How often does your LO get up at night?

Ryan - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My LO is 9 weeks old, and currently he's getting up twice a night ... we're wanting to phase him out of his second feeding so that we're just down to the one, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it, or whether or not we should even be doing so ... Right now he wakes up at around 1 am and 5 am ... we're trying to push the 5 am feeding back to at least 6 ... anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

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Christa - posted on 04/07/2010

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He should be able to sleep through the night by now, nutritionally speaking. Meaning there is no need for him to eat. My first daughter slept through the night at 9wks and did it consistantly at 11wks. My new daughter is 7 wks and has slept through the night twice and I expect her to start doing it regularly soon. Even when she doesn't sleep through the night she sleeps from 10-4or5. 10-6 is through the night in my book. (8 hours) They way we do it is with the Babywise method. It's a book called "On becoming Babywise" I highly recommend it. It's all about getting baby on a routine. Waking up the same time every morning and going to sleep at the sm time every night. They eat on a 2.5-3.5 hours schedule during the day that includes eat, then playtime, then nap. The most important part is teaching them how to fall asleep by themselves, meaning you put them in their crib sleepy but not asleep.



Baby's have a weird sleep pattern, they have two kinds of sleep active and deep. In active sleep that's when they are all twitchy and jumpy. You've probably noticed for some naps he smiles, and rolls his eyes around, maybe flails a limb, this is active sleep. Deep sleep is when a bomb won't wake them up. They cycle back a forth between these two about every 45 minutes or so. The problem is sometimes they wake up after the active phase. If they learn how to put themselves back to sleep they will and go right back to sleep and go to deep sleep. If they are used to needing you they will cry and you will go get him and help him to sleep. My guess is that's what's happening. He's just trying to transition, but then you go in their and feed him so now he expects that. You have to break that expectation, so he will go back to sleep. You can do this via crying it out, that's what we do. But not everyone's comfortable with that so you could go in their and not feed him and just get him to go back to sleep. That will help his body learn that it's not really hungry. Anyway I hope any of this made sense. I would recommend reading the book, it will make more sense then. Good luck! :-)

Athena - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi! My son is 8 weeks old and is up all through the night! The longest he'll sleep in one stretch is 3 hours, and that only happens once in awhile. Normally he sleeps for about two hours then wakes up again looking for food. I'm told by my midwife and doctor that this is totally normal for breastfed babies and that I shouldn't be concerned since he's gaining weight really well. He's just a very hungry boy. If I try to put him back to sleep without feeding him it's just a total waste of time because he just keeps crying and looking for food. I was concerned at first that he wasn't getting enough milk from me, but because of his excellent weight gain that's not the problem. I'd be curious to know if you're breastfeeding or not since formula fed babies are known to sleep for much longer periods of time.

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My little guy goes to bed about 10 or 11 and will wake to eat anywhere between 4 and 6 then goes back down till 9

Nancy - posted on 04/15/2010

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Just like Athena, my boy is 8 weeks old and a very hungry baby :) The most he sleeps through the night is 4 hours but not consistently. He doesn't have a set schedule yet, I don't know how to do this. I wish he would go to sleep at the same time every day but it varies.

Shelly - posted on 04/15/2010

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my baby is almost 8 wks and she usually gets up twice at night. im hoping she sleeps through the night soon too

Heidi - posted on 04/14/2010

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My LO is 8 weeks and she sleeps through the night and has done so for about a week and a 1/2. I have also heard that once they hit about 13lbs they should be sleeping thru the night (my girl weighs about that--she's a chunk!) I feed her every 2.5-3hrs during the day. She is asleep by about 11pm and sleeps until 6:30 or 7am.
I make sure she sleeps no later than 7. (The book Becoming Babywise is really helpful! I read it and that is what helped us get baby's schedule going).

Tiffany - posted on 04/13/2010

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Bella is 8weeks old and she has been sleeping through the night since 3 weeks old. I do bath time between 8 and 8:30 then bottle
then she usually falls asleep around 9 or 10,and She sleeps until 7. If for some reason she wakes up at night I give her a binkie and she goes right to sleep!!

Amy - posted on 04/13/2010

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i am in the same boat, some times he wll wait til 6 or evn 7 but others its 5!! and always wakes at 12 for feed. and has 1oz more than in the day.
my daughter slept thru at this age.
my friend recommended putting some rusks in the bottle last one at night all crumped up so dont no if to try that, what do u think?
xx

Kaylah - posted on 04/13/2010

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every baby is different my 3 boys didnt start sleeping through till they were between 10 and 12 months... my baby girl is 9weeks and she normaly goes to bed at 7pm wakes at 1am then again at 5am then she gets up ready for the day at 7:30. i think the baby will decide when they dont need to feed through the night anymore. but to push the 2nd feed back by an hour i'd say make the 1st feed a bit bigger then normal

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2010

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I have a 8 week old now and since she was 1 week she has pretty much slept through the night. What we did was got her on aschedule/routine. We fed her every 3 to 4 hours based on when she started to whine because she was hungry. We let her take little naps throughout the day if she wanted but from5pm to 9pm we tried to keep her awake. At 9pm we then gave her a bath and rubbed her down with the Aveeno Calming lotion all over. We then gave her the bottle and she was out after that. We put her in her craddle beside our bed and she sleeps from 10pm to now 7-7:30am in the morning. She wakes up I change her diaper give her a bottle and sometimes she goes back to sleep and sometimes not but the MAIN thing is to try to keep them up as much as possible through the day give them a bath at night and that Calming lotion REALLY does work.

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2010

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Hey there :-) We used the babywise method and it is wicked! My wee girl is 8 weeks old & has been sleeping from 9pm - 7am since about 5-6 weeks old. Give it a go :) We had to let her cry it out a couple of times but it has been bliss since :-) Good luck!

Tanisha - posted on 04/09/2010

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Thank you very much Christa for your help I will not be so scared to let her cry. Thanks again

Christa - posted on 04/09/2010

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Tanisha, I would recommend letting her cry it out. That can be hard but that's what you need to do to help her learn how to fall asleep by herself. Get her sleepy, you can use swinging or vibration to get her sleepy but don't let her fall asleep. Once she's sleepy lay her in her bed, while she's still awake. It's best when she has heavy eyelids. Anyway lay her down say good night and walk out. She will cry but she's ok. If you let her cry 10-20 minutes she should go to sleep. As she learns she will cry less and less. Eventually she will go down without a peep. My first did that by 6 months, it's so nice. You lay her down walk out and she goes to sleep.

Tanisha - posted on 04/09/2010

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Hello,
I am having a lot of problems getting my daughter to sleep in her bed. She will only sleep in something that vibrates or swings. She is 2 months old now and I don't want to get her use to these items. the only time she sleeps for at least 2 to 4 hours is when she is constantly moving or laying on me. Any suggestions to what I can do???

Mindy - posted on 04/09/2010

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I am having the same problem with my son who is 2 months. He wakes up at around 3 and again at 6 or 7. If im lucky he will wake up at 3 and not again til 8. So im trying to get him into a routine, but i think he is too young still. He does know when i take him a bath and put lotion on him, he then gets a bottle, and then it's time to sleep. Hopefully his sleeping habits will improve soon.

Keri - posted on 04/09/2010

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Read the Baby Whispere it has a ton of information on how to do that. It says to feed more during the day and at night set your alarm for an hour before he usualy gets up, wake him for awhile and put a soother in and put him back to sleep.

Maxine - posted on 04/09/2010

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my wee girl will be 9wks on sun and she gets up once and thats between 1 n 2 then thats her to about half 8 9

Wilma - posted on 04/09/2010

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Our Nathan is 7 weeks old and he sleeps from 9 or 10 till 4 or 5...he is doing really well. I breastfeed..but if he wakes up after only 5 or 6 hours i stretch him with the dummy and pat him..where he falls right asleep for another hour....I let him stretch till 7 hours...soon I will try him till 8 hours...he can do it...he does not need feeding at night he is gaining 360g a week....and is now 5.1 kgs...

Christa - posted on 04/08/2010

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Athena, I wanted to clarify something from my post. Absolutely feed him if his is indeed hungry. My point was that he may not be. I didn't want it to appear that I am for starving your children so they sleep. :-) Also you should be able to get your LO to go longer before feedings, I exclusively breastfed both my girls. The thing is you have to make sure they are getting a full feeding each time, it sounds like your LO is a snacker. That must be exhausting! If he's not nursing long enough he doesn't get the hind milk, that makes him stay fuller longer. Don't let him fall alseep during feedings, that's how they don't finish eating only to wake up 1-2 hours later starving again and then they fall asleep again and the cycle continues. Just some things to consider, you need your sleep. :-)

Stacy - posted on 04/08/2010

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The doctors say you're not supposed to put them to sleep on their bellies, but IT WORKS. We have the Angel Care monitor which sounds an alarm if there's no movement for 20 seconds so we can rest assured that he is okay on his belly.

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2010

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We also follow the babywise method and our little one now sleeps from 10-7am. He has been doing that for almost 3 weeks now. We did this with #1 as well and he was sleeping through the night at 9 weeks. I hope that you are able to figure something out soon. Full night sleep is such a blessing!

Caitlin - posted on 04/07/2010

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My first didn't sleep through the night until 9 months! This time around it's much better, she's 7 weeks old and already sleeping from 10-4 most of the time. Occasionally she has a bad night, but that's usually because I didn't burp her well enough before putting her down.

Nicola - posted on 04/07/2010

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hiya my son is 7wks he gets his last bottle at about 11pm then up once durin the nite then up at 630ish every baby diff as my daughter was sleepin right through at 7wks when he wakes at 5 i would try not 2 feed him right away c if he will go back 2 sleep also at nite time i give him bath (with johnstons baby bedtime bath) then baby massage then bottle then bed keep doin that & that shouldhelp he will start 2 no thats what is goin 2 happen after a few days u should c diff hopefully fingers x & good luck but hey every baby & mum is diff & at the end of the day u will get there he is only 9wks love nicola x

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