What are some things I can do to get my 9-month-old to sleep through the night?

Please help. My nine almost 10.month old has never slept through the night. He would never breastfeed, so I exclusively pumped but dried up at five months and stopped. He still eats 16 oz a night of formula. He wakes four-plus times a night, and most recently, he won’t nap. Most nights he’s up till 1 am. I’m absolutely exhausted to the point of tears. He’s always been a good baby, but now he’s always whiney cause he’s so tired. He won’t transition past soft baby food. He’s been on soy, and regular, and tried various formulas. We have added cereals to his night bottles. Absolutely nothing makes a difference. Please give advice. I just started a very psychically demanding job unloading semi-trailers, and i can’t live on no sleep anymore.


2 of my 4 didnt sleep through the night until they were 3-4 years old. Like would get up every 45-3 hours for 3-4 years. It sucks

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How active is he during the day? Put him in a bouncer for a little while before you want him to go to bed. He may just have too much going on. It can definitely be exhausting and I wish you luck with it

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Make sure he’s getting a lot of interaction during the day and that you’re playing with him a lot during the day to get him tired. Take him on a walk. And if he isn’t walking yet try to practice walking with him (holding his hands and walking around with him). Just tucker that boy out.

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My 9 month girl is the same. She is a bugger as she struggles with food, puree…nightmare my two boys transitioned fine with their food :woman_facepalming:t3: so she is up 4+ times in night and guzzels entire bottle. Literally just started her on boiled water hoping to train her into sleeping through. Also I’ve always played music through you tube for the whole night too.
Consistency is key!!! (My 2 year old still doesn’t sleep solidly through the night so but my first has done sinse 20 weeks :woman_facepalming:t3::woman_shrugging:t3:) I know your pain. I’m saying boiled water!! :crossed_fingers:t2::crossed_fingers:t2::crossed_fingers:t2::crossed_fingers:t2::crossed_fingers:t2::crossed_fingers:t2::crossed_fingers:t2:

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is he out of a crib or playpen crawling or walking around or is he cooped up all day.??? If he is cooped up all day sitting & not playing, running/crawling around, I can fully understand why he won’t fall asleep. Also fresh air works wonders

He might be teething. If he is in discomfort, you get teething stuff.

Mine didn’t sleep through until 14 months

Goodness I couldn’t imagine this. My one year old sleeps 10-12 hours straight at night and takes 2-3 hour nap during the day. I keep him busy all day but I also trained him early to self sooth and put himself to sleep. I do not rock him to sleep and honestly he doesn’t want me to… It sucks but u may have to let him cry it out. Or when he does wake up change him and give him his bottle and leave him alone in his crib to put himself back to sleep.


My kids are 5 and 3 and I still fight it lol I had them down and the past 6-9 months it’s like I have newborns all over again. Its driving me crazy lol

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16oz. At night. He may need some real food. He may be hungry.


Try feeding him real food. My son had an appetite like I’ve never seen before. We fed him mashed potatoes and gravy or mushed veggies mixed with formula to make the texture like baby food. We also gave him soft food he could pick up and eat himself. 30 minutes before bed we dim the lights and turn down the tv. At bath time we used J&J lavendar bath followed by lotion all over. Then, he liked to listen to a heart beat sound. Our daughter preferred the static noise. A sound machine was our best purchase.

Get a Professional sleep therapist

My 8 mo old is the same way. Doc told me to feed food 3x a day, making sure the last feeding is less than a hour before bed to fill her tummy. It doesn’t work. She still wakes 4-5 times a night for a bottle. I swear she eats more at night then she does during the day. A friend suggested a white noise machine, that it worked wonders for their child to sleep thru the night.

My son didn’t sleep through the night until 18 months old. A bedtime routine is good and we started sleep training at a year old.
Also my pediatrician recommended this site https://www.babysleep.com/

  1. Have you voiced your concerns with the doctor and has the doctor ruled out everything medical that could be causing these issues?

  2. To me, and it’s been a long time since I’ve had a 10 month old, but 16oz of formula with cereal at night seems like an awful lot and then with laying him down right after could be causing him to have a tummy ache or reflux. Both of which could be causing him to wake so often.

  3. I would try to change his eating schedule so that he gets the majority of his calories through formula but during the daytime hours. And only add cereal to formula to bottles in the early evening (at the latest) when he will have the opportunity to digest a bit before being laid down with a full stomach of liquid.

  4. When he wakes up 4 times at night… does he eat every time? If so, stop that and try to soothe him in other ways.

  5. Are you going to him too soon and not giving him the opportunity to settle down on his own and fall back to sleep on his own?

  6. I wouldn’t be surprised with all of those ounces if he needs a diaper change often in the middle of the night and this could be something else that wakes him up too.

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Sleepyhead changed our life’s completely and before anyone starts it’s each to their own!

Best thing is to wait a bit longer. Kids will get it eventually. But 9 months is still too young for most. Two of my kids would do the occasional night around 20-22 months. My youngest is 4 and still wakes up every single night at 3am for a drink and a pee. Then back to bed.

His tummy is still very Tiny. It also emptied very often. Not all kids sleep though the night at that age. Mine sure didn’t. Hang on momma this too will pass.

Keep him active during the day. If he insist on having a nap have it late morning timed for only an hr. Put in stroller n go for a walk before bath n bed