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How can I get my son to sleep through the night?

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Question - (27 July 2016) 4 Answers - (Newest, 28 July 2016)
A female United States age 26-29, *ishap89 writes:

My son is 8 months old. He wakes up EVERYNIGHT between 2-3am. Usually goes to bed between 8-9pm. .. he never sleeps through the night.

Any tricks to get him to sleep through the night?

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A male reader, C. Grant Canada +, writes (28 July 2016):

C. Grant agony auntThere's a book called "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" by Richard Ferber. It was a life saver for us!

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A female reader, Honeypie United States + , writes (27 July 2016):

Honeypie agony auntHe is probably starting to cut his teeth, so it might not be the right time for him the "learn" to sleep through the night. Double it up with the fact that kids around that age start having separation anxieties ( usually around 9-12 months).

It can also be that he still hasn't mastered falling asleep on his own. Specially if you used to nurse him to sleep or rock him to sleep and then decided he has to do it on his own now.

So, unfortunately it's not at all uncommon that babies this age don't sleep through the night. My oldest didn't till she was 16 months. Yep. No sleep through the night for me either. Her two younger siblings slept like rocks.

They will eventually outgrow it.

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A male reader, BrownWolf Canada +, writes (27 July 2016):

BrownWolf agony aunt

My son did the same thing...found out he was hungry. couple table spoons of rice formula in his last bottle of the night...and boom...slept right through. He was only 3 months old at the time.

When my daughter came along and she started doing the same thing...we were ready :)

If you plan to do that, don't forget to make the nipple hole a bit bigger. If you are breast feeding...mix the milk with the rice formula and spoon feed him.

Kids today are growing much faster, so they need more food.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (27 July 2016):

You have to brace yourself because this will go on till he is atleast 2 yrs old. The trick is you have to program your sleeping hours with his. You sleep with him and wake with him.

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