Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Kara Buckingham says

    My 8 month old already goes to sleep on his own (sometimes depending on when he ate last he ends up nursing to sleep, but most often I lay him down awake and he goes to sleep on his own, no problem). he wakes usually twice in the night – first anywhere between 11:30-1am and then again between 4:20-5:15am. He takes breast milk and formula. I guess my question is, can I use the Ferber method to try and get a longer stretch before the first feeding? After the 4 month sleep regression he never goes more than 3-4 hours and mama is tired! He is overall an easy baby – happy disposition, naps well (sometimes not great at daycare, but at home naps really well). I would just love a longer stretch of sleep for my sanity!

    • Kara Buckingham says

      I should add that since I’ve commented his wake-ups have been more consistent – once at 1 am and again around 5am – going back to sleep after both. I feel like this is probably ‘normal’ but I hope eventually I can cut out that first feed.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Kara,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m sorry to hear you’re having some trouble with night weaning. Some 8 month-olds are still eating 1-2 times a night, but talk to your pediatrician – it may be fine to try to wean that earlier feeding. If you decide to do that, you can use any sleep coaching method that seems like a good fit for you and your baby. Many people do use Ferber with good results. I hope this helps, and good luck!

  2. Xheneta says

    My baby is almost 7 months and for the last 2 months he waks up every 30 min or 1 hour i have a bedtime routine a simple one and always go to bed 7 so he can be asleep by 7;30 he falls asleep on his on i don’t hold him but he still wakes up all night crying He is perfectly healthy I’m tiered and hasn’t slept more the an hour help

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Xheneta –
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      Around 4-5 months of age can be a difficult one for many babies, since their sleep is permanently changing from a “newborn’s” sleep, and this often leads to more frequent wake-ups at night and disrupted naps.
      It sounds like this article would be a very helpful read:
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      Please contact us if you have any questions, and thanks again for writing!