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Lindsay - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )

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How can i get him to sleep through the night? hes almost 2 months.

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Tine - posted on 09/07/2010

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It is not natural or even safe for such small babies to sleep through the night. Frequent waking protects them from SIDS, which some researchers now believe is a problem with arousing from deep sleep. Babies are all different in this. some sleep through at 4-5 months, some not until 2 years - it depends on individual personality and how sensitive they are to stimulation that wakes them.
Here's some thoughts though...
He will sleep better and longer the closer he is to you - at least have him in the same room for SIDS safety
'Sleeping through' is defined as 5hours, not 8 hours or so that you mightlike!
please please do NOT use any kind of cry it out sleep training
Try reading a bookcalled 'Nighttime Parenting' by Dr Sears, or any sleep book by Pinky McKay, or The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. All excellent and full of good advice in an easy to read, kind way.
Enjoy your little person, they grow big all too quickly! :-)

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2010

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2 months is much to early to expect him to sleep all night. sure, some babies naturally will but most will not until much later. also, keep in mind that "sleeping through the night" is defined by doctors as between 4-6 hours at a time.

my best advice is to nap when the baby naps. the dishes can wait!

Nicola - posted on 09/08/2010

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I used the Guardian Sleeper with my daughter Lily. This amazing product is a must for all parents, Check it out on Guardiansleeper.com The baby feels like they are being held all night and it keeps them in the back to sleep position which is the safest.

Jo - posted on 09/07/2010

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i agree with what has been said - that he'll do it when he's ready. my boy slept thru for the 1st time at 8.5mths. i would've loved for him to do it earlier - we started a consistent bedtime routine when he was younger and started solids at 4mths and went to a sleep school etc - but after awhile i thought to just not stress and go with the flow - he dropped his nightfeeds himself at 8mths and then slept thru 3wks later. i think there's too much stress and pressure put in trying to get babies to sleep thru at a very young age!!

Emily - posted on 09/04/2010

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Just give it time. 2 months is way too early to expect anything in regards to sleep. All babies eventually sleep through the night when THEY are ready. You are obviously ready now, but babies rarely do anything for our convenience. ;)

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Amanda - posted on 09/20/2010

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Hi, my boy is 9 months and he does not sleep through at all. I'm so tired I'm like a zombi

Trudi - posted on 09/20/2010

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Two months is way too early to expect your baby to sleep through the night, anyone that says their baby did I would not think it lasted long or it was a once off. We all hate being sleep deprived but it is all part of being a mother, you will always be sleep deprived!!! Jsut keep him to his routine and he will eventually do it on his own, dont try to rush him or introudce ANY solids until he is at least 4 months old. Please read the World Health Organisation site for reccommendations on this. Best of luck and just enjoy your little man while he is just so gorgeous, they grow up too quick.

Cynthia - posted on 09/17/2010

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Although I wish I never had to get up during the night, I did all the time. I breast-fed my son and was up every 2-3 hours around the clock to feed him - regardless of what I wanted or what I was doing. It stressed me out from time to time, but I just let my son figure out his own schedule. A previous poster mentioned keeping a routine. I totally agree! But it had to be your child's routine, not yours. I let my son tell me what he needed, so to speak, and I just followed hus cue. My son slept in a bassinet next to my bed until he was 3-4 months old. However, he was sleeping through the night from 2 days before he turned 3 months. My decision to keep him in the bassinet in my room for the next month was for my own security and relief of nerves. My son sleeps 10-12 hours per night and he just turned 9 months yesterday. My advice, go with what's good for your child, not you. Oh, and although I did eventually give my son rice in a bottle, he didn't get it until after he was already sleeping all night,

Helen - posted on 09/17/2010

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For me it was routine, routine, routine. Bath, feed, bed. But - 2 months is early to expect sleeping through, unless of course you're lucky like some - which is amazing. I believe sticking to a routine is key for the first year. When you do each feed see if you can ensure he is full and satisfied and no wind (where possible!). Good luck!

Donna - posted on 09/16/2010

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wow no offense but yur expecting a but much, yur baby is only 2 months. There arent alot of 2 months olds that sleep through the night.

Dana - posted on 09/16/2010

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try a dream feed. I put my daughter down at 7 then i gice her a dream feed at 10 pm i found it worked for me and she doesn't wake till 5:30am. She doesn't sleep thru hen she is having a growth spurt

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Sorry, no help here, my little one is 11 months and still doesn't sleep through the night. The health nurses I have talked to said that on average babies don't sleep through the night at least until after 6 months. My little one is on the small side and bcause of that she still has a bottle in the middle of the night because she is not a big eater.

Geraldine - posted on 09/15/2010

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Maria Bratton so basically you starved your child to make her sleep that is sooo wrong...... dont take her advise.

Geraldine - posted on 09/15/2010

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You sort of cant your child will sleep through the night once he is ready, my little girl starting sleepin all night when she was 3 weeks. I suppose im just one of them lucky ones.

Corlia - posted on 09/15/2010

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Good Luck is all I can say. I have tried every trick in the book and metioned above. Mine is 18 months old and sleeps through the night occasionally. sometimes still wakes up 3 times in 1 night. Baby nr. 2 is on the way so my husband will take over the first one in the night once the second one is here.

Maria - posted on 09/14/2010

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When babies are MORE than 13lb's and past 2 months they are physically able to sleep 8 hours without food. However most don't.
All people wake up at night, babies, children, adults... in order for babies to sleep through the night they need to know how to fall asleep on their own, otherwise they will cry for you to come assist them back to sleep (through a bottle, nursing, holding rocking, etc.). The best thing you can do for your baby and your babies sleep is to put them to bed awake. Not wide awake and raring to go, but when they are drowsy. Establish a bedtime routine and good luck!
Putting baby to bed at the same time every night and for naps (which 2 months might be a little young even for some babies for their sleep rythyms to have developed), also helps.

My first started sleeping 8 + hours at 3 months with help (i.e. not feeding her when she woke up) My second started sleeping 9+ hours at 5.5 months on his own.

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son is three months old and he just started sleeping through the night, once i decided to stop breastfeeding and i moved him out of room he only wakes up once maybe twice a night,and make sure u keep it pretty dark in his room with just a night light you know just enough light for you to see wat your doing. But he prob wont sleep through the whole night for a while hes still young and wants to be fed more.

Kenisha - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son is 9 weeks and I've found that both rice cereal and a warm bath works for him and he'll sleep for 6 hrs. If I just give him a bottle and warm bath he wakes up like clock work every 3-4 hours.



Most of my mom friends say a long warm bath is what helped their baby sleep longer. Good luck!

Georgina - posted on 09/14/2010

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Hi, 2 months is way to early to sleep through the night, they still need those feedings through the night to grow, my son started to sleep through the night at 7 months old and now he is 17 months and he sleeps a solid 12 hours with one 2-3 hour nap in the day just be patient i know its hard but all babys are different i always used the lavender johnsons lotion it helped and dont bath him every night, just feed him right before you put him down and eventually he will give you 4-6 hours then as he gets older it will become more and more, i think the myth that your baby should sleep through the night at 3 months old is just that a myth none of my friends babys slept through the night that young and then you have teething which makes them wake up..unless you let them "cry it out" which i dont believe in at all, let him naturally learn how to self sooth himself its acually much less stressfull then letting him scream for hours, good luck and i promise it gets better and you also get used to it :))

Tabitha - posted on 09/14/2010

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my son was still taking up every 3-4 hours at night, he's almost 4 months now and occasionally he'll sleep for 6-7 hours before waking up for food. I definitely wouldn't get your hopes up until he's 4 months and can get rice in the formula

Rebecca - posted on 09/14/2010

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my son started sleeping through at 3 months n all i did was use the johnsons bed time bath products and then when i put him into his pjs i used the lavender oil n put a small amount on his tummy legs and arms and used hipp organic bedtime milk n he's slept through every night since he was 3 months ..

Chrystal - posted on 09/13/2010

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Honestly it all depends on the baby. Some babies sleep through the night and some don't. I wish you luck though.

Loren - posted on 09/13/2010

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my son was a month and a half when he started sleeping the whole night n has evr since he's 17months now and my 6week old sleeps thru the night she started that last week i know its still early days for her but so far so good, good luck

Molissa - posted on 09/12/2010

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It will happen when it happens. Nothing really you can do to help it go faster. Mine was all at once one night when he was about to be 3 months, he slept all night! Scared me and my hubby, but checked on him and he was okay. I know it's hard to work on so little sleep. That's why you really should try to nap while he naps. Chores can wait. Your health and sanity can't.

Jennifer - posted on 09/11/2010

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I have read extensively about this because my child would not sleep at first! Dr. Ferber (Solve your child's sleep problems) and Dr. Weissbluth (Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child) both say that there is no way to get your child on a sleep schedule until at least 12 weeks. At that point, it is possible to begin "sleep training." I did it way too late-- my son was 9 months when we had to have "Sleep Boot camp!" I had to let him cry it out for about a week and now he is an amazing sleeper and sleeps 11 hrs. at night and takes great daytime naps too. You have to do what you are comfortable with. The "cry it out" thing broke my heart during that week, but it was best for him in the long run. I wouldn't start yet, though. Nothing I have ever read says that a 2 month old can sleep through the night. I do recommend those books by Ferber and Weissbluth, though! :)

Ember - posted on 09/11/2010

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He probably wont fora few months, my daughter is 4 months old and only in the last month has started to sleep through the night, they have to find their own routine its the easiest way

Kelsi - posted on 09/11/2010

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the closest thing we could classify as our daughter sleeping through the night till she was 4 months was 5 consecutive hours

Anja - posted on 09/11/2010

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My little one is now almost 14 months, and there was not one night that she has slept through. Since birth, she wakes up every 3-f hours for her bottle, but this week that just past, she woke up every 2-3 hours for her bottle. She eats every night, and then sometimes I put a bit of cereal in her bottle to see if she would sleep for longer, but NO, she still wants her bottle every 3-4 hours. I don't know what else to do that she can sleep for longer?

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2010

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"Sleeping through the night" is a 5 hour stretch for newborns, so I wouldn't stress out about trying to get him to sleep any longer than that at the moment. There are things you can do to help teach him the difference between day and night at this age, and it's good to have a set bedtime routine and stick to it more or less every night. Every baby is different though and it's only a rare occurrence that a baby of 2 months will sleep right through the night. It does get better though, my 9 month old sleeps from 7pm-6am now, but it's been a long road to get there!

Ami - posted on 09/09/2010

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Two months is a bit early to get a baby to sleep through the night. They wake up because they are hungry or just because they realize it's dark and don't know what is going on. Our daughter didn't sleep through the night until about six months.

Some of the things we did to get her into a good routine was: bath time every night, even if we didn't always use soap at the very very beginning (to prevent her from getting dry skin). Our routine was: bath time, lotion, read a book, bottle, and bed. Also, we didn't run to her room every time she made a peep, whether it was during nap time or at night. She is a fabulous sleeper now! good luck!

Julie - posted on 09/09/2010

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Swaddle really tight. my two month old looks like a little mummy but she slept eight hours last night and would have slept longer if i hadn't woken her up.

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2010

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You have my sympathy. I remember what it was like in those early days. My son didn't sleep through until he was 8 months.
At 2 months we started to get more strict with his bedtime routine. Bath, Story, Bottle and bed.
He gradually got to only waking up twice in the night, 11-12pm and 4am then up at 7am.
Then he slept through til 4am. Then i dropped the 4am feed as I became confident that he wasn't waking due to hunger. By 7.5 months he was waking at 4am and wanting to play so we did do the crying out method for a few days and he started sleeping through. now he only wakes when ill or teething.

I can recommend the sleeping bags as I've noticed he's more likely to wake when we don;t use it as he either kicks his blanket or sheet off and gets cold or he gets his legs stuck out the side of the cot.

Hope this helps. But I;m afraid I agree with the others, 2 months is very early and you just have to muddle through. it does get better gradually. He may not suddenly start sleeping through, he may just gradually wake less and less.

Jennifer - posted on 09/08/2010

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i agree with aimee, i swaddled my daughter in the velcro ones and she slept throught the night.... she started sleeping from 1140pm till 8 am every night once i swaddled her....

Kristi - posted on 09/07/2010

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One thing that's very important is to make sure the night-time feedings/diaper changes don't turn into any kind of play-time. No silly faces, no peek-a-boo, no bright lights, etc. If the night-time wake-ups are all business, feed, change and back to bed, they'll (ideally) start wanting to be awake less at night, and be awake more during the day when the playtime happens.

Katie - posted on 09/07/2010

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most usually go longer stretches at about 3-4 months old. thats what mine all did. i know its hard being sleep deprived. try the car seat for some reason new babies like being on an incline. good luck!

Shachar - posted on 09/07/2010

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it is not entirely true that a baby will sleep thru the night when they're ready. a good steady routine and a little encouragement can go a long way! if you don't try and help them sleep thru the night, they might not until they're 4 or 5 years old! however, it is true that with some babies it will take longer (8-10mo) while with some it can be much sooner (3-4mo).

My baby had a solid routine at 7 weeks and was sleeping thru the night at 14 weeks. I did choose to ignore her 4am mild cry for a week or so until it stopped completely, but she still work up a really happy baby! Also, she was never a very big baby and until 5.5mo was exclusively breast-fed, yet still was able to sleep thru the night that early.

so in short: a good repetitive routine of warm bath, a bottle or long nursing before bed, quiet music and abundance of love are going to help a lot! Good Luck!

Shachar - posted on 09/07/2010

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it is not entirely true that a baby will sleep thru the night when they're ready. a good steady routine and a little encouragement can go a long way! if you don't try and help them sleep thru the night, they might not until they're 4 or 5 years old! however, it is true that with some babies it will take longer (8-10mo) while with some it can be much sooner (3-4mo).

My baby had a solid routine at 7 weeks and was sleeping thru the night at 14 weeks. I did choose to ignore her 4am mild cry for a week or so until it stopped completely, but she still work up a really happy baby! Also, she was never a very big baby and until 5.5mo was exclusively breast-fed, yet still was able to sleep thru the night that early.

so in short: a good repetitive routine of warm bath, a bottle or long nursing before bed, quiet music and abundance of love are going to help a lot! Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 09/07/2010

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Jo, I totally agree about the stress and pressure. Seems there are so many baby books out there about how to get your kids to sleep through, like your baby isn't a "good" baby if he/she isn't sleeping 12 hours straight at some predetermined period of time. If we would just relax and let our babies develop in their own way things would be much easier and less stressful.. in my opinion.

Aimee - posted on 09/07/2010

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Try swaddling him. As soon as i swaddeld my son with the velcrow ones he started sleeping through the night because he couldnt squirm his way out of it, and he wasn't startling himself away with every little movement.

Naomi - posted on 09/07/2010

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my little boy 4 months he been sleeping through from bout 11 weeks he sleep 6.30 till 8 in the morning :) i put half a spoon of rusk in his bottle x

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don't expect him to sleep thru the night till closer to 3 months. around 10 wks my son suddenly started sleeping all night. start a bedtime routine pjs, bath, bottle/breast same time every night and eventually something just clicks good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 09/05/2010

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I cant give you any advice on how to make one sleep through the night, All I can say is your not alone. My little on is 2 years old and doesnt sleep through the night. I have tried everything and Ive just come to accept that he wakes up wants a drink has a pee and off to bed. From speeking with doctors public health nurses and just reading alot of information on the subject. It can take a child up to the age of 3 to learn the art of self soothing. 2 months is so little just love that they are waking you now because soon enough they will be teenagers out and about and they will keeping you up for reasons other then Milk.... Just be patient It will happen when they do sleep better and for longer.... All the best.....

Cindy - posted on 09/05/2010

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my 19th month old still doesnt sleep thru the night. she gets a good 4-6 hr stretch then crys for milk. i'm trying to get her too wean off the night bottle and just get her to go to sleep

Shirley G - posted on 09/05/2010

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Most parent will tell you thats a hard one as a baby sleeps when its ready.Try & keep to a routine feeding and bedtime bathing, try some soft music, Also how much they wear to bed if they are too hot they can't sleep also the same can be said if they are too cold, dont have things too quite as the slightest sound can wake them get them use to hearing the tv hoover washing machine, etc. Before you know it they are a teenager & you will miss this time. insure you are not feeling too stressed as some children can pick up on this & so the endless circle starts all over again. All the best Shirley

Natalie - posted on 09/04/2010

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my son did start sleeping through the night till he was 8 months old he use to wake up every 2 hours then one night nothing.....he will do it when hes ready

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at 2 months he most likely won't..his stomach isn't big enough to hold that much food. you can try offering him more feeds close to bedtime, but apart from that there's not much you can do. my son didn't start sleeping through the night until 8 months and since then he has gone through brief periods where he stats waking up again

Sierra - posted on 09/04/2010

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Babies usually aren't able to sleep through the night until 6 months, they still get hungry because their stomachs are so small.

Kristy - posted on 09/04/2010

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I'd say keep a regular pattern. My baby girl goes down for her morning and afternoon naps around the same time every day and at night sleeps from 7:30 - 6am

Christina - posted on 09/04/2010

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Yeah! I love feeding him cereal as well! Every bite he talks, he makes a MMMM sound! lol Plus, it helps em to learn how to eat outta a spoon! I've been wanting to add some jar food to his cereal but, a little nervous too!

Sarh - posted on 09/04/2010

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Christina, yes, I rarely use any body wash on him, the only time I did is when he was spitting up constantly. I have never used shampoo on him... it's all the same stuff! Plus, he barely has hair. lol.
Cereal in a bottle is a chocking hazard and in my opinion it is just laziness to put it in a bottle!! I LOVE feeding him cereal and baby food. I love the expressions he makes and to me it is a nice bonding time, w/a little fun and play.

Christina - posted on 09/04/2010

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Sarh, you could try a warm bath for your son without using shampoo or body wash! I just started spoon feeding my son rice cereal, and I can't see how people put em in bottles! The cereal is so thick! I've noticed a lot of people put cereal in the bottles! So dangerous!

Sarh - posted on 09/04/2010

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Crystal, adding cereal to a bottle is one a choking hazard, and two it is just straight laziness! I had to spoon feed my son rice cereal starting at about 3 wks due to reflux.
Also, feeding a baby cereal to sleep longer at night is a MYTH! and it most likely just happened out of coincidence. I do see how feeding them the cereal could also help w/the gas and heartburn. But if the baby has heartburn there is medication to relieve this that works absolute wonders!!! My son hated the cereal and I had to resort to baby foods, he has bad reflux so I took what I got to help hold the milk down a bit.

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