Sleeping through the night

Helen - posted on 12/22/2008 ( 57 moms have responded )

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Hi there, just wondering how many of you have babies that are already sleeping through the night, and what method/s you used. My son goes to bed at 7.30 pm, and sleeps through to 7.30 am, waking twice. He usually sleeps for a 5 hour stretch first, then two blocks of 3 hours. I have tried cluster feeding in the afternoon and dream feeding, but has made no difference (apart from the dream feeding upsetting his routine for the night and all the following day!). At times he has slept for up to 8 hours straight, but never consecutively. Having said that, I don't find getting up twice in the night a problem, just interested in what others have done.

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Kelsey - posted on 02/19/2013

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Hello. I have a 4 in a half month old baby girl. She actually started sleeping through the night at about 2 in a half months. Her regular schedule is :
6:30am- 7:00 - wake up
8:00am - 7 ounce bottle
9:30am - back to sleep for about 2 hours
11:30am - wake up
12:00pm - 6 ounce bottle
12:30pm- 2:00pm - playtime with daddy and I
2:00pm- 3:00pm - naptime
3:00pm - 4:00pm - relax and cuddle
4:00pm - 6 ounce bottle
4:30pm - naptime for a half hour
5:00pm - movie time, reading, and cuddles
7:00pm - bathtime
7:30pm - get into pajamas
8:00pm - 7 ounce bottle
8:30pm - 7:00am - sleep

And that's daily. I really didn't sleep train her, she kinda just went into her own schedule at her own pace.

Donna - posted on 01/18/2009

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kacey has been realy good she started sleeping through from 5 week and is still doing so. she has her last bottle at 9.30 and sleeps till 8 or 9 next morning without waking.

Micha - posted on 01/18/2009

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My Son Usede 2 Wake Up Every 5 hours 4 a Feed During The Night And 2 And a Half During The Day. Then At 2 Weeks I Decided To Put Him On Hungrier Baby Food And Ever Since That Day Hes Slept Through The Night. Hope This Is Helpful.

Belinda - posted on 01/17/2009

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my darling allara sleeps for 7 hours now at night she was premmie but was born oct 12th and due on nov 29th...if i feed her at 8pm she sleeps till 3am. or  10pm sleeps till 5am ets only just started doing that maybe your little one just needs some time



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Anne-Marie - posted on 01/17/2009

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My little girl Tillie was born 7th Oct and she goes does at between 7-7.30 and sleeps pretty much till 5am then its 3 hour bursts until 10am then she is awake all day sometimes shell cat nap for 5 mins or so but she is constantly feeding so much so we have had to put her on solids - I have round everyones comments really helpful and makes me realise im not alone!!



 

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2009

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My 3 month old sleeps through the night I think because we are on a three hour schedule with feedings plus a dreamfeed at 10pm. He may wake up at 3am but only to put his paci back in. Sometimes they get "stuck " at a certain time in the middle of the night and you have to break the cycle. Try maybe letting him cry for a min to see if he just needs to get comfy again. Try to stick to a good feeding schedule throughout the day. Keep a good night time routine also..bath, rock, cuddle then night night. Hope I helped.

Dawn - posted on 01/16/2009

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My daughter started sleeping through the night at around 5 weeks, which was the exact day I stopped breastfeeding. It started as 6-7 hours a night and now, at 12 weeks old, she sleeps about 10 hours straight through. The only method I used is having her on a fairly tight feeding schedule right from the start.

Zoe - posted on 01/09/2009

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" can't wait for the day until they sleep longer. It's also a nightmare at the moment with them both having colic, they get very restless and grumpy and can sometimes stay awake for hours, not good!!!!! "




I no exactly how you feel my son screams the place down at night so i can only feel for you having 2 babies with colic, they say it goes after 3months and Jay is 3 months next friday so fingers crossed x



Zoe - posted on 01/09/2009

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Ive tried the same, my son usually has a 5oz feed every 4-5 hours and tonight on his last feed i tried him with 6 but he left the last ounce! he really does not like the dark so i left the tv on for him and it seemed to work for a bit but no such luck in him sleeping through as he has just gone down after another feed! its not the waking up i have a problem with its the gettin him to settle back down! I feel like a zombie!

Zoe - posted on 01/09/2009

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Ive tried the same, my son usually has a 5oz feed every 4-5 hours and tonight on his last feed i tried him with 6 but he left the last ounce! he really does not like the dark so i left the tv on for him and it seemed to work for a bit but no such luck in him sleeping through as he has just gone down after another feed! its not the waking up i have a problem with its the gettin him to settle back down! I feel like a zombie!

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2009

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my little girl is normally very fussy in the evening and unsetled she normally settles to sleep around 11pm and wakes every 3-4 hrs until 9am, i have tried getting her to take more milk at each feed or a bit more b4 bed but nothing works

Joanna - posted on 01/09/2009

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My 14 week old son, Charlie, has been sleeping through the night since he was 4-5 weeks old. He starts his last feeding around 10pm, eats until he falls asleep and then sleeps until 6-7am. Then he goes back to sleep until 9-10am. Occasionally if he doesn't eat enough at his last feeding, he will wake me up around 4-5am but then he still sleeps until 9-10am. I've found the best thing is to just let him eat as much as he possibly can before going to bed because the more he eats the better he sleeps. He fills his diaper at some point in the middle of the night and every once in a while he wakes me up doing this. It's hard to tell if he's awake or just pooping. I always wait until I know he's awake for sure before I get him out of bed. He is breastfed every 2-2.5 hours during the day and he barely sleeps at all throughout the day.

Zoe - posted on 01/09/2009

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My son Jay is 11 weeks today and i have alot of trouble with him at night, he goes to bed between 8pm and 9pm he will scream the place down until around 10pm - 11pm as he fights goin to sleep, he then will sleep until around 3am - 4am and then will only go 3 hours after that, after his feed around 6am - 7am he will not sleep if he is put back into his moses basket so i dont get to go back to sleep as he will only sleep on the bed, anyone have ideas of how i can get him to maybe just wake once, gettin up with him is not a problem really its him goin back to sleep i have an issue with!

Stephanie - posted on 01/08/2009

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My 11 wk old son has just recently been sleeping thru the nite for a 6-7hr stretch. He goes down after a feed at 7 or 8 pm then sleeps to 2 or 3 am for another feed, sleeps till 5 or 6 am for a feed and play then wakes again at 9 or 10 am. I just swaddle him before going to sleep and most of the time he goes to sleep by himself.

Kristi - posted on 01/08/2009

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My daughter is 12 weeks old now, EBF, and is sleeping through the night (aout 10 hours).  I feed her last around 9pm and she goes to sleep and usually sleeps through till 7am-ish.  Occassionally she wakes up around 3am but I just give her a paci and she goes back to sleep.  She has been doing this for about 2 weeks now - so starting at 10 weeks.  I just consider myself lucky - no methods here other than we've always laid her down awake so she puts herself to sleep. 

Cynthia - posted on 01/06/2009

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My Madison is my champ!  She started off shakey, only sleeping about 2 hours or so a night, but in the last month or so now she has(knock on wood) been a champ night sleeper!  Due to her big sister having a ranging sleep schedule (usually by 11) she ususally comes in with me once the older is sleeping. I can put her in her bouncer (in her crib) and put on her little light show on her mobile and she usually drifts right off and has slept til about 7:30 /8 am most days!! 

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i think it all has to do with what the baby wants to do, or is capable of. My two and a half month old can sleep through the night already. I didnt do anything at all to get him to do so. I wish i had more to to tell you, but it is a mystery to me.

Amanda - posted on 01/06/2009

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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we had a slip. he woke up at about 2 this morning then his normal 430ish wake up call... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Lori - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son had not been sleeping through the night at all until last night.  I work nights so I getg home around 1:30 or 2 am.  This is when he usually wakes up and wants to nurse.  Dean is breastfed and only bottle feeds when I am at work.  Last night I got home and put him into his bassinet and he slept until 5 when my husband's alarm went off.  Then he nursed for about 15 minutes and went back to sleep until 8!  It was wonderful!

Karin - posted on 01/06/2009

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My twin girls have been sleeping through at about 8 wks.  They are 11 weeks today.  I feed them every 3 hrs during the day starting at 6:30 -7:00am with the last feeding at 7-7:30 they sleep through to 6:30 - 7am.  I should tell everyone they are 11 and 12 lbs I heard 10 LBS or 3 mths before they can sleep through also one of them on occasion fusses at about 4am but i just give her a pacifier and she goes right back to sleep.  I was told once they sleep through do not give them a bottle.  It works for us.   Good luck everyone

Tanya - posted on 01/05/2009

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That was exactly my sons routine! About a week after we up'd his formula amount (now 7 oz) he is sleeping through the night. About 8pm- 7pm. He is 11 weeks tomorrow and has been sleeping without waking up for about 5 days!! Full babies sleep better!!

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2009

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Joey slept for the past nights pretty much straight thru... Sat night he woke again at 4am then went back to sleep till 7, then last night went to bed at about 10 and slept till 6. Hopefully this continues on and on!!!

Michelle - posted on 01/05/2009

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hi all my little girl is 3 months old, sometimes she can go to bed at 11 and not wake till 5ish and sometimes she can wake 3 times in blocks of 3 hours. i have 3 other children and they all went to bed from being born this one is so different

Christina - posted on 01/05/2009

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my daughter was born 0ct 17th nd started waking up the once in the morning she now sleeps from between 10-11pm till 8am i find keeping her awake more throughout the day helps her sleep all the way through she lays in her swinging chair in the day nd has a little nap throughout the day for short period of times then she sleeps all night

Helen - posted on 01/03/2009

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Thanks for all the responses so far. It's interesting to see such a great variety of patterns. I notice that the bottle fed babies definitely seem to be sleeping longer than breastfed, but I am sure we will get there soon.



My son (who I forgot to mention is exclusively breastfed) is now just over 9 weeks old, and for the past 2 weeks has only been waking up once a night, bless him! He generally sleeps from 7.00pm till 3.00am, then 3.30am till 7.00am. Every now and then he still wakes after about 5 hrs, but instead of that being followed by two 3 hr blocks, he then sleeps through till around 7.00am. His daytime naps have also started to fall into a pattern, give or take half an hour here and there. I just hope that our next baby is as good as Cooper has been so far!

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2009

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last night Joey slept from about 830-4! I was amazed!!! i think he is entering that 3 months growth spurt, so he is sleeping a lot during the day. hopefully last night was the start of him sleeping thru the night... tho somehow, i think i jinxed it by being so happy about it lol

Laura-beth - posted on 01/03/2009

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maxwell sleeps through the night all the time now he is 11 weeks and is fed 6 ounzes every four hours untill his last feed at about 10-11 and wakes up at about 8

Kristen - posted on 01/03/2009

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I consider myself quite lucky. This is my second child and she is already a great sleeper. She gets her last bottle at 9pm and sleeps until about 7am. My four year old was the same way, and he still sleeps 8p-8a.

Shawna - posted on 01/03/2009

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my baby sleeps pretty much all night long only wakes up one time and that is at 4 in the morning when he goes to sleep at 7:30

Rachel - posted on 01/03/2009

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Isaac has been sleeping through the nite for about a month or more. Sometimes he still wakes up around 3am, but he has a bedtime of 7-8:30pm and sleeps til about 4-5am, then gets up around 8-10am! He's slept awesome since birth, but it's been better since we started a bedtime!! (he used to go to bed at 12:30-2am!)

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My little girl Annika still wakes up every 3 hours through the night. We co-sleep with her so its very easy and natural, I just nurse her for a few minutes and we fall back asleep together. she usually has a big burp and big poop as soon as she wakes up. i'm wanting to move her to the crib now since she is almost 4 months, but i'm dreading having to get myself out of bed, feed her, burp her and get her back to sleep. not sure what our next step will be...

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2009

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My 3 month old has been sleeping all night for about a month or so now. Once we figured out that she woke up because she was cold and not because she was hungry, we were golden! She normally takes a cat nap about 8 or so, then her last bottle around 9. She is back to sleep about 10 or 10:30. I've tried to get her to bed earlier, but all that resulted in was tears of frustration from all of us! Once she's down, she will sleep until 9 or so.

Krissy - posted on 01/02/2009

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i got lucky - my daughter started sleeping through the night at 2 weeks. we put her down at 9:30 and she would wake up at 5. at about 4 weeks she started to wake up between 7:15 and 7:30. she naps every two hours for about 15 minutes. you could basically time it and that is when she wakes, it's amazing.

Amanda - posted on 01/02/2009

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Joey does the same about....goes to sleep about 730 the wakes at 11 then 3 then somewhere between 6 and 7....I cant wait for the day when he doesn't wake for one of those feedings!!! I don't even remember what sleep feels like anymore!!!

Nicole - posted on 01/02/2009

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My little one (Max) started sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old. He is now 9 weeks old - to date there have just been 3 nights where he has woken for a night feed. He's gaining weight and the doctor says not to worry and enjoy the sleep myself. We put Max to bed anywhere from 9:30 to 11 pm and he wakes anytime between 7:30 and 10am. We swaddle him and feel that this is the key - but the swaddle has to be tight. Max eats a bit more during the day (every 2 -3 hours) to store up the supply so that he can go all night without.

Andrea - posted on 01/01/2009

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My son is 12 weeks old and sleeps about 7 hours a night. I have a bedtime routine but the time depends on his next feeding. I never feed him when hes not ready. Also when he does wake to eat I do it all in the dark, change diaper and feed him.

Wendi - posted on 12/31/2008

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My 2 month old goes to sleep between 9:30-11, and usually sleeps till 5 or 6 for a feeding, then sleeps till 9:30 or 10. Sometimes she'll get up around 2am for an extra feeding, but not always. We swaddle her at night after her last feeding. I keep her awake after 6 to make sure she's sleepy later. Besides the swaddling we have no routine, and let her self-soothe herself to sleep.

Simran - posted on 12/30/2008

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Neil started sleeping 4 hrs at night at 3 weeks then 6 hrs at about 5 weeks, then he moved to 8 hrs and now he sleeps 10 hrs approx from 10 PM to 8 AM. We didn't really try any particular thing, he made his own sleep pattern (like our doctor said). But we do try to keep things low key before his sleep time, dim lights and less interaction. That does help and even when he used to get up at night he used to go right back to bed after a feed.

Erin - posted on 12/30/2008

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Abby started sleeping for longer periods of time on her own. She normally goes down for the night anywhere between 8:30 and 10:00 pm and will sleep straight through to 5:00 or 6:00 am. I then change her and give her a bottle and within a half hour she falls back to sleep until 8:30 or 9:00 am. This has been really great for me and her daddy to get some extra sleep. I really didn't do anything to get her to this schedule it just happened one day that she slept straight through and she has just continued doing it. She will also take a good 3 hour nap mid-afternoon.

Francine - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hi, my daughter sleeps straight thru (no waking) from 9:30-7:30....The only thing i did differently this time around was letting her fall asleep on her own. With my boys i'd rock them and then they'd wake a few hrs later. Don't know exactly why but it's all good, mommy, daddy and two big brother's all get to sleep.

Carla - posted on 12/30/2008

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I was wondering when Taylor, my daughter, was going to sleep thru the night but from all the replies it seems like she really is. She goes to bed at 8, wakes for one more feeding at 10pm and sleeps until 3 or 4. I feed her, change her and she goes right back to bed until 6 or 7, lately closer to 8. I'm still breastfeeding tho and it seems like most of the babies who sleep longer are on formula. Isn't that true? I got excited b/c Christmas night she slept from 10 until 6 and thought she might continue but she's back to her old schedule...

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I've been really blessed. My son, James, is 12 weeks on Wed, and for the last weeks he's been sleeping through the night. He's very consistent now, going down between 9:30-10 and sleeping straight through until 7-7:30. His morning feeding is larger than the rest, 7-8oz instead of 6oz, since he's making up for sleeping through the night. He's also getting a more regular nap routine. It's not perfected, but I'm following his lead.

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My 11 week old daughter sleeps a 5 hr. stretch from 10pm - 3am or so, then another 4 hours or so with another feeding at around 7am. We play for about an hour and a half and then she falls asleep for 2 more hours. She has slept through the night only 2 or 3 times and those were times she would not take a nap at all the day before...utter exhaustion, poor baby!

Nicole - posted on 12/26/2008

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My daughter started sleeping from 11-6 at 5 weeks, she goes right back down for another two hours, 6-8. I started keeping her awake for long stretches. Around 7 we keep her up so by 10-10:30 she is ready to go back to sleep, but we're just lucky, she is really laid back and will just chill out if she's tired, hardly ever fussing.

Brittany - posted on 12/26/2008

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Audrey is now 11 weeks old and has been consistently going to bed at 10pm and waking at 5 or 6, then going to back to sleep until 9 or 10am. She naturally fell into this routine, i've done no scheduling which is a blessing!

Tric - posted on 12/26/2008

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My twin girls Leah and Emma tend to want to feed every 3 hours during the day and occasionally stretch to four at night, can't wait for the day until they sleep longer. It's also a nightmare at the moment with them both having colic, they get very restless and grumpy and can sometimes stay awake for hours, not good!!!!!

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You are kidding, right? Ha, ha. Son #1 didn't sleep through the night until he was over a year. A five to six-hour stretch is normally considered "through the night" for young babies. From what I understand, babies aren't biologically programmed to sleep through the night until nine months.

Ashley - posted on 12/25/2008

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mines been sleeping through the nite practicly since he was born , but when i did have problems like him waking up few times a night i made sure he was fed and bathed or whatever before bed and i didnt put him down til around nine and he stays alseep all night

Stefanie - posted on 12/25/2008

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My son started at 4 hour stretches and since then is now to one 6 hour stretch a night. Technically, by medical definitions, this is sleeping through the night, so I'll take it. He just did that on his own, he eats and sleeps on demand, so that is all his doing.

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