Ideas on how to get my baby to sleep all night.

Canada
December 4, 2006 10:59am CST
I have a 9 mth old baby that is so energetic. He has never slept through the night, and i'm beginning to think he never will. I would like some responses on how i can get him to sleep for more than 2hrs at a time. He loves to visit sometimes to from 3am-5am I can't get him to go back to sleep. I welcome all responses and will take any advice that is given to me.
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@tanujarneja (2833)
• India
4 Dec 06
give him a spoon of brandy and make him sleep...he will not disturb you for the whole night and moreover he will be safe from cold & cough
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• United States
2 Jan 07
this statement might put you in jail....
• United States
4 Dec 06
All babies are different. Maybe he is hungry or craving your closness. Have you considered co-sleeping??? I have all my children in bed with my for about 1 yr.
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• Canada
4 Dec 06
I have tried and he does sleep for maybe an extra hour but I don't get sleep i worry he's going to get hurt, i have his crib in my room with me.
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• United States
4 Dec 06
well if you are sure he is not hungry, wet, or ill..then maybe its time to see if he can self soothe by waiting a little bit before you get him. Can he see you from the crib? That may make it hard.
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• Canada
4 Dec 06
i have tried to let him cry for a few minutes but he just gets louder and screams even harder than i feel bad and have to get him
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@swarn47 (1706)
• India
4 Dec 06
Most of the times babies weep only if they are hungry. So make sure that ur baby's tummy is full when u let him to sleep in the night. U see baby has a small tummy, his diet is also small. He drinks mainly milk. He urinates many times also. It empties his tummy and he feels hungry again, say after 3 or 4 hours. Give him solid food like churned biscuits also which keep his tummy filled throughout the night. Try to see which food he likes more. U can give a try on honey also. Honey is also good for babies and they like it also. The main objective is that ur baby's tummy should be filled up if u want ur baby to sleep all night. Now see please how effectively it can be done.
• United States
5 Dec 06
Do NOT give your baby honey! Honey has bacteria in it that can cause botulism.
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• United States
4 Dec 06
Try warm milk just before bedtime. It works for a lot of people. Also, don't give him any foods with sugar in the evenings. Read the ing. of what you feed him, it is in so many things. Good luck.
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• United States
4 Dec 06
I feel for you. My daughter didn't sleep through the night for more than a handful of nights until she was almost 3 years old so I understand how frustrating it can be. The best advice I can give is to develop a bedtime routine and stick to it. Many of the other responses that have been posted have great tips too! Hang in there. Eventually the baby will sleep....promise :)
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@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Well, first, limit his naps in the daytime. If he takes 3 naps, only give him 2. A bath before bedtime with a calming wash will also help. They sell those in Walmart or any store really. Feed him some baby food also. Babies sleep better with a full tummy and dry diaper. If all that fails, put him in his swing and try that. Hope this helps.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
5 Jan 07
My little boy was a very active baby as well. He was my first and I hated to hear him cry. I asked my Pediatrician about it and he suggested I let him cry it out.. At first I refused, because he's my baby, why should I let him cry.. eventually after I was incredibly sleep deprived, with my husbands support, I made it through it. It took about 3 days or so. It sounds like he is waking up out of habit. Basically what I did, when he woke up, I'd let him fuss for about 5-10 minutes (or as long as I could bear) then i would go to his crib, pat him on the back, calm him down (don't talk to him, it will only wake him up more) and leave the room, I would repeat this every 5-10 minutes until he eventually fell asleep (he will eventually, even if he's the stubborn type like mine was, an hour of crying really tires them out) I know it seems cruel, but sleep is imperitive to developing children. Sleep deprived children are not only cranky, but they don't eat as well, they are not as alert so they don't learn as much as they need to which means they don't develop on time or meet developmental milestones on time. you must help him learn how to sleep on his own. Make sure you get someone to help you.. it is very difficult and heart breaking to do on your own. Good luck to you
@umjuna (100)
• Netherlands
3 Jan 07
Does he show any signs of being tired? It's important that a child sleeps well, because the little ones grow and develop most when they are sleeping. Plus they are so busy all day long and energetic, they need their rest from time to time. I would just leave him in is bed at night, not checking up on him. He just has to learn. Sure he is probably going to cry when you do not show up. But my own personal experience is that the crying won't last that long, maybe one to four nights or so. Then they will get used to it. You just have to hold on.
• United States
2 Jan 07
Hi, First of all - are you nursing? A lot of children this age do not sleep though the night and for longer periods of time. Please remember (even though it's not easy when you're sleep-deprived)this shall pass! I nursed my daughter until she was 19 months old, and I did not sleep well while I was doing it. Then, one fine day, she stopped nursing and I had to sleep-train her. But remember that your baby is too young for sleep-training. Wait at least until he turns a year, and then teach him how to fall asleep (and stay asleep) by himself. Do not let him cry. Sleeping should be associated with something good, therefore you don't want him to have bad memories. For now, you just have to go with the flow, remembering that it will end soon. Good luck!
• United States
5 Dec 06
I had this problem too. My son is nine months old and hes sleeps thru the night now. My first two babies were co sleepers and they never slept for more than 3 hours at a time. When I got pregnant with my third my husband made me promise that this baby would not be in our bed. He slept in a bassinet next to me and started sleeping thru he night by three months. I went to Florida to visit my mom for a couple of weeks over the summer and he outgrew his portable bassinet and had to start sleeping in with me and waking up every 2 to 4 hours. When I got back home I tried him in his crib in my room, but he wouldn't sleep for more than a few hours. We don't have a extra room for him, eventually we want him to share a room with his brother, but it was the noise of my husband and I watching tv or getting ready for bed or turning on lights that kept walking him. We have a small sitting room outside of our bedroom and I moved his crib there. I set up a bedtime routinue with him that I try my best to keep consistent. He has a favorite blanket that he uses to comfort himself. I don't go to him right away if he wakes up in the middle of the night. I noticed earlier that you wrote that he shares a bedroom with you, is there a quieter place in the house where he can sleep? Even a corner that you can curtain off so he can't see you might help. Good luck, don't worry it will get better!
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
5 Dec 06
My son is eight months old, and I finally found that a consistant routine is the best way to help them figure out it is bed time. He gets up from a nap at 8pm. I feed him his dinner, he takes a bath, I put a sleeper on him, we play for a little while, I read him a book, and then I lay him in his crib with his security blanket in his arm. Cover him up. Give him a kiss on the forhead, tell him a love him. Turn on the night light. Turn on the mobile, and WALK AWAY. It took a lot for me to get my son to realize this is the way it was going to be and it was time to go to bed when mommy says so. You must give your child that consistancy. If you do that one night and the next night, completely change the schedule. They won't understand. Consistancy is the key.
• India
5 Dec 06
i don kno dear
@ishqvishq (1023)
• India
5 Dec 06
sorry yar im now un married but i want to help you like my mother getting sleep to me first she is she putting her hend on my back and beating slowely i got sleep may be this can you make help
@malsun (1528)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Ensure that his tummy is full .. start giving him little meals from evening.. a nice warm bath, a clean diaper, some soft music... that should help him settle down. initially you may have to struggle... my little one sleeps and usually gets up once or twice but i just pat her back to sleep. And ideally the dads should take over this responsibility that ways even the mothers get some respite.. after some days, the baby sleeps throughout the night.
• United States
5 Dec 06
babies tend to sleep threw the night when they are ready.I have a 8 month old and i have experienced the same problem as you so i tried feeding him baby foodbefore he went to sleep now he wakes up once a night he was waking up every 2 hours.
@emarie (5453)
• United States
5 Dec 06
i was always told not to do anything..don't sing, read or even turn the light on. try to cut down how much he sleeps during the day...maybe 2-3 hours and don't let him sleep after 4pm so they'll be good and tired by the time bedtime rolls around. if your child his hyperactive then it might take a while for them to sleep through the night. both my children it was after 1 yr before they started sleeping through the night and still now they sometime wake up.
@dmzamora (112)
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
I have never had any child... although my mom tells me to put off the lights when it is time to sleep... you see the lights will really disrupt the sleeping of people esp children as our body thinks it's already daytime (thanks to night blinds!). My officemate tried putting off her night light, her baby was able to sleep through the night! Good luck!
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
5 Dec 06
the herb lavender is a soothing herb. you can get it in in essential oil put a drp or two on his pillow The corner of his crib. My son was a wappin 9lb. 10 oz. so he was huungery all the time. If your boy is not on baby food yet start him on cereal and give him some at bed time.All my babies slept from about 9:00 to about 5 or 6 am. by the time they were 6 months old. they had their bath and fed then a warm snuggly cover. they slept all night.
@deedles88 (297)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
My daughter is 8 months old, and lately she has been waking at all times of the night. She has slept through for a long time. We figured that she was just extra hungry. She had extra food when she went to bed at night, and it worked a treat! she also has a little cot friend. You press the button and the fish move and music plays, she loves it and it relaxes her alot.
@deedles88 (297)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
My daughter is 8 months old, and lately she has been waking at all times of the night. She has slept through for a long time. We figured that she was just extra hungry. She had extra food when she went to bed at night, and it worked a treat! she also has a little cot friend. You press the button and the fish move and music plays, she loves it and it relaxes her alot.