hw to make my baby sleep through the night

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Stephanie - posted on 07/08/2009

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My most recent baby is 1 month old today, was born at 9lb,8oz, and has been sleeping for 5-6 hrs each night since she was about 1 1/2 weeks old. My dad's a PA, and he says that's fine. (Plus, I have 2 other kids (5 & 3), so I don't mind the 5 hours of sleep at night :) ) And she is also a b'fed baby, but she gets enough during the day.

Mel - posted on 07/07/2009

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yeah yeah Vicki , i seriously doubt you know more then the nurses. i have a nurse friend. its common sense that a baby gaining weight does not need to be disturbed for the parents selfish or misinformed desire to feed them. my baby being FTT has nothing to do with this, FYI i read my child three hourly day and night til she was about 5 months, this was from when she was about 1 week old when she continued to lose weight. the first week of her life she did nt go to sleep during the night. not even a few seconds due to a tongue tie and me breast feeding her. after she was about 5-6 months i woke her at midnight for one nightly feed until she was 10 months in which her feeds took 1 hour 45 mins to go thru the tube. so this clearly has nothing to do with my baby and what happened with her, so dont you ever say i didnt do right by her cause u wouldnt have a friggen clue. we are talking about a normal healthy child here not my aspirating FTT baby.

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My son didn't start sleeping through until he was around 6 months old. You can't make a baby sleep...they will do it in their own time!

Italia - posted on 10/21/2010

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i don't believe in schedule feedings for a nb or infant and trying will just drive me nuts. I feed my baby on demand i have from day 1 she slept with me up until she was 2mo now she's almost 3mo and started sleeping in her crib and wakes up 2-3x a night to eat. I think if u just continue to meet their needs they will become independent quicker than those babies that r forced to "self sooth" which I HIGHLY DOUBT they even know they are self soothing. I think they lose hope by letting them cry out all they know is no one is there for them. I want my baby to trust me.
No one said this was going to be easy and every baby is different but as newborns and infants they need all the love and security they can get now to prepare them for the world they will one day face.

Julia - posted on 07/07/2009

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I found on my experience that for your baby to sleep through the night ( from 10pm to 7am) it also depended on the size of your baby and not so much on the age. My first two babies were big and they slept through the night from as early as 6 & 8 weeks. My last baby who was the smallest of the three took longer to sleep through the night...even though I did exactly the same with all of them in regards to routine feedings and sleeps. I think, by memory, they were around 6 kg when they started to constantly sleep through.

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Momof1 - posted on 10/21/2010

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My son slept through the night and by that I mean from 7:30 to 5:30 at 1 month. And he was EBF. At 3.5 months, that pattern stopped when he caught a cold and started teething. Then he hit nine months and is now going from 7:30 to 7:30 without waking up. He is still breastfed, maybe 6 times a day, and obviously eating solids. Your baby will sleep through the night when it is right for him/her. I did not do cry it out, either. So if anybody thinks that is why my son slept that long at a month, they are wrong. He started doing it on his own. Once he hit 6 months and he was waking up every 2 hours, I would let him cry for 10 minutes before going to get him, but that's it.



And do not give your baby cereal before, at least 4 months, and especially not in a bottle.

Katie - posted on 10/19/2010

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as long as you are feeding your baby through the day it will start sleeping through soon, maby grt in to the routin of putting you baby to bed at 7 then getting it up for a feed bout ten that worked for me

Kayla - posted on 07/06/2009

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As everyone has already said you just can't get a baby that small to sleep through the night; my 4 month old isn't sleeping through the night (although we're working on it slowly). My best advise would be for you to go and buy the book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantely. Here is the website: http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/



There is an entire section related to newborn to 4 months that will help get your baby associated with good sleep habits and prepare to sleep through the night. It will educate you on all things about baby sleep. I wish I had the book sooner but it is definietely helpful! And also note that the definition for sleeping through the night is sleeping for 5 hours straight.



It's never to early to get prepared!

Vicki - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

as long as they are making up feeds during the day, they can sleep as long as they want (in response to Vicki), and even if they are not having as many bottles as what they should as a if they are ganing good weight it does not matter



Nice try, but no. Babies can sleep "through the night" (6-8 hours) at 3 months. Before this, the stomach is just TOO TINY to go without feeding for so long. Melissa, no wonder your baby was FTT.



 



From http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/slee...



At first, though, the need to feed will outweigh the need to sleep. Many pediatricians recommend that a parent not let a newborn sleep too long without . In practical terms, that means offering a feeding to your baby every 3 to 4 hours or so, and possibly more often for smaller or premature babies.

Mel - posted on 07/06/2009

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as long as they are making up feeds during the day, they can sleep as long as they want (in response to Vicki), and even if they are not having as many bottles as what they should as a if they are ganing good weight it does not matter

Vicki - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting Hanouf :

hw to make my baby sleep through the night

at what age and how



Your baby is one month old. At that age, babies need to feed every two to three hours. You might be able to go for a four hour stretch of sleep, but anything more than that would be a huge concern. Baby's stomach is so tiny at that age, so to sleep so long without eating he could become at risk for cot death or failure to thrive.

Tammy - posted on 07/05/2009

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I started cereal feeding my 3 when they where about 6 weeks old, and they all started sleeping threw the night about a week later

Mel - posted on 07/04/2009

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a baby can sleep thru whenever they are ready even from day one i have heard of babys sleeping 13 hours from birth mine slept 10-11 hrs from birth (until i ahd to start waking her for feeds overnight). you can try some rice cereal in the bottle before fed it usually makes them sleep longer and if breast feeding try a formula feed before bed as it fills them up more

Julia - posted on 07/04/2009

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I breast fed all of my 3 children and did so in a routine. I had plenty of milk and fed them for 1 year each...and plan to feed my youngest for 1 year. I think as long as you use common sense with your routine you will be fine. If you baby is having a growth spurt you will feed on demand for a few days to increase your milk supply or if they are not well you do the same...it's not that hard!!



Routine feedings are the key to getting your babys matabolisim to stabalise there fore they are able to go longer between feeds and have a more settled sleep pattern too.

Billie Jo - posted on 07/04/2009

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If you are breastfeeding please DO NOT schedule feedings. For most people this is the slippery slope that will cause you to lose your milk. Feed on your baby's cues. I am not sure how old your child is but if the picture is current then I wouldn't worry about it. My third daughter is almost 4 months and doesn't sleep through the night as she is getting up to feed at least 2 times a night sometime 3 times. My 2 oldest were STTN at around 6-8 weeks but the first was scheduled formula feeds and the second was scheduled bottled breastmilk. I don't expect Madelyn to STTN anytime soon because BF babies need to eat more frequently

Julia - posted on 07/04/2009

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As the other mothers have said you can't make your baby sleep through the night...but you can teach your baby how to sleep better by having a routine and letting them self sooth/settle. This can begin as soon as your milk has come in!! You can start off getting your baby's feeding into a schedule (there will be those days where this will not happen as your baby will be having a growth spurt or perhaps unwell) But on those normal days try and feed every 3 hours...if your baby is sleeping and the 3 hours has passed wake him/her up for a feed...only exception is during the night...where you want to encourage the longer sleeping. Once the feeding routine is set...naturally the sleeping and up times follow. As your baby grows and gets older the feeds will gradually become further apart and the up times longer!

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My little guy is almost 3 months old and about two weeks ago he started sleeping through the night.. How did I do it? Well I try and keep him stimulated and active during his awake times during the day.. Anywhere from walking about and talking to them, playing with them on the floor with baby mats.. Or maybe im just lucky.. You can't make a baby sleep through the night.. but you can sure try different things..

Amanda - posted on 07/04/2009

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You cant make a baby sleep through the night, they will do it on their own when they are ready.

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