How old was your baby before he/she started sleeping through the night?

Rebecca - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My first born started sleeping through the night at about a month. My second didn't start till she was over a year. That was rough. I am worried that my youngest will do the same. She is almost 8 months, and still gets up 5 or 6 times at night. I am sooo tired! Anyone have any tips on how I can get her sleeping better?

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Michelle - posted on 03/31/2011

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At 8 months your daughter is old enough to try a sleep training technique. You need to pick a book that has a technique that you are comfortable with. Some parents are okay with cry it out methods some are not. You can find methods that go both ways but you have to look. My oldest was about 6 months, my middle one at 4 months, and my little one is 4 months and not doing it yet. All little ones have their own time frame for that. But after 6 months you can safely help them along with that.

Melanie - posted on 03/31/2011

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My kids all started sleeping through the night before I came back to work after my 6 weeks of maturnity leave. Put them on a schedule.

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/31/2011

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My eldest i had to wake as a newborn thats how long she slept! My boys didnt start sleeping through the night properly til 6months.
My advice is make sure the nappys not wet, they are not to hot or cold, and try white noise ie fan,tv on low etc, that seems to help my youngest still.

Laura - posted on 03/30/2011

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She started sleeping through the night I think around 4-6 weeks. There was a short time around 7 months that she started waking again, but I think that had to do with teething.

Nikki - posted on 05/08/2010

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my son was bottle fed , he started sleeping through the night at 4 weeks and we have been pretty lucky ever since. I know breast fed babies take a lot longer to sleep through

Jessica - posted on 05/08/2010

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"i was told that however your sleeping habits were through out your pregnancy then thats how your baby will sleep when he/she is born"

LOL- I WISH that were true for my son- during pregnancy I slept about 12 hours a night solid, I only had trouble the last two months because I got so uncomfortable. Alas, my son slept like total crap until 7 months or so ;)

I really really think that babies will sleep long stretches when they are ready and able, and not before. Sometimes we get lucky and that's when they're a month old. sometimes its more than a year. My son was waking up 4+ times a night until about 6 months. Then he started only waking 1-2 times. At 9 months he started sleeping through, 12 hours. Before 6 months there wasn't much we could do, he was just so irregular in his sleep patterns. Without us doing anything he suddenly started sleeping longer for naps and at night. It got soooooo much easier after that point. I think the best thing maybe you can do is have a good bedtime routine. You could do a bath, bottle/nursing, story, rocking, whichever works for your LO. Good luck!

Brean - posted on 05/08/2010

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my daughter started sleeping through the night at about 3 weeks. she sleeps from about 8-12, has a bottle and than sleeps til about 9:30 am. :)

Bobbieann - posted on 05/08/2010

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try a bath before u put her 2 bed and a warm bottle of milk that should start to help x

Janet - posted on 05/08/2010

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my first born daughter and son slept through the night when they were both 2months old, it was great until they started teething months later and the endless sleep began.

Jessica - posted on 05/07/2010

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my daughter has been sleeping through the night since week two. she still wakes up once, sometimes twice for a bottle threw the night, but goes right back to sleep when i give it to her. she has a regular sleep routine and has had since the day i brought her home from the hospital. she goes to bed by nine every night, by her choice lately. i occasionally give her a bottle with baby cereal mixed in before bed if she has been eating alot that day, and when i do that she doesnt wake up as much. she is five months old and loves to sleep. she doesnt wake up til about nine in the am but will wake up at 7:30 am on the weekends when she knows dad is home, because she knows he will get up that early to spend his daddy time with her, and she dont have to wait. but i think what helped her the most other than having a regular sleep routine, was the cereal mixed in with the bottle at night, because she didnt get hungry as fast.

Cinthia - posted on 05/07/2010

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Mine is 5 months and hasn't slept through the night yet. The ped told
me to feed him oatmeal in the evening at 4 mos, but that hasn't helped. By the 3rd time he cries I put him to sleep with us around midnight when I am really tired, and he only wakes up once after that at 2 am and sleeps till 8am. So I get my sleep, but all broken up in segments(sleepy face).

Chelle - posted on 05/07/2010

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my little man was 8 months before my life changed and i started to feel human again. The lack of accumulated sleep was ok for a while but but the time between 6mths and 8mths was the hardest.



We put him on a bedtime routine and most importantly started the whole controlled crying thing, so that we were not settling him to sleep like we had been doing.



I feel for you!!

Gina - posted on 05/06/2010

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My oldest started sleeping all night at about 3-4 mos old. With my second, I got my first full nite at 2mos old. But like one mom said, baby takes on mom's sleep habits,or at least both of mine did,stay up late and sleep in late. My 2nd stayed up even later then i was used to.she wouldn't go down for the night until about 2 am,but she wouldn't wake me until around 9-10am

I think the difference between my girls was the way they were fed and sleeping arangements....girl#1 was breastfed until 6 mos old and slept in bed with mom and dad. Girl#2 was on a bottle by 3mos old and in her own bed from day 1.

Enixa - posted on 05/06/2010

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i was told that however your sleeping habits were through out your pregnancy then thats how your baby will sleep when he/she is born. So far fro both of my babies that has been true. Since the day my 3 year old and my 9 month old have been born they have always slept through the night. You can try feeding them more milk before going to bed so they stay full longer, or making sure they are comfortable, even if it means they have to sleep with you for the night. These things also has always worked for me.

Courtney - posted on 05/06/2010

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I actually got REALLY lucky in the department, my son started sleeping through the nite on his 4th nite home, it scared the crap out of me and my husband we woke up at 6 am and were soo scared we didnt hear him crying! he was still sleeping sound and at the time my gran was staying with us so i thought maybe she woke with him or would have atleast heard him cry cause shes up all nite due to sickness but she said she didnt hear a peep! The following nite i was up and down all nite just waiting for him to awake and he nvr did till bout 7:30am and from there on out i had no worries..I got REALLY lucky!

Tara - posted on 05/06/2010

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look up the book " On Becoming Baby Wise" . The books goal is healthy sleep habits. it helped me teach my girls to sleep through the night by 10 weeks. it does say that it is never too late to start.

Kristin - posted on 05/06/2010

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Is she bottle or breastfed? Either way, how is she feeding when she wakes? If she's not really feeding, she's only doing it to soothe herself back to sleep. On those times, wait to go to her until she really needs you. You may need to have dad take some of these summonings so that she doesn't think she gets to use you to put herself back to sleep. She may just fuss and toss for a few to ten minutes and go back to sleep on her own. If she's in your room, you might need to move her out. If nothing else, this will reduce the number of times you have to get up. It will take a few days, and then as she matures, she will start sleeping more. Unfortunately, unless you want to do the CIO, you kind of just have to encourage them to do it and they will in their own time.



Hope this helps.

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