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how can i get my 11 and a half month old to sleep through the night?

i nurse him to sleep and he wakes up a few times at night, and only me nursing him puts him back to sleep, even if its only for a little while. i want to begin weaning him when he turns one.

 
mommy_laura

Asked by mommy_laura at 8:44 PM on Mar. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • At this age there is no reason for him to wake up in the middle of the night unless something is wrong~ He has become used to you getting him up and so he continues to do this because he enjoys being with you. Nothing wrong with that but in order to get him on a schedule and also wean him you'll need to leave him in the bed to fall back asleep on his own unless there is something wrong. You may need to just stand and rub his back or pat his little bum until he falls asleep for the first few nights but he is too old to continue this pattern so you'll most likely have to let him cry for a bit to let him know that you are not getting him out just because he wakes up and makes a fuss~ Be consistent and hang in there, you should have this licked in a week if you do.
    lilhoney

    Answer by lilhoney at 11:00 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Try giving the baby some oatmeal cereal before bedtime that worked with my kids ....
    LatinMamiOf2

    Answer by LatinMamiOf2 at 8:48 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • yes fill his belly and cereal is good if he likes it
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • you can't make anyone sleep, its impossible. but if you can help the sleeping situation by making sure they ate enough, are not overtired or over stimulated before bedtime. provide a good bedtime routine. Give enough attention during the day. A good book that may help is "the no cry sleep solution"
    Precious333

    Answer by Precious333 at 8:54 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • You cannot force a baby (or anyone for that matter!!) to fall asleep, sleep without waking, or sleep for a certain amount of time. It's just... Not possible!!!
    Given that your child still nurses so frequently, I would advise against forcing weaning. He is telling you that he still needs those middle of the night feeds, and breast in general..
    My DD1 didn't night wean completely until 18 months.. *Shrug* It's frustrating at times, but when you look back you will never regret the choice to do what your child needed from you.. He WILL eventually night wean, and wean altogether.. 11 months is still such a baby age..
    You could try more solids before bed, and to cluster nurse for the few hours leading up until bed time, but this is no guarantee..
    Liyoness

    Answer by Liyoness at 9:19 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • It may be against the BFing rules, but you might try a pacifier at nighttime. He may just need something to suck on to comfort him.
    gwood

    Answer by gwood at 9:30 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

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