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.
Bri's - posted on 09/12/2012
Mine started at 8 months, and statistics show it's not until 9 months 70% of babies start sleeping through the night. So it's not unusual that your baby is still waking. Take a look at my blog I posted my experience and how I got my LO to STTN http://violet-sleepbabysleep.blogspot.co...
Erin - posted on 09/01/2009
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
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.
Joanna - posted on 08/17/2009
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".
Talina - posted on 08/12/2009
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
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.
Michelle - posted on 08/11/2009
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
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.
Emily - posted on 08/11/2009
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
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!
Sarah - posted on 08/11/2009
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
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
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
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
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.'
Pam - posted on 08/10/2009
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
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.
Patricia - posted on 08/09/2009
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.
Mindy - posted on 08/09/2009
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!
Melissa - posted on 08/09/2009
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.
Tanya - posted on 08/09/2009
my 9 month old daughter started sleeping through the night at 2 months old i was scared at first cause i thought something was wrong, but i checked on her and she was sleeping like an angel.. she has been sleeping all night ever since...
Koriynn - posted on 08/09/2009
My daughter Kaiyah slept through the night for a 5 hour stretch when we were in the hospital (when she was first born) and she slept for a 10 hour stretch when she turned 2 months. I give her just a little bit of baby rice that is really thin with breast milk or formula. It helps a lot.
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