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My 7 month old is still not sleeping through the night. I NEED SLEEP

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My 7 month old is still not sleeping through the night. Friends suggested we move his crib out of our room, I did feeling not ready but needing to get back to good nights of sleep. He still wakes up multiple times during the night. Sometimes if we just give him back his binki he is okay, sometimes he needs bottle. Lately even that is not enough. He eats so much. He is on table food already. We feed him 4 meals of table food a day, give him bottles in between and his last bottle before bed has rice cereal in it. I try to make sure his last meal is about an hour before he goes to bed. He takes good naps all day long but still is waking up. He has been cutting teeth so we give him baby orajel. We have tried playing music, having him in our bed. We are desperate for some good nights sleep. I am not ready to let him scream it out as some have suggested. I think we will do that if we have to but he should be older first. It seems he has a need we just are not meeting but we don't know what. PLEASE HELP

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First, for teething, I recommend homeopathic teething tablets. In my experience, they have worked bette than any gel. You can find them at most drugstores. Target carries the Hyland's brand, which I like best. It's in the baby section near the bath products.As far as the sleeping problems go, I feel your pain. I really do. My son didn't sleep through the night until he was 10 months old. He grew very quickly and could never eat enough during the day. He'd eat 2 or 3 jars of baby food at each meal and was taking 36-48 ounces of formula a day. Buy the time he was about 9 months old he was simply in the habit of waking up every few hours, whether he was hungry or not. Nothing would get him to sleep, not even crying it out. What got him sleeping was that he started throwing tantrums at nap time when he was about 10 months old. He wouldn't calm down, so I left him in his crib. (His older sister threw tantrums at this age as well.) I didn't intend on making him cry himself to sleep, but that was the result. After a couple of days he figured out that he was ok in his crib and he started falling asleep on his own and sleeping through the night.My youngest is almost 11 months old. She was 9 months old before she slept through the night. We had to make her cry it out, which was hard for me. But, there was nothing else I could do. At the time, I was very sick and my husband had a broken hand. He couldn't put her to bed, and I couldn't keep from coughing or sniffling long enough to get her to sleep. She cried for about 30 minutes and ever since then she has been a pretty good sleeper. (With the exception of when she was sick and teething.)I was never one to advocate for making a baby cry it out. It always seemed harsh and hurt me too much. But, after three kids, I've learned that they're all different and need different methods for certain things. Crying it out didn't work for my first, sort of worked for my second once he was ready, and definitely worked for my third. I would give it some time before trying the cry it out method. If your baby is legitimately hungry, don't withhold a bottle. My youngest needed a bottle up until a month or so ago. It was hard, but after 3 kids in 4 years, I'm definitely used to interrupted sleep. Now when she wakes up in the middle of the night, I just rock her for a minute and lay her back down and she's fine.If your baby does not seem to need a bottle and won't sleep even in your bed, he may just be used to waking up. Crying it out might help. But, if you aren't comfortable with that, you don't have to do it. I know how hard it is to hear your baby crying and crying. One thing that helped my older two was the LeapFrog puppy pal. They loved theirs and still like to sleep with them. My youngest doesn't seem to care much about hers, but the lullaby music and cuddling with the puppy helped comfort my older two. Other than that, my only advice is to just wait it out. It's normal for babies (and kids and adults) to wake up in the middle of the night. It can take some training for babies to figure out that it's ok to be in their crib alone. Being in a separate room can actually help older babies to comfort themselves. If they are in the same room with you, they will be more upset that you aren't giving them attention. But, some babies just take longer to sleep through the night than others. My oldest slept through the night at 6 weeks, my second took 10 months like I said, and my youngest took 9 months. It just depends on their personality and their body.
Every once and a while my 8 month old wakes up in the middle of the night and we have to play the guessing game as to why he isnt sleeping. most of the time it is because it is too hot or cold in his room so maybe you could see if thats a factor in your situation? Sometimes his teeth are bothering him so much that it wakes him up so we give him tylenol and a binki and he's fine. When he was younger he would wake up when he  peed and his diaper was wet. Some babies HATE having a dirty diaper on them. Another thing could be his tummy? Have you tried giving him gas drops or gripe water right before you lay him down? he could have an upset tummy at night which makes him wake up as well. I hope my suggestions help you in some way. Remember, with babies, all issues are temporary! hang in there and it'll pass, your lack of sleep wont last forever!
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I had a baby sleep consultant help me so that I knew exactly what I was doing ant that it was the right thing for my baby at that age and development. She gave me a sleep plan specific for my baby and helped me through the whole process. My baby now sleeps like a CHAMP! Highly recommend her
I had a baby sleep consultant help me so that I knew exactly what I was doing ant that it was the right thing for my baby at that age and development. She gave me a sleep plan specific for my baby and helped me through the whole process. My baby now sleeps like a CHAMP! Highly recommend her

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