How old are babies supposed to be to sleep through the night?

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Dara - posted on 02/04/2009

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A lactation consultant told us an exclusively breastfed baby will need to be fed every few hours.  Sleeping through the night is mostly a convenience for the parents.

Miranda - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son started sleeping 11-12 hours a night at about 8 weeks but when he hit 7 months started to wake 2-3 times a night for a feed and was tough to get back to sleep. Now he is 11 months and in the last 2 weeks has started sleeping from 8-5 and has a feed and back to sleep till 7:30am. When he was little i would feed him every 3 hours or more a day and let him go as long as he could at night and that seemed to work. I have figured that as soon as you get use to one sleeping pattern they change cos of teeth, growth spurt, sickness or just because they feel like it. Guess it's best just to have a nap during the day when they do if your tired.

Tanny - posted on 02/03/2009

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Yea...my breast-fed daughter is 10 weeks and she has nights where she's slept over 8 hours and then there are nights when she sleeps only about 5 (wake to eat at 2:30-3am). I noticed she began to sleep longer during the night when I started a nightly ritual which includes feeding her a warm bottle of milk.

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It really depends on your baby, my first son slept through the night on his own at 2 months old, however my second son (now) 11 months old just started sleeping through the night a month ago - I still haven't caught up on my sleep! My first son sucked his thumb and comforted himself back to sleep if he woke. With my second I was almost at my wits end - no sleep for 10 months straight! I had to stop using the baby monitor at night, we can hear him from our room if he wakes, also I put him in his crib when he is almost asleep, it's ok if he cries a little bit. Also, some methods say put them in their crib, let them cry, come in every 10 minutes, tell them it's ok but don't pick them up - this did not work for me, only made it worse. I let him cry for max 10 minutes, pick him up calm him down adn comfort him, get him back to almost asleep, put him down again, repeat as mamy times as needed. First night took about 3 hours to get him to sleep, He slept through the night on the third night, and it only took 15 minutes to get him to sleep. Now he nurses before bed around 7:30 or 8 pm, I put him down in his crib - only cries for couple minutes if at all, he wakes around midnight to nurse - about a half an hour and then he sleeps until about 7 in the morning. I hope that this is helpful for you!

Lina - posted on 02/03/2009

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My 9 month old still doesn't sleep more than a couple of hours at a time at night. My peditrician said that they really don't expect babies to sleep through the night in the first year. Sleeping a stretch of 7 hours is considered sleeping through the night. Check out some of these websites, they've helped me. www.kellymom.com, www. askdrsears.com, www.drjaygordon.com
When the going gets tough for me, I remind myself that these sleepless months are a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. If you're able to, nap when your baby naps and get some rest. :)

Katie - posted on 02/03/2009

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Ah, the age-old question.  I think it's hard to answer this question.  Breast-fed babies typically take longer.  They say 6 months or older, but... I think it just depends on the baby, personally.  Our son slept through the night at 6 weeks, then stopped at 3 months.  Now, at 8 months, he's getting better but it's still not every night. 



 



Personally, I'm also not particularly fond of many of the sleep-through-the-night methods out there, but there are plenty for you to choose from if you would like to try and train your baby.  Even though I don't do it, I strongly believe that co-sleeping is the best ticket to a baby sleeping through the night, but you may not sleep very well!  I think babies crave human contact and we like to rush them to independence for our own convenience.  Just my opinion.  I always say, do what you feel comfortable with!

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