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15 month old not sleeping through the night

Hi my son is almost 15 months old(he was premature so adjusted 13 months) and still does not sleep through the night. He wakes up usually twice and drinks 4-6 oz of formula each time. It is becoming a problem lately because i work in the evenings and lately because of being shorthanded and sick calls i have been working until midnight or later. My boyfriend works construction and has to get up very early and is not happy about getting up to feed him before i get home. He knows it is part of being a dad but it makes him way too tired the next day. Any suggestions on how to get my son to sleep through the night
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by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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stepconfused182
by Kelley on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM
Also your mention of babu insomnia and you giving her Benadry when she hasn't slept much during the day led me to believe that as well. And the mention of using Melatonin when she gets older to aid with sleeping. This doesn't help with allergies. What I originally posted was not insulting you and your choices as a mother. I don't know you or anything about the way you parent. I was speaking ill of a ped who would recommend giving an allergy medication to achieve the side effect of drowsiness.

Quoting mommy2annaliese:

Like I said she can't sleep because of allergies. When she lays down her eyes water and nose is stuffed up and she scratches all night. Some nights her nose runs like crazy. Previous owners had a dog but we own no pets. We have not found the cause yet. Benedryl relieves her allergies symptoms so she can sleep. When her nose is stuffed up she is miserable! itches so bad that she rips her hair out while scratching. Benedryl was intended for children with allergies, and is not te devil. Benedryl is diphenhydramine which is also the most common adult sleep aide. Aka unisom, Tylenol PM, zquil, etc. it is safe and effective. I'm her mom and I will decided what choices are best for her, and providing her reliefe from severe allergies so she can sleep is fine by me. She's had benedryl 3 times in her whole life. My ped is awesome and I think I'll keep her, but thanks!






Quoting stepconfused182:

Your ped told you it was ok to medicate your child with Benadryl so she would go to sleep?? Wow! I've heard it all now. I'd be getting a new dr. I would never ever advise someone to do that. There's nothing abnormal or wrong with a 16 month old who doesn't sleep through the night. It takes years for some kids. 

Quoting mommy2annaliese:

My 16 month old doesn't sleep through the night yet either. Wakes often. Some babies just aren't great sleepers. My pedi told




Me it was okay to give her 1 half




Teaspoon of children's benedryl for sleep as needed and terrible allergies, but I don't. Only on days where she hasn't slept much at all or napped so its effecting her and her happiness and ability to do stuff. I swear she has baby insomnia. Anyway when I have given it to her she will sleep from 8pm-8am and wake up fully rested and happy, and sleep good the next few days.Wakes only ones for her sippy cup which she grabs herself from the side of the bed. When she is old enough if she's still having this issue we will try melatonin. Maybe talk to your doctor about it? It's all natural and effective.. Just ask your pedi first. At this point it's habit (she's comforted by the bottle) or she's really hungry at night an just needs the feedings. Your pedi can help you determine which ones. Try getting her on the sippy cup so it's not a comfort thing as much anymore and feed her something like rice or oatmeal as much as she wants before bed. Something that's filling and sticks. Make sure she have a same every night Bedtime routine like dinner, bath then story an bed or something.





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mommy2annaliese
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM
Yeah I meant you would think she does have baby insomnia because no matter what she can't sleep because of her allergies. Some days she has only slept one hour in a 24 hour period. Most kids despite a stuffy nose would eventually get too tired and fall asleep. But not her what I said was that eventually I would like to move from benedryl to melatonin and hope that it gentle eases her to sleep despite her allergies. I was recommending that she ask her doctor about melatonin. Anyway I'm done arguing with you. I don't have to explain anything to you and I don't know why I wasted time doing so. Have a good day.


Quoting stepconfused182:

Also your mention of babu insomnia and you giving her Benadry when she hasn't slept much during the day led me to believe that as well. And the mention of using Melatonin when she gets older to aid with sleeping. This doesn't help with allergies. What I originally posted was not insulting you and your choices as a mother. I don't know you or anything about the way you parent. I was speaking ill of a ped who would recommend giving an allergy medication to achieve the side effect of drowsiness.



Quoting mommy2annaliese:

Like I said she can't sleep because of allergies. When she lays down her eyes water and nose is stuffed up and she scratches all night. Some nights her nose runs like crazy. Previous owners had a dog but we own no pets. We have not found the cause yet. Benedryl relieves her allergies symptoms so she can sleep. When her nose is stuffed up she is miserable! itches so bad that she rips her hair out while scratching. Benedryl was intended for children with allergies, and is not te devil. Benedryl is diphenhydramine which is also the most common adult sleep aide. Aka unisom, Tylenol PM, zquil, etc. it is safe and effective. I'm her mom and I will decided what choices are best for her, and providing her reliefe from severe allergies so she can sleep is fine by me. She's had benedryl 3 times in her whole life. My ped is awesome and I think I'll keep her, but thanks!









Quoting stepconfused182:

Your ped told you it was ok to medicate your child with Benadryl so she would go to sleep?? Wow! I've heard it all now. I'd be getting a new dr. I would never ever advise someone to do that. There's nothing abnormal or wrong with a 16 month old who doesn't sleep through the night. It takes years for some kids. 

Quoting mommy2annaliese:

My 16 month old doesn't sleep through the night yet either. Wakes often. Some babies just aren't great sleepers. My pedi told





Me it was okay to give her 1 half





Teaspoon of children's benedryl for sleep as needed and terrible allergies, but I don't. Only on days where she hasn't slept much at all or napped so its effecting her and her happiness and ability to do stuff. I swear she has baby insomnia. Anyway when I have given it to her she will sleep from 8pm-8am and wake up fully rested and happy, and sleep good the next few days.Wakes only ones for her sippy cup which she grabs herself from the side of the bed. When she is old enough if she's still having this issue we will try melatonin. Maybe talk to your doctor about it? It's all natural and effective.. Just ask your pedi first. At this point it's habit (she's comforted by the bottle) or she's really hungry at night an just needs the feedings. Your pedi can help you determine which ones. Try getting her on the sippy cup so it's not a comfort thing as much anymore and feed her something like rice or oatmeal as much as she wants before bed. Something that's filling and sticks. Make sure she have a same every night Bedtime routine like dinner, bath then story an bed or something.







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Kaseyrose21
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

 First of all a 15 month year old baby should NOT be drinking formula anymore. Second the reason he is not sleeping through the night is because you haven't made him learn how to self soothe. A baby/child must learn to self soothe. Waking at night is a natural part of the sleep cycle that he will do for the rest of his life. But he has to learn how to get back to sleep on his own. From a metabolic standpoint a baby can handle sleeping through the night WITHOUT food from the time they are 11-12 pounds. Once they reach 5-6 months waking at night is a LEARNED habit. They are not actually hungry, they are just used to waking and getting a bottle. My 6 month old has been sleeping through the night for a month now. What you need to do is first wean her off the bottle. You will need to be tough. It WILL be difficult for both of you. For your whole family really for a little while. I couldn't handle doing CIO outright so we did a modified form. Where we would let her cry but continually check on her. Rug her back. Offer her her paci, and such but we would no longer pick her up. When weaning off the bottle we would push the feedings back by 20 minutes or so each night until she no longer needed it.

garrettleesmom
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM
My sons dr has told me to keep him on formula a little longer. He was premature and is still small. The dr is going to reevaluate at this months appt. I do not rush in and him, he is hungry. He does self soothe . I should have posted this in the premature babies group. Premature babies have different needs and a different development schedule.

Quoting Kaseyrose21:

 First of all a 15 month year old baby should NOT be drinking formula anymore. Second the reason he is not sleeping through the night is because you haven't made him learn how to self soothe. A baby/child must learn to self soothe. Waking at night is a natural part of the sleep cycle that he will do for the rest of his life. But he has to learn how to get back to sleep on his own. From a metabolic standpoint a baby can handle sleeping through the night WITHOUT food from the time they are 11-12 pounds. Once they reach 5-6 months waking at night is a LEARNED habit. They are not actually hungry, they are just used to waking and getting a bottle. My 6 month old has been sleeping through the night for a month now. What you need to do is first wean her off the bottle. You will need to be tough. It WILL be difficult for both of you. For your whole family really for a little while. I couldn't handle doing CIO outright so we did a modified form. Where we would let her cry but continually check on her. Rug her back. Offer her her paci, and such but we would no longer pick her up. When weaning off the bottle we would push the feedings back by 20 minutes or so each night until she no longer needed it.

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MKSmom09
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

My oldest did not sleep through the night until he was 3. Every child is different and really it is up to the child. The only advice that I can tell you is to get into a routine feeding, bath, bed. It  helped a little bit.

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