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How can I put my 4 month old baby to sleep through night?

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How can I put my 4 month old baby to sleep through night?

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if your bottle feeding, then you can put rice cereal in the bottle. with my first child, i staretd doing that when she was 5 weeks old. she slept through the night at 6 weeks. if you are using powder formula, use the scoop that comes with the can, and add one scoop of cereal. you will need to widen the hole of the nipple with a sharp knife so that it won't get clogged. other than that, it's time to sleep train your baby. put him/her down while she is still awake, but sleepy. she needs to learn how to fall asleep on her own. i prefer the cry it out meathod. 
Putting cereal in a bottle doesn't always help. In fact, it can often cause digestive troubles for babies if they aren't used to eating it. And even if they are used to it they can get gassy or even constipated.All babies (and adults) wake up periodically through the night. If your baby wakes and can't get back to sleep you'll need to figure out what he or she needs. You can also work on getting your baby to self-soothe, but that doesn't mean you have to make him or her "cry it out". I got my children to fall asleep on their own by sitting next to their cribs. I would rub their backs while they laid down and that helped keep them calm. As they got used to falling asleep without being held I was able to leave while they were still awake. When they woke up in the middle of the night they were able to get back to sleep by themselves.
my first daughter had rice in her bottle at 5 weeks. we put it in every bottle that she took. i also started her on jar food at 8 weeks, and she never had any constipation or digestive problens. be careful with the gas drops, because too much of that will cause constipation.
My pediatrician said not to put cereal in her bottles. Check out some info on it on different websites. Check out is a bit of the articleWe know that many parents, tired and at their wits end from lack of sleep, are offered the advice of putting cereal in baby's bottle so that baby might sleep for a longer period of time.We know that many are probably tempted to try the old "cereal in the bottle" trick to gain an extra 1 hour (heck even an extra 20 minutes.) of sleep. We also know that this is one of the biggest and possibly one of the more dangerous practices you could engage in.It is not a good idea because you may throw the "I'm full" instinct off kilter; more importantly, babies have been known to aspirate cereal when cereal is mixed in a bottle with formula or breast milk.  Babies who are younger than 4-6 months old seldom know how to properly swallow anything other than breast milk or formula and gulping or "inhaling" a bottle with cereal in it may have deadly consequences.Most info is against it, I agree with V too, I am not a fan of the cry it out method. I too sat with a chair and gave some comfort to my baby and she soon learned to sleep by herself and through the night. Your baby waking up through the night is just part of having a baby and every parent must go through it, it is hard but your baby will start sleeping through the night. 
Each baby takes time, I am at the point I think sleep training is not really something you can do. I think your baby has to be at that point where they will sleep through the night. My 10 month old does not sleep through the night and if he wakes only once that is a good night, most nights it is at least 3 times. He falls alseep on his own for bed and all naps so he can soothe himself to sleep but when he wakes in the night he needs me. I pick him up rock back and forth a couple of seconds then lay him back down. If i just lay him down he screams and stands up, if I do not go to him right away he screams (never gone past 5 minutes wanted to see if he would soothe back to sleep) I know many kids that are older then him and still wake during the night. The dr said it may be what he needs just a hug to comfort him then he is fine. She said she does not recommend the cry it out method. My son also eats a ton so he is not waking because he is hungry and only nurses once at night around 4 in the morning. I know you are sleep deprived but your baby may just need that comfort of you at night, a reassurance that you are there to care for him. My daughter slept through the night at 2 months and it was nice, but I did nothing to "train" her that was what she needed. My son needs me more and I am okay with that, sleep deprived but okay with that. I tried the chair method but he just gets mad because I am there and not picking him up. Find what works for you but do not feel pressure to try any one way
sjvanderwey-your 10 month old does not sleep through the night, because he thinks he needs you to pick him up and hold him to get him back to sleep. you created the habbit, and if you don't quit, he will be 2 or 3 years old still waking up in the first daughter slept through the night at 6 weeks because we gave her rice in the bottle. i started the cry it out meathod when she was around 4-5 months old, on the rare occasions that she did wake up. i only used that meathod after i had checked to make sure that there was nothing she needed. she was not hungry, wet/poopy, or too hot/cold. i plan to use the same meathod with my second daughter who i now 6 weeks old. she too is now sleeping through the night.  
@pinkpaisley You don't know what other people's children need. My son didn't sleep through the night until he was 10 months old either. He grew so fast that he needed to eat many times during the night. His normal growth was like a regular baby's growth spurts. He'd wake up every hour during a growth spurt. There was just no way he could eat enough during the day. (He was drinking 6 ounce bottles when he was 2 days old.) My husband and I tried everything to get him to sleep and nothing worked. Making him cry it out didn't work, he'd just cry for hours and no one would get any sleep. Even when he slept with me he'd wake up so I knew he wasn't just in need of comfort or cuddling.Eventually he learned how to fall asleep on his own and his body finally adjusted so that he could sleep through the night. Every baby develops differently. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with giving a baby comfort when they need it, no matter what time of day or night it is. Don't assume that picking a baby up in the middle of the night will lead to sleep issues down the road.I co-slept with both my older kids, I rocked them to sleep, I picked them up and cuddled them when they woke up in the middle of the night. They both sleep in their own beds without problems. They fall asleep on their own, they have no trouble taking naps. The security they gained from knowing I would always be there for them and that they wouldn't have to cry themselves to sleep is what has made them into confident, independent kids.Parents need to do what they know is best for themselves and for their children. There is no one method (spelled without an A) that works for all kids and all parents. Your method may work for you, but it obviously doesn't work for everyone. Please allow others to offer their advice without pushing your way. We all have knowledge. The more options new parents know about the easier it is for them to figure out what works for them and their baby.
Well said V, I totally agree with you!
There is this idea in society that if your baby is not sleeping through the night by x amount of months you are spoiling it and there is something wrong. My doctor said it is just something he needs and that is all and each baby is different. I have tried co-sleeping with him if it would get him to sleep better but it doesn't. He still wakes just as often if not more.  He can fall asleep on his own at bed time and naps but needs to know I am there. He also has an issue if he cries to hard he starts having a coughing fit I would rather not put him through that. To say one method is right is wrong. Babies need their moms and need reasuring that we are there whether it be 10am or 10pm, I cannot let my baby wake and start crying and not go check. What if he was sick and trying to tell me. What if something had gone wrong with the crib(never know with all the crib issue, we do tighten screws once a month) and he was stuck. If my baby cries I HAVE to go check on him.
@vforventure-your right, i don't know what other people's children need. i can only offer advice and my opinions based on the information in the questions posted, and my experiences with my own children.@sjvanderwey-i was not trying to imply that there is one set method for getting babies to sleep through the night. i understand that every chid is different. if what you do works for your family, then so be it. if his crying spells lead to bad coughing fits, then obviously you do need to comfort him. i'm sorry for my assumptions. i did not have all the proper info to make those judgements towards you. i know that the CIO method did work well with my daughter, because her crying would only last 15 minutes at the most.


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