sleeping at night need help

Luz - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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how do i get my 2 month old son to sleep longer at night?

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I know they tell you not too but give your baby thin rice cereal in her formula or breat milk. i put a scoop in with her 4 ounce bottle and she sleeps for up to five hours without waking up tp eat again. or if you breatfeed without pumping another option is, give him a bath and rub him down in johnsons bedtime lotion. it helps our daughter sleep. She sleeps awsome, just at the wrong times. She sleeps from about 9 am to 4 pm.

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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'Save Our Sleep' by Tizzie Hall is also a great read if you need help getting a routine. It is quick and easy to read with all sorts of scenarios so you can adjust the routine ot suit your baby. it also teaches self settling so your baby learns to sleep on their own to avoid problems when they are older.

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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Try a long relaxed feed at bedtime to fill his belly with a 10 minute rest between breasts(it will give him time to start digesting a bit so you can top up his tummy). Supposedly if babies get most of their calories during the day they wake less frequently at night. My guy is 16weeks+ and sleeps from 7pm to 6:30am and wakes for a feed anytime between 12am-4am. it is like a lucky dip! Some nights when he sleeps through til 4am i wake up and go check on him-lol. As your baby's tummy grows he will be able to go longer between feeds. We turned a corner just after 3 months and it is a lot easier now:)

Bonnie - posted on 01/10/2010

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The posts are great. I know it all depends on the child and the reasons. Is he waking up wet or hungry? Just fussy? I have a premature baby, born at 25 weeks gestation... I am blessed that at 5 months he started sleeping through the night almost always. He was starting to fidget and fuss at around 4 am, so I first started putting him in a larger diaper, one size up to help him stay drier longer. I only do this for bed time. He suffers with acid reflux so our pediatrician recommended cereal in the bottle, 1/2 teaspoon per ounce of formula. But I would make sure your pediatrician can assess your son is ok to try cereal. I also feed him dinner and bottle an hour before bed. We have a routine to settle him down. If he gets over tired he may sleep less or more fidgety. I ask a lot of questions onhere, but I always call the pediatricians office if I second guess anything. I have options to call the nurse line, but I prefer our pedi with my sons early start in life.. Good luck with your son. May more night sleep come your way soon.

Madilyn - posted on 01/10/2010

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you dont, babies are supposed to wake every 2-3 hours, theyll sleep longer when they get between 6-9 mo. when 6 hours is a full night. Its unhealthy for a baby to sleep very long

Jenny - posted on 01/10/2010

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Get the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD! It saved my husband and I. Swaddling worked wonders for our daughter and she immediately started sleeping longer at night!

Lori - posted on 01/10/2010

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oh, and what everyone has said about routine is right on. My daughter still knows what comes next in her routine and we've been doing the same thing since she was 7 wks. Try to remember also, if they are overtired, their nighttime sleep is going to be interrupted. Just something to think about.

Lori - posted on 01/10/2010

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There is no right way to make your baby sttn sooner than later. A friend of mine suggested a great book and it's been a huge help to me. It's called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child." My daughter did not sleep thru the night until she was about 5 months (and by that I man a good 10-12 hour stretch). However, to this day (she is now 2) she is a wonderful sleeper. She sleeps about 11 hours at night and takes a 2 1/2 hour nap every day. Never cries before bedtime or naptime.
This book also helps you to understand how their sleep cycles change - and that most babies do not sttn until around 4 months.

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2010

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I also have a 2 month old son. I give him a bath at night with the johnson and johnson bed time soap and lotion. He loves it as soon as I take him out of the tub he starts to fall asleep. I also give him a little bit more formula so that his belly is full longer that way he sleeps longer. But you may want to ask your son's doctor and see what they say. Also my doctor told me not to give cereal or rice until 4 months but everyone is different so you may want to ask about that to. Good luck!

Kylie - posted on 01/09/2010

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i agree with the routine thing, my son has been sleeping through since 8 weeks, a bath before bed time always sooths them and if you dont use the bedtime bath, put a drop of lavender oil in the bath that seams work too. stick to the same routine at the same time everynight and in a couple of weeks bubs should be used to it

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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You are NEVER supposed to put "solids" (i.e. cereal in a bottle)--any doctor will tell you that, as well as all the baby books.

Saraid - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Laura:

my daughter has been sleeping threw the night since she was two weeks.. my secret, first we have a nice bath with johnsons bed time bath, then i would give her a bottle of formula, knocks her right out now at four month she will sleep for 12 hours if i let her



hi there... id have to say it all depends on the routine of the individual n if u keep up the consistancy.... my daughter is nearly 4 mths ad has been sleeping through the night since 8weeks... all due to routine... at about 7.3opm she has her bath n then her bottle immediately after and within an hour she is straight to sleep and will sleep til at least 7am.... if i do not stick to the routine due to maybe staying out a little later she will let me know about it.... it has worked wonders getting her into this routine because we know at a certain time of night she will be in bed and can have some one on one time with my partner.... so really if u started to get ur bub into a bath n bottle at night routine in a few weeks u may end up gettin him to sleep a bit longer.... everyone i know that has tried it has said how well it has worked for them....  its worth a try tho aint it???

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2010

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i started my son on a routine at 2 1/2 months, so a sleeping and feeding routine during the day and he dropped the 2-4am feed within 2 weeks. He was sleeping from 7pm till 7am from then on. my routine was and still is (he's 5 months now) 7am wake up feed then out to bed awake at 9am, 11am wake up and feed, then back to bed awake at 1pm till 3pm the feed. at 6pm bath, bottle at 6:30pm and bed awake at 7pm.

Once he got the hang of this after about 1-2 weeks he was sleeping through, you could give it a try and see if it works for you, i think the key is clear bedtime signs before bed so bath, massage, keep the mood quiet and bottle then i put my son in a sleeping bag to sleep cos he didnt like to be wrapped otherwise i would wrap every sleep time too.

If your son isnt anywhere near these times you can just try a bedtime routine first and if that doesnt help with a longer stretch of sleep time then try and move his sleeps and feeds 15 minutes at a time till you get to those times. I got this routine from a book about sleeping and self settling and it saved me!!!! My son puts himself to sleep each sleep time without fuss and sleeps 12 hours its awesome.

Good luck =))

Heather - posted on 01/09/2010

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As long as your baby isn't under weight he should be almost ready to sleep 11-12 hours with a dream feed. The most important thing is to have a routine. Feed every 3 hours and make sure he is getting enough during the day and even if he is sleeping at the 3 hour mark wake him up.(not at night, let him sleep as long as he will) I don't breast feed at night so I go in around 10:30 and feed and change them in the dark and I don't talk to them at all to keep them asleep. My babies were a little under weight so they didn't start sleeping through the night until about 12 weeks. They did it one night and my daughter has only had a couple ounces at 6 am a couple of nights since. They are almost 15 weeks now. I do unfortunately have to get up a couple time to put soothers back in but at least it is quick. Good luck and you can acomplish this with in the next couple of weeks if you work at it. Good luck

Renae - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Luz:

what is dream feeding mean i never heard of it.



A dream feed is when you get baby up (as gently as possible to wake them as little as possible) at around 10pm and feed them. This works well -most of the time- for babies who are waking once between 2-4am to feed. Usually feeding them at 10pm (or just before whatever time you go to bed) helps them to sleep through until morning.

Laura - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter has been sleeping threw the night since she was two weeks.. my secret, first we have a nice bath with johnsons bed time bath, then i would give her a bottle of formula, knocks her right out now at four month she will sleep for 12 hours if i let her

Renae - posted on 01/08/2010

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PS any sleep consultant will tell you that starting solids, including cereal in the bottle (which has very few calories), usually does NOT help babies sleep.



Your baby is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing for his age.

Renae - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Emma:

I made the mistake of trying to "dreamfeed" my son...it backfired for me and he is still waking around 10-12 for a feed every night. As well as betwee 2-4am lol the only thing I can think of is for you to increase her calorie intake during the day. The more the baby eats during the day the longer they can go at night. Works wonders for my friend, my son however still somewhat cluster feeds (6.5 mo old) so I am going to be waking up with him during the night for quite a while still lol



Dream feeding is for older babies. It works well for most babies of AT LEAST 6 months When the baby is ready to go 8 hours without feeding. Dream feeding allows you to feed them before bed so that they sleep until morning when they would otherwise wake at 2-4am.

Renae - posted on 01/08/2010

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Your baby is still a newborn and needs to be attended to with every cry and fed regularly (every 2-4 hours) 24 hours a day. Some very lucky mums have baby's who sleep for longer at a very early age but they are the minority.

Most babies start to sleep a 5 hour stretch of usually midnight to 5am around 12-14 weeks.
Between 4-6 months most babies feed twice during the night.
By 6 months most babies can sleep an 8 hour stretch but some still need one feed after 5-6 hours.
Some babies continue to need one night feed until 10-12mo.

I post a lot on sleep methods. But your baby is not old enough for sleep through training yet. Babies have to be biologically ready to sleep through and physiologically ready to not need to feed; or sleep training will not work.

Something you can start doing now is teaching your baby to go to sleep on their own. This will ensure that when your baby is ready to sleep longer that they will and will not continue waking out of habit alone. Its difficult when they are so young to even teach this because they so often fall asleep feeding. But on the occasions when baby doesn't fall asleep feeding and you have the opportunity to put them down awake then you can start using gradual withdrawal. This is the only sleep method suitable for such a young baby. Google it or you are welcome to contact me for instructions.

Krissy - posted on 01/08/2010

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good luck, I feel your pain. My daughter did not start STTN consistantly (though not constantly!) until she was 15 months old.

Melissa - posted on 01/08/2010

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When his tummy is ready to hold enough to satisfy him throughout the night is when you'll get more sleep. I know it's exhausting and feel your pain, I loved the newborn stage but the first two months were the worst as far as sleep! My son was always a big eater. While breastfeeding we were up about every hour and a half. We never could master the side feeding position so I could actually lay and relax while feeding him. He has been on formula for awhile and it does not guarantee more sleep just in case anyone has mentioned that. Once he was able to handle about 6-8 ounces per feeding and was feeding well through the day we started getting a little more sleep.

Luz - posted on 01/08/2010

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I started giving him cereal but he still gets up every 2-3 hours to eat..... i did that for both my girls and they slept thought the night...... thanks everyone for the advice i guess my son is going to be doing this for awhile so the doctor says.................

Christy - posted on 01/07/2010

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i started giving my daughter cereal with formula and it works great and i give her a bath before bed.
put him on a schudle

Marie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Some LO's get a "habit" and it's hard to break from it. Our Alex was still doing the 10-12 feed at 6.5 months, but he only did the 2-4am feed when he did the growth spurt. Hope he grows out of it soon! :)

Emma - posted on 01/07/2010

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I made the mistake of trying to "dreamfeed" my son...it backfired for me and he is still waking around 10-12 for a feed every night. As well as betwee 2-4am lol the only thing I can think of is for you to increase her calorie intake during the day. The more the baby eats during the day the longer they can go at night. Works wonders for my friend, my son however still somewhat cluster feeds (6.5 mo old) so I am going to be waking up with him during the night for quite a while still lol

Marie - posted on 01/07/2010

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That's the stage when my little guy started sleeping through - 8pm to 8am. He's almost exactly that schedule today - at 19 months old.

Is bub nursing or formula fed?

I nursed my guy every 3 hours. Eventually, he'd go to bed at 8:00 with a feed, then I'd wake him (or he would wake) around 11pm, feed, then back to bed until 8:00am.

You could try that with formula if that's your feeding choice.

Nikki - posted on 01/07/2010

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I too have a 2 month old and I ask myself this every day! I spoke with my midwife today and she said to feed more during the day, and make sure she has a feed between 10-12 at night, does he have a dumy? if so when he wakes again put the dummy in and see if it will settle him, if not his little tummy is not big enough yet to store enough milk fo big sleeps. The other thing make sure you dont talk to him much of a night, keep it nice and quiet so he can begin to tell the difference between night and day. I have tried all of this and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt, I hope he starts sleeping for you soon :)

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