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Babies Baby not sleeping through the night My 7-month-old breastfed baby wakes up frequently during the night, sometimes up to eight times. She usually cries loudly and it is driving us up the wall. When she was a newborn her sleep was much better, only waking up once or twice for feeds. However, for the past four weeks it has gradually become worse. We have tried everything from adjusting the room temperature, bathing and massaging her before sleep, putting her to sleep on a full stomach, reducing her daytime naps, making her tired, changing her nappy, giving her gripe water for colic, but nothing seems to work. The only way to put her back each time she wakes is if she sucks on the breast or if we carry her and walk around, both of which leaves us extremely tired. And this whole "performance" is repeated again after one or two hours. We desperately need help as we can't take the sleep deprivation any longer.

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Answered by Dr Hon Infants or even children sleep when they get accustomed /conditioned to the situation surrounding the time they fall asleep so when your daughter has grown accustomed to the suckling before sleep or rocking/carrying before she sleeps, she will find it difficult to go back to sleep on her own without it.

I'd suggest you try to switch the conditions surrounding the falling asleep period. Always have a ritual before bedtime like a massage, bath, feed and put her down when she's sleepy. Use a pacifier if you are desperate. Put her down for sleep before 8pm each day. Don't let your baby stay up late because she will be overly tired and will be fussy. If she cries, speak to her but don't pick her up. Initially she will cry for a long time. This requires great discipline on your part. After speaking to her, leave the room. This method of sleep training is by Richard Ferber and you can get it on the Internet. You will be teaching her a new skill if you stick to it and it's the skill of falling asleep on her own.

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