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waking up too much Lock Rss

my son has just turned one and is waking up 3-5 times a night he wont go back to sleep without a bottle and nealry every night he is comes into my bed about 5am. im after suggestions but controlled crying isnt an option for us we have done this several times and it has never worked..i have tried wrapping him putting teddies in with but nothing is working someone please help!!!!!!! thankyou

Rachael,NSW, 5 yr old and 1 yr old

My son used to wake up for a bottle at that age around 11pm to 2pm. He goes down around 6pm and wakes up 6pm (plus in between). I started giving him a bottle before I went to bed at 9:30pm which seemed to work, and then another when he woke up in the morning. He then slowly weaned himsel off the 9:30pm bottle.
He's 14 months now and has been waking up due to teething. And I still have to get up regularly otherwise for I don't know what reason sometimes, like thirsty, hot, lost dummy or at times who knows!
. If you want to wean him off some of the bottles during the night try giving water instead, he's probably just thirsty. And if he takes a dummy, leave a few in a corner of his cot where he can find them. For the morning thing try leaving toys in the cot (I found my son wasn't interested in teddies either) try those bath books (he cant tear them up) or some other interesting toys, that way you may get an extra half hour in bed for yourself. I also gave him a cloth nappy to keep in there kind of like a security blanket, an he quiet likes that. But he always needs a dummy to go to sleep.
I hope some of my ideas may help? Good luck and I know how you feel.

Kristina, Mum of James 3yrs & Matilda 14 months


you may have tried these ideas, but if you have,nt its worth a shot. When my little one was about one he often woke up and so I put in a night light into his room and also play relaxing lullabys on a CD player. I have a lavender relaxing spray that I spray on his pjs, sheets and around his room and massage his head lightly from front to back for about 10 minutes. This usually gets him back to sleep most times. I also gave him a dummy and would try to give him a bottle and change his nappy. I hope things get better for you soon - I understand how frustrated you must feel. Good luck - Gayle.
my now 14 month old son was the same just would not go back to sleep without a bottle, control crying did not work at that time of the morning so I started giving him water and he would fuss and carry on for milk I did not give in as it was time to get some well deserved catch up sleep it took us 7 nights and he gave in and now he has his milk at 8pm and we don't hear from him anywhere betwen 6 am to 7.30 am smile.... unless of course he has a night terror or is teething. I did the above as I heard from other mother's that is what they choose to do and between us it took anywhere from 4 to 21 days, it sounds a lot but I just knew this will work for me.

what ever you choose to do be consistant and don't give up. good luck with it.


My daughter is 14 months old and I know how you feel my daughter is up most of the night and the only way I can get sleep is if she sleeps with me but now isnt working so I also tried controlled crying than that doesnt work with us either or the laying down method so I started to try another way and that was by taking her to bed at her normal bed time and before I put her into bed I told her that its bed time and you are a big girl and that we are just next door and kiss her and sat beside her bed til her breathing started getting deeper and that normally took half hour and started to sleep for 4-5 hours and it was heaven for awhile til the teething started again and also got the cold.

I hope that has help and I also have a lamp in Jaye's room that is left on so if she wakes up isnt scared.

Tracey,Jaye (girl)12/06/05, Sam (boy)10/07/09

hi there,
i had the same problem with my son, not only was he waking up all night but the next day he was really naughty as he hadn't got a good night sleep.

He use to sleep with me and it was then i noticed his irregular breathing pattern, aswell as snoring, i took him to the doctor and explained all this to them, i was refered to a ear, nose and throat specialist, and then refered on to a sleep disorder pediatrician, after a sleep study was done the results come back that he had sleep apnea. this may not be the case here but its worth checking out, so next time he jumps in bed with you or when you put him down of a night just take notice of his breathing

also i use to do the same with the bottle, the pediatrician told me that his bottle is like his teddy, so instead of putting him down with his bottle to sleep let them drink there bottle on the lounge etc and once finished then put him to bed that way they dont associate being in bed with there bottle.
you can only try it worked for me.

renee nsw

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