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i cannot get my 7month old to sleep at night. he wakes up every 2 hours or so. he eats baby food and i add cereal to his night bottle and sometimes throw in an extra ounce of formula. he is teething but i give him tylanol and tabs/orajel. any advice? im goin nuts

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misspierce

Asked by misspierce at 5:47 PM on Mar. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • When you put him to bed at night, do you give him a bottle and let him fall asleep while drinking it? If so, that's likely the problem. If a baby falls asleep doing something, such as sucking on a bottle or pacifier, or being rocked or patted on the back, he/she develops a sleep association. When they wake, they look for whatever it was that they were doing or had done to them in order to go back to sleep. Make sure you take a good look at what your bedtime routine involves and then tweak it so that your baby is being put down to bed drowsy but awake so that he can fall asleep on his own without your aid. After that happens, sleeping through the night is more likely to happen,.
    jacobsmom707

    Answer by jacobsmom707 at 6:02 PM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • Oh wow, you mean your baby, who has only been in the world for SEVEN months, won't sleep all the way through the night? How can that be? Do you realize that night waking is totally normal all the way until age TWO?!?

    This is what you signed up for, mama.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:26 PM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • Do you also realize that adding cereal to a bottle is not only a choking hazard, but teaches baby to overeat, and can possible result in lifetime obesity?

    Try researching things before making parenting decisions, and maybe instead of making selfish decisions, you'll make choices based on what is best for your children
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:29 PM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • My son didn't start sleeping through the night until he was nine months old, almost. They will sleep through the night when they are ready. Some babies may be ready at few months old, and others might still wake after they are one-year old. It is very possible that he is waking for comfort rather than hunger. I wouldn't add cereal to his bottle unless he has some sort of reflux problem. But you could just spoon-feed some cereal an hour or so before bedtime to keep his tummy fuller, and then offer him a bottle before he goes down for the night. Sometimes when my son wakes, I offer him two ounces of water in a bottle instead of formula. That seems to do the trick. It's almost as if he just wants to wet his whistle before going back to sleep. The nightime wakings won't last forever.
    ShadesofGrey

    Answer by ShadesofGrey at 8:51 PM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • Wow, anon, your responses are totally uncalled for. I'm sure you were the perfect mother in every way, but not every mom has mommyhood figured out. Try giving people a little slack! Sleep deprivation is hard on a body, especially when it has lasted for 7 months!

    misspierce - your baby will sleep better and better with time, and sometimes maturity is the only answer. Ignore this lady's response to you.
    jacobsmom707

    Answer by jacobsmom707 at 11:18 PM on Mar. 20, 2009

  • i would like to add that i am a 20 year old single, first time mother who lives with her grandparents. so when you live with old people the only advice they have is doing things how they used to back in the day. thats why i was asking here...not expecting such rude responses.

    but thank you jacobsmom707
    misspierce

    Answer by misspierce at 12:24 PM on Mar. 21, 2009

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