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8-Month-Old Baby (32 weeks)

Sleeping Through the Night

Most eight-month-olds sleep through the night. Developmentally, the average baby at this age has the ability to sleep for 10 to 12 consecutive hours without a feeding.
There are a number of temporary reasons why a baby might wake up and not go back to sleep. These reasons can include:
  • Tired legs -- with all the new movement they are doing, their little muscles may ache
  • Teething
  • A dirty diaper
  • Coming down with an illness, like the common cold
  • A diaper rash irritating the skin
  • A fever or irritation related to infant immunizations.
If your infant still wakes up in the middle of the night on a regular basis and cannot get back to sleep without your help, there are a couple of tricks that you can try (see Sleeping Baby for more information on creating a new sleep pattern for your infant).

Flying With Your Baby

Have you thought about flying with your infant? Taking a plane trip during this stage is often easier than people think. This is because your infant has limited mobility and can be occupied with just a couple of toys.
However, you need to be prepared for the takeoff and landing. Ear pain from the change in pressure is quite common. Adults are good at clearing their ears; babies need some help.
To help make the takeoff and landing more successful, try giving your baby something that will get them sucking, such as:
  • Their favorite blanket or a toy that they associate with sucking their thumb
  • A pacifier
  • A bottle
  • Nursing.
One other tip -- wait until the plane has started to take off before taking these preventative steps. You never know what kind of delays may occur.
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