sleeping through the night

Melissa - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son still gets up every two to three hours, anyone have any suggestions of how to get him to sleep through the night?

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Fran - posted on 10/05/2009

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Personally, I would wait until he's ready to do it. There's way too much pressure on Mum's for their baby to "sleep through". Everyone's versions of sleeping through are so different. I wouldn't do a bottle at night if you breastfeed.

My DD goes down at 10pm, sometimes wakes at midnight, usually sleeps to either 3 - 6 am.

Bedtime rituals help, carmen has a shower with Daddy, then a massage, sometimes a story followed by a top up feed and then she normally nods off.

Amy - posted on 10/03/2009

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Breastfeeding and no cereal yet. Mine has been sleeping through the nite since week 3. First 3 months...I had the last feeding during Letterman and she went down at 11:30/12:00 and slept til 6:30/7:30. If she fussed at all I'd stick the binky in her mouth and she went back to sleep. Now she goes down around 9:00/9:30 and sleeps til 6:00/7:00. This week I started letting her sleep on her tummy. Last night I actually put a hat on her head so she would stay warm (now that its getting chilly again). I've always swaddled her body to get her snug. I know every baby is different...Good Luck!

Danielle - posted on 10/01/2009

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don't give formula if you are breast feeding just so he will sleep longer, yes breast fed babies do wake up more and that is a price we have to pay as a mother but it doesn't last for ever.

at 4 - 5 months you can't expect a baby to sleep throught he night, yes some do but most still need a feed during the night.



to get some longer sleeps at night, get a good bed time routine going, give a feed and get your son to fall asleep in his bed, my little girl has a blankie she snuggles her face into to help her go to sleep.

we are breast feeding, have a good routine for getting ready for bed and niven has a 4-5 hour sleep then she has a couple of 2-3 hour sleeps and you know what that is NORMAL.

good luck

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Brittany - posted on 10/25/2009

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My little girl is 5 months old. I took her to the doctor for her checkup and I asked him about this. Harleigh was getting up every 3 or 4 hours most nights. When I told him this he said it was not abnormal but unless I wanted to wake up with her all through the night for the next few years I needed to just let her cry it out. It was really hard to do but she is doing a lot better. I only let her cry for 20 minutes then I go feed her but we are down to 0-1 times a night! I sure hope this helps you.

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2009

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My daughter is about 5 months and we just got her sleeping through the night. We do a long bath and a 5 oz bottle right before bed. The last couple weeks she started waking up about every 3 hours and we were given the suggestion of letting her cry it out. It was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do but after three nights of a lot of crying she began going down at 8:30 and waking up at 6:45 in the morning. its a hard thing to do but it did work for me.

Holly - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi!! When my baby was 2months she was waking twice a night, which was fine.. Then at 3months we decided to put her into her own bedroom.. Now she sleeps from 7 til 7. I dont know what it is about there own space but it does work. Great for you and your partner also!! Alot of people have said about swaddling but it has never worked for me Leigha has to have her hands free to get comfy. She hates being tight, you could try loose sheets and blankets? Every baby is different thought. Best of luck

Madilyn - posted on 10/20/2009

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DO NOT GIVE FORMULA IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING. It will only decrease your supply and it really doesnt help them sleep though the night. babies arent supposed to sleep through the night. Cereal and solids should only be given after 6 mo and only for texture not nutrition breast milk or formula should be a baby's main source of nutriton for the first year.cereal can be given early if your pedi reccomends it for AR and NEVER in a bottle. I use the pacifier to help keep my baby asleep and when that doesnt work then I know hes hungry. I co-sleep and let him nurse while I sleep. Read the American Acadamey of Pediatrics website to find when to give your baby cereal and when its normal for them to sleep through the night.

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My son is 5 months old now and we have finally found something to get him to sleep 8-10 hrs a night!! He is breastfeed through the day, but at night we give him a bottle of formula and he sleeps in his swing (but we have to use one of those "safe swaddlers" and then buckle him into the swing and let it swing all night. He loves it! our swing goes side to side or forward and backward (we have him sleep in the side to side motion). It works wonders so far :) Hope this helps :)

Meredith - posted on 10/14/2009

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I formula feed my daughter who just turned 5 months...she's been a really good sleeper but just last week she began waking up...our pediatrician said that if she sleeps through the night and begins to wake up, then it's time to feed her some real food! I gave her rice cereal with a bit of prune juice mixed in (to ease constipation) and the next night, she was back to normal...she woke up three nights in a row that last week and now she's just fine again...she sleeps from 9:30 until 7:00 when I wake her up to get her ready for daycare/school

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My son was extremely colicky for the first three months. He all of a sudden stopped crying and started sleeping through the night at four months. As you all know, you can never tell if what you are doing is right or wrong from one day to the next. If I had to say though, I would say that getting my son into a routine was the best thing we have done. I still feed him (breastfeed) on demand during the day and lately that has been at most every two hours - which is a lot. BUT, I feed him from the breast around 7pm every night (after his bath) and then about 30 minutes later I feed him expressed breast milk (around 6 or 7 oz) and he sleeps from 8pm until 7:30am just about every night. Who knows if it is just him or if it is the bottle before bed, but it seems to be working and he is so much happier these days. He wakes up with a smile!

Judith - posted on 10/07/2009

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i've tried rice cereal a warm bath nothing works he still wakes up every four hours and he won't take a pacifer he's 5 months i just want my sleep back lol

Jodye - posted on 10/05/2009

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I always give my 4 1/2 month old son a warm bath, and rice cereal bottle before bed. He sleeps through the night. There are some times when my son will go to bed at like 9 and not wake up till 6 am.

Karrie - posted on 10/04/2009

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Thank goodness I am not the only person going threw this !! My little guy is such a restless sleeper !! I have tried everything and nothing helps ! I am so frusterated !! My chest hurts because all he wants is to be on my chest and I formula feed ! Is there a light at the end of the tunnel!!!

Via - posted on 10/03/2009

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I am not sure about putting cereal on his bottle when he is still not ready to eat. But you can always ask your pedia about it =)



My little boy started sleeping through the night before he turned 2 months. They said it helps a baby sleep through the night when he sleeps alone in his room so we moved him as soon as possible. Right now, my little boy is 4 months old and he sleeps from 10pm to 10am (sometimes till 11am!). A warm bath before bedtime works too!

Shannon - posted on 10/02/2009

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my May baby is #4. My first 3 were sleeping through the night by 3 months. This little girl, STILL has me up. I have tried the fan, different sleeping arrangments, and cereal. This mama is out of tricks and very tired:) I think I may just have a light sleeper on my hands. I am thinking it has to do with her REM cycles.

Laura - posted on 10/02/2009

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Hi ! :) I breastfeed my baby as well, and she is sleeping through the night. Mya is 4 mths old and also has rice cereal. I have started her with a bottle of formula before bed. We have a routine every night. Cereal, Bath, Feeding, Bed. Since she has been having the formula and cereal before bed, she has been sleeping 10-12 hours a night. Hope this helps ! :)

Marisa - posted on 10/02/2009

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I wish I knew! I have the same problem. My boy wakes up every hour or two and the only way to get him back to sleep is to put him on my breast. I have tried to break the habit but then my boy ends up screaming for 3 hours until I eventually breastfeed him to get him quiet. Although I dont have any advice, at least know that you are not alone. (all my friends babies sleep through the night!!!)

Danielle - posted on 10/02/2009

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i know what you mean Melissa, we have had some problems when we had a heat wave recently, Nivens Nappy count went right down so i was feeding her as often as i could which led to her sleeping for 1 1\2 at a time, but we got back to routine and it didn't take long for things to go back to normal

Melissa - posted on 10/02/2009

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with my 5 year old and my 5 month old around 3 weeks old every time they woke up i would stick the pacifier it the mouth instead of a bottle and than after a few nights they wouldn't wake up if they weren't getting food :)

Melissa - posted on 10/02/2009

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I think I have just been responding wrong to when he stir’s at night. After his last shots he started to refuse to eat, so I would just feed him any chance I got. Then we got into this bad routine and I have been afraid of waking up my husband so I just feed him to keep him quite. But last night I tried to feed him every 2 hours before he went to bed so that way he is nice and full until I was ready to put him to bed. He started eating at 9:30 he woke up at 1 but I was able to give him his binky and he went back to bed until almost 4. He use to sleep until 6 which was nice but I think I can hang in there. They say if you stop night feeding you milk production can go down and I don't want that. Thank you for all your impute.

Annora - posted on 10/01/2009

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Everything Lisa suggested is perfect! Our son sleeps 7 to 9 hours each night. We give him a warm bath and feed him an 8 oz bottle with rice cereal. He eats a lot! Depending on how big your child is, they may eat a different amount. Best of luck!

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Are you doing formula or breast milk at night? I would try formula if you aren't since it isn't digested as quickly as breast milk. Also, what about rice cereal before a night time bottle? And have you tried a warm bath before bedtime? Are you able to still swaddle? Just some ideas, hopefully something will work. GOOD LUCK!

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