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My 7 month old is cutting teeth. Is it normal for him to be waking up through out the night for a bottle, even though he's been sleeping through the night since he was 2 months old?

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Asked by jojosmama1228 at 3:38 PM on Aug. 7, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I wouldn't start the habit of giving him a bottle in the middle of the night now. If he is teething he might be in discomfort. Try to sooth him and put him back to bed if this is the case. If it is teething it will pass. It sounds like he was a good sleeper. I would try not to start any new habits.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 3:44 PM on Aug. 7, 2010

  • He's probably waking up at night in pain and the bottle is soothing. My daughter was the same way. Her teething was always worse at night. We used Baby Orajel and it worked wonders. We only needed to apply it once and it worked until the next day. Teething toys help, too.

    Answer by HotMama330 at 3:44 PM on Aug. 7, 2010

  • it's been going on for about a month and we've tried everything a binki worked for about a week then we though maybe he was just thirsty and gave him a little juice and that's worked up until about a week ago, nothing works but a bottle. he goes to bed around 10:30-11 and won't wake up until 4-5 has a baba and goes back to sleep until 8-9, when he wakes up for the day.

    Comment by jojosmama1228 (original poster) at 3:47 PM on Aug. 7, 2010

  • To be fair, 5 hours is considered a sleep through. The VAST majority of babies wake every 3-4 hours on average for needed feeds and/or peeing. They wake more during growth spurts, teething, and new milestones. In the first year, sleep patterns change a lot and a baby may sleep a long stretch one week during a growth spurt and the next wake frequently. All normal. Sleep patterns don't really settle into a more mature pattern until age three or four. Some babies sleep a lot in the first half of the year, but end up waking more later. There is nothing "bad" about a baby that doesn't sleep long stretches of more than four to six hours...they aren't bad sleepers as some say. They are quite normal. It's actually we adults who have forgotten how to sleep effectively because we clock watch. Your baby is perfectly normal.

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:34 PM on Aug. 7, 2010

  • Yes it is normal and then top it off with the fact he is most likely headed into a growth spurt. The cold bottle and the sucking helps with the pain. Your baby has a really good night schedule...even the new one so I would just go with it.

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 8:55 PM on Aug. 7, 2010

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