Should my 6wk old be sleeping through the night already?

Leanna - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 12 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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Maura - posted on 07/21/2010

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My daughter didn't sleep through the night until she turned ONE. Lucky me :) Every baby is different and most don't sleep through the night until three to four months. So relax new mom. But please do not put cereal in his bottle it can be dangerous (and lead to obesity later in life) and is NOT recommended by the American Medical Association. Baby foods shouldn't be started until at least 6 months. I highly recommend that you go to the American Pediatrics Association website to read about what they recommend for infant diets. Women say stupid things on this website. Check with the experts and also speak to your baby dr.

Kori - posted on 07/21/2010

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I think that all depends on the baby personally. Babies that young need to eat about every 2-3 hours. I have yet to see a baby that small sleep though the night (though it would be nice hahaha) I have an 8 year old who has yet to sleep though the night but thankfully is not waking me up every couple of hours anymmore! Like I said I think it really depends on the needs of your baby as to whether or not he is going to sleep though the night. I don't think it is going to happen at 6 weeks old but according to my own mother I was sleeping though the night at 8 weeks old.

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Daniela - posted on 08/04/2010

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When my daughter was a week old, she started sleeping through the night. At first she would wake up about every 2-3 hours and i would feed her. But after the third night of her sleeping all through the night, I got worried and called my doctor who told me not to worry and that all babies are different. So my daughter would sleep about 6-7 hours out of the night, but as soon as she would wake up, she'd by hungry. She is almost 6 years old now and since she was a baby, the only time she wouldn't sleep through the night, would be when she was sick. So don't worry, your little man will be fine.

Esme - posted on 07/28/2010

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The size of your baby counts for something as well. If a bigger baby probably needs more food to get through. My son was large at birth 22 inches and 9 lbs 4 oz. He was put to bed at 9pm , up at 11pm for feed and change ( changed into two diapers , one with slits in the crotch and the other a size larger over top as he was a big wetter) then he'd wake again around 4 or 5 am for another feed and change ( same double up diaper) then he'd sleep to 7 ish. He was also a pablum baby early with cereal in his formula at around 4 months. He had teeth at 3 months which with biting my nipple to bleeding brought on the pump and formula. A big baby doesn't mean obesity when grown up, it means a well fed content baby. Double diapering kept him dry so he didn't wake to a soaking wet bed which also helped him sleep better.
Each baby is different but no, at 6 weeks old , sleeping through is very rare.

Gemma - posted on 07/27/2010

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My little angel is 15 weeks and sleeps from about 10pm to 4am, has a feed and a bum change then back to sleep until about 6.30am then may go back to sleep for two hours after a feed but usually wants to get up. Saying that, last night was horrendous, the worst night I've ever had with her. I had to get up 7 times and only stopped when Hubby finally took over after I started crying. Babies will sleep through the night when they are ready. The more active they are during the day the more likely they are to sleep for longer stretches at night.

I would advise sticking to milk until baby is older as their little digestive systems aren't developed enough for solid food at this age. Wait until adives by a health professional.

Angie - posted on 07/26/2010

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I am a new mommy of a baby girl. She is 2 1/2 months and doesn't really sleep thro the night. Sometimes she will sleep 6 or 7 hours and sometimes she's up every 2 hours. It really depends on the child. They eat when they are hungry and they let you know!! Just work with it the best you can...it'll get easier. Ask for help! Have your parents or someone trusted to take the baby for a night. A good nights sleep is wonderful=) I don't suggest adding cereal....I tried it and it didn't help at all and I've read it's really hard on baby to digest when they are so young. It can also lead to allergies later. Good luck.

Kimberly - posted on 07/26/2010

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some babies do, some dont, all depends on the child. my daughter donna slept thru the night at 2 days old. we left the hospital after 5 days and i had nurses come into my room to wake donna up so she could nurse but we found she refused to eat when woken up. I finally made them stop waking her up. if she was hungry she would wake up.

and now at 15 months old she sleeps a full night. everyone says im lucky that i didnt really go thru sleep withdrowl. just go with what your baby does. sleep when they sleep and dont force anything. but try and stop bad habits before they start. i never let donna take a bottle to bed. not even a sippy cup. if she is thirsty she will get me up.

Jessica - posted on 07/24/2010

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Thats alot to expect from a 6 wk old.
mine started sleeping through the night around 14 months. she'll be 18 months this week and is still waking at 5 am for a feed sometimes.

also, before a certain age, the statistics are based on "through the night" as a 5 hour stretch

Holly - posted on 07/23/2010

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Sweetie, unless you are blessed with the absolute picture of perfection in a child, it is completely normal for a 6 week old to not sleep through the night lol

I started Joshua on cereal at 3 months, a month before the doctor told me to, because he was not satisfied with just milk. Regardless, it didn't help him to sleep through the night :)

And Maura - at 4 months, my doctor said it was okay to start Joshua on cereal AND baby food.

Angel - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son didn't sleep thru the night until he was 4 months old. But it also depends on what you call "sleep thru the night" For one mom it may be from 10pm to 4 or 5pm for another mom it may be 8pm till 6am. For me it was 10pm to 5am, mostly because that is when I went to bed and had to get up for work. I agree on not using cereal in the bottle at such a young age.

Leanna - posted on 07/22/2010

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Thank you so much Maura for the referral to the APA. I will definitely check it out.

Manon Alexe - posted on 07/22/2010

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It depends on the baby really. My little lady, 22months old, has been sleeping through since she came out of my tummy. I breastfeed (busy weaning now), so i didn't do the schedule feeding, i fed on demand. Clearly she got enough and didn't wake up for feeds. But it really depends on the child. I was just very lucky and still am since she still sleeps through. :)

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