How long is your baby sleeping a night now?

Brandy - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My baby is good some nights and only wakes up once or twice but other nights he is up 3 to 4. Some people that i know act like he should be sleeping all night by now. Just wanted to know how your baby is sleeping and if mine should be sleeping longer. Please let me know.

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Mandi - posted on 12/07/2009

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All babies are different and will have their own rhythm. My son is 8 weeks old. He use to be up every 4hrs at night (I breast feed)... but since reading the book "healthy sleep habits happy child"... I give him a bath at 7pm (one day soap, next day only water), then read to him and feed him a little more if he needs it... he is down by 8pm and will sleep for 7hrs. When he gets up I use a flashlight to get him so that it remains dark... change him and feed him... he goes down again for another 4hrs. He wakes up happy, and has great naps. This book talks about sleep training at 3 to 4 months, but David seemed ready at 6wks, and so far... its working... I hope that it continues to... but it could be worth the read. A friend who has 2 children was the one the recommended it, as it had worked for her :)

Callie - posted on 12/07/2009

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I've been told that it depends on whether your are breast feeding or formula feeding. Formula fed babies typically go longer between feeds because it takes them longer to digest.

My baby girl goes anywhere from 3-5 hours between feeds at night and I am breast feeding. I was told by her pediatrician that this is typical.

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Samantha - posted on 12/28/2009

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Is there anything different you did to get your baby in the crib? My little girl is 2 1/2 months and she still has to sleep in her bassinet, which is elevated, because of her reflux. She spits up really bad out of her nose if she lays flat too long.

Samantha - posted on 12/28/2009

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My baby has been sleeping through the night since she was 2 weeks old. Sometimes I think she sleeps too much. But she is a really good baby and I am ever so grateful.

Krista - posted on 12/15/2009

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My little girl is almost 7 weeks and is breastfed. She has been sleeping 8-9 hours at night for about a week and a half now. We just started getting her to sleep in her crib in her room (she was in a bassinet in our room - I was a little hesitant because she's had problems with reflux). She'll wake up around 5am and "talk" to herself for about 10-15 minutes and goes back to sleep on her own. She's done really well and seems to have adapted without too many issues.

Jessica - posted on 12/14/2009

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My lil guy is 7 weeks, he is now only eating formula, but sleeps his nights, usually 9-6, and has been doing this for almost 2 weeks. During the day he is eating every 2 hours on the dot, and only has short naps, which i except since i get my nights :)

Kristin - posted on 12/13/2009

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Katelyn usually feeds around 10pm and then wakes around 4ish then again around 7-8am. I have no complaints as my first son fed every 2-3 hours, even during the night! Every baby is different:)

Lindsay - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter is 8 weeks old and sleeps about 8 hours a night. She is formula fed. I usually start sleep training around this age.. She is my 4th child. Routine is the best thing for a baby. I agree with what Mandi said that there should be no interaction at night as it might stimulate the child in which causes them to be more alert. I also use the the ocean wonders aquarium. I have done this for my last 2 children and it has worked wonders. Its used on when going to sleep and the children associate the music with it's time for bed. I use it at naps as well. I take the music away at about 6 months. She is now in her bed by herself at nights with no crying.

LeTicia - posted on 12/13/2009

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Last night, my baby boy slept 8 hours straight! I'm definitely a believer in the bath. We've been bathing him every other night, but bath nights are always better. He usually makes it 6 hours before waking up for the first time on bath nights, and then every couple of hours after that. I also drink a cup of chamomile lavender tea in the evening if he's fussy before I nurse him. It's great to help us both relax and get him ready for the night.

Lindsey - posted on 12/13/2009

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i must be doin somethink wrong here cose my baby girl feed at different times she has a feed at 8pm then again a 11pm then again 2am then again 5am then again 8am and she takes a full 3oz but during the day she seems unsettled n wants to be awake all time is this normal for a prem baby she will be 7wks on tues... im not sure if all wot im doin is right for her n if wot im doin is wot you would call a routine for her n is there anyway i can change it to get her sleepin longer at nite. she also poos at nite so iv noi choice but to change her bum....

Alisha - posted on 12/12/2009

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my baby eats about 4oz at nine then sleeps till about 1, eats again and sleeps till about 5.

Mari - posted on 12/12/2009

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My twin boys sleep 3 - 5 hours between feeds in the night. Last night one of them slept 6 hours between feeds. I breastfeed them.

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My daughter is breast feeding and the little guts eats every 3 hrs. So night times are very interesting at the moment. She was only 2.6kgs when we left hospital, but 4 kgs at her 4 week check so it has all been worth the sleepless nights! xx

Tracy - posted on 12/11/2009

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Quoting Tina:

my son sleeps through the night from 8 30 till 7 30 in the morning having maybe 2 or 3oz at 11 as i was advised ti give him a 'dream feed' - i just pick him out of his cot and give him a bottle bu not to completely wake him or even change him unless he really needs it ie he soiled it if i dont give him that feed he still sleeps through anyway - it just gives him that little bit of extra feed, not that i think he needs it tbh as he is having 6oz bottles every 3 hours through the day


Hi - I used to give my son dream feeds as this helped with weight gain.  It dipped at 8 weeks because he started sleeping through the night!



I'm thinking of doing it with my daughter because she is sleeping through feeds in day and sleeping really well at night! x

Tracy - posted on 12/11/2009

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Hi - I think your baby is doing really well! My baby slept for 10 hours other night!! I was shocked! A typical nights sleep is 6 hours - wake for feed then another 4 hours. She is breastfed! I think it also depends on how much he or she has had to feed in the day! The more she feeds more likely to sleep through the night! x

Kim - posted on 12/11/2009

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6 weeks old, breastfed... and on average he sleeps 3-4 hours before waking for feeding/changing... but last night he fell asleep at 9pm and didn't wake until 4am... 7 hours! Too bad I didn't go to sleep myself until midnight... darn it... I could have had 7 hours too! lol

Amy - posted on 12/11/2009

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Bedtime routine is so important...put him down the same time every night. How much are you feeding before bedtime?

Tina - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son sleeps through the night from 8 30 till 7 30 in the morning having maybe 2 or 3oz at 11 as i was advised ti give him a 'dream feed' - i just pick him out of his cot and give him a bottle bu not to completely wake him or even change him unless he really needs it ie he soiled it if i dont give him that feed he still sleeps through anyway - it just gives him that little bit of extra feed, not that i think he needs it tbh as he is having 6oz bottles every 3 hours through the day

Melissa - posted on 12/10/2009

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Quoting mandi:

 but since reading the book "healthy sleep habits happy child"... A friend who has 2 children was the one the recommended it, as it had worked for her :)



This book was a life saver for me with my first child. I still use it to deal with any issues and used it up till she got into a regular cycle around 18 months. 



 



There is another book that talks about rythems and starts at 6 weeks.  It is Baby Wise.  It references the book Mandi suggested but talks a bit more about scheduling and activities with your child.  I used it with my first child but with a 23 month old and a 5 week old - it's been difficult to do any sleep training yet...

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