How to get bub to sleep through

Helen - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Anyone have any ideas on how to get a baby to sleep longer at night. My bub is 11 weeks old and is still having 3hourly feeds at night and 2hourly during the day. Sometimes he even does 2 hours in the night.

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Jessica - posted on 08/03/2010

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My doctor told me that once they hit 2 months and are digesting good to put a tablespoon of rice cereal mixed in their formula. So Carter has a 5 oz bottle with a tablespoon of rice cereal mixed in. I also give him a bath everynight. (you just have to make sure to lotion them often so their skin doesnt dry out too much).. I use the Johnsons bedtime bath at night with bedtime bath lotion and then I give him his nighttime bottle with the cereal mixed in... After that he sleeps 7-9 hours... If I only give him the bottle and not the bath too he only sleeps 4-5 hours.. So I would try that or atleast the bath.

Nadia - posted on 08/06/2010

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Hi my 3rd little boy is 13 weeks and has been sleeping through since 6 weeks ( my other 2 Never achived this till very late) he goes down at 8.30 and sleeps till 7 and i have found that simply feeding on demand is the key in the morning he is hard to keep up with feeding every 2 hours till lunch time then usually a big gap like 4 hours then back to 2.5 hour in the evening i do have a strict evening routine bath just befor he starts realy hungry bottle then bed i know feeding that frequently can be restricting especially if you want to go out ect but the pros of a full nights sleep work better for me hope it helps

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I wonder how much of this is about your baby and how much of it is about you and your technique. By first born (now 20 months) was terrible during the night, would wake every 2-3 hours like clockwork. And only had 30min naps during day.
My second child, now 10 weeks is such a sleeper! Sometimes during the day she naps for 4 hours. And a couple times at night she slept from 10pm - 5am! It such a sock and i dont think its the teqchnique coz im not doing things any different i dont think. i think its just different babies. Unfortunatley you have a difficult one, but dont dispare your next might be better like mine :))

Some tips though.....focus on getting baby to sleep better during his daytime naps. this will then translate in the night sleep and is during the time when you have a bit more will power to deal with this issue.

try dream feeding ur baby. i know it sounds weird if you havent done it before, and i was scared to with my first but now i do it every now and then with my second if i wake up before she does during the night - eg at about 2.30am or before i go to bed - eg 11pm if she's been sleeping for a couple hours.
With dream feeding, basically they are still sleeping but you gently push the bottle teat (or your boob if thats the case) into their mouth and they will automatically latch on and feed for a couple mins and go straight back to sleep (hopefully) without moving them or anything. If your running out of options it doesnt hurt to try this, who knows it might just work :)

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June T - posted on 12/04/2013

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My daughter will be six months in 5 days. I always give her warm baths @ bedtime fed her read a bedtime story and she would knock out. Try doing activities with him during the day. Tummy time and just things to get his blood pumping; preferably close to his bedtime.

Kristy - posted on 09/15/2010

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My baby started sleeping through the night at two months. I stopped changing her diaper in the night and only fed her for a few minutes. I went from six to four to two minutes when she would wake up through the course of maybe a week and a half. Also, if he wakes up crying, give him his paci and he may fall right back to sleep. This is the way I was able to get Kalli to sleep through the night. Maybe it will work for you too.

Kayla - posted on 08/31/2010

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Do you swaddle your guy when he sleeps?? I swaddled both my kids and they both slept all through the night with one or two feedings at night.. and sometimes none at all. my son is 10 weeks old and he's been sleeping all through the night since he was a week old.. Try to swaddle him up tight and feed him right before he falls asleep and see what happens.. ( if your not already doing that ) :) I usually put both my kids to bed between 9 and 930pm and they usually wake up sometime between 7and 830am. Maybe I just got lucky? :)

Christella - posted on 08/08/2010

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We started sleep training when Cash was two months. It went from waking up every two hours to sleeping for a 6 hour stretch and then two three to four hour stretches after that. You can read about how we did sleep training here on my blog: http://crawltheline.wordpress.com

I took him to the Pediatrician last week and he suggested instead of putting him to bed at 8:30, we should try putting him down later. He now goes to bed at 10:30 or 11pm and sleeps through to 6am, so that's about an 8 hour stretch. Pretty good for a breastfed baby of only 12 weeks.

Kerry - posted on 08/08/2010

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my daughter has been sleeping throught the nite since she was 4 weeks pld she is now 11 weeks old a bedtime routine normally works it goes for me i give her a bath at 7pm and the i give her a bottle with a rusk in and she sleep through till about 7am x

Shannel - posted on 08/08/2010

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From what I have learned, babies aren't built to sleep through the night until closer to 1yr of age. Also, it is perfectly healthy and even better for baby to eat just breast milk for that long as well. Some babies do decide on their own to sleep through the night :D. My baby is 12 weeks and is up 2x's a night to eat, I am more than happy to accommodate him as he was my choice to bring into this world! Truly I hope not to offend but I have gone off the deep end when it comes to raising my baby! LOL. I just hope to open eyes as to other ways and not just what we are told by doctors what a 'good' baby is. My guy laughs and laughs and smiles at everyone!

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Jacquie - posted on 08/07/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping through the night most nights now for about a month and she's just about 3 months old. We follow a routine of bath time around 6:30 and last feeding around 7:30. She's down in her crib at 8 and is normally sleeping around 9. She wakes anywhere between 4 and 6am for a feeding and then goes back down for about 3 hours till her next feeding. I breast feed and she usually eats around every 3 hours during the day. I find making sure she eats right before we put her down keeps her happy all night!!

Heather - posted on 08/07/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping through the night since she was 5 weeks. She is 12 weeks now and is sleeping even longer at night. During the day we have a routine eat, play, nap. At night we have another routine so she knows it's bed time bath time is 8pm then 830 bottle and we have the bottle in her room with the lights off. She falls asleep after she finishes the bottle and wakes up around 7 or 8 am!

Krystal - posted on 08/07/2010

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getting them into a routine is really good. my son is almost 3 months and sleeps from 9pm till 5.30am. Then back alseep till 8.
i give him a bath at 7.00pm everynight with a bottle afterwards, then a play, then bottle, then sleep. when he gets up at 8am. we play,feed, change till 11am. has a 2hr sleep. then from 12 till 4 same thing goes to sleep wakes at 6 then bath again. works great.

Candace - posted on 08/04/2010

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My little one has just started sleeping through the night. He'll take his last bottle between ten and eleven and will usually sleep until about five thirty and then will get up between eight and eight thirty. I also do the same as Mia with the dream feeding. I sometimes wake up about 5:15 because I know he's going to be up soon and if he's not up I just go ahead and feed him and most of the time he just stays asleep. You can also try giving him an extra ounce or two before bed and see if that helps

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My little man wakes up once at night now. I play with him from 9-11pm by moving his arms and legs and tummy time. When I started that he started sleeping better. He'll be 12 weeks in 2 days. He still eats every 2-3 hours during the day but he gets pretty wore out with our night time routine and sleeps from 11-4ish and goes back to sleep after his bottle till 7:30 or 8. And the best part about it is he loves it.

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