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#1 of 8 Old 07-03-2014, 03:41 PM - Thread Starter
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8 mth old sleep issues

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My 8 month old boy is breastfed (never taken a bottle) eats 2-3 solids per day, goes to bed at 7:30 After a routine, has 3 naps a day, is very social and happy, walking around furniture and by all accounts fabulous (like all babies lol) however...
his nighttime sleep is challenging..
most nights he wakes every 2-4 hours to feed.. and what seems like genuine big feeds.. I'm pretty tired so I'm getting pretty over not having had a good sleep (plus were ttc)..
my boy falls asleep almost on his own.. with just a hand on his back (it's taken a while to get to this point) we've tried almost everything.. my hubby has tried putting him back to sleep, I've tried water in a sippy cup, and all he does is whinge/cry until he has a feed.. my dr said she had the same issue with her twins until 14 months they slept through, the only night he slept longer 6+hrs was when he had a cold and wouldn't bf so I had to syringe feed formula..
I don't drink caffeine I take supplements like fenugreek to help my milk supply (I'm on the smaller side so it can be challenging to keep my supply bountiful).. any mums have any advice or suggestions.. I'm not ok with CIO as he just keeps going and going.. sorry for the long post just wanted to provide as much info oh and I feel as tho so many people judge that I'm still feeding him at night (except the dr and some family) night weaning just doesn't seem remotely possible given how much he feeds...
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Sounds pretty normal to me...

Could you cut out one of his daytime naps? 3 naps a day may be too much for him at this point. Maybe he's not tired enough at night.
Is he in his own room?

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My daughter just turned 9 months old and I would also recommend seeing if he would be willing to cut down to 2 naps. DD goes to bed around 7-8pm (4 hours after she wakes up from last nap) and usually naps around 9am and 2pm (roughly - we don't do schedules!) for a total of ~2.5 hours. It has helped immensely with getting her to sleep, too - she used to fight me and fight me! She nurses to sleep for her naps and bedtime, and has 3 meals of solids a day as well, but still nurses 1-2 times a night and then again first thing in the morning. I think this is just totally normal! I should mention we bedshare so it isn't much of an inconvenience for me to nurse her at night.

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You might also try nursing him more frequently during the day, so that he's not so hungry at night.
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Regular night waking is normal at that age. Focus on one baby at a time. It's too soon to TTC. Are you cosleeping?

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I agree that regular night waking at this age is completely normal, though challenging. Everything you've written sounds like my own sweet baby boy, who is also 8 months old He sleeps with me and while it is far easier than going to another room or a crib to get him when he needs to nurse, it still interrupts my sleep. He is my second though, and his sister was never much of a sleeper, so my expectations were VERY different this time! I am sorry you are not getting support from friends and family about his sleep and night waking/nursing. I am sure he is actually hungry!! My DS certainly is, he doesn't politely nurse but gulps through his feeds at night. I also truly cannot imagine adding TTC to my routine right now. I am just spent but so enjoying this precious time with DS. Please know his needs are real and you are an amazing mama for responding to them. While this moment is difficult and feels like it may go on forever, it really is temporary. He will sleep longer, soon, and need to nurse less. Enjoy your sweet little one and big hugs and understanding to you (I am quite sleep deprived too, mama!).

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I also have an 8-mo-old boy. He sleeps with us in our bed. I have been noticing he too wakes up more frequently during the night. Maybe just a phase. Maybe they want the comfort of knowing mama's still there. I thought I read that somewhere, has to do with stranger anxiety. First thing that jumped out at me was 7:30 bedtime is maybe too early and that's why he's having a hard time staying asleep all night? My guy doesn't go down till 10pm. When my baby boy wakes up, he nurses and goes back to sleep, we do this on demand. It would be pretty tough for me to have him in a crib sleepwise. Just some ideas for you.
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My daughter (now 7 months) actually started sleeping much better when she started sleeping in her own crib, in her own room. I know that she still wakes up periodically through the night because I can hear her, but she just chatters to herself for awhile and then goes back to sleep. If she needs me, she lets me know. By not going in every time she makes a peep --but going in if she needs me-- she got used to eating less at night and more during the day, and we all are much better rested. These days she goes down around 7:30 and wakes up at 6:30am. I pull her into bed with me for a feed and a cuddle, and she falls back to sleep after about a half-hour and we snooze together until about 8:30.
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