Is there any way to help my baby sleep through the night?

Michele - posted on 07/19/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is three months old and still wakes up several times each night. We put him to bed about 7 (when he is tired) and he sleeps until 11 or 12. I used to feed him then, but I am trying having his dad get up with him and sooth him back to sleep - I'm hoping if he doesn't get fed for enough nights he will quit waking up at this time. Then he wakes up around 2 or 3 (I feed him this time) and then three times again about 5, 6, and 7 (when he is usually ready to wake up for the day). He fights naps - we are lucky to get a 30 minute nap in the morning and then he usually sleeps for about 2-3 hours in the afternoon with another little catnap (20-30 minutes around 5). Any suggestions?

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my 9 month old started sleeping through the night when she was 3 months old. When people asked me what you just asked I would reply "give them a warm bath with the lavender wash/lotion" I thought this was the magic trick. Then BOOM she hit 5 months old and stopped sleeping through the night. she is now 9 months old and still gets up in the middle of the night. I have also heard that this is not uncommon.
As exhausted as I am...the only advice I can give you is this... Everyone at some point WILL learn to sleep through the night. Enjoy this time with your little one. Now that my daughter is 9 months old and she is on the move all day long it is so hard to get some cuddle time. The only time I get to cuddle my baby is when she is up in the middle of the night. They grow so fast that I ma getting in all the hugs I can get, even if it is at 3am.

Sorry I am not much help :)

Varda - posted on 07/27/2010

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sounds normal, the baby needs food, attention and slowly as days pass he'll get stronger and sleep more.
Try to start and put him on a schedule - when he wakes around 11 - BF - maybe he needs the milk and than he'll sleep later and won't wake up at 2 or 3, but babies 3m are like this.

Kim - posted on 07/23/2010

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Sounds to me like you have a normal 3 month old. :) My Daughter is pretty much on the same pattern. I find that If I can get her to eat more at 11ish (we BF) that she will sleep longer (not by much though). I'd just give it time- he's at the right age for a growth spurt and is probably hungry when he's waking up.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2010

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You didn't mention if you are brestfeeding, but I found with my daughter that she would fall asleep when satisfied, but not full. we give her a few ounces from a bottle after she is done nursing, and when she is full she pushes the bottle out. She has been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks. Also, I found that when she has more naps and better sleep suring the day she sleeps much better and longer at night. Sleep begets sleep, strangely enough.

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My son didn't start sleeping through consistently until 6 months old. At 3 months old the majority of babies don't sleep through. Most babies do sleep through when solids are introduced but every baby is different.

Hilary - posted on 07/20/2010

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When My Baby Was 2Months I Stayed Up All Day Long With Her An Didnt Let Her Take Any Naps An If She Did,Only For Like 15 Mins An I Woke Her Up..It Was Hell But Ever Since Then She Sleeps From 9pm to 8am EveryNight Since She Was 2Months An Shes 6Months Now So Maybe Keeping Him Awake All Day Will Help Him Sleep Threw The Night Better

Frances - posted on 07/20/2010

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Good question; none of my kids slept through the night until past 12 months. Your baby is still very young.

Sunny - posted on 07/19/2010

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He sounds pretty normal to me! I would feed him at the first waking (11 or 12) and at least once more through the night, especially if he is hungry. They still need milk at such an early age. It is still early days. BTW, he is in fact sleeping thru if he sleeps from 7-12 as 5 hours is considered sleeping thru at this age. The other times he wakes, try patting him, or singing softly to him to settle him, or a cuddle if he is distressed and needs comfort, only use dim lights and don't talk to him. He will eventually get the message that night is for sleeping.

Emily - posted on 07/19/2010

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He sounds like a normal 3-month-old. ;) Just give it some time. He's only 3 months old.. sleeping through the night is really not the norm at that age. He will eventually sleep longer when he and his body are ready to do so.

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