Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Qql | 2008-12-08


15 month old waking 3-7 times a night

Hi there, my 15 month old wakes up alot during the night, on a good night he' ll wake up about 3-4 times, and on a bad night he' ll wake up up to 7 times or more.
He settles quickly, i just give him a bottle and walk away. He finds is own bottle in the cot every now and then, but not all the time. I give him water or rooibos tea to drink.
He doen' t take a dummy.
He drinks about 4 full bottles during the night and I have to change is nappy in the middle of the night.
Do you think he' s just waking out of habit? Or could something be wrong?

Expert's Reply



Your son has a wonderful show going on. All he has to do is give a peep or two and you appear with a bottle in hand. This has certainly become a habit and he is enjoying having such a relaible audience. At 15 months he can have one bottle at bedtime and then it is time to sleep. You may have to apply the controlled crying method here unless you are prepared to go on waking up 4 times a night for a good while yet.

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Posted by: Danni | 2008-12-08

Hi there


My little one will be 16 months on the 16th. He also wakes 3-6 times a night (still, since birth). He' s always been a cat-napper, never ever sleeping longer than 2 hours...I am breastfeeding. My son has never taken to a dummy either so I can relate to you!
I' ve been giving him a bottle of chamomile tea every night, for the last two weeks but I havent noticed a difference to his sleeping routine. I' ll give it another couple of weeks before I try DU DU DROPS - all natural, I believe. It assists in establishing a healthy sleeping pattern.

If there' s no medical reason for his disturbed sleep, then all you need is to be patient...good luck - I' ve been told that they do eventually sleep through the night!

Warm regards

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