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    hi im only new here and after some advice to help my 9mnth old bub sleep through the night, she goes to sleep around 7ish and then wakes up every 3hrs sometimes 2.5hrs wanting a bottle i give it to her n she falls straight back to sleep, she has a dummie and i have tried just putting it in, for 2 wks straight but we both barely got any sleep. She eats healthy and good during the day three main meals plus snacks and only wants one or two bottles during the day.any advice?

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    Are you sure she's hungry? She might just want your company. DS still wanted to feed every 2-3 hours, 24/7 when he was 3 months old. After speaking to my local early childhood nurse, I started stretching him out between feeds over night. Now he only feeds once during the night. If he wakes up after a few hours, I just pick him up and resettle him. Once your bub is over 5kg, she is metabolically able to go all night without a feed.

    Also, I've read that teething can cause wakefulness, and feeding (breast or bottle) soothes the discomfort, but I haven't come across that problem yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VikkiB View Post
    Once your bub is over 5kg, she is metabolically able to go all night without a feed.
    Where did you get that info from? My bub was born just under 5kg, does that mean he should have been sleeping all night from birth?

    jkaya, you could try offering more milk during the day, but it is pretty common for babies to still needs overnight feeds til 12 months or more.

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    When I had this issue (and it's exhausting) I gradually watered down the nighttime bottles, one night a little less formula, the next night a little less water and so on. It worked a treat with both my girls, they gradually picked up more calories during the day without really missing the nighttime ones. From memory it took 3 weeks but I could have pushed it harder, I was just really cautious. I reckon you could do it in 7-10 days. Hth

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    Quote Originally Posted by VikkiB View Post
    Once your bub is over 5kg, she is metabolically able to go all night without a feed.
    I've read something to this effect, too - but cant recall the weight (it's around that mark, though). If it lends any credence to VikkiB's comment, my 4m old occasionally sleeps thru the night (or wakes just once) and he weighs 6kg. OP, bottom line is from a physiological POV your LO is definitely capable of going all night without a feed - it's just a case of working out how

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    Default help my baby girl sleep through the night!

    Yes at 5kgs they can sleep thru but at that age/weight - sleeping thru is 5hrs straight.

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    I have no answers for you at all and I'm in the same boat exactly. Mine is turning 9 mnths next week and she wakes up very frequently all night and has done so for months and months. I'm not into 'baby training' so I suppose I bring it on myself... I just do whatever whenever. Don't want her to cry. Somehow I have surprising levels of energy despite only ever getting short bursts of sleep for what is now the whole year so far. Just sympathizing with you. Babies are hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VikkiB View Post
    Once your bub is over 5kg, she is metabolically able to go all night without a feed.
    Sorry, I saw this and had to reply. It's just so not that black and white! My son was born weighing over 5kgs and there is no way he would/could have gone overnight without feeds from birth so this statement is completely untrue!

    OP I would be trying to give her more feeds during the day, as it sounds like she's making up for it at night. Also have you tried putting her in your bed? It could just be comfort she is looking for.

    Good luck, I hope you sort something out soon!

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    Default help my baby girl sleep through the night!

    I can certainly sympathise as well. My daughter is 17 months and still wakes a lot through the night. She used to wake every 20-40minutes, all night, but nowadays it's every 2-3hrs...so it's much much better, even though she is still waking about 3-4 times on a good night. She has a fantastic diet, drinks plenty of milk and water, is healthy...but she is a wakeful baby. We have been to sleep school 3 times in the first year and she improved. Dh and I have just come to accept that she doesn't sleep well yet, but oh boy how we wish for a few hours solid sleep one night lol. One day I'm sure :-) To get by, we normally take turns and one sleeps in the spare room and the other takes the monitor and deals with her during the night. It's the only way we have survived so far. Good luck.

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    Default Re: help my baby girl sleep through the night!

    Yeah that 5kg thing simply cannot be correct. I'm sure some babies are able to sleep through at 5kg, I'm sure some do at 4kgs, but some babies are born 5kgs or bigger.


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