sleeping through the night?
Ashely - posted on 07/19/2009
Thanks for all the advice! Im guessing she just doesnt get enough to eat. I dont rock her to sleep, I lay her down with her pacifier and she falls asleep on her own. She was only eating 2 "real" meals a day so i increased her to 3 and it didnt do anything. So Im going to start giving her more at bedtime. My pediatrician said just to keep trying different things...
Gabrielle - posted on 07/19/2009
Shanda, it sounds like Finn is having a hard time with "transitions"--transitioning from one sleep cycle to the next (their sleep cycles are around 45 minutes long). So yeah, to get him to sleep through the night, he'd have to learn to soothe himself back to sleep. There are different techniques to work with him on transitions...
Danielle - posted on 07/19/2009
My son sleeps through the night but he started doing that pretty well earlier than expected. The thing that helped me is that my firstborn was harder to get to sleep and so I was more stubborn before I got up to help my baby this time. If he made any noises in the night, I would make sure he was really awake and serious about wanting something before I bothered him. Then he learned to put himself back to sleep when he roused just a little bit during the night.
Megan - posted on 07/18/2009
My daughter has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks. When she starts to wake up in the middle of the night hungry again I know that I need to increase what she eats during the day. I found the more I keep consistant with her schedule the easier things are. Babies love schedules. Because then they know whats coming.
The best way to stop middle of the night feedings is with a pacifier (according to my ped. & it worked for us). I don't know if you use one or not but it might be worth a try. As long as your daughter eats enough during the say she should have no problem sleeping through the night. If she wakes up she probably justs wants comforting. Sucking is a natural comfort for babies. The pacifier satisfies this comfort. Try giving your daughter her paci & and lovey (favorite cuddle toy) 1st, make sure they are not too hot or cold (no dirty diaper etc) and then give her time to soothe herself back to sleep before your rush to feed her.
If you need more tips I find advice for everything I need from doctors & other parents on www.parents.com as well
Naila - posted on 07/18/2009
My baby mostly sleeps through the whole night...he will slightly wake up every now and then but not fully. Just make sure he's warm and sometimes he just lost his binky and he falls right back asleep. no more night time feedings! :-)
Shanda - posted on 07/15/2009
Finn is still waking 3-5 times a night... usually I'll put him down sometime around 9 (could be anywhere between 8 and 10, depending how the day went and when he gets tired, he isnt' a real consistant napper either and any attempt to get him down when he's not tired yet is fruitless.) He refuses to sleep in his crib, if you even set him in there asleep, no matter how carefully, he wakes to instantly wide awake immediately. So I put him in my bed, then from then until I come to bed at 12 or 1, he wakes every 45 - 60 minutes to be nursed back down, until I come to bed. Then once I'm in bed he nurses, then sleeps till sunrise or may wake once during that time. At that point he wakes up every 40 minutes or so but I can nurse him back to sleep. I know it is the light that is bothering him but we have a lot of windows and skylights and I haven't found a way to keep enough light out!
So, I don't have any tips really, obviously. I can't even get mine to sleep separate from me. But, do realize that it is totally normal for a 7 month old to be waking at night even into their second year.
Nancy - posted on 07/15/2009
my little boy has been sleeping through the night since about 3 months, he goes to bed around 8:30pm and wakes after 6:30am. He woke up for a feeding at 3-4 am until almost 3 months. I always put him to sleep while he is still awake, no rocking so he can learn to self sooth himself to sleep.
I hear him wake briefly sometimes at night but he puts himself back sleep quickly within a few minutes. I was told many babies wake a few times at night which is normal but the key is putting themselves back to sleep.
Natasha - posted on 07/15/2009
My son is also waking twice per night for bottles. Last night my sister came over and she rolled up 2 towels either side of my son under his blankets. He only woke once. I am going to try this again tonight to see if this helps. I bet he felt so cosy.
I understand your pain. I am so exhausted. I do not have any reserves left at the moment, I'm just getting through day by day.
Brittany - posted on 07/15/2009
My Daugher began sleeping though out the night when she was 3 weeks old. I guess i was lucky! She's 6 months old now. She usually has a bottle with cereal 30 min before she goes to bed which is about 9:30 or 10. She only takes 2 maybe 3 naps during the day but they only last about 30 mins to an hour. Shes not cranky either which i would think because it seems she dont get much sleep but i guess she does. She tells us when she's tired. She starts rubbing her eyes and then tries to lay her head down that's when we put her in her crib and leave her there and she falls alseep on her own. But she wakes up in the morning about 7 or 8 depending.
Gabrielle - posted on 07/14/2009
My Isabelle is a natural sleeper (slept through the night at 3 weeks, consistently at 8 weeks). That said, one thing that really helped us was for me to cluster feed her at night (nurse every 1-2 hours leading up to bedtime, so I nursed at 4, 6, and 8), to help her "tank up." Then at 11, I did a "dream feed" where I feed her as she practically slept through it. This helped her to make the stretch and sleep more consistently. Being on a consistent routine during the day and regulating her nap and sleep times also helped. I like the Secrets of the Baby Whisperer book, which describes these techniques. I don't agree with everything in it, but the routine is wonderful.
Patricia - posted on 07/13/2009
i noticed when my daughter started sleeping through the night, she wanted to be fed her bottle more often b4 she slept.. and just watned to eat her cereal in the morning... licky me she sleeps at 9 and wakes up 930 10ish... but is up more often during the day
Vicki - posted on 07/13/2009
i feed her a cereal bottle before bed but it doesnt seem to help...
Most children seemed to thrive. A small number of children, though, did not tolerate the addition, because their sucking and swallowing actions were not yet fully coordinated. They inhaled small amounts of the rice cereal into their lungs, which led to pulmonary problems.
I’m much more concerned about a subtler issue. Babies are born with a wonderful mechanism for knowing how much food they need. During the early months, they take their cues from the volume of what they drink. Adding cereal derails this mechanism. It forces them to take in deceptively large amounts of calories. It teaches them to .
By starting with a spoon, resting between bites, and stopping when your child lets you know he’s full, you will be laying an excellent foundation for good eating habits throughout his life.
Babies that are fed this way may appear to be unaffected – but those few weeks of added convenience may result in a lifetime of struggles with weight. This common practice may have contributed to our being the most obese generation in history.
And it doesn’t even work. Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic studied the effect of cereal on sleep and found that adding the cereal did nothing at all to speed up the age of sleeping through the night. That first uninterrupted 6-hour stretch of sleep came no earlier in those who took cereal early.2
People swear otherwise. I suspect the reason is that kids do fall asleep a bit more quickly, and some babies may even go a bit longer between feedings. There is no scientific evidence, though, to support the claim that cereal in the bottle will help an infant increase total sleep or decrease crying.3
Drawing on the wisdom of experience and the latest scientific knowledge, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against adding cereal to the bottle. It may be tempting after your 16th straight sleep-deprived night to cut a bigger hole in the feeding nipple to add rice cereal. But it won’t offer lasting help, and it may be giving your baby a lasting gift that both of you will regret.
Alan Greene MD FAAP
Originally published: February 23, 2001
Last reviewed and updated: June 2008
1Birch LL, Fisher JO, The causes and health consequences of obesity in children and adolescents: development of eating behaviors among children and adolescents. Pediatrics 1998 Mar; 101(3)
2Macknin ML, Medendorp SV, Maier MC, Infant sleep and bedtime cereal. Am J Dis Child 1989 Sep; 143(9):1066-8
3Hall RT, Infant feeding. Pediatr Rev - 2000 Jun; 21(6): 191-9.
My boy has been a pretty good sleeper since the start. But remember, even at 7 months old, baby's stomach is still just the size of his fist. So it wouldn't be unusual to need to feed often. Sleeping "through the night" is considered to be a 5-hour stretch. My boy in particular has changed his routine slightly recently, where he had been sleeping from about 8 or 9 until 5, he now wakes around 3 or earlier. On some nights if he doesn't have enough to eat before bed he'll wake up around midnight for a snack. This change has come about because of teething, as well as a brush with thrush, both which make it a bit painful to suck. When he wakes I will bring him to bed with me until morning, and he is content.
In order to change your baby's routine of waking through the night, it will take some time. You can try to delay feedings, that is to rock and sing to baby for half an hour before the middle of the night feed, or other delay tactics. Try not to stimulate baby too much, or he will think it is time to be awake! You can also slowly cut back on daytime naps so baby will be more tired during the night, however this could mean a cranky child. Personally I find it is best to follow baby's cues.
Amber - posted on 07/13/2009
my daughter willa sleeps through most nights unless she wants her binkie. she has been sleeping through the night since she was a month old. but she gets up at 6 maybe 7 in the morning. wish i could break that habit. i feed her cereal right before going to bed so that she doesn't get hungry through the night.
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