Getting baby to sleep during the night

Megan - posted on 05/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies how are you all, Just wondering if your babies sleep right through the night and if so have you got any tips for me. My boy usually goes down for the night between 6 and 6.30 and will usually wake at least two or three times during the night. If I go in his room and give him his dummy he goes back to sleep but I dont want to have to keep doing this. I have thought about letting him cry himself back to sleep I just dont like him being upset. What did you do to get your kids to sleep through.

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Luciana - posted on 05/23/2009

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ok. I can't just lay down and hear her crying and when I think I can, my husband cannot. That said, I will read the book "No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley as Shayna suggested and go from there.
My daughter wakes up sometimes every 2-3 hours at night even thou she had a day full of activity and had her 2 naps. It is just how it has been....

Sonya - posted on 05/20/2009

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Ours has been sleeping entirely though the night without waking up for about a month now. She wasn't at all for the first 8 months. What worked for us was putting her down at the same time every day for naps (2 naps a day, let her sleep up to 2 hours each), bed a roughly the same time and we get up at the same time, even on the weekends. It is the schedule that they need.

One thing that is super important is putting her to bed when she is not totally asleep, otherwise she will wake up suprised that you holding her.

The other thing that really worked was not getting her out of the crib at night for any reason after she was old enough to not need to eat. We would give her the binky and her lovey (its a bear with a mini blanket). Now she can find the binky herself and clutches her lovey to sleep and we don't hear a peep!

You will probably have a rough first couple of weeks... we did... but it will pay off with full night sleeps for you and your baby. Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2009

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What I did when I first brought her home was to keep her awake more during the day, and then she slept more at night. Stimulating activities (we have an exersaucer and a playpen with tons of noisy toys!) keep her active and on the go all day, so she sleeps about an hour and a half, split between two naps, during the day. She crashes (falls asleep mid-crawl or while eating!) between 7 and 8, and sleeps until 8:30 or 9 the next morning. I've been told I'm lucky, that she sleeps through the night. But my husband forbade me to bring her into our room at night, so I really didn't have a choice other than to teach her to sleep on her own. She wakes up sometimes, but plays in her crib for a few minutes and then goes back to sleep. She started sleeping through the night when she was about three months old. She understands that she's supposed to sleep in the crib, and that's the important part.

Shayna - posted on 05/17/2009

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I suggest reading "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley. You won't be disappointed. I promise!!

Nikki - posted on 05/17/2009

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weve tried a few different tactics but we just started this and so far it has worked!! my son usually needs his bottle to fall back asleep, were tried variations of the cry it out method but it solves no problems bc then were just up listening to him cry. as far as i know hes old enough to not be eating through out the night so we kept a bottle with water in it in our room. the 1st time he woke up we gave it to him and he was right back to sleep, if he happens to wake up again he has the bottle right by him and suckles himself right back to sleep. this is the only thing that has worked for us and we were desperate. he was waking up about 2 time every night, sometimes for up to 2 hrs at a time!!!!!! good luck!!!

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