My 6 month old still wont sleep through the night, help!
First off I just want to day I WILL NOT let my baby "cry it out" so please don't even suggest it.
I know my baby is capable of sleeping through the night, there have been a few nights where he has slept for at least 8 hours, but most nights he wakes up at least twice, and for the past couple of nights he seems to wake up after 4 hours of sleep then 2 hours later and again 2 hours after that..I haven't changed his routine at all and he doesn't seem to be having teething pains or anything like that.
He went for a booster shot last month and I asked his pediatrician about it, he said to get one of those crib toys that plays music and lights up, we did that but it seems to be distracting him from sleeping, even if I just play the nature sounds and turn the light off.
He gets a bath first then jar food, watches your baby can read, then I nurse him right before bed time. As advisded by the doctor, I do not let him fall asleep at the breast anymore at night (I'll let him during naps but he knows the difference between nap and bed time, I know this because he will not sleep in his crib during the day) Anyway, instead once I notice his suck has gone from an eating suck to a comfort suck I plop him down in his crib, he will fall asleep after I lay him in his crib without fussing too much the first time, but after he wakes up the first time he fights to go back to sleep. We don't let him nap after 5, and his bed time is 8:30.
How can I get him to sleep through the night every night?
IMO he will do it when he is ready. It is 100% normal for a baby to wake through the night and 6 months is too soon an expectation. My 13 month has STTN a few times in the past but that is a gift, rather than what should be expected 6 month olds are still going through developmental changes, teething, separation anxiety, hunger from growth spurts, or just general hunger. Some babies are also just lighter sleepers.
My LOs just turned 5 months and she does STTN but i don't mind as she goes to bed at 6.30-7pm, wakes between 10-10.30pm and around 1.30am for a feed and then shes up for the day between 5.30-6.30am. She does still have her bad nights where she'll wake maybe every 2 hours but thats not often. He'll sleep when he's ready.
Its pretty normal for babies under 1 to not STTN, although alot do sleep through froma young age, sleep regressions/spurts/teething can really change this!
My near 11 has never slept through, i haven't tried cc/cio or anything yet i'm just going by the fact one day when he's a hormonal teenager he will be lying in bed till the afternoon LOL
Also I notice that he is up from 5:30pm-8pm, during which he has a bath/feed/video [is that what the program is?]. I'm going to suggest that at 6 months, that maybe a little too long and a little too much. Some babies can handle that, some can't.
I know at around 6 months, we actually moved bath time to the morning instead of bed, because it was overstimulating him. 3.5 hours awake time at 6 months old may be too long as well - in fact, my 13 month old is waking at 4pm and is put down to bed for 7pm.
Perhaps the stimulation and/or activities are disturbing his night sleep as well (which is why he is hard to put down at the first waking). I would try removing the Baby read program first, and then if need be, the bath (obviously his feedings shouldn't be the issue). If that fails, have you tried putting him to bed even earlier than 8pm? Such as 7pm?
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