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Why does my baby still wake at night?

Hi, can someone please tell me if they are/had an experience where your baby woke at night at sometimes 2-3 times...? I give my 9.5 month old boy his milk at 7:30 pm and he has good feeds during the day and lots of entertainment, so why does he still wake does he miss us? does he have bad dreams? he sleeps in a grow bag.


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Asked by MommyBear335 at 7:47 PM on Aug. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Babies do not usually have a consistent solid night sleep until they are around 18 months or so.

    Answer by shanlaree at 7:49 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • He will stop waking up when you stop going in to his room. He expects you to come in. Does he want a bottle or just want to play?

    Answer by GiannisMomma at 7:50 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • First, 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.

    Answer by amileegirl at 7:51 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • um, well my daughter is 2 1/2 and last night she woke up and came in our room 3 times. she mostly sleeps through the night. she goes through phases. it's different with all babies. there is no text book answer to this.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 7:52 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • My son is 20 and still doesn't sleep through the night! He never has no matter what we tried, he even went to a sleep center and they said he had good hard sleep when he did sleep. He's just not programmed to sleep more than 3-4 hours at a time. He functions just fine, just needs naps and he usually has one during his lunch hour or between classes.

    Answer by josts at 7:56 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Do you have him on baby cereal? you should try that!!

    Answer by babygirl581 at 8:02 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • My daughter slept through the night at 6 months old just fine. Yes she woke up a few times a night but she would always fall right back asleep. Try not to go in there and routinely check up on him. This will only disturb him. He has to be allowed to fall back to sleep. I never gave my daughter cereal or anything during the night. She just took to it naturally after about a week.

    Answer by Glamourina at 8:04 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • For all of human history mothers have breastfed and slept with their babies. It's hardwired in their brains to wake and it's normal until they are 3 or older.

    No baby should have milk until after 12 mo, I hope you mean formula. The baby's brain needs sugar and expecting a baby to sleep from 7:30 pm until morning would be expecting his brain to go without sugar for way too many hours. Sleeping from 12 until 5 is actually considered sleeping through the night.


    Answer by Gailll at 9:16 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • they do what they want when they friend baby just started sleepin thur the nite she like 19mo dd was brestfeed so we would fall alseep together most nites...

    Answer by mekarevell at 12:13 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • I hate to bum you out, but my daughter will be 2 next week and still wakes up at night at least a few times a week. She eats and plays a lot. sometimes it's just growth spurts, they are uncomfortable, hungry, etc.

    Answer by calliesmommie at 1:00 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

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