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    How do I get my 11 month old to sleep through the night?

    Asked Sep 21, 2008, 02:54 PM 19 Answers
    My son is almost 11 months old and he still gets up 1-2 times a night. I am trying to get him to sleep through the night, but he wakes up and WANTS to eat. I have tried just waking and rocking him, but he WILL NOT go back to sleep until he has had something to eat. How do I break this?


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    simoneaugie Posts: 2,491, Reputation: 438
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    Sep 21, 2008, 03:26 PM
    What does his last meal consist of, before bed? What type of food allows him to get back to sleep?
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    Sunshine62583 Posts: 47, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 21, 2008, 07:22 PM
    He eats regular food for dinner (around 5-6pm), basically whatever my husband and I eat, but just cut up. Then just before bed (9pm) he gets a formula bottle (around 6oz) with rice or oatmeal cereal to thicken. I have been thickening his formula since he was 4 months because he had bad GERD, now I just thicken it before bed & in the middle of the night to keep him fuller, longer. When he wakes at (1am) he gets another 5 or 6 oz of thickened formula again. He usually wakes up around 5-5:30am for another bottle, but I don't thicken this time. He then goes back to bed till around 7-7:30am.?
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    Sep 21, 2008, 10:10 PM

    Sunshine, this sounds harsh but I would feed him more than 6 ozs at 9 and then let him lay there till he goes back to sleep. I mean if he crys for more than 30 to 40 minutes get up but the habit has to be changed. I have a child and it worked for him. Just make sure nothing is wrong with him and let him lay. He is not starving just control him not him controlling you. Sorry if that sounds harsh it really is not just hard to write it with that coming across.
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    Sep 22, 2008, 01:18 AM
    Sunshine, I agree with redwee. This child is old enough to be hungry, growing, at night. He is also old enough to pull your strings.

    Letting a baby cry in his crib can make you cry too, but sometimes, that can help him learn to comfort himself.

    I'd let him know that you're there with vocal reassurances and gently patting his back every 15-20 minutes. You aren't abandoning him if you attentively allow him to cry.

    Some mom's always pick their child up, no matter what. Some moms don't. A child will learn to wait, and to know that just because mom isn't hopping to each whimper, that she isn't responsive.

    This is something that, as his mom, you know him. Don't abandon him in his need, but don't allow him to "train" you either.
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    Sep 22, 2008, 02:57 AM
    Just don't let him sleep during the day...

    And let the SLEEP MAGIC work on him at nights...

    This will eventually become a routine
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    Sep 22, 2008, 02:58 AM
    Just don't let him sleep during the day...

    And let the SLEEP MAGIC work on him at nights...

    This will eventually become a routine
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    Sep 22, 2008, 05:17 AM
    He won't take more than 6 or 7 oz at a time, if he does, he usually vomits. As for leaving him cry, we usually do, but after 30-34 minutes he will cry so hard he vomits again! That's not fun to clean up at 1 am. And as for naps during the day, he usually only takes 1, maybe 2 naps for an hour... but I don't let him sleep after 4.
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    Sep 22, 2008, 10:58 AM
    He'll out-grow it. Extra fat may help. Does he like peanut butter?
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    Sep 22, 2008, 03:33 PM
    He really hasn't had much peanut butter, but he likes EVERYTHING I feed him... I mean EVERYTHING!
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