Bed time routine

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Bed time routine

My son is 12 months now..I am still breastfeeding him at night whenever he wakes up at night..he s waking up every 2 hours at night..once I feed him he sleeps..how to make him sleep through night..it would be great if you can post your suggestions

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  1. I think you have to night wean. Have you tried letting him cry for a few minutes to see if he is able to settle himself?

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    1. I tried to night wean yesterday.i let him cry for 5 minutes,but he did not settle by himself.so,I breastfeed him and made him sleep.I tried water,but he refuses to drink it.He is crying out until I pick him to feed.

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  2. Have you tried just holding him and rocking him back to sleep or almost asleep instead of actually feeding him when he wakes? My daughter is 10mo and still wakes at least once each night to eat, but I try just rocking her first. Sometimes that works and she goes back to sleep until closer to 5-6am. She’s also using baby signs, so most of the time she signs “eat” and “milk” until I give in. Sometimes breastfeeding is just for comfort, and sometimes babies really are hungry at night. I regularly wake up hungry at night, but I can ignore it and go back to sleep. 😉

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    1. I tried holding him but that did not workout..I should try rocking him..I have another doubt..I read in Internet that giving bath to baby can help..How much time gap should I leave between dinner and bathing?

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  3. HI Anitha,
    This can be challenging. Your baby could be teething or on the verge of a big milestone – walking, putting together words. He may also be distracted during the day with interacting whittle world. A couple of thoughts: beside and nurse him plenty during the day, offer healthy solid foods. I agree that he may need to have some skin to skin contact so the rocking may help or even just placing your hand on him or cuddle up together.

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    1. Yes, you r right..he is teething and started to walk.I am giving solid foods four times per day.May be I should increase to 5 times.

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  4. Hi Anitha,
    I agree with the suggestions below. Night weaning can be more difficult now that he’s older. I also agree with Leigh Ann O’Connor about feeding him more solids during the day so that his tummy is fuller at night. This may be more of a behavioral issue rather than a hunger issue, although I will preface that with that I don’t know how much he eats during the day. A baby at this age should be able to sleep through the night without the need to feed. Breastfeeding can often times be more of a comfort rather than nutrition and I have a hunch that this is what is going on. He is used to your soothing him back to sleep. So, I agree with trying with the methods mentioned below about soothing him without breastfeeding so as to ultimately let him fall asleep on his own. It will be a process because it sounds like this is what he’s used to but you can do it! Try to keep your feelings at bay and the bigger picture in mind- your ability to sleep through the night depends right now on his ability to sleep through the night. And babies need sleep!

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    1. Sure.I will follow the suggestions given.

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  5. Hi anitha, Sorry to hear about your sleep troubles! Do you have someone else who can respond to her at night? Since she associates you with nursing (and that is great!), it might be harder for you to settle her without nursing while you try to adjust her habit initially. I also highly recommend Dr. Harvey Weissbluth’s sleep books to help – I find he has a lot of good advice that is practical and not too harsh. Good luck!

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    1. Whoops I meant him – not sure why I thought you had a daughter 🙂

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  6. My husband is helping me out in the process of making him sleep.Did u meant ‘Healthy sleeping habits,happy Child’ book?

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    1. Yes! Glad you are getting some help. It may take a while at this age to adjust habits, and while it’s totally normal for 12 month olds to want to nurse at night if it’s every 2 hours that’s definitely more than his tummy needs, but I bet he loves the snuggles. However you need your rest too!

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  7. Can you try to give him a dream feed RIGHT before you go to bed? Also – try to sleep with one of his sheets, so it has your smell on it – and then put it on his crib. Perhaps having your smell close by will help soothe him if he wakes up in the middle of the night. CIO is really hard – especially because you never know why he’s waking, it could be teething, it could be that he’s hitting a major milestone, he could be getting sick – it could be a million things! But then again – don’t take advice from me – I am currently cosleeping with TWO of my kids (one 20 months and still nursing and the other is almost 4 years old!) – ha ha ha GOOD LUCK!

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  8. Hi all,
    Thanks for your suggestion.My son is sleeping better now

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