Is 7 weeks old to young to sleep through the night?

Andrea - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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HI.. My 7 week old slept throught the night on Saturday night.. I was told once a baby sleeps through the night they have now set the bar for themselves to be able to sleep through the night most of the time. HE is 10lbs 10ounces.. The past few nights he has been getting up several times during the night. I haven't given him a bottle during the night I just keep sticking the pacifier in his mouth and he will fall back to sleep..

So the things is I feel bad that he is looking to eat in the middle of the nights and I dont know if I am pushing this issue to much... Is 7 weeks old too young to be sleeping through the night? Was that one time just a lucky shot? And if he is capable of really doing it, how do I get him to sleep through w/o waking up? Is it okay that my 7 week old is sleeping through the night??

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Arianna - posted on 11/20/2013

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My pediatrician said babies can sleep through the night at this age and its A OK. my 7 week old sleeps from 9 or 10 at night until 6. I'm happy, he's happy and he's developmentally sound and healthy!

Abbey - posted on 03/17/2010

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My baby is 8 weeks old and has a last feed at about 11 and then doesn't wake up till about 7. I feed her at 7 and then she goes back to sleep till about 9, she has been doing this since she was 4 weeks old. There are the odd night were she will wake around 2 and i feed her and she is straight back to sleep. Make sure they arent to hot or cold as this could also be why he is waking.

Norma - posted on 03/17/2010

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my 8 week started to sleep through the night i think its perfectly normal since she does take a full 5oz of formula before she goes to bed and its been the same routine every night now..she is awake alot during the day and eats about 3-4 hours...so all i can say feed if he hungry and let him sleep all he wants during the night! if you want to have him sleep more at night the best thing for you to do is keep him awake more during the day and at night right before give him a warm bath and feed him that should do the trick! it works for me!

Anna - posted on 03/17/2010

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It depends on what you mean by "7 week old sleeping through the night". Generally a baby that young shouldn't be going longer than 6-8 hours without eating. My son is 10 weeks, and goes about six hours until 4 AM and then wakes up again around 7. He gets to bed at about 9-10 PM. If you're expecting your child to sleep longer than that, you're asking a lot. Keep in mind your baby is still growing rapidly and needs that nutrition. One night feeding isn't abnormal for your baby's age.

Jo - posted on 03/18/2010

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My 9 week old has slept from 10 till 7 since she was 2 weeks she feeds well before she goes to sleep then when she wakes has another good feed, I was worried at first but reassured by midwife that if she was hungry she would wake up! If your 7 week old is sleeping through the night just enjoy the sleep!

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Juana - posted on 12/24/2013

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I too worried that my 7 week old wants to sleep all night and I'm just waisting formula trying to feed her

Darleen - posted on 08/30/2013

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I got so used to my 7 week old baby's schedule (11lbs) that when I noticed he was sleeping an hour past his routine I woke him up to feed him thinking he's be starving. He snacked on one boob for 2min and refused anymore. I tried for 20min to keep feeding him, even changed his diaper (which only had pee). He was yawning a lot the entire time so after 30min I laid him back to bed with a pacifier to soothe him back to sleep. It worked. I pumped both sides after (80ml). I had given him a bath before his last feeding. Either he is going to be sleeping through the nights now or the bath really helped him sleep longer. I also noticed the past few nights he'd only eat from one side and then was satisfied enough and would go straight to sleep.
I know now not to wake him up next time.

Jacquelynn - posted on 04/13/2013

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My 7 week old slept from 7 pm last night u till 12 this afternoon , I called my doctor freaking out they said as long as she's gaining weight she's fine don't wake her but it still seems weird to me , she always sleeps thru the night but not that long , her dad had her last night to let me have my one good night sleep and I don't know if it's something he did or if she just wanted to sleep that long , he tells me moms would kill to have there baby sleep that long ,

Khushbu - posted on 07/28/2012

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Hi my baby is going to be 7 weeks old tomorrow.he started sleeping longer during night which is around 5 to 7 hrs without feed.is it normal?

So I say he had feed at 9.30 for 15 mins.went to sleep and was up at 5.15am.had his feed for ten mints.he went back to sleep woke up at 8am he didn't take feed an getting little bit upset jut to sleep.when I tried to feed him he was getting upset.my mum said leave him let him sleep.he is still sleep.i am very worried.he had wet and poo nappies.


Please help me is it normal he sleeps and docents take feed.because he is not crying and sleeping.




I am going crazy.

Laura - posted on 04/21/2012

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I think your baby is fine.....most babies are self regulating. If he is gaining weight at an average rate, naps appropriately during the day and has normal bladder/bowel function, relax and enjoy him.

Laura - posted on 04/21/2012

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I think your baby is fine.....most babies are self regulating. If he is gaining weight at an average rate, naps appropriately during the day and has normal bladder/bowel function, relax and enjoy him.

Rebecca - posted on 02/06/2012

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My pediatritian told me it is never neccessary to wake a baby at night as long as they feed well and aren't sleeping too long in one stretch like more than 8 hours for a new born. Seven weeks is plenty old enough but don't count on it lasting forever. Most babies wake up in the night. Actually most adults do too we are just better at getting ourselves back to sleep

Rebecca - posted on 02/06/2012

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My pediatritian told me it is never neccessary to wake a baby at night as long as they feed well and aren't sleeping too long in one stretch like more than 8 hours for a new born. Seven weeks is plenty old enough but don't count on it lasting forever. Most babies wake up in the night. Actually most adults do too we are just better at getting ourselves back to sleep

Jessica - posted on 03/17/2010

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Hi my son slept through the night after just a week from coming home from the hospital. He ushally gets up between five and six which is fine with me because hes sleeping through the night. Try to get him to stay up more during the day. With my son hes awake most of the day...yeah they need their naps but only let them sleep between 2 and 3 hours then wake him up.

Sara - posted on 03/17/2010

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If your 7 week old is ready to sleep through the night he will. But if he wakes up to eat and insists on it, it's best not to deny him.

Kelley - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son who is 8 weeks old began sleeping through the night between 5-6 weeks. He didn't wake in the middle of the night, just early in the morning. Like Jacqueline, I would try a pacifier a couple of times. If that didn't work, then I'd get up and feed him and put him right back to bed. We've tried feeding him 8 ounces right before bed, to make sure he has a very full tummy to last him all night. He's sleeping up to 10 hours that way.

Jacqueline - posted on 03/17/2010

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My baby started sleeping through the night between 7 to 8 weeks. She has had a few nights that she woke up since then, but more often than not she sleeps through...I tried the pacifier thing with her. If she wakes up more than twice, I figure she must be hungry so I feed her (and she usually takes a full feeding). If you think he might be hungry, try feeding him and see how interested he is. Last night my baby woke up, I gave her the pacifier and she was fine until our normal wake up time.



All the books say a BF baby can start sleeping more than 5 hrs once they are 8 weeks old (it's earlier for formula, but I am not sure exactly when). I figured we were close enough to 8 weeks and decided to let her try it (I had been waking her up most of the time to eat in the middle of the night).

Sara - posted on 03/17/2010

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If your 7 week old is ready to sleep through the night he will. But if he wakes up to eat and insists on it, it's best not to deny him.

Jacqueline - posted on 03/17/2010

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My baby started sleeping through the night between 7 to 8 weeks. She has had a few nights that she woke up since then, but more often than not she sleeps through...I tried the pacifier thing with her. If she wakes up more than twice, I figure she must be hungry so I feed her (and she usually takes a full feeding). If you think he might be hungry, try feeding him and see how interested he is. Last night my baby woke up, I gave her the pacifier and she was fine until our normal wake up time.



All the books say a BF baby can start sleeping more than 5 hrs once they are 8 weeks old (it's earlier for formula, but I am not sure exactly when). I figured we were close enough to 8 weeks and decided to let her try it (I had been waking her up most of the time to eat in the middle of the night).

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