Q&A: How can I help my 9-month-old sleep through the night?
How do I get my beautiful 9-month-old to sleep through the night? Just these last two months she has been getting up at least two times a night to eat.
She eats four jars of baby food daily. She only drinks 4 ounces of formula during the day from a sippy cup because she does not like to take a bottle, but she makes up for it by nursing extra long in the evening. She does not seem to be teething even though she has no teeth, so I don't think that is a factor.
I've tried to get her to cry it out several times and have even offered her a special blanket to help her soothe herself, but last night resulted in an hour of continuous on and off crying. I just don't feel right having her cry that long, but I'm also tired and frustrated.
She slept through the night from four weeks until these last two months, so I'm very confused as to what would cause this change in behavior. Any thoughts or suggestions you may have would be so helpful!
There is a wonderful article on your question right here on our site: Are You Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping through the Night?
There are no silver bullets for your predicament, but I wouldn’t despair. Your daughter is bound to outgrow these night wakings if you help her along step by step. You may simply be too light a sleeper for your own good in this case. Each night you should wait a bit longer before going in to check on her when she cries. Also, if you have a baby monitor, you may want to turn the volume down or stop using it altogether.
At this point you are probably a pretty good judge of why your daughter is crying and hunger is probably not the cause of her wakings. Try to resist quick fixes like giving a bottle—she really doesn’t need that bottle nutritionally and it can lead to more problematic issues like tooth decay. She may enjoy the soothing aspect of sucking on the bottle. The best sleepers are those who learn to soothe themselves, by thumbsucking, cuddling a “lovey” or other similar activity. That learning only comes if the baby is left to figure out a way to lull herself back to sleep.