Baby Sleeping? how long does it usually take for a baby to start sleeping throught the night?
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Corinne - posted on 09/14/2011
Up to 5-6 years for a child's circadian rhythm to mature. Yes - years! And they're all different - for many it will happen earlier than this. Just go with the flow & trust your baby.
It is unnatural for a small baby to sleep for long periods; those that are trained to do so still wake but don't cry out as they've learned that nobody comes (learned helplessness) - shown to have negative long-term mental effects.
Often 8-12 weeks is a period of relatively long sleep periods, then it's into developmental leaps again which cause more wakings. Sleep duration doesn't increase in a linear way with age - it changes lots & that's normal. The Wonder Weeks book/website is great for this sort of thing.
Kimberly - posted on 08/30/2011
The times are different but the key is what you do during the feeding. I hear mothers say they turn on the lights or they watch T.V. I think the most important thing is to keeep the feedings as boring as possible. No lights, no converstaion, no television, not even a diaper change (unless of course they are poopy or realllllly wet) simply a quiet feeding and right back to bed. This worked well for both my boys who slept through the night at 8 and 10 weeks old.
Danna - posted on 11/19/2012
My second baby is now 10 weeks old and preparing for full nights of sleep , when my first baby was 12 weeks old he started to sleep all night but he was formula fed unlike my second. But it was easy first night he woke up but then he slept all the way through , I just had a small night light and I would put the music box every night at 9 . I would also put the monitor to hear anyhog and everything .
Sarah - posted on 09/29/2011
I have 2 children now, my eldest is 3 and my youngest is 16mths. That sounds pretty normal to me and what mine were like at that age. My mum was great for baby advice and always seemed to know what to do, her suggestion to me to try and get them to go through until a bit later was to try a dream feed at around 10pm ish or whenever my husband and I went to bed. It took a couple of weeks to work, but my persistence definitely paid off and it worked with both of them. Maybe that would be worth a try??
Kirsty - posted on 09/25/2011
Firstly, ALL babies are different. There is nuffin wrong with ur baby at 10 weeks to wake up at 3am. It totally depends on her routine, what time she goes to bed etc. For instance, from 2 weeks old my 3 year old was put to bed at 7pm every night and slept all the way thru. My 16 month old was 2 days old and slept thru the night with just 2 naps a day morning and afternoon. My youngest 10 weeks sleeps 6pm-6am with 2-3 naps a day. That doesn't make my kids any different from yours thats just how my kids work. Your little girl could be waking up at 3am for the next year but if that is her routine and she's happy then i wouldn't worry :-)
Monique-wright - posted on 09/22/2011
My daughters 6mths and is still waking once a night for a feed, bit more at the moment cause she has a horrible cold. Im still looking forward to when she sleeps through the night. Each baby is different and some will sleep through the night earlier than others. Just a waiting game
Tamara - posted on 09/20/2011
I think at 10 weeks she's still supposed to. her stomach is so small that she may still require a feeding at least once throughout the night. However, each baby is different, some babies sleep through the night from birth while some toddlers still wake up in the middle of the night to feed. To facilitate her sleeping longer, I suggest a bottle right before bed. It'll hold her stomach a lil longer than shay if you fer her two or so hours before.
Kiera - posted on 09/17/2011
When my son was about 11 mos he would still wake up at about 4am to be fed, and I would get up and feed him. Eventually my husband told me that if I didn't stop getting up he would always cry and expect me to come. I was convinced he would scream all morning but the first morning I tried it he cried for maybe 2 minutes then went back to sleep. Soon he stopped waking up all together and has no issues now.
Pat - posted on 09/16/2011
Here goes. It depends on: temperament (and how they process over stimulation, noise, transition time, what happened during their day, where their thought processes are and what they learned that day, who they take after in the family, whether they are nocturnal or not, etc...the list goes on. I think the approach is the same, however. Read my other posts I made today. Good luck. Pat Nickerson (ECE)
Brooke - posted on 09/15/2011
I have a 2 1/2 yo daughter who slept from 11pm to 8am from 6 weeks old.. she was formula fed. She now sleeps 8 to 8.
My 3 month old son who has been exclusively breast fed slept from 10pm to 5 am he then goes straight back to sleep until 8am...
Melissa - posted on 09/14/2011
My doctor did tell me that at my daughters year appointment that my daughter should be sleeping through the night more regularly and if she wakes she shouldn't be waking to eat. However, her eatting has been changing. So she was waking starving for formula. I have got her to sleep the past 2 nights, hopefully that is STARTING a regular trend, i'm HOPING! SHe is 13 months now. She has had 4 nights in the past month where she's slept through the night. However, that is it- she has recently found her thumb again to comfort her so she knows she doesn't always need a binky because her thumb is there too. Thumbs work wonders in the night, thank God for thumbs at night. I hate thumbs for the teeth reasons, but i love it for sleep reasons! There are many things to help with sleep, each baby is different in what they like, music/ noise, Johnson and Johnson calming lotions and bath products, whatever, routines can help too! Lots of stuff is published in books and internet forms to help a baby sleep better, but definately not a regular thing for a young baby to sleep through the night, and the older they get the better chance it is they will sleep!
Bernadette - posted on 09/06/2011
yes, my son also sucks his thumb - maybe that has something to do with why he started sleeping through so early. My daughter only did it from time to time, and flat refused a dummy so if she woke up a breast feed was the only way to settle her back to sleep even though she would happily go to sleep without a feed to begin with. It was only if she woke up that she needed one to get back to sleep. My son sleeps through most nights, but still wakes up occasionall. He also won't have a dummy and while I'm not too sad about it (I've watched people trying to wean their kids off them and it's not fun) I would rather he had that to a thumb! When the time comes, you can throw away a dummy, you can't throw out the thumb! The one advantage to it though, I guess, is that unlike a dummy he can use it to self settle. With a dummy, if it falls out during the night they can't put it back in - the thumb is always there and easy to find!
Alana - posted on 09/06/2011
my son was over 2 years old before he slept through the night.
i did not sleep through the night until i was nearly 7 years old.
i think for a ten week old baby you are very lucky that it is only waking up once per night!
saying that my best nates baby slept through 9 hours a night from day one x
Veronica - posted on 09/04/2011
gosh i wish! I am having trouble too, my 7m old baby won't sleep long at all in her crib- 1hr max. she won't take a soother, background noise dosen't matter, she has started to insist she wants to be walked to sleep, and be cuddling when she sleeps. I'm trying to let her fuss more when she wakes, but i can't let her cry becasue then she wakes my other two kids and then i've got three kids under 5 who are awake in the middle of the night. and to make matters worse my husband works a lot of night shifts. so i'm alone! sigh. I know she'll eventually sleep better, but I'm not sleeping much right now.
Bernadette - posted on 09/04/2011
there is not really an answer to this one unfortunately! My daughter didn't sleep all night until she was 17 months and finally finished breast feeding. My son has been sleeping through most nights since about 4 months (he is now nearly 5 months). He still wakes some nights, but sleeps through more often than not. I do wake him for a feed at 11pm though - if I don't, he definitely wakes before morning. I just figure it's best to do it before I'm asleep, rather than be woken up after only a couple of hours sleep and then try to get back to sleep. I'd rather have one solid stretch from 11.30 when he finishes feeding to 7am when he usually wakes up next, than have a disjointed sleep of only a few hours at a time.
Shelley - posted on 09/02/2011
It totally depends on the baby sorry. My DD (now 2) slept through at 9.5 weeks (for 10 hours, and after a few weeks it was 12 hours a night). Our second daughter is 4.5 months and is still only inconsistently sleeping through. I have done everything pretty much the same with both girls.
Amy - posted on 09/01/2011
My first son was 6 weeks old when he would sleep from 10p-6a, wake up for a feeding, then sleep til 9a. Then once I moved him to his own room at 3 months old he slept from 10p-8a starting the first night. My second son was more difficult to drop that last feeding... he was about 4-5 months old before sleeping through the night. Some babies need that feeding because they are still hungry, but I think some babies are also in the habit of getting up at that time because that is their schedule. Of course everyone knows that every baby is different! :)
Melissa - posted on 08/27/2011
depends on the child, my son slept through the night from 6 weeks old, my daughter is just over a year and she has her periods where she slept through the night for a couple weeks at a time but then it was back to not sleeping through the night, mainly because of teeth or illnesses or something!
my son starting at 6 weeks would go to bed at 10pm and get up around 345 or 445 for a bottle and a but change and he would sleep till 9am... as he got older he didn't need that 4am feeding or butt change no more... by the time he was 4 months he was sleeping 10hrs a night... 10pm till 8am roughly... and still today after being a year old her sleeps that schedule... so i am a fortunate mother i am told... so i do agree it is based on the baby and how good of an eater they are i believe...
Kandy - posted on 08/23/2011
My pediatrician said that it is not an age thing when it comes to sleeping through the night. She said that a child usually will not sleep through the entire night (8ish hours) until they are about 12ish pounds. She said that up until that weight a child will wake out of need to feed. After 12 pounds, most infants will wake out of habit and once they wake feeding soothes them. It isn't until their body gets out of the habit to feed at certain time ( something that naturally changes for an infant) will the child sleep 8 hours through.
Rebecca - posted on 08/18/2011
6 months is about right for a baby to come off the bottle...As soon as your baby is off the bottle and or eating solids they usually sleep all night from then on providing they have had enough stimulation during the day! All children are different. xx
Holly - posted on 06/13/2010
If your baby is gaining weight or at least 11 pounds, they no longer need to feed at night. I made sure all was good at my baby's 2 month and then we slept through the night since, he's now 4 months. He has reflux so he needs to sleep on his side or his stomach. We started at 6 hours and then he kept growing the amount of time, he now sleeps 12 hours a night.
My son did not start sleeping through consistently until about 8 months. He is now 9.5 months, and sleeps 8pm - 5:30am. There is still the occasional night that he wakes up for a diaper change, or just for comforting, but for the most part, he sleeps through.
Wendy - posted on 06/12/2010
My son is 3 months, exclusively breastfed and he wont sleep that long you are lucky, he goes to bed around 6pm then is up either 11 or 12 back down after his feed then up again around 4 then back down till 630 or 7 and then feeding 3 hourly all day, but I think all baby's are different so I dont know when my baby or yours will sleep through but I think yours has a chance of doing it sooner since your already down to one feeding, thats great good work.
Cheyenne - posted on 06/12/2010
ya my doctor said the same thing about them learning to sleep on their own. try not to let them fall asleep while they are eating cause they will relate eating to sleep and they will feel that they will not be able to go back to sleep without their bottle if they wake up in the night. so if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night and you are feedingand they start to fall asleep wake them if they are not finished eating and finish or stop them from eating if they are starting to fall asleep and put them back to bed. once your child is about 4 months old you could try to find out if your baby needs to eat in the night or if they are just not able to sleep on their own. just go in and give them a soother and leave the room.
Beccie - posted on 06/12/2010
My Lo slept through from 5 weeks, was a massive shock as up until then he would only sleep an hour a night, I was exhausted !! Then one night he slept from 11pm and I woke up at 6am and thought he must have died ! scary but funny now as I grabbed his so quickly I made him jump out his skin lol !! I know some 1 year olds who still wake for a drink though, so I think its just the luck of the draw ! I think average age is around 6 months though, but you may find yours is sooner if they one wake once now
Nikki - posted on 06/09/2010
Be thankful she only wakes up for one feeding...... most babies wake up every 3 hours... there is no set age usually after 4 months they will sleep longer..... breast fed babies take a lot longer then bottle fed to sleep through. My son still wakes up once a night every once in awhile hungry and hes almost 1.... waking up only once at 10 weeks is not very common you are very lucky
Angie - posted on 06/09/2010
One feeding a night is amazingly good for a 10 week old. What time does she go to bed? Remember that the medical definition of sleeping through the night is 5 hours so she may be sleeping through the night as it is.
My oldest didn't sleep through the night consistently until she was 26 months old. My baby is 20 months old and still doesn't.
my daughter is 8 months old she still doesn't always sleep through the night. Maybe once a week she will sleep through.
When she was 11 weeks she started to sleep through until she hit 5 months and then BAM she stopped
I am HOPING soon she will sleep through because I am EXHAUSTED
Jessica - posted on 06/09/2010
i think it all deends on the babie, mine is 6 months in 2 weeks and still wakes up for a feed. I was told he is right on target and that the 5 to 6 hours he does is normal. he will go back to sleep for another 4 to 5 hours.
Amanda - posted on 06/09/2010
I think it's all different. My first child was 7 months old was still not sleeping all night. So I decided to put her in her own room and she cried for two nights around her feeding time and on the third night she didnt do it anymore and my second child at 5 months I decided to put her in her own room and it only took her two nights to start sleeping all night. So I think its all up to your baby and you as the parent to decide when your baby does not need to be getting up anymore for feedings:)
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