How do I get my baby to sleep through the night or at least sleep for 3 hrs at a time?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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how old? the best thing i can say is stick to a routine!! give a bath at night, then a nighttime bottle. always give a lil more in a nighttime bottle. i feed my son in his room before bed, then sing a song. i also have a aquarium in his crib that makes waterfall sounds. that thing was a lifesaver!! the lights and sounds on it helped him be relaxed in his crib. you can also try cereal in his nighttime bottle if he gets formula. half tbls to water (2tbls to 4oz water). it helps some kids.

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2009

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I would try not having him or her be awake and playing for more than 1.5-2 hours (if your baby is still quite young??) before trying to put him/her to sleep. If they're up too long they tend to get cranky and all wound up and are harder to put to sleep. Also swaddling can work great if his/her startle reflex tends to wake him/her up! You can use a blanket to swaddle but only my husband can get it tight enough so that our son doesn't break out of it! I have to use an actual swaddler and had to order one because our baby boy is too big for swaddlers in our local stores! I hope these help but it's really trial and error with each little one.

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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I think that babies kind of choose their own time to start sleeping through the night but maybe try keeping them up a little later.

Kiesha - posted on 08/21/2009

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How old is your little one? The most important thing is, Not all infants sleep all night, even though we mothers would LOVE IT! Of my three children I only had one that slept through the night. She's 19 now .My 2 year old didn't sleep through the night until she was 9 months old and My 5 1/2 month old son is currently giving me about 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Each child is different. Try laying him/her down prior to sleeping. If it's a matter of you not getting enough rest use the Mother Motto " Sleep when the baby sleeps" It's a little hard but it does help!

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