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My 7 month old baby is only sleeping 6 hours. Is this normal? What can I do to make her sleep more?

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Asked by nycsexymommy at 10:09 AM on Aug. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • "Only?"

    Oh my goodness, 6 hours! Lucky you. For a baby, a 5 hour stretch is what doctors call "sleeping through the night." My son is 16 months old, and I still don't have him quite on a 6 hour stretch yet (he wakes up hungry after 5 hours).

    You can't really expect a longer stretch than that at 7 months. She will need to be eating table food throughout the day before she stays satisfied and sleeping all night long.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:14 AM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Why do people think they can MAKE a baby sleep longer? You can't MAKE anyone sleep longer unless you're going to drug them.

    Be glad you're getting 6 hours. Many moms don't.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:06 AM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • I disagree with the previous 2 posters. Sleep is a learned skill. Babies and adults wake up many times at night and put themselves back to sleep. My 6 month old sleeps 12 hours straight at night. How are naps going? If you're having issues with naps (only 45 min. etc) I'd fix that first. Supposing naps are going OK, you need to establish a new normal for your baby. If he usually eats when he wakes up after 6 hours, I'd try adding another feeding during the day and giving a pacifier when he wakes up at night. Don't play with him if he wakes up before 7AM. You can try to help him get back to sleep by patting or rocking, but try to put him in his crib sleepy but awake.


    Answer by mel011683 at 11:25 AM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • if it's a 6 hour stretch, be thankful. If it's six hours total, try and create nap routines and bed time routines, when your LO wakes up after 6 hrs and it's still the middle of the night (if it;s not, put your baby to bed way earlier) avoid eye contact and talking just try and calm has as quickly as possible

    Answer by gypsymama532 at 11:25 AM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • 6 hours total? Or 6 hours at a time?

    Definitely do the nap time and night time routines. They worked wonders for my children. Even my oldest who still isn't a great sleeper.

    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 11:36 AM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • what do you mean by strech? Baby, wakes up but goes back to sleep at least once during the six hours. then may sleep two additional hours.

    Answer by nycsexymommy at 12:02 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Please don't listen to mel011683. The baby wise method is very harsh and considered abuse and neglect in California and a few other states.

    Also, my child's pediatrician totally disagrees with her statement. No child as young as hers or yours should be going 12 hours without eating!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:55 PM on Aug. 29, 2009

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