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13 month old won't sleep through

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BMMum Fri 14-Jan-11 07:11:02

My 13 mo old goes to bed around 6.30 and will sleep until around 7 in the morning. However, she still wakes for 2 or 3 bottles of milk in this time. She eats well and has started refusing bottles during the day so I don't think she's hungry. If someone else goes in to her she'll sometimes refuse a bottle and go back to sleep. Hunger is NOT the issue. I've been advised just to ignore her crying overnight for as long as it takes. Should I do this, or offer her bottles of water instead of milk or any other alternatives. Who has managed this successfully?

mazfah Fri 14-Jan-11 08:44:30

Start offering water. Despite what the world wants you to think it's normal for babies to wake up in the night.

I blame the industrial revolution and the Victorians for all this 'leave them to cry' nonsense.

Imagine if your DP left you to cry?

Iggly Fri 14-Jan-11 08:52:24

DS had a growth spurt around 13 months and would want feeding at night. I'm at work so maybe he wants to see me too. After the spurt (lasted a week or so), he stopped waking so frequently - once a night around 11pm. He def had a spurt as was all of a sudden taller!

You could gradually reduce the bottles by an ounce at a time every other night so it's not a shock.

justalittleblackraincloud Fri 14-Jan-11 09:42:27

Babies waking through the night is normal. My nearly 18 month old still often has 1 or 2 night feeds! She's not being manipulative or naughty, despite what a lot of people seem to think. Whether she needs it for comfort or hunger, I don't know. But she needs it for now, so ho hum!

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