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24/04/2014 at 22:43
Hi all, wondering if anyone can help/give any tips or suggestions on helping my baby to sleep through the night? My baby boy is 6 & a half months & is currently waking throughout the night. When he wakes he just stirs but if left is then fully awake! He goes to bed around 7pm every night, can't get him to hold out any later. When he stirs the only way he will go back off to sleep before he wakes fully is by giving him milk (not a lot - around 1-2oz is normally enough!) Sometimes water works but rarely! He wakes about 6-7am in the morning but has woken about every 2-3hrs through the night! He is teething badly at the moment with top & bottom teeth coming through, part of me thinks he wakes due to his teeth but I'm afraid a lot of it is about comfort/habit as it seems to be the sane sort of times every night! I would think he's old enough now to go through the night without any milk. Any help would be great as I go back to work soon & am worried about the amount of sleep I'm getting! Thanks all
25/04/2014 at 06:56
He's only 6 months old, if he is drinking the milk and water isn't satisfying him then he probably does need the milk. All babies are different, some do sleep through early on but others continue to need milk until a lot older.
Have you weaned him yet? How much milk do you give at bedtime? Perhaps try a little more milk at bedtime, some people give a bit of food as well. Good luck, my son fed through the night until 1 and we only got through it by cosleeping.
25/04/2014 at 08:50
They are all different and you must be shattered so hugs :)
Teething will definitely be hindering his sleep I would think so trying anything different won't necessarily work until that settles down a bit.
Try giving him a bit more milk before bed and see if that works. Have you thought about bringing his bedtime earlier? It might only need to be 15 minutes or so but overtiredness can be the enemy of a good night's sleep. Likewise, is he getting enough sleep through the day? I think they need about 14-15 hours in total throughout the day and night at that age?
What's your nighttime routine like? For us, S follows the same routine every night and has done since tiny and I think it helps them recognise night time and wind down a bit.
Just a few thoughts so hope they help. Good luck!
25/04/2014 at 09:07
At 6 months, he is still quite young and probably still needs a feed during the night. Unfortunately, i think for the time being you'll need to feed him when he wakes. If you think he's only waking out of habit, you could try leaving him until you know for sure that he's looking for a feed. We found with W that he would wake out of habit, but would go back over again if he wasn't hungry. I agree with Popcorn in that a routine from the start (no matter how loose it is) is always a good idea. It helps them to distinguish day from night and when it's sleepy time.
With his teething, have you got him an amber ankle bracelet? we have one for W and it's really helped with his teething. I highly recommend them!
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