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How to get daughter to sleep through the night

My daughter is 8 months old and still gets up 2-3 times a night. I have tried everything. Is this normal??

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Asked by kitter at 12:05 AM on Jan. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My niece is that age and still gets up a few times so I guess for some babies it is. Do you give her baby cereal? I've heard that when you do that helps them sleep longer at a time because it fills them up longer.

    Answer by lvlymummy08 at 12:30 AM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Normal.

    Answer by Liyoness at 12:37 AM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Yes, it's normal. Check out "The No Cry Sleep Solution" for help.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:42 AM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • For some babies, yes it is. It is also a learned behavior.
    What do you do when she wakes?
    Do you give her a bottle of milk or juice? Don't. Water only. She may drop most or even all of the wakings with just this change.
    Do you rock her to sleep? Don't.
    Do you sing to her, talk to her, etc.? Don't.
    Keep it as boring and low key as possible. Use only a nightlight if you need to change her diaper. The more you "reward" her behavior, the more you reinforce the pattern.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:58 AM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Establish a routine. Its all about knowing whats coming next. Give her a bath, bottle, read a book, rock her for a bit, lay her down when she is sleepy but awake, give binky (if applicable), turn out the lights (they aren't necessary and can be distracting for newborns), exit quietly, and speak softly. If you try this routine for 3 days, it should work. When you go in to her room in the middle of the night, dont get her out of the crib, give binky and soothe while she is in her crib. This lets her know its night time, and getting up isnt an option. If you have to get her out (to change diaper or feed him), dont leave her room, and try to keep it dim. Good luck! Babys thrive when they know whats coming next :). Laying baby down when they are sleepy but awake is key! :)

    Answer by LovinMyMikayla at 10:20 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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