7 month baby

United States
June 10, 2008 3:03pm CST
My son is seven mpnths today. He is 18 lbs and 28 inc. sadly he still wakes up in the middle of the night to drink milk. The Dr says he is too big to be waking up and should sleep through the nigh. I feel bad taking his milk away but i get NO sleep. Does any one have any idea how i can take his milk away without making him suffer. He does not fall for the pacifier trick :(
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I would try putting some cereal in his last nightly feeding to see if that will hold him over. My son woke up through the age of 1 for feedings, but the cereal did help hold him over until about 6 am which gave me some time to get some rest. Good luck!
• United States
10 Jun 08
thank you i have been trying cereal :( has not worked :(
• United States
10 Jun 08
I was going to say the same thing, I have had 5 and when they wake in the middle of the night it is usually cuz they are hungry, I had to cut a slit in the nipple to make it thick enough for them to get enough to fill their little bellies, but it worked and I was able to sleep. I miss those days.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
11 Jun 08
Nah, don't take his milk away maybe try more in the bottle before bed - if he's still hungry after a bottle then maybe he just needs more - he wont take it if he's full! The pacifier trick - well, i have a new one for you :) There is a product called Glycerine, i'm not sure what it's for but it's sweet like honey without being bad for their teeth & gums. All you have to do is put the smallest smear on the pacifier & they will suck it for hours! You cant use much as it will take their breath away but a small smear will keep them happy for a few hours & you'll be able to get some sleep! It's up to you if you try it or not of course but it worked for our daughter & she's by no means underweight or anything & her diet is perfect (she's 2 now). You could also try keeping him up a little later & adding a thickener to his formula or perhaps buy a thicker formila for him - that may help to keep his little belly fuller for longer. Good luck!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
10 Jun 08
My almost 19 month old wakes up at least once most nights too. Babies develop differently and there's not much you can do about that. Two of my babies slept through the night starting at 6 weeks. Two others were sleeping through the night by 3-4 months. One did not sleep through until he was 2 years old and I am still waiting for the youngest to sleep through consistantly. It sounds like you have a bigger baby so he might just need more food than other babies his age. If that's the case, you do not want to take his milk away! Babies stomachs are only so big and he just might not be capable of eating enough to sustain him through the night. Since he still wakes up even after being given cereal (which some people say doesn't work anyway), it really does sound like he's truly hungry. Keep feeding him during the night, Usually their growth slows down around their 1st birthday so you may notice a difference then. If it is just a need for comfort issue...keep the lights low, put water only in the bottle, rock him the first few nights and then switch to leaving him in his crib while you pat him, after a few days just stand near him and talk in a soothing voice, after a few more days just pop your head in the door to reassure him.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Maybe he is just hitting a growth spurt? Unfortunatly, they do get used to that middle of the night feeding pretty quickly and wake up hungry for it every night. I think you'll just have to choose whether that middle of the night feeding or your sleep is more important. If you choose the sleep you can try letting him cry himself back to sleep instead of going in there with a bottle. If you choose the bottle maybe you can have one ready to go in the fridge and keep a warmer upstairs. Hopefully it will minimize your awake time. I don't know what else to suggest. I hope you get some z's soon. Good luck!
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
10 Jun 08
As those before me have stated giving him some cereal at his bed time will help. Then some times you just have grit and bear it and let him fuss and cry. after a few nights he will get the idea that your not going to come and give him a bottle. I know it's heart breaking but some time we have to be tough. He really isn't suffering. He is a baby and he wants what he wants when he wants it.
@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
10 Jun 08
Those cereal are too light for your baby. Why don't you boil cornmeal porridge give to him. My niece was as fat as your son and the doctor have to put her on diet. Tried and boil porridge and give to him. I know that I am from an island and our thinking are different but we give our babies here things like cornmeal, rice, banana porridge etc once our babies past four months. These tins cereal are too light and after a while the child want different meals, that can keep then straight through the night.