At what age did your infant start sleeping through the night?

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I think to answer this question we should be on the same page about what is meant by "sleeping through the night". For an infant, "sleeping through" means sleeping for a 5 hour stretch, which isn't what we, as adults, would consider "sleeping through". In saying that, my firstborn was about 6 months before he would sleep for 5 hours straight and a little under 2 years before he would sleep from 7.30pm to 5.30am.

Lisa is correct in saying that 3 is about the age kids drop the need of nighttime parenting. Some of us are lucky to have kids that do it at a younger age, but it doesn't happen often from what I've heard.

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Katy - posted on 09/05/2014

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our LO started sleeping through the night around 2-3 months old. She would still wake for a feeding here and there but went right back to sleep. The swaddling helped a lot i must admit. Once we transitioned to a sleep sack i was afraid she would sleep less but the zipadee zip sack worked like a charm and she still sleeps great!

Sally - posted on 08/20/2014

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No one sleeps through the night; we just learn to forget waking up. The average kid stops needing you when they wake somewhere between 6 months and 10 years.

Rebekah - posted on 03/02/2014

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My little girl started sleeping regularly through the night at about five weeks ( by through the night I mean 10-6). Now at nine weeks she is sleeping 8-6 sometimes she wakes early but I would rather have a little husband time in the evening and wake up at the crack of dawn! I would recommend to anyone wanting some more nighttime sleep to get their baby onto a loose daytime schedule, since birth I have been waking my little one for feeds every three hours through the day and letting her decide her wake ups during the night - I think this helps with establishing day/night rhythms.

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I think my son was around 8 months. I noticed though that he would get up in the middle of the night if I was in the same room as he was. Baby sixth sense....

Erin - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son Charlie has been sleeping through the night since he was six weeks old. Occasionally waking for feed (formula). With teething happening he seems to wake in the night also. Every bub is different. My daughter now 8 would sleep through a thunderstorm when she was an infant.

Christina - posted on 09/01/2009

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hey there, my daughter is 2 weeks old and she sleeps for about 6 hours wakes up for a feed and then goes back to sleep. I changed her to formula just before she started doing this though she wasn't getting enough milk which made her wake up more often for feeds.

Stacey - posted on 08/27/2009

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My dughter has just started sleeping thru the night and she's 91/2 months xx

Joanna - posted on 08/17/2009

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My first child a boy, didn't sleep through until about 2 yrs. My second daughter slept through at 10 weeks, so did my 2nd daughter. All three have been breastfed. If you are having trouble as I did with my first pls read the book..."wise moms".

Nancy - posted on 08/17/2009

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my son started sleeping through the night when was 2 months old...... he will be for months old tomorrow..

Kimmy - posted on 08/17/2009

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My son started to sleep about 8 hours a nght at about 3 months then he started teething and now he wakes up sometimes but it's usually only once and for like a 1/2 hour

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2009

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My twins slept through the night 9 - 9 at 4 months. All babies are different so it really is a hard question to answer

Talina - posted on 08/12/2009

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I think at about 2 or 3 weeks old... She's unusual though and I've heard that most babies don't do this till they are many months old. For each baby development is different and some can't sleep though the night if they need feedings and changes.



My baby was very big when she was born. Not sure if this had anything to do with her sleeping though the night. We also are co-sleeping and breastfeeding on demand which could have helped her.

Sandi - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My son is 2 weeks old and he has been sleeping through the night since we got home. I wake him up about 11 and keep him up for a while. He sleeps till about 7 in the morning


You're very lucky Stephanie!!!! You got that one in a million jackpot on that one!!! I would have killed for a full nights sleep when my daughter was 2 weeks old!Enjoy it now cuz you don't know how long that's gonna last.

Stephanie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son is 2 weeks old and he has been sleeping through the night since we got home. I wake him up about 11 and keep him up for a while. He sleeps till about 7 in the morning

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2009

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Well I got lucky on this one. My 1st child slept all night, i actually would have to wake myself up and wake her up to feed her every 4 hours the 1st month. And my 2nd child started sleeping through the night after a month. I never had trouble with this really.



Although now my 1st child will wake up in the middle of the night now for some reason, I really do believe she has bad dreams.

Priscilla - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son started sleeping through the night later than most. He was never content on the amount of formula he had so he would always wake up crying and hungry. He finally started sleeping through the night when he was 6 months old. Took him longer. yet my daughter slept through the night at 3 months old and on. It all depends on the child I guess and how you put them to sleep from birth up.

Sandi - posted on 08/11/2009

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For us it was around 2 or 3 months old when she started sleeping through the night. My husband and I started her on a bedtime routine and stuck with it. Now she sleeps between 8 and 10 hours a night and very rarely wakes up.

Norma - posted on 08/11/2009

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It really depends on the child. Both my son and daughter woke up every three hours to eat even after a year. Just be patient and try to nap in the day while the baby is napping.

Emily - posted on 08/11/2009

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He started sleeping an average 11-12 hrs per night at about 11mos but now, at 13mos, he still occasionally wakes up and we usually go in to check on him and if I'm the one who goes in, I'll nurse him for a little a while to calm him down and help him get back to sleep. He was never strictly scheduled as a small baby. When he was little I used the 90 minute sleep solution which really is amazing and now we use Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Weissbluth.

Mckayla - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter was sleeping through the night at 4 weeks, now she has her days and nights mixed up, but is still sleeping 4-6 hours at a time. My doctor said it will happen when she reached 11lbs and to just give her pasie at first, then if she didn't calm down to give her a bottle. Every child is different! Hang in there!

Kaitlan - posted on 08/11/2009

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Our son first slept 8.30pm to 8.30am at 12 weeks old. We do have the odd night were he wakes but he will soon settle himself.

Joy - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son slept for 8-9 hours for 3 weeks @ 10 weeks and then for the past week hasn't done it! I'm hoping this stage passes and he will be back to sleeping through again!!

Colleen - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son started consistently sleeping through the night (6+ hours) at 6 weeks. Now, at 10 weeks, he's in bed for 12 hours.

Sarah - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter had colic so it was hard to set a routine and she ended up sleeping through by about 6 months. My son started sleeping through at 8 weeks, and I think that's because we had worn out all our anxieties on our daughter and we're a bit more firm about starting the way we wanted to continue. We used The Baby Whisperer's E.A.S.Y routine as it's fairly flexible and he settled into it easily.

Linda - posted on 08/10/2009

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Our son, Ari, slept at least 7 hours as soon as he turned 2 months and it got even better now that he is 3 months. some times he'll sleep for 8 or even 9 hours.

The trick,we have a routine, after his feeding (varies) 3-5 p.m I don't allow him to go to sleep I play with him, put him on a swing etc... the point to to make him tired and at around 7:30 or when he starts being hungry instead of feeding him right away I give him a bath, then feed and he is asleep with in 30 min after I finish feeding him. He will wake up at around 5:30 am or even 6.

He know when he is hungry and he never fails to let us know. So, if he sleeps for a little longer I really don't worry.

Kimberly - posted on 08/10/2009

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Donna slept thru the night from day 2, even tho the nurses said to wake her up to eat, she wouldnt eat if woken up so we left her asleep, most times she gets a bath before bed but most of the time it takes a good feeding to get her to sleep, she is asleep before she is done eating, sleeps from 8 30 pm to 6 or so in the am

Melanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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My 4 month old goes 5 to 7 hours, then wakes to be fed. My son was about a year before he slept through consistently. He is 4 now, and rarely gets up in the night, but he comes in frequently before he finally settles down for the night. The usual-I need a drink, I have to tell you something, etc.

Shasta - posted on 08/10/2009

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my two year old started sleeping through the night at 2 mos. old. my 4 year old started sleeping through the night when she was about 6 mos. and my 13 year old didn't until she was a little older...it just depends on the child and how consistent you are with keeping them on a 'schedule.'

Bree - posted on 08/10/2009

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my daughter started around 3 months. I breast fed her for the 1st month or so then had to switch to formula. we could go to sleep around 9 and get up around 8 am the next morning.

Holly - posted on 08/10/2009

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a week and 3 days was the first time but it wasnt constint till about a month old

Katie - posted on 08/10/2009

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My son started to sleep all night long when he was around 6-7 months old. He falls asleep around 8 p.m. and wakes up around 7-7:30 a.m.

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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8 weeks....had one night where she cried for 10 minutes before going back to sleep before I got up to feed her. Sleeps 10-11 hours now. Heaven!

Pam - posted on 08/10/2009

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My lil one has been sleeping 6 to 8 hours at night since he has been about 8 weeks old but if something changes in his schedule like we just recently moved he will begin to wake up about once or twice a night then he got use to it and the past 3 nights he has slept through the night again and actually last night he slept longer he slept from 8:30pm to 5:30am then he ate went back to sleep at 6am and slept till 8am but this was the 1st time for that. Every baby is different and actually your baby could do one thing for a week and then change it up on you I have learned.

There is a book I have been reading which has been useful for me about sleeping habits called "Healthy sleep habits, happy child." I dont agree with everything it says but it does have some good tips.

Marihett - posted on 08/10/2009

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My boy was sleeping trough since 8 weeks of age. I use to bath him late at night (8h30pm), then he would eat & sleep till 6am the next morning, waking up for a feed, then he would sleep till about 9am.



Now it's winter & I bath him at 6h30pm, so we would play & eat & he still goes to bed at 10pm.

Cassie - posted on 08/10/2009

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My daughter slept through the night starting at a week and a half. there have only been a handful of times where she didn't make it. She gets her one/two naps a day and is out from about 8 to 7

Haley - posted on 08/10/2009

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my first was at 2weeks goin dwn at 6 n sleepin threw till 8 and my 2nd still dosnt and is 4 mths old

Lisa - posted on 08/09/2009

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My little one has been sleeping throught the night since she's been 7 weeks old shell go to bed around 9:30 and wake up between 8 & 9 she now is 6 1/2 months old!

Patricia - posted on 08/09/2009

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my son started sleeping throught the night at about 1 1/2 months but then when he started teething at 4 months he started waking up throughout the night. he is nine months now and he still wakes up 1-2 times a night. i was told by my doctor though at about this age when he wakes up and cries just check on him to make sure he is ok, dont touch him or anything and keep the lights off/low and if he is fine just leave him cry and eventually he will start sleeping through the night.

Ashley - posted on 08/09/2009

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Kaleigh was sleeping through the night at 3 weeks and still is to this day (4 months old now) :)

Mindy - posted on 08/09/2009

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It took me a year to finally get my son to sleep through the night...wish I would have found this audio series earlier. It would have been a great way to reduce the stress of having to hold my son to get him to sleep in his first year. Click Here!

Diane - posted on 08/09/2009

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Quoting Timbrel:

At what age did your infant start sleeping through the night?




I was pretty lucky - Lizzie started consistently putting herself back to sleep of not waking by 6 months old.

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2009

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My son started sleeping through the night at 2 months old, my daughter is now 6 months old and depending on what kind of night she is having she still wakes up, last night she woke up at 3am for a bottle. so its really hard to tell.

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