How many September babies sleep through the night??

Angie - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 53 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born 9/21 and still wakes up around 2-3 times a night to eat. She doesn't wake completely up, she just wants to eat and then falls right back to sleep. But if I stop feeding her too soon, she'll wake back up. So I wonder if any other babies do this, how did you get them to stop? Any tips on getting her to sleep through the night? (she's breastfed)



I have tried giving her cereal in her bottle, one day I even made it so thick I had to make the hole in her bottle bigger, and nothing. She still woke up her regular time! I do feed her from my breast at night, it's hard to let her cry it out cause my husband and I both get up early for work in the morning. I've tried a binkie and she won't take that either...



Just as update...

I read what everybody wrote, some things I do do, like take her a warm bath before bed and use the Johnsons bed time bath and lotion, I sing to her before she goes to sleep, we also read stories. A few of you mentioned her using me as a security thing, and to let her cry it out. I tried that, she woke up about an hour or so after she fell asleep and of course wanted to eat. I didn't let her, I put her in her bed and she cried for about 10-20 minutes before she finally fell asleep. That night she woke up 5-8 times to eat! More than double what she normally does, it was such hard night, that I feel I will never complain about her 2-3 times again! I think she just wanted to make sure I was there and not going to leave her crying again? :( thanks for all your tips though!

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Tamara - posted on 03/17/2010

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My Baby Girl was born on the 16th Sep, still wakes up 2-3 times evey night.

So many people tell me she shouldn't be waking up so much, that i sholdnt give her night feed because while i give them to her she will still wake up for them.
But i don't think starving my baby is the way to go about it.
Everyone says formula fed babies sleep longer........Well i dont belive that my baby is formula fed and has never slept more then 4 hours.

Oh and She is also on Solids.

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Monica - posted on 03/23/2010

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MINE DOES... HER LAST BOTTLE IS AT 7PM.. PLAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE.. BY 9.30 SHES SOUND ASLEEP.. DOESN'T WAKE UP TIL 8AM.. SO I HAVE TIME TO WAKE UP AN HOUR EARLY TAKE A SHOWER AND GET READY.. THEN SHE WAKES UP..

Kate - posted on 03/23/2010

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My baby girl was also born on the 21st Sept 2009 and from about 6 - 7 weeks, she started sleeping through. Before then, she only woke up once a night for a feed. She was breastfed from birth till 7 weeks & then went onto formula and since then she has no problem sleeping. She'll have her last bottle at about 20.30 and then only wake up anywhere from 06.30 to about 08.00. Not sure if it's because she's on formula that she's sleeping through, but we are very blessed.

Alicia - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son did the same...every 3 hours! Ahhhh! Mommy needs a break!

I was so scared to let him cry it out b/c we live in an apartment...I expected that the first night I would not get any sleep! The reason I chose this method is because I read in WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST YEAR that this was the most effective method...I also read that babies do not wake up to eat during the night out of nutritional need, but instead out of habit...so the point is to be consistent and give them a new habit. The way I chose to do it was let him cry for 5 minutes and then I would go back in and comfort him...let him cry for 10 minutes and then go in and comfort him...saying nothing more than "it is time to go night night" and "mommy loves you" and I would comfort him by rubbing the back of his softly, letting him know I am here...eventually, he wore himself out...THAT WAS THE FIRST NIGHT...KEEP IN MIND...babies are so smart and they know...If I cry, mommy will come!...SO I got to the point where I did not feel as bad about letting him cry because I had a feeling he was playing me :-) ...I was consistent for 3 nights and now he sleeps from 8pm to 7am with now interruption! Prior to putting him down to sleep, we also have a routine that may help...at 7pm I feed him a bottle and his solid [[a gerber stage 2 veggie or fruit with a tablespoon of cereal mixed in]]...then I give him his bath and let him play in the tub [[we use the Lavender Johnson and Johnson bath and lotion]]...After bathtime, we give him 1 more bottle just to top him off, and he NEVER declines! We will sit with him for a little bit after and watch for the signs of him being sleepy...rubbing his eyes, playing with the hair on the back of his head, getting restless, etc...they we taking him to his crib [[still awake]] and give him his bink...I turn on a small ceramic fan to a low heat to make sure the room is warm enough because he kicks the blankies off...LASTLY, I will turn him on his side and play lightly rub the back of his head and softly "shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" [[some babies like music, he like static]]...sometimes, he will cry, then fall asleep...but he is pretty consistent now!

GOOD LUCK! MAMA NEEDS HER SLEEP!

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my little one (born September 10th) has slept through the night since he was about 3 weeks old 8 hours then and about 10-12 now, he is an amazingly well behaved baby the only reason he fusses at all is because he is cutting teeth (his bottom two were in at 4 1/2 months) which is merely a bit of whimpering and making faces

Shawna - posted on 03/22/2010

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my twin daughtrs one sleeps thru the night one does not and gets uo once a night. is your baby on solids yet? maybe they need that for a little fuller belly?

Kirsty - posted on 03/21/2010

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hello my daughter is now 6months and from 2 months old she started sleeping throught the night try that johnsons bed wash i have used it ever since and she is still going throught it works really well and try getting her into a routine like one night bath bottle then bed and then just give her washes and bottle bed using that johnsons wash i have done it ever since and she goes all night i hope my tip works x

Ashley - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter is 5 1/2 months and does the EXACT same thing! I've tried it all too, but can't let her cry b/c she's honestly hungry (I believe - she's breastfed too).
After looking at what some people are feeding their kids and checking out Gerber's website for suggested menus, I'm wondering if I'm not feeding her enough during the day. It hardly seems possible, b/c I feel like I'm feeding her a lot, but will try to up how much I give her during the day and let the group know how it works :)
Hang in there!

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I've weaned my son off of the night feeding and he goes to bed at 915pm every night. Thats his bed time. I read him a story then sing him one of his fave lullabys then its off to sleep for him, I always make sure to feed him before I do our night time ritual.

Ashley - posted on 03/20/2010

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I can understand where your coming from... My son was born 9-9 and was strictly breast fed all the way up until this last 1 weeks (I began to not produce enough). He has never slept through the night. Even tho the last month I started cereal and then a little over 2 weeks ago jar food. I don't know what to do either as I have tried cereal before bed not in the bottle tho... Reading a book, a bath all of those things. Plus now he has been drinking formula and that isn't helping either. He will get only one nap in a day but still wakes up during the night at least 2 times. If you get any better advice please please help me out in the process.... How many naps does she take? Have you had any type of schedule during the day? As far as nap wise also?

Leah - posted on 03/20/2010

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my son was born 9/3 and he slept thru the night at 8 weeks but has recently begun getting up 2-3 times to eat with teething, i try to let him put himself back to sleep but he is in pain so what do you do? he is on tooth 4 and i am hoping he gets a break soon and gets back to a good night sleep pattern.
i do believe a lot depends on the baby, tricks or not they are not robots and will do their own thing most of the time. i am just trying to enjoy my alone quiet time with him while he still wants to see me next to his crib...

Ivana - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son is 6 months 1 week old and sleeps from 9pm until 7am. He falls asleep on his own, no holding and comforting necessary! He wakes up sometimes in the middle of the night and I can hear him turning in the crib, but as soon as I give him his pacifier he is asleep again!
I consider myself lucky I guess!
:-)

Elizabeth - posted on 03/20/2010

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My daughter was born 9-29-09 and she sleeps through the night but she sleeps with me and is formula fed. i ushually give her a nice bath, a little play time, read a book during last bottle at 1000 and then seh goes to sleep. She has reflux really bad but was started on cereal really early due to that. The other thing I could mention to try is a soother for the railing of the crib. We have a rainforest one and it has nature sounds and lights and movement and she really does love it and goes back to sleep fast.
Best of luck!

Erica - posted on 03/19/2010

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I was lucky enough to have my son start sleeping through the night at 2 months. We have charter cable with those music channels and we turn on the symphony music channel and let it play all night long and he stays asleep. Our power got knocked out for a few days and he was up constantly that weekend with no background noise. I recommend trying that or something similar; I found that those infant music things with the nature sounds don't work on my son and the music ones usually have a timer that maxes out at 40 minutes. Good luck!!!

Kristina - posted on 03/19/2010

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My baby girl was born Sept 18th and she has been sleeping through the night since she was five weeks old, she has been a breast fed baby since she was born and just now is she starting more formula, and thats because im not producing enough to fill her

Stephanie - posted on 03/19/2010

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Have you started giving her jar foods yet? Ive been feeding my daughter jar foods from the time she turned 4mths (and cereal in every bottle) Shes on stage 2 foods now and will sleep 10+ hours. I think a lot of it has to do with shes used to the breast feeding schedule. Babies take to schedules really easy and when they get used to those times and feedings its hard to break them of it. Give your little one jar food, let them play, a bath a little more play time then a bottle(or breast) should help your tiny sleep through the night...
Hope it helps...I remember those horrid sleepless nights.

Sophie - posted on 03/19/2010

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My daughter was born on the 27th September and was breaat fed initially and woke 1-2 times a night then at 9 weeks went onto formula and has slept through ever since and if she wakes she bashes her mobile until it starts going and goes back to sleep!! She has also been in her own room since 12 weeks . She sleeps 10pm-8am

Brittany - posted on 03/19/2010

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my daughter was born on the 23rd n she sometimes does bc i breastfeed but as soon as i give her a lil she goes back but sometimes she wont go to bed till 9pm-12am n its hard bc im tired but she just started to but wakes up at 6-8am... how long r her naps maybe thats y and r u giving her food yet like applesauce n sweet potatoes ?? bc my daughter is the same way but as soon as she eats goes to sleep

Brittany - posted on 03/19/2010

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my daughter was born on the 23rd n she sometimes does bc i breastfeed but as soon as i give her a lil she goes back but sometimes she wont go to bed till 9pm-12am n its hard bc im tired but she just started to but wakes up at 6-8am... how long r her naps maybe thats y and r u giving her food yet like applesauce n sweet potatoes ?? bc my daughter is the same way but as soon as she eats goes to sleep

Melanie - posted on 03/19/2010

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I'm right there with you Angie ... My daughter was born sept 30th and she is a breastfed baby ... she usually goes to bed around 830 ( on a good night ) but is up every few hours during the night to nurse and goes right back to sleep. It is hard having to wake up so often during the night but when their ready they'll sleep through the night ... won't be little forever :)

Heather - posted on 03/18/2010

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My babies started sleeping throught the night at 12 weeks. It would have been sooner but they were small so they didn't weigh enough to make it throught the night. One they are 11+lbs there is no reason for them to not be sleeping through the night if they are getting enough calories during the day. How are your naps? my nights got even better once we started letting them cry it out during the day. I have only been up 2-3 times in the last 10 weeks and that is for 2 babies. Also don't forget that baby's often wake up anywhere from 4-6 am and just talk for a while and then if left they will go back to sleep. I put the babies to bed at 7pm and am now getting them up at 7:30am. I do still have to give my son a dream feed at 10pm. He doesn't like to eat so it is hard to get enough calories in 5 feedings so he keeps the 6th. From birth I have had them on a 3 hour schedule- change eat play and then to bed awake. It shouldn't matter if the baby is formula or breast fed they should sleep through the night. I read something that said to try setting your alarm and waking the baby before they wake you to try and reset their bad habit. Hope this helps.

Felicia - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son was born on sep 16 and what i have foud out that has worked give babbies a worm bath at night then in the bottle put a lil bit of baby rice in it he seems to like that better and he gets fuller faster so hes no that hungrey during the night

Nikkole - posted on 03/18/2010

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my lil girl was born on 9/24 and has slept thought the night since she was 2 months old. before that she would wake up 3 times to feed, i had her on a routine. i still have her one a night time one. once in a great well she will wake up in the middle of the night. do u have her on soild foods? that could help her sleep longer. good luck

Kassi - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son was born 9/24 and he still does the same thing! i do all of the same things u do and nothing works. so i have no advice. my son is not breast fed but i feel he does wake up just to make sure i am there because once you give him his bottle he goes right back to sleep.

Samantha - posted on 03/18/2010

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mine sleeps through as well but he has a regular pattern during the day. gets bottle at 6.30, jar of fruit at 9.30, bottle at 10.30, baby rice at 1.30, bottle at 2.30, jar of veg at 6 then bottle at 7.30 with 2 teaspoons of baby rice in it. he sleeps then from 9 till 6.30. as for bed routine dont really have one, just lay him in bed with his blankie and dummy (which he normally spits out when he falls asleep) and our personal godsend..... a tomy starlight projector thing i got on ebay for a tenner. has 3 melodies and stops after 5 or 10mins. he absolutely loves watching it and if he does waken during the night we just put it on and thats him away within the 5 mins. definately recommend them!

Tamara - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter was born September 3, and now i don't have any problem with her sleep routine. she sleeps through must of the night and when ever she wakes up i just give her the breast and leave her sucking until she falls asleep. In the nights she takes breast for her comfort,but she wakes u very early in the morning.

Gina - posted on 03/18/2010

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My babygirl Callie was born on 9/24, and she started sleeping through the night since she was 2 months old. Callie did this on her own.

Good luck with your girl, and hopefully she learns to sleep through the night soon!

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was born 9.9.09. He usually sleeps through the entire night as long as our daily routine isn't altered too much. He has issues at night if he has been at a sitter - or if he hasn't been stimulated. I have him on a schedule that was a bear to create - but as long as it is fairly closely followed the nights aren't so bad. He is teething now - I see not one, not two - but THREE buds trying to break through on the bottom so I am sure I am in for a rude awakening.

But so far - he has been sleeping from 8ish to 5ish... He is formula fed though. I gave him the breast for approx 8 weeks before some health issues. His night time bottle is slightly warmer and is a cereal bottle that is the "thickest" of the day. Other then that - I wish you luck in getting a few longer nights in there. Have you tried a mock schedule sort of thing? I mean - that was the secret to our success. He definitely has a schedule. Good luck?!?!

Patricia - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter was born on 9/23.... she use to wake up once a night to feed for the first 2 months.... since then, she's pretty much been sleeping through the night, until recently. She was sleeping a min. of 10 hrs every night... and for the past 3 weeks, she sleeps for a max. of 8 hrs.
I know I should be so lucky!!! But once you've had so many nights of good sleeps... its so hard to go back to 4 am or 5 am wake up calls.
I hope that your daughter is able to train herself how to sleep... so that mommy can get a good nights sleep!
Good luck!

Kristy - posted on 03/18/2010

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the best advise i can give you is a book by Tizzie Hall called "save our sleep" it is amazing and because of the routines i have followed in her book my daughter has slept through from 8 weeks, it teaches you solutions for any problem that may accure, she truley is the baby wisperer!!!!

Jenny - posted on 03/18/2010

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my daughter was born the 16th , my due date was the 21st tho, but she has slept through the night on her own since the day i brought her home i use to have to wake her up to feed her but now recently she has been waking up between 1 - 4 and wont get back to sleep unless i put her in bed with me ; when i put her to sleep i use to have to give her a bath every night then lay with her for 15 min then she is out for the night then i put her in her bed trying giving your baby a nice bath they make this new stuff from johnsons soap its like soothing vapors it relaxes the baby just DONT wash them with it you just put it in the tub with the water then wash them with the regular soap

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Ya poor bugger. I'm pretty lucky my boy slept through for the first time at 2 weeks then every night at 4 weeks. I was breastfeeding but have recently changed over to formula. While I was breastfeeding I had him in bed with me and wore one of those breastfeeding singlets from Kmart, when he woke up id get him on then fall back asleep and once he was finished he's go to sleep aswell. So if your willing to give that shot it works wonders. Just takes a little practice feeding them while laying down but doesnt take to long to get it down pat. Good luck xx

Hailey - posted on 03/17/2010

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my son was born september 30th, he jus started sleeping more through the night, at first he woke up about 3 times a night bout now its only once around 4am, then not again till 8am then he's up for the day lol i do put cereal in his formula, i heard breastfed babies digest the food faster which causes them to become more hungry faster?

Shawnkia - posted on 03/17/2010

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my son was born on 9/12 nd he does thiNgs like flip over so much nd wines but he dnt wake up so idk i jus put him to bed et 11 or 12 nd he is okai

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Our son was born 9/24 and he started sleeping through the night a few weeks ago. The first couple of weeks we still had some "binky issues". He'd wake up b/c he wakes without a binky. However, last Thursday he went to sleep at 7:30 and didn't wake until 7am.

The changes we made... introduced solids (oatmeal) and now allow him to sleep on his belly (if he rolls over in his sleep). I had know idea how much I missed sleeping.

Good luck - it'll happen

Priscilla - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter sleeps through the night since she was about 4 months... of course i had to train her to sleep on my time not hers.... but wen she got old enough to not have to eat at night i stopped if she woke up in the middle of the night id rock her back to sleep an she got used to that so now she just sleeps.... i hope you find something that helps you put her to sleep

Claudia - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter was born 9/20 and we have a "party" almost every night. she falls asleep at 1 or 2 in the morning and wakes up around 2 times to eat. if she falls to sleep earlier, she wakes up around 3 or 4 o'clock and stays up for 2 hours. and in the morning she's up at 7.30, or 8.00. that's why i walk like a zombi all day :)

Carrie - posted on 03/17/2010

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Mine was born 9/4/09 and has been sleeping through the night since she was two months old. Not sure what we did. We do have the occatiobnal wake up at 1 or 3am, but we put her pacifier back in her mouth and she's out again.

Cinys - posted on 03/17/2010

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Do you have a routine for her? Baby girl was born sept 6th and has been sleeping through the night since she was a month and a half old. I breast fed for the first 2 weeks then started formula. I wake her up every morning at 7:30 am and feed her every 3 hours. last bottle is at 10:30 and there is no play time. I make sure that when I wake her up for that last bottle, the lights are dimmed and not to bright, TV is on low and get her comfortable. I've never needed to rock her to sleep, she lays awake for a little bit and makes fussy noises for about 10 minutes but falls asleep relatively quickly.



She still looks around for me, but I dont pick up her back up.

Before she would wake up once to twice a night.

Is she getting enough formula? She may not feel full which is why she wakes up?

She is 6 months now, I've had no problems. except last night she woke up at 5 am to look around. I had one eye open lol. But fell back asleep within 20 minutes.



My mom introduced me to this routine from experience. Apparently I was one of those babies who wouldn't sleep the night.

If she doesn't have her 8 hours min, she gets cranky in the morning.

Desiree - posted on 03/17/2010

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Zachary has slept 9 - 12 hours since he was 2 months old. He is actually still sleeping now while I have been up for 2 hours!!!!! I really lucked out with him!!

Amy - posted on 03/17/2010

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my sonn was born on the 4th of september and still wakes up heaps during the night. he is also breastfed. sometimes he wakes up about 3 times, sometimes 1.5hr to 2 hours. its ridiculous! im just hoping he grows out of it soon lol coz im wayy too tired during the night to rock him back to sleep for half n hour every time so i just feed him..
last couple of nights i put him down and he wakes constantly like every half hour and i go in and touch his face or arm and he passes back out lol its strange!!

Victoria - posted on 03/16/2010

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my daughter was born 9/24!!!
a good was to get her to sleep threw the night is give her a really long
warm bath!! johnson&johnson makes this bedtime lotion and body wash for them and it works super good!!
so u should try that!!!
then snuggle her up in a blankey really tight and rock her to sleep!!
i guarantee she will sleep!!! good luck girl!!!
let me know if it works

Cindy - posted on 03/16/2010

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My guy was born 9/3. He goes to bed at 7:30, wakes about 10:30 and sometime between 2-3. My husband and I both work as well and think he should be sleeping through the night. Plan on tackling it this summer when I'm home by not feeding him. He soothes himself with a binky and lovey. I expect some crying due to the habit, but ???

Emily - posted on 03/16/2010

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Did you know that in New Zealand where I'm from, we used to have a high rate of cot death compared to other countries, then we had it drummed into us by experts that the safest way for baby to sleep is on his back, and the cot death rate was dramatically lowered as a result, it is also a highly publisized subject in New Zealand we now call Cot death SIDS (Suden Infant Death Syndrome)

Sharon - posted on 03/16/2010

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Morgan was born on 9.29 but has slept through the night since she became a formula fed baby (which was at 2 1/2 months old, I stopped producing milk). Try giving her formula at night. Just make sure you pump before bed.

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2010

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i really think it depends on the baby. i have a boy and a girl and my little girl just decided she liked her sleep at 6 weeks and is sleeping 12 hours at night wakes up for a feed round 8 and then goes back down for 2-3 hours. We havent done anything different with our son but he still needs a feed or be rocked to sleep about 8 wakes up anywhere from 1-3 times per night. most of the time the only way to get him back to sleep is to feed him.

Do you turn on any lights or make noise or talk to her when she wakes up? ive been told that if you dont do any of these things she will not think its fun to wake up anymore as they arent getting any stimulation when they do so they just give up.

Hope this helps :)

Kristin - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter was born 9/23/09 and she has slept through the night since she was 4weeks. She sleeps on her belly ONLY!! If I try to put her on her side or back she wont sleep at all. She's been eating baby food since 3months.

Lisa - posted on 03/16/2010

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my son was breast fed for the first 4 months, and he has slept 9 hours since 2 months. Are you feeding her during the day? Maybe she is ready for more food. In the beginning my baby ate every 2 hours and he still demands formula every 3 hours. So maybe if you increase what she is eating during the day.

Brandi - posted on 03/16/2010

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I got lucky... My little one has slept through the night since she was about 6 weeks old... She was a breast feed baby and now is on formula but, there was not a change in it.. She still sleeps on her back.. I do add cereal to her bottle and to tell you the truth there is no difference from straight formula. Have you tried letting her sleep with a small security blanket or anything. It could be worth a try.
Good luck

Allison - posted on 03/16/2010

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yuck. . . poor you!



I'm one of the lucky ones, mine sleeps through the night too. I lay her on her belly to sleep, i think that was the secret to my success. She's had nothing but the breast all along. She's recently started on solids and no real change. . . wakes up a little early but it doesn't matter because i have 2 older sons who need to go to school. So you've tried the thick formula and everything, i think what you've got is a bad habit in your baby. If she's big enough growing and healthy then she should have no need for those extra feedings. . . I say try to ride it out in the weekends as best you can and see if you can't create a new sleeping pattern.



thats the best i can do.



I feel for you though.

Amy - posted on 03/16/2010

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my daughter was born on the 27th of september and has been sleeping thru the night since abou 8 or 10 weeks old. she just kinda does it on her own. have you tried cereal or rice or baby food? i started my daughter on it at about 2 months and she sleeps 10 hours thru the night and long naps during the day

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