7 month won't settle or sleep at night

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laurenash83
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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:52 pm 
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I need some help desperately my 7 month old has NEVER slept through the night and wakes every couple of hrs even when she is in bed with me she is waking up I am getting next to no sleep. She hates her cot and will screem the house down till I go and get her. I am giving her milk in the night just to sooth her back to sleep as I just don't no what to do anymore I'm just so exhausted with it I really don't no what to do she eats really well in the day and is such a happy baby.
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Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:05 pm 
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My youngest one is 7 months now (i have 4)and she has slept through since she was about 3 months, She is acting up at the moment due to teething but i am hoping they will cut through soon so we can get back to normal. I personally would try not putting little one in bed with you and try the controlled crying routine, Its amazing how quickly they learn that screaming the house down will get ur attention quickly, try leaving her to cry for 2 minutes then go and settle her down without picking her up just to assure her that you are there, then leave her again but this time increase it by a minute and continue doing it adding on a minute each time until she goes to sleep. I know its not easy and its horrible when they get themselves really upset but it really doesn't take them long to get the hang of it. And it wont hurt her to cry, only wear her out more. It worked for my 11 yr old and my 2 yr old when they were little, Good luck x
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Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:08 pm 
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Hi
Thanks for the reply I have been doing controlled crying for her bed time and it's worked she now falls asleep in her cot without any help within minutes, she still will not go right through and is having a bottle at 1 then 5 she eats loads in the day so I can't understand why below is her daily food schedule
5am bottle 7 oz
7am cereal with 2oz milk
9am bottle 7oz milk
10:30 snack with a little water
12:30 half jar dinner and half jar pudding stage 2 with water
2pm a yogurt with a little water
4pm half jar with half a jar pudding Stage 2
6pm bath, 1 rusk of a spoon mixed with 2oz milk then 7/8oz milk then sleep
1am 6oz milk
So in total 3 meals 2 snacks and 30 ish oz of milk
Please advise do you think this should be enough to stop her wanting milk in the night and do you think he night feeds are just habit.
Lauren
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Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:11 pm 
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Can';t believe they are all 7 months. I got fed up with the night waking early on, and after 4 months I refused to do more than 1 night feed, eeking her out with a dummy if she woke around 1 until about 3 and then if she woke about half 5 to about 7. I decided that it must be habit. I reduced the amount of powder to fluid so 6 scoops powder to 8 oz water (HV recommended this) and then gradually cut down volume. I can't hand n my heart say she sleeps through every night. But I will not feed her.
I also find if she has a yoghurt she is unsettled all afternoon and into evening. So I have stopped that.
She was bothered with teething so a little drop of calpol at bedtime just took the edge off.
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Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:18 pm 
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Often times, their uncomfortable. whether that means he's gassy, or too warm, or whatever, their mostly just uncomfortable, and miss momma. To get her to sleep without you being there all night, sometimes means you need to make a change. I've found, changing her mattress really helps. I got the generic crib mattress for mine, and it was fine. But he always looked uncomfortable. I found out that mattress' make a difference. I searched, and found that the gel mattress is the best, safest, and most comfortable for them. It doesnt have toxins like the many other baby mattress' do. It's made a difference for me..
here's there site. I hope it works for you, just check it out..
http://www.justgelbaby.com
Good luck! I know how hard it is, and hopefully things work out.
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Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:46 am 
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I have a 7 month old who used to sleep 11 hours through the night. About 5 weeks ago she started waking all through the night, she now sleeps in my bed and wakes constantly to feed. She is breastfeed and i would like to put her on formula and get her back into her own bed. PLEASE HELP
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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:03 am 
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Hi, I was having trouble getting my little one to sleep and I found this PDF document extremely helpful, http://www.thepdfportal.com/how_to_get_your_baby_to_sleep_through_the_night_1_6.pdf
I hope this helps some one.
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