Need help on baby sleep

Qi - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son was born in 05/19. That means he will be 5 months old by Monday; however, he still wakes up twice for food during the night. Is there any tips on how to train a baby to sleep through the night?

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Quoting Jessica:

Babies this young should not be sleeping all night long yet. My son still wakes up about every two to three hours to nurse. He'll sleep through the night when he's ready!



I disagree with the idea that a 5 month old shouldn't be sleeping through the night. My son (born 5/10) was sleeping 6-8 hrs. by the time he was 6 weeks old. It's healthy for babies development to get plenty of deep sleep at night (and it IS possible to help them sleep through the night without starving them!) My husband and I read the book babywise before our son was born and followed the principles in that book such as encouraging full feedings (not snacking), and following a routine. My son occasionally wakes up in the night as well, but he's not hungry...just woke up! He quickly falls back asleep (on his own). He's now sleeping 9-10 hours, then I feed him and put him back down for a couple more hours! He gets about 12 hours of sleep every night. Try to encourage a routine as much as possible (keep the lights dim during the last feeding, etc.) and your baby should quickly learn that night time is for sleeping! Good luck, and don't get discouraged...it IS possible! (Check out babywise for a more full description of some really helpful principles).

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Katie - posted on 03/30/2011

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Your post caught my eye! My baby was born on the 19th too! How is the sleeping going? Mine is still waking up 2 times a night! And they are now 10 months old! Let me know if you found anything helpful!

Katie - posted on 03/30/2011

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Your post caught my eye! My baby was born on the 19th too! How is the sleeping going? Mine is still waking up 2 times a night! And they are now 10 months old! Let me know if you found anything helpful!

Thea - posted on 10/24/2009

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My baby was born on the 20th one day after yours. She sleeps about 11 hours a night. But she didn't always. At 4 weeks she slept 8 hours then at 3 months she started to wake. My doc said once they start to wake again they are ready for rice cereal. But this is not for all babies!!!! Try a good feading at night. If baby goes to bed hours before, my doc said to wake them to eat just before you do go to bed. Right now my problem is self soothing back to sleep. She wants me to come and put her soohter in about 10 times a night.

My son would wake up till he was 1 and a 1/2 years old just for a hug to know he was safe.

If you are really worried talk to your doc!!!!

Jodye - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son, Daniel, is 5 months old. And normally he sleeps through the night but here lately he has been getting up at like 4 or 5 and he eats and talks to me for a while and then goes back to sleep. I love hearing him "babble" to me at night. It is so comforting...Just have fun with them while they are young.

Abby - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter was born 5/21 and she sleeps through the nigh most nights. I would recommend that you stop feeding him during the night. If he cries just calm him down and put him back in his bed. My child's pediatrician said that after about 3 months of age a child does not need to eat during the night. Hope this helps!

Colleen - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Qi:

Thank you for all the advice. I will try different method including rocking him at night and will share the result with you.



If you're breastfeeding and the sole source of food, this may not work.  It might be better to get Dad to do this for the first couple nights so this way he's not expecting you to feed him when you go in.  Start this on a weekend when your partner doesn't have to get up early the next day.

Jodie - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son turned 5 months this week, he was waking for 2 feeds in the night as he was only snacking in the day, I started to only give him about 50 mls in the night to settle him and no more and after about a week, he started drinking better in the day, as he was hungry. Now he still wakes up in the night after about 6-7hrs sleep and I give him a small bottle about 100mls and then he sleeps til around 7am, so he sleeps from 7 -7 with the one wake up around 1-2am still, cant wait til he sleeps through.

Jordan - posted on 10/22/2009

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when a baby is about 15lbs then he or she shld be sleeping majority of the night but some babies never do. I have a 5month old and he wakes up at 5 to eat and then goes back to bed. It just depends on the baby. Dn't stress about it cause soon ur gonna miss the time that u wake up with ur baby. I know i do. My friends kid didn't sleep through the whole night till he was 2....so dn't worry

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My son is the same age and has been sleeping through the night for about 2 months (then about 6-8 hours and now a full 12-13). He's biologically capable, but first he needs to know how to put himself to sleep all by himself. We started with teaching him how to do that for nap time and then when he wakes up in the night, he knows how to go back to sleep w/o food or rocking, or anything else. Hope that helps! If you know he's getting enough food during the day, then it's just a matter of teaching him sleep habits. Good luck! You must be exhausted!



Oh, I just read the other comments and I agree with Amy Straub! We aren't following babywise specifically, but use the same principals in our house.

Jodye - posted on 10/19/2009

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My son is 5 months old now and I can put him to bed about 8:30 or 9:00 and he will sleep until like 6 or 7. So, they do sleep through the night sometimes. I give my son some cereal in his bottle before bed. And it helps him stay full so that he will get good sleep.

Line - posted on 10/19/2009

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my daughter has been sleeping through the night since she was 8 weeks old. my advice is make a nightime routine and stick to it. Bath, feeding, bedtime story then bed. If she wakes up and doesn't cry, leave her fuss a little bit she might fall back asleep within a couple of minutes. Do the same thing every night, she will get used to the pattern. If she crys at night, don't leave her cry go pick her up, she will feel more comfortable sleeping if she knows your there when she needs you.

Rebekah - posted on 10/19/2009

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How much does your son weigh? My daughter is barely over 13lbs and her pediatrician said she probably still needs to eat during the night (at least once). She said most babies are capable of sleeping all the way through the night between 13-17lbs and at that point it would be okay to use some sleep training or self-soothing methods.

Are you nursing? My pediatrician also recommended that I pump at night after she's eaten to increase my milk supply. I started a week ago and I've seen a huge difference in how often she's waking. I guess my daughter is finally able to get enough milk at night to get her. So, if she's nursing I'd consider your milk supply before leaving her in her crib to cry during the night.

Kristen - posted on 10/19/2009

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My baby is 9 days older than your son. She is on rice cereal and a breastfeed before bed so I know she's full. She wakes at 3am (after 8 hours sleep) for a breastfeed. Then she's back to sleep for another 3 hours. It doesn't bother me at all (although I too can't wait for a full night of sleep). If she stirs at any other time I am able to get her straight back to sleep. I know she's hungry at 3am, it's a different type of cry and mum's know! I know she'll grow out of it and sleep through eventually. I wouldn't stress too much about it.....all babies are different....don't try to compare :) Also, the poor kid has 2 teeth already and is going for number 3. She has two feeds during the night when she's teething. We follow Tizzie Hall's book 'Save Our Sleep' which is all about self settling, routines etc.

Annie - posted on 10/19/2009

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have you tried adding a little rice cereal to his milk for his "before bedtime feeding" sometimes that helps keep them fuller longer.

Qi - posted on 10/18/2009

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Thank you for all the advice. I will try different method including rocking him at night and will share the result with you.

User - posted on 10/17/2009

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I read that babies at this age should be able to go 12 hours at night without a feeding. My baby goes about 10 on average. It may be that he is not really hungry but more that he knows that you will feed him and expects that at night. I would make sure that he is getting really full before you put him down for the night and then start weaning out those feedings. You can try to just rock him back to sleep instead of feeding him and see if that works. Chances are he will still expect it but after a few nights he should settle down and hopefully sleep. My daughter is 5 months old and occasionally wakes during the night but I don't feed her I just rock her or sooth her in some way and she falls right back to sleep.

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Quoting Jessica:

Babies this young should not be sleeping all night long yet. My son still wakes up about every two to three hours to nurse. He'll sleep through the night when he's ready!



I disagree with the idea that a 5 month old shouldn't be sleeping through the night. My son (born 5/10) was sleeping 6-8 hrs. by the time he was 6 weeks old. It's healthy for babies development to get plenty of deep sleep at night (and it IS possible to help them sleep through the night without starving them!) My husband and I read the book babywise before our son was born and followed the principles in that book such as encouraging full feedings (not snacking), and following a routine. My son occasionally wakes up in the night as well, but he's not hungry...just woke up! He quickly falls back asleep (on his own). He's now sleeping 9-10 hours, then I feed him and put him back down for a couple more hours! He gets about 12 hours of sleep every night. Try to encourage a routine as much as possible (keep the lights dim during the last feeding, etc.) and your baby should quickly learn that night time is for sleeping! Good luck, and don't get discouraged...it IS possible! (Check out babywise for a more full description of some really helpful principles).

Jessica - posted on 10/17/2009

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Babies this young should not be sleeping all night long yet. My son still wakes up about every two to three hours to nurse. He'll sleep through the night when he's ready!

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