sleep through the night

Kathy - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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my 2mth old is still not sleeping through the night.......does anyone have any suggestions in what we can do?

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Stacey - posted on 01/29/2009

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Im a bit like u. My son is 9 weeks today.We put him to bed about 7-8pm & the time varies wen he wakes up, usually its about 1-3am...then he will wake up about 5:30am then at about 8-9am. He has got better cos he used to wake up about 4 times a nite! It varies with so0me babys tho, like my lil bro slept right thru frm 2 weeks.If your baby is ya first baby then it will take more time because their isnt much of a routine b4 they were born as it was only you & your partner whereas if you already have kids then i fink the bby settles into a routine a bit quicker

Katrien - posted on 01/29/2009

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Every baby is different. Of course a routine is important, but it isn't the only factor in the equasion. my first child, needed to be breastfed every 2 hours, day and night, for the first two monthes. And after that, every 3 hours. At about 4 months, she slept thourgh the night once in a while. My second, now 10 weeks old, occasionally sleeps for 6 hours but most of the time, he wakes up every 3 hours. But as far is I know, this is normal for children that are being breastfed. Ofcourse, I am lucky because I don't have to go to work for another couple of months and I usually have a chance to rest an hour or two during the day. But because with my first it was such a hard time, having to breastfeed every 2 hours, it seems like paradise now...

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My little girl is an awesome sleeper.  Our routine at home is giving her a bath around 9 or 10 pm a little warmer then usually...just under 100.  We use the lavendar scented bath soap - Johnson's and also use the lavendar lotion on her before tucking her into her sleeper.  We then wrap her up tight and give her her last bottle a little warmer then what we do during the day.  Then she is off to bed for anywhere between 8-10 hours.  I hope this helps!!!

Elaine - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Holly:



Does your baby like to be swaddled? Mine will only sleep if he's swaddled and he sleeps through the night. The Halo swaddle sleepsack is AMAZING! The best invention, and I feel my baby is sleeping safe!






This could definitely be a factor.  if not swaddled the baby could starttle hus/her self and not het back to sleep.

Holly - posted on 01/28/2009

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Does your baby like to be swaddled? Mine will only sleep if he's swaddled and he sleeps through the night. The Halo swaddle sleepsack is AMAZING! The best invention, and I feel my baby is sleeping safe!

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2009

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My little one is 12 weeks old, 11 lbs., and we started getting her to bed at around 8 pm and she sleeps until 4 am. We usually turn on her Sleep Sheep (a toy that makes different noises) and she falls asleep cooing to the whales mode. I'd say to try anything and go with the baby's flow, which we kind of did and thats how we settled on an 8 pm bedtime. Also, a bath before her last bottle also helps!

Susan - posted on 01/28/2009

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my little man, 2 months tomorrow, will sleep from 8-9pm until 4am. This would be sleeping through the night because its a 6 hour time.  He will fall back asleep after nursing until usually 7-8am. 



 



He doesn't sleep much during the day (unless we go for a walk and hes in the stroller) maybe only 2 hours in the day from 7am to 8pm. BUT I would rather sleeping at night then sleeping all day and no sleep at night.



 



It will come I guess. I know my friends baby at 3 months was sleeping from 9-9, but my other friend had her baby up every 3 hours for months.



 



 

Sharon - posted on 01/28/2009

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Sleeping through the night for a baby is a stretch of 5-6 hours of sleep. My 2 month old started sleeping through the night about a week or so ago. Are you limiting your baby's sleep during the day? How often are you feeding? And do you have any sort of routine established for your little one?



My baby is a sleeper so I haven't limited his daytime sleep much. When he starts to not sleep through the night for me, I'll cut back some. But from what I hear, 2 month olds are supposed to sleep no more than 18 hours a day, mine sleeps about 20. I also nurse mine every 2-3 hours during the day still. And starting at 7p, I'm nursing him every half hour or so (cluster feeding), then give him a bath and nurse until he's almost asleep and allow him to self soothe. Last night he went down at 8:45p and didn't wake up until 4am. But after his 4am feed, he usually wakes up 2 hours later, feeds and then wakes up again 2 hours later and is up for the day. Hope this helps...good luck!

Amy - posted on 01/28/2009

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My 2 1/2 month old boy  weighs 13 lbs and he is sleeping 6 - 7 hours at night... he takes his last bottle around 9-10pm and he wakes up around 4-5am... i have been giving my baby rice cereal in his bottles at every feeding though bc he has acid reflux really bad.... maybe that is what is working for me?  My doctor said i could start feeding him cereal now... i am trying it today... i guess we will see if that will allow him to sleep longer?????

Kim - posted on 01/28/2009

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I was so afraid that my daughter would not sleep.. I put her on a very strict schedule.. I did the same things at the same times.. I read the same book, said the same prayers, tried a set routine. I also held out longer for that last feeding so she would eat the most and sleep longer.. Week by week I noticed a difference.. My daughter is 11 and a half weeks and does sleep through the night now.. Good Luck

Krista - posted on 01/27/2009

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We were co-sleeping for a while when Joey wasn't sleeping very well in his crib.  The baby seems to sleep better (feeling more secure with mom and dad), but my husband and I didn't sleep as well.  I woke up with every little noise and movement he made and my husband said he was afraid to move and roll over on the little guy.  It might've worked better if we had a King-size bed.  We would put a receiving blanket down between us over the comforter and lay him on top on his back.  He sleeps in a little bunting bag type thing, and I would rest his head on my arm and sleep with my arm around him.

Caina - posted on 01/27/2009

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my 10 wk old is a belly sleeper too, though she isnt sleeping through the night yet but she is sleeping better. before she was up every 2-3 hrs for a feeding, i am breastfeeding, so i knew this could happen. but as soon as we made the switch to sleeping on her belly she started sleeping for longer periods of time. still not through the night...i am really trying to focus on a routine to get her in the habit of bedtime. are there any co-sleepers out there? my hubby & i have been throwing the idea around to see if it would help her.

Genna - posted on 01/27/2009

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That is how i did it too started it off on a trial during nap time so i could keep an eye out and make sure she was ok  then tried the night ..

Sara - posted on 01/27/2009

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There are many different views on which way to put baby to sleep. The big scare is that they'll choke on their puke if their on their back and theyll smother on their belly. Like Ganna said, babies gotta sleep and some just sleep better on their belly. Gavin would wake himself up on his back and I started putting him on his belly for naps and made sure he did ok, then i put him on his belly at nite and he started sleping through the night. i mean if you think about it, if youre on your tummy, you get more body heat and jus feel more snug, at least I do...

Genna - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hey..



Yes they say that sleeping on your belly is not good because of SIDs because some babies are not all  strong enough and cann't lift their head and get smothered..



But like my dr said and I looked into it ,if the baby will not sleep at all on its back or side because they even say that about side sleepers.. that if the baby is strong enough and you check on them they will be fine. only so much you can do and babies do need to sleep.



My youngest (born nov22nd 08) had a cold from her  older sister and she would caugh so hard and spit up and choke on her back. so my dr had me put her on her belly while she was sick and watch her now thats the only way she will sleep. and he said thats fine.. so its hard to say I guess you have to make the decission..



 

Teodora - posted on 01/27/2009

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hi,

My little girl (Nov 3rd b-day) sleeps through the night - though they told me that apparently going 6 hrs is sleeping through the night. We have a bedtime routine and she goes down around 9 at night, usually after nursing/bottle.

But for all the moms who posted that their babies are belly sleepers - isn't that a serious issue because of SIDs??? I thought all babies have to sleep on their backs to reduce SIDs .... someone school me on this one cause I'm shocked ;P.

Genna - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hey ladies.. Well my little one sleeps about 7-8 hrs at night as well but I find that she doesnt go to bed untill about 10-11 area if she goes to bed before that she doesnt really sleep the night..She has been doing that since about 6 weks as well.And she is a belly sleeper.. my oldest daughter wouldnt sleep untill finally my dr said try the belly and from that day on she has slept threw the night. But like sara said make sure your baby can lift and move its head. My problem is during the day only way she will nap is in her swing or rocking but you know she needs a nap she just loves to be moving..



 

Sara - posted on 01/27/2009

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My 11 week old has been sleeping 7-9 hours at night since he was about 6 or 7 weeks old. Although he doesn't go to bed til about 11:30, he usually sleeps til 7 or 8 am. I usually give him a bath about 9, then let him play for a bit and the give him a bottle right before 10. He also sleeps on his belly, which helps alot. I didnt start putting him on his belly til I knew he could turn his head side to side. Anyway, my prob is he wont stay in his crib until he is completely zonked out. I usually have to hold him for about 20 min after I know hes asleep til I put him in hes bed.

Emily - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am in the same boat as you - needing help. Lil Grady will only sleep a max of 3-4 hours at a time through the night. We have started the bathtime, book, bottle, bed routine and it hasn't seemed to help much. We are on the 1am, 4am, 6am schedule - yikes!

Carrie - posted on 01/27/2009

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my 11 week old takes his last bottle around 8pm.....and sleeps 9-4.....not really thru the night,.,...but 7 hours is good! I was told they cant sleep that long until the hit 12 or 13lbs (mine is 13lbs)

Cat - posted on 01/26/2009

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hi. during the day i feed my 2 month old girl every 3 hours (give or take, depending how i feel), starting at six am and ending at 9pm. this works well. she usually sleeps about six or seven hours a night. bedtime routine works really well too with letting bub know that its bed time now...

Krista - posted on 01/26/2009

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Read the Baby Whisperer books, I take what she prescribes with a grain of salt, but she has some great ideas.  I find having a bedtime routine of feed, bath, massage (Johnson's has a great night-time massage gel), lullaby and then bed, works well.  He usually sleeps between 6 and 8 hours.  Someone gave us this Fisher Price crib aquarium that plays music and lights up, he watches it untilhe falls asleep.

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