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  • Diana G
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    I have a sleep question and I thought who better to ask than the Village! My son is 8 months. Naps like a champ. Two naps a day for a total of 2.5-3hrs. He goes to bed between 7-8p but gets up somewhere between 11p-1a and then again around 4-5 and then wakes up for good between 7-8. He is still breastfeeding but eating solids as well. After Feeding him when he wakes up during the night, he goes right back to sleep. Any advice on how to help him sleep through the night? Friends have suggested to just let him cry it out but is there anything else that can be done? Thank you!

    Aimi P
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    Diana
    It sounds like he is calling out for you out of habit for milk to help him back to sleep. He is certainly old enough for you to work on eliminating night feeds and CIO is not the only option. There are many gentle sleep training methods that can be used some of which can involve you being in the room for this to help him calm. Examples are the Ferber method or sleep lady shuffle. Often it will be easier if it is not you going in to him during the night as it will be frustrating for him having you in there but not feeding him. I am a certified sleep consultation and owner of My Little Sleeper, I run classes on healthy sleep habits as well as 1-2-1 consultations. I am happy to do a free phone consultation with you to see if I can help or give you some guidance on how to get him sleeping longer at night.Thanks. Aimi http://www.mylittlesleeper.com

    Diana G
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    Hi Aimi, thank you for your response. Just to make things a bit more complicated, my husband, son and I are temporarily displaced from our condo and living in a one bedroom hotel room. We are all in one bedroom. A free phone consultation would be great. Thank you!

    Diana

    Nichole O
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    Diana-
    As long as you are feeding him, he is going to wake up. You need to eliminate the night feedings for any chance at all of him sleeping through the night. Try decreasing the amount of time you let him nurse each time he wakes up. Eventually, it won’t be worth waking up for, so he won’t. This was advice my pediatrician gave me, though my daughter was formula fed, and it took 3 nights of decreasing her feeding before she slept through the night. She was only waking once, so I would try to eliminate one feeding at a time. Hopefully it works! My littlest one still wakes even though she isn’t fed, so it isn’t always fool proof. It might be because like you, until recently she was in our bedroom, so she just wanted to get in bed with us because she could see us. However, since she is in her own room, she has slept through the night more often then she did when she was in our room. Plus, she is going through peak seperation anxiety right now, according to her pediatrician (12-15 months).
    Nichole

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