When Holly & I started NMO, we knew that the only thing that made us pseudo “experts” is being new moms ourselves & trusting in the fact that the only thing that helped us survive was getting input from other moms! I frequently get questions from other moms having to do with the following situation & thought I would share my input based upon my personal experiences in being Molly’s mommy. Please feel free to share your input by leaving a reply below!
“Hi there.. i am a new mom to a 9-month old baby boy. I need serious help and all possible sorts of suggestions on how my child can sleep through the night! I am very very frustrated as we have tried everything from,early feeding to late feeding.. full bath to a warm sponge bath.. 5 minutes – 10 minutes waiting time before we come in his room.. everything.. and not a thing seems to work.. both my husband and i work.. so you can just imagine the horrors we go through trying to get up in between the middle of the night to pacify my infant. can anyone help me please? it seems that after 2-”wake ups” then he will pull through until the morning.. but this leaves us both husband and i.. clearly lacking sleep and energy to last through the day.. can anyone give us sure-proof, no mess solutions???? thanks very much!!!!!”
This is one of those situations that I can COMPLETELY empathize with because Molly didn’t consistently sleep through the night until she was 12 months old. Here was my response to this tired & desperate mommy:
“Hi! Our daughter has similar sleep problems when she was 8-10 months old…she didn’t sleep through the night consistently until she was 12 months old.
Couple questions for you…
1. Do you nurse or bottle feed?
2. What is the ratio of nursing/bottle feeding to solid foods that he has each day?
3. What time does he go to bed & what time does he wake up?
4. Have you ever tried the Ferber method? (this is the ONLY thing that worked for our daughter)
Here’s why I ask…
Once we stopped bottle feeding she learned to stop waking up in the middle of the night for feedings AND she was fuller longer. A lot of times nursing or bottle feeding just doesn’t cut it anymore. I remember at her 9 month check up our pediatrician said she should start having more solids than formula/breastmilk…this is when the ratio starts to change. We started feeding her solid foods first and then letting her top off w/ a bottle.
With babies sometimes they wake up more if they aren’t getting enough daytime sleep…maybe he needs an earlier bedtime??? Our daughter now sleeps 6:30pm-5:30am. She just plays so hard all day that she needs an earlier bedtime and we have to make sure we stick to her nap time schedule otherwise she wakes up earlier in the morning.
The Ferber method was a life saver for us! I can’t say enough good things about this method, BUT you have to know what will work for your child. When we stopped bottle feeding, we had to use the Ferber method for her nighttime wakings. After about 5-7 days she was sleeping through the night and we haven’t been up with her in the middle of the night since!
Both my husband & I also work full-time so I feel your pain! Keep trying different techniques AND be consistent for at least 7-10 days before ruling out that it doesn’t work. Our daughter is one stubborn cookie so we have to try things for at least a week to see results.“