Whats the best way to get your child to sleep all night???

Victoria - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Whats the best way to get your child to sleep all night???

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Tracey - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have found that it helps to have a routine. Hayden knows that he gets a bottle, then bath, then a book, and then we put him down to go to sleep. Follow the same routine every day and they will eventually get it.

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Megan - posted on 04/05/2010

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Mine is almost 7 weeks and for the last week almost he has been sleeping alllllll night. He goes down at about 9-10 and won't wake up again til 5-7. If he wakes up around 5 I can usually give him a pat and get him to go to sleep again until at least the sun's up! He might have a few grizzles and 'wah's' during the night but I hand on his chest and a few shush's usually calm him down again.

Deborah - posted on 04/04/2010

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Routine and stick to your guns. I never put either of mine in there cot until it was long sleep time (which meant that when they were new borns they slept in there mosses basket only). This also meant they were not used to waking up for feeds during the night as their night started after their last feed (2am when a couple of weeks old, gradually getting earlier as they got older). My second son had his last feed about midnight and slept through until 6-7am at 6 weeks old. This just got better. Also, keep things quiet at night time with lights dimmed. I had day and night time babygrows so that the boys got used to changing ready for bed from about a month old. It all seemed to help.

Joanne - posted on 04/04/2010

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i put rice cereal in her bottle before she goes to bed...my little one is 5 months old though

Meliha - posted on 04/04/2010

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My first baby was a terrible sleeper he did not sleep thru the nightuntill he was 4yr old and it seems I am same luck with this one I breastfeed and she is waking 1-3 times every night.At first I hoped it'll be different but with first shots and theeting that started at 2 months the sleeping nightmare started and it is going on.She is 7 months and the first thooth poked out yesterday :) but she is still veryyy cranky....it'll be a loooooong night!~ :(((

Magaly-Genevieve - posted on 04/04/2010

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Well with my daughter the way i do it is that around 1030 i give her a warm bath with soothing wash or calming wash, then i rub calming lotion on her and give her a warm bottle with or withou cereal. And she will sleep all night until 6 or 7 she gets an other bottle and she then sleep until 11 am. She is 3 months old and being doing all her night since she was 2 months old. Hope that help. Again normally as long as your child is full and comfortable before you put him to bed he should sleep all night.

Doris - posted on 04/03/2010

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I was very lucky with my daughter! She started sleeping all night at 3 months. I do follow a routine read her a book, feed her milk and it's nite nite..
She is very good in general but I feel that getting them to follow a routine does help. Good luck.

Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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Gayle- like others said, at one months old there is very little you can (and should) do to change her schedule. Babies that young are still working out their day/night internal clocks and many need to eat every 2 hours. My son ate every two hours (breastfed) until he was 3 months, and then started going longer stretches. I know thats probably not what you want to hear, because its soooooo hard. I wasn't getting any sleep and felt like I couldn't handle it, and I'm a stay at home mom and didn't even have to deal with going to work, so kudos to you.

Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son has FINALLY been doing it for the past two weeks or so... and he's 9.5 months old :) Honestly... there isn't much you can do, they'll do it when they're ready. Some people have success with crying it out (you don't want to attempt that till they're at least 6 months though... ) but we could just never do that. Even though I was tempted to many times.

My son was a terrible sleeper, waking up 3+ times a night until he was 6 months or so. NOTHING we did helped. Then, all on his own he started suddenly sleeping 7-8 hour stretches, and only waking up once or twice. At 7 months for the first time he slept through the night- 12 hours. He only did that a few times though until 9 months, when he started doing it consistently. Its so hard, but it does get better.

Lise - posted on 04/03/2010

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One month babies NEED to eat frequently - their tummies are the size of their fists! It seems to last forever, but won't. Is co-sleeping an option? That's worked wonders for me. My LO wakes throughout the night but I just latch her on and go back to sleep.

I personally wouldn't recommend CIO (or anything, since your LO is SO young). But check out the No Cry Sleep Solution - I've heard great things.

Also, I've read that sleep is a developmental milestone - some babies just aren't ready yet.

Jodi - posted on 04/03/2010

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Interesting piece of info for everyone... it's a proven fact that letting your baby cry can be detrimental to them .... IF you do it before they're 6months of age. Apparently if you do it before 6mths they are still developing that trusting bond between them & you. When they cry they need to know that you will come and comfort them. But after 6 months they should know this and can also start to know that crying gets you to come even if they don't need you, which is why letting them cry it out a few times/nights can work. Just keep an ear out for the change in pitch in case it changes from just crying to ok I really need you now type cry. Hope that's helpful info!

Gayle - posted on 04/02/2010

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My problem is that my 1 month old daughter breastfeeds and wakes up every 2-3 hrs.,...how do i change her schedule (right now she sleeps most of the day and is up from about midnight til 5-6 am) and how do i get her to sleep for longer than 3 hrs at a time? I'm getting hardly any sleep, my husband will bottle feed her pumped milk every now and then, but i gotta get her on a better routine before i go back to work, which is second shift (2:30 pm til 11 pm). I wanna be able to get home from work, feed her and actually get some sleep, not be up all night and then be dead for work... PLEASE HELP!

TANISHA - posted on 04/01/2010

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A warm bath, nice lotion massage, and a warm bottle...every night around the same time. The bath and massage relaxes the child, the warm bottle soothes their belly and off to sleep they go. I tried the cry out method but it broke my heart to hear my baby cry for so long. So I would sit with her until she fell asleep (with the same bath, lotion, botlle routine). Every night I stayed for shorter amounts of time until she was used to be being away. Now, she sleep all night with no problem. BUT beware...if the baby is teething, these methods may not work. Try to be patient and make the baby as comfortable as possible, even if it means sleeping on a chair with the baby in your arms (thank goodness for my recliner!!!) Good Luck!

Sasha - posted on 04/01/2010

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I have a routine with my 5 mnth old son.. he goes to bed everynight between 8-9 ..he gets a bath.. and then when you are getting him dressed rub baby powder in ur hands and then rub it all over your babys body. then he gets pjs on and gets a bottle. Once I started doing this he now sleeps much better usually sleeps from 830 - 7am sometimes 830am.

Tracey - posted on 04/01/2010

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There are a lot of people who object to the cry-it-out method! I tried it after 9 months of Hayden not sleeping. Best thing I ever did for both me and my baby. He is so much happier and rested. He's not psychologically hurt in any way. You just have to be firm and follow through on it and it really works. Hayden was sleeping through the night after only a day and a half using this method.

Kayliecia - posted on 04/01/2010

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I did the cry it out method...wasnt bad because they only cried for alittle while...and now they are just used to it and go right to sleep. Also routine every night helps!.

Leigh - posted on 04/01/2010

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I was lucky, mine did it all on his own at 6-8 weeks old... he was going 8-10 hours. He is now 4 months and sleeps 12+hours a night.

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