At 9 months, you would think that a baby sleeps through the night, right? Wrong. At this age, many babies wake up at night, which can be super tough as a parent.
This post includes my tips to a mom asking for help because her 9-month-old baby won’t sleep at night. She wakes up to feed several times per night.
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My 9-month-old baby won’t sleep at night. My daughter has never been a sleeper but it seems as she gets older she sleeps less and less at night. She wakes up almost every 2-3 hours wanting to eat.
I’ve tried giving her less food, giving her water, giving her a pacifier, a bedtime routine, letting her cry herself to sleep. Nothing works. I NEED SLEEP!!!! What can I do? Any advice. Any other tricks?
Sara (Fort Wayne, IN)
Tricks When 9-Month-Old Baby Won’t Sleep At Night
I can imagine how tired you must be. If her waking up more often started at around 7 months, it is likely to be due to separation anxiety – that happens to many babies as their mind develops and they start realizing that they are a separate person from their mom.
This anxiety is why they wake up so often and won’t settle alone. They are simply scared and very dependent on knowing that you are still around. Cry-it-out at this point in time often only makes things worse.
With a 9-month-old baby, I would work on two different issues in parallel. The two issues are:
- To try to minimize the number of times she wakes up
- How you act when she does wake up
Here are some things you can try:
- Try to limit her naps in the day time. Find a sleep schedule by age here.
- Try not to let her nap after 5:00 pm.
- Give her a warm bath before her last feeding.
- You may want to try some cereal before her last feeding. I would put 2Tbls of cereal in 8oz of formula for my son’s last feeding.
- You can also keep her room just a little cooler than normal this sometimes helps little ones sleep.
If she is still waking up very often then you may try to swap who tends to her when she wakes up at night. Is she breastfeeding? If she is, try to let her dad be the first one to attend to her at night, trying to soothe her with a cuddle, pacifier, or rocking for 5 minutes before she gets to eat. If the suckling is more about comfort than hunger, this is highly likely to make her wake up less often within days.
And in this article, you’ll find more tips on how to stop your baby nursing to sleep.
Best Wishes, Paula
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