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Sleeping through the night

My son who is almost 9 months old is having a hard time sleeping through the night. I got him off of his night time feedings so he only has a bottle at 6AM. He still constantly wakes up in the middle of the night, we started no bottles at night on the 4th of this month. He has plenty of food during the day and even a night time bottle before bed so I know it isn’t hunger. How can I break him from the routine. Some nights he will sleep in his crib until 12AM or 1AM but after that he has trouble sleeping.

  • Amanda
    Oct 13, 2018

    He listens to a sound machine and a lullaby throughout the night. He has done the CIO method and now goes to sleep instantly, it’s just that he won’t stay asleep

  • Sam
    Oct 13, 2018

    Binki? :)

  • Amanda
    Oct 13, 2018

    He does use that as well!

  • Sam
    Oct 13, 2018

    Good grief Charlie Brown! Lol —- is happy when he wakes up or screaming

  • Viktoria
    Oct 13, 2018

    Give him water when he wakes up. After a while he realizes it's not milk he'll stop waking up. Could also be teething and waking up from the pain.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 13, 2018

    Push bedtime back a half hour!

  • Kerry
    Oct 13, 2018

    Agree with Viktoria, give water if you know hes had enough to eat. Also 9 months is around the time for another growth spurt, could that play into it. If hes screaming it could be teething. My little ones 8 months sometimes wakes crying (hungry) others its screaming and wont settle which is him teething :-(. After 6 month growth spurt he got used to milk at night but then it hindered morning milk so i gave water one night. He woke 4 times and each took about 3/4 of an oz then screamed at me for an hr each time. I co slept that night so i could comfort him. Next night he slept thru in his crib.

  • Ashley
    Oct 13, 2018

    That’s rough. Wen he gets up in the night, is he easily comforted and goes back to bed or is he up for a bit just wanting someone to be with him? I haven’t faced this problem really but I would try going in there shortly after he wakes... patting him and just letting him know it will be okay and then walk out. Maybe do that a few times. I keep a noise machine and lamp on in my daughters room and that has seemed to work for her

  • Ashley
    Oct 13, 2018

    He is probably going through a lot of growth too and his mind might be running more now that he is getting through the early stages. Someone gave me this advice that was amazing .. don’t give up on a method or trying something out. One day your baby may not like it but the next week, it might be just what he needs.” But I really am a fan of keeping it simple. There are so many things that you could try but just do what feels natural. Try to keep him relaxed and soothed and it will work out. Positive thoughts ♥️

  • Amanda
    Oct 14, 2018

    He does go back after I comfort him or rock him back to sleep. But when I try to put him back in the crib he wakes up even out of a deep sleep

  • Samantha Wood
    Oct 15, 2018

    Hi Amanda! I am currently training to become a sleep consultant (& Mom of a sleep-fighter!) and hope I can offer some advice. Can I ask what time your son is going to bed?

  • Amanda
    Oct 15, 2018

    He goes to bed around 830-9. He sleeps until about 12 and then has trouble sleeping throughout the night after 12. He no longer gets night time bottles. His last bottle is around 730 and he doesn’t get another until 6AM

  • Samantha Wood
    Oct 15, 2018

    I would suggest moving the bedtime earlier, he could be overtired and this could be leading to the night wakings.

  • Amanda
    Oct 16, 2018

    He went to sleep at 730 last night, the night was the same. He just woke up earlier.

  • Samantha Wood
    Oct 16, 2018

    Try for as early as you can, even 6 or 7pm would be an appropriate bedtime for a baby of his age. Try for a week and see if that helps at all. All babies (and adults) wake during the night so it is just an issue if they can’t get back to sleep on his own. Is he putting himself to sleep at bedtime?

  • Amanda
    Oct 16, 2018

    He is, a little bit of crying but he’s got it down.

  • Samantha Wood
    Oct 16, 2018

    Have you tried not responding to him right away when he wakes in the night?

  • Amanda
    Oct 17, 2018

    He puts himself back to sleep, but only for a minute. Then cries. It’s a repeating cycle until I pick him up after 40 mins of him doing it

  • Samantha Wood
    Oct 17, 2018

    He wants you to pick him up and help him get back to sleep and will continue to expect that as long as you continue to respond. Just like you did at bedtime, you are going to need to teach him to get back to sleep on his own during the night. There will likely be some crying for a few days or more depending on the method you choose to use but it will be worth it and he is going to be so much better rested for it in the long run! It hasn’t been long that he’s not been getting a bottle at night so he’s been used to having that nighttime interaction with you, he just needs help and time to adjust to the change and learn the new expectations. There are so many pieces to the puzzle it’s hard to give advice without a full consultation so if the problem persists I recommend contacting a sleep consultant to really help you figure out all the pieces and get you all sleeping better!

  • Amanda
    Oct 17, 2018

    Thank you!