under pillows or blankets. This all a totally personal decision to you. People will (drs will too) say there are dos and donts. But your priorities are getting everyone sleep Safely. There are many ways to do so

  • Michaela
    Feb 15

    My LO is 9 months as well and we have been cosleeping since 8 weeks. I honestly recommend it if it’s possible for you (I think husband should have to agree too, since it’s his bed too after all) Anyway, I’m the type of person that needs 8+ hours of sleep to function and I think this is the only way I would get it with a baby. Sometimes he tosses and turns when he’s teething (currently he is, getting at least 3 teeth in right now) but we all still get plenty of sleep.

  • Andrea
    Feb 15

    I have two boys... I agree that there is no one way answer. If you want to cosleep... then cosleep. If you want lo in crib then keep her in the crib. I love cosleepin... But do know if you start letting her cosleep but change your mind it will be a lot of work to stop. If your worried about night feedings I admit they are hard to break. If you don’t mind getting up you could slowly wean her if your using formula. You just water down the bottle every couple nights. The goal is to get the bottle to no longer be milk but just water. It took awhile but my first son quit on his own after it was water for awhile.

  • Bobby
    Feb 17

    At this stage it’s totally up to you and what you are comfortable with! It may be easier to stop cosleeping now, but some babies/toddlers have a very easy transition.

  • Dani
    Feb 17

    You may want to invest in a weighted sleeper. They’re specifically made for babies and have worked wonders. Expensive, but 100% worth it for a bunch of my friends (including a set of twins).