Should my 6wk old be Sleeping throught the night already?

Leanna - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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HI there! So my little Isaac is 6wks old now & I was reading some blogs on here & read an interesting little side note. It said "39% of 1mon olds are sleeping through the night. Has your little one reached that milestone yet?"

First of all, is this true? Should he really be sleeping through the night yet? My Isaac still wakes up to feed every 4 hours & every 2 when he's going through a growth spurt. And he's eating btwn 4-5oz at each feed. So he's literally eating about 16-18oz throughout the 10-13hr he's sleeping at night. Cuz he usually goes down, officially, to start his bedtime about 10pm then is actively awake by about 11am. But in between there, he wakes about every 4 hrs to feed, doesn't open his eyes, just eats & goes back to solid sleep. When he does actually open his eyes it's b/c I'm changing his diaper & he's sensitive to touch. He doesn't wake to sound but you change his position at all, & his eyes are wide open! But I hold him for 20-30min & he goes back to sleep.
So, all of that to ask, should he be sleeping through the night already or no? How many of yours are? Should I have already started putting cereal in his night bottle so he won't wake up hungry? Won't that predispose him to becoming overweight if you add cereal too soon?
I'm a first time mom- can't you tell!! LOL

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Cassandra - posted on 09/12/2010

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I'm a first time mom as well and my daughter who is now 11 weeks old has been sleeping through the night since she was around 4-5 weeks old. She started by sleeping for 6 hours and then waking up for a feeding and going right back to bed. Now she's sleeping for 7-8 hours every night, waking for a bottle and then going back to bed for another 2-3 hours. She is only on breastmilk, so I think she just fell into a nice routine very early. She sleeps swaddled in her crib without a pacifier, I'm sure we won't be so lucky when we have a second child! :)

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Sandra - posted on 09/13/2010

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My daughter is 3 months and has been sleeping through the night(5-7) hour stretches) since she was 4 weeks. Is he really upset when he wakes up? He's probably uncomfortable. Think as if you were in his shoes, what would bother you? Try to be really interactive with him during the day and less at night so he knows when it's time to cool down. He may just be learning the difference between day and night. Good luck with your situation!

Tiffany - posted on 09/06/2010

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@ 6 weeks my baby girl wasn't really sleeping through the night, she mostly slept during the day. But now @ 10 wks she sleeps throughout the night! Sometimes most babies doesn't know their night from day quite yet so just be patient he'll get there.

Stacey - posted on 09/02/2010

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My little girl is 10 weeks old and she sleeps anywhere between 3 - 5 hours at a time. As long as your baby is getting 18 - 20 hours of sleep, your baby should be fine. I was told by my health nurse that they shouldnt be sleeping more then 4 hours, and the reason they need 18 - 20 hours asleep a day is because thats when they do all there growing and development.

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My son has been sleeping through the night since he was born. I was concerned at first too, but the DR told me not to worry and just enjoy it. and we were told to start putting cereal in his bottle around 2 months b/c of his acid reflux but it doesn't seem to bother him and his weight is right where it should be so I dont think it would do any harm to give your baby a little bit of cereal in his bottle before bed.

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When Kaia was about 6 weeks old she started sleeping from about 10 or 10:30 pm to somewhere around 4:30 to 5 am. It freaked me right out and at first I would wake her up to feed her. I decided that I should just let her sleep until she wakes and then change and feed her. Kaia generally eats about 4 oz per feeding - sometimes a little less (I only know this because I pump and on weekends Daddy gives her a bottle during the night so I can rest). During the daytime hours she feeds about every 3 hours. I feel pretty lucky but it did worry me greatly at first.



She was only 6 pounds 1 oz when born and then her weight dropped dramatically so we had to supplement with about 2 oz of formula a day. She's currently 9 weeks old (going on 10) and she's around 9 pounds - she still gets between 2 and 3 oz of formula each day - usually during the afternoon feedings.

Jamie - posted on 08/15/2010

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My son (eight weeks old now) started sleeping through the night at seven weeks, but I started feeding him cereal which makes him full enough to skip a feeding. It's not suggested to start babies on cereal so soon, but he wasn't gaining weight and needed it.

When I took him to the doctor for his two month checkup, they were shocked that he was sleeping through the night, so don't worry about it. It's more unusual for them to be sleeping through the night than not to.

Sarh - posted on 08/13/2010

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It's not that he should be sleeping through the night and milestones are just based on an average and not a requirement. I know lots of babies who have not slept through the night and are anywhere up to 2yrs old! My son has been sleeping through the night since he was about 5wks old. I do not believe in the cereal in night bottles! It is a huge choking hazard in my opinion! You could spoon feed him cereal instead. I started feeding my daughter cereal at 4 wks of age, she has never been over weight, she is now 4yrs old and over 50lbs, but tall and skinny. My son who is now 9 wks old is nursing and eating stage one baby food, he doesnt like the cereal (this does not aid him in sleeping through the night, he was doing that before eating solids) and is 15lbs and 24in. Both of my children are not over weight and I do not find that to be true. Also, they have done studies that have found that feeding food at night does not aid them in sleeping through the night. Babies sleep through the night when they are able to soothe themselves back to sleep. Some are able to very early like my 2 children have and some not for a long time. I put both of my children in their cribs or own bed (not in bed w/me) and they are both excellent sleepers and so forth. Good luck!

Kelli - posted on 08/08/2010

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Thanks Lisa for that website and yes I am bottle feeding, Jaydin wouldn't latch when I tried breastfeeding.... I get the whole SIDS thing but I'm just doing what my doctor told me to do because he is a much bigger baby then most and is growing like a weed... but every baby is different too and his doctor also told me whatever works for him is what I should do and cereal was fine as long as it wasn't an every day thing just so he could used to the spoons for when he did start eatting it more... idk I just everyone's doctor tell them different because every baby is different as they grow

Kelli - posted on 08/07/2010

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I was told by my doctor whatever makes them happy then keep doing it.... I have given my son cereal 3 or 4 times now and he is about 10 wks old... Also she told me it was ok to put 1 or 2 tsp of cereal in his last bottle because he is eatting anywhere from 6 to 8 oz... but then again every baby is different and you have to find out what works best for baby and you.... I have never understood why they say you shouldn't give cereal to babies until they were 4 months old because when I was little my mom gave me cereal to help me learn a better sleep pattern... I am a night owl now but thats because I used to work 2nd shift and wouldn't be home until about 1am.... Also my son is a big boy and is 2 months old and is almost 13 pounds and is 23 1/2 inches long... bigger babies normally need more food and he isn't fat he is just long.... Just remember what you find best for your baby is what you should probably do... And I'm a first time mom as well

Tiffany - posted on 08/07/2010

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my 6 week old sleeps 4-5 hours at a time during the night, eats, then sleeps another 4 hours. every baby is different.DO NOT give cereal to him until at LEAST 4 months, and even then it isnt recommended until 6 months. at this stage their little digestive systems are not developed enough to handle cereal. it can cause constipation and very upset tummys right now. its normal for him to wake more during a spurt and he needs more food to help grow. if you gave him cereal to make him sleep longer, he wont get all the food he needs to develop properly. at this stage, let him decide everything... how much to eat and sleep. but please dont try to make him sleep longer with cereal for a while (and talk to your pediatrition first).

Lisa - posted on 08/07/2010

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Mine is 8 weeks and just started sleeping from around 10:30 pm to 3:00 am and will be up again around 6:00 am and then around 8:30 am. My daughter (who's now 5) didn't sleep through the night until right before I went back to work. I pump during the day so my DH can give the 8 week old a bottle between 10 pm and 11 pm while I go to bed. Give him some "daddy time" and I get a little more sleep. He also cat naps during the day with maybe one 2 hr nap.

Rachel - posted on 08/06/2010

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My bub is 9 weeks tomorrow and for the last 2 weeks has been "sleeping through" anywhere between 6 - 8 hours at night. I give her a bath and bottle between 6 and 7pm then bed. It will take us until about 8:30pm to settle her to sleep. We dream feed around 10:30pm or so and then she will sleep through to about 5 or 6am. the later the dream feed, the longer the sleep. This morning she didn't wake for a feed until 7am.
Having said all this she only cat naps during the day and I can only get a long sleep from her during the day if we are out and about in the stroller.
I'm sure I'm not lucky enough for this to be permanent and I'm just waiting for it to all go pear shaped.
Fingers crossed though!

Sasha - posted on 08/06/2010

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My baby boy is 8 wks old now, but he has been a pretty descent sleeper this whole time, when he was 10 days old he slept 9 hours, and this past monday he slept 11 hrs!! He usually feeds last at 9:30/10pm then I put him in his bed to fall asleep, then he will wake up anywhere from 5:30-8am, eat go back to sleep and wake up again around 11am, eat play a little then sleep again till 2pm, then is off and on sleep and eat till nite time. He has been eating 4-5oz. at each feeding, if he does wake up in middle of nite, i hust give him a binky till around 6am!! My little girl (now 2 1/2) was like that also but a way much better sleeper!! And yea...I wouldnt give them cereal till they are ready to spoon feed usually around 4-5mo.!!!

Carly - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son is 5 weeks old and is just now sleeping 4-5 hours stints at night! I think over time the night time hours will increase, but on his schedule, I know I can't force it. I've tried cluster feeding before bedtime to ensure he has a full tummy and that seems to help him sleep longer stretches at night.

Kelly - posted on 07/31/2010

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this is my 2nd baby - both boys and this one is no where near sleeing there the night at 4weeks and i dont expect him too for month either. He has though since day 1 been sleeping 3-4block sleeps between feeds which is great for night times as my 3yr old gets up rather early so its nice to get some sleep.

I also dont reccomend cereal in bottles but each to their own - you will hear of our grandmothers age doing it so yeah if you think your kids ready but i personally wouldnt do it...
I woudlnt worry to much about sleeping through the night at this young age, you got awhile to get them into that habit, i think my oldest was about 6months when we got to that milestone.

Kelsey - posted on 07/29/2010

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the reason why its 4 months is because their tummy cant handle anything but milk wather it be from the boob or a bottle.. nd i was told from everyone i have asked from doctors to moms of more kid that you shouldnt ever but it in the bottle because its a choking risk. you make it in a bowl and feed it to them with a spoon.. it also helps with bonding time with mommy or who ever is feeding them.. im not trying to sound like a know it all i just dont want your kids choking on it... if you give them cearel to early it will couse there tummys to hurt thus = less sleep because they are in more pain...

Kelsey - posted on 07/29/2010

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my son is 6 weeks and he eats and goes to sleep at about 10-10:30 and wakes up a 5-5:30 to eat then goes back to sleep till about 9-10 then he is up off and on all day... Never put cearel in the bottle you spoon feed it to him at about 3-4 months if you put it in the bottle it is a choking risk... have you tried Wrapping him witha blanket that helps my son. if i wrap him he sleeps longer. i hope i was some help

Mary - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter would wake up at all hours of the night until she was 2 weeks old. Around 3 weeks she slept throughout the night without waking up to feed. She will be 8 weeks next week and currently sleeps from 10:30pm to 6am, wake up for a feeding and the goes back to bed until round 11 or so. Then she takes about 3-4 hour nap in the afternoon. As i've been told by people, I don't tend to have normal babies lol but i just say they take after me as I LOVE to sleep. As for the cereal, thats up to you and probably would work. I was told by my doctor to not give her cereal until 4 months (thats what he said for my 1st). Not sure why 4 months though.

Kat - posted on 07/22/2010

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At this age sleeping through the night is 7hrs, not 8 - 12hrs like us. My first daughter slept through the night (7hrs) from 3 weeks. My now 3wk old is no where near this, she is waking every 4hrs to feed over night. Which is good for her, not so fun for me lol.....
It can happen but I don't think it is as common as 30 odd percent. That's my opinion only though. At this age your child will instinctly do what is needed so I wouldn't worry at all.

Luz - posted on 07/22/2010

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lol well im a first time mom too but i kinda have a bit of expirence cuz i took care of my brothers kids since they were newborn... um... well my son is 6 weeks old as well but now hes starting to wake up more during the day, he'll sleep anywhere between 3 to 4 hours and wake up for a bottle and a diaper change.. usually when they go through growth spurts they eat like no tomorrow and sleep through most of the day. my suggestion is to try to keep him awake longer, like try to play with him and talk with him. my son loves it when i play and talk to him and it keeps him entertained cuz now he got into that stage where he screams and cries when he gets bored. well hopefully my advice could sorta help you...

Doneta Jo - posted on 07/22/2010

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My six week old girl sleeps anywhere from three to four hours at a time through the night but has Once slept for six hours and btw it freaks you out!!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2010

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my first child was sleeping through the night periodically the first week and when he wasn't sleeping through the night he'd wake up once to feed and go back to sleep. But my second child is 8 weeks today and still gets up every 4 hours or so the same as yours does. She's eating around the same as well but she's gaining weight nicely and is content so I'm not concerned. The difference with my children is that the first one was formula fed and the second is breastfed. When they are on formula, they tend to be full longer as it takes longer for them to fully digest formula as compared to breastmilk. I wouldn't worry... it sounds like your baby is right on track. They all take their own time and it will happen. I'm not worried about my baby but I am looking forward to sleeping through the night again as my oldest is up all day and BUSY! Good luck!

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I have a 6wk old too and he's not even close to sleeping through the night! I wouldn't think it's common that they DO at such an early age. My little guy wakes every three hours during the night and every two during the day (if I'm lucky!). Needless to say, also being a first time mom, I don't sleep much either. In fact yesterday he was up from 6am until midnight with four 15 minute naps in there!
I wouldn't worry about your little not sleeping through the night. Every baby develops differently. You're doing alright by the sounds of it!

Hope that eases your mind. :) Good luck!

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