Any suggestions on getting bub to sleep through the night?
Your baby is very young. He still needs fed at night time and denying him this is selfish. He will drop the nighttime feed when he is ready.
DON'T give him cereal. Not only is his young digestive system not ready for it (which can cause major problems both now and later in life), but the rumours that it will help a baby sleep better is a myth.
If your baby wakes to be fed at night, feed him.
Jessica - posted on 02/09/2009
Im sorry, but Teressa that is not a great idea! You may not be sleep deprived, but your poor baby would be! My son has also slept through the night from the day i brought him home, but he also has 3, 1-2 hour sleeps during the day. I just keep him to a bedtime routine, which is the same every night. Babies grow while they are sleeping, its not a good idea to force them to stay awake all day, by all means wake him if hes due for a feed and hes been asleep for a while, i never let my son sleep past 5.30 so that hes tired again by 7.
Teressa - posted on 02/08/2009
I have a 3 month old and our son has slept through the night from the day we bought him home from the hospital. I tried common sense - awake by day and sleep at night, despite what the midwives told me. I keep him going during the day and if he did dose and was due for a feed i went against the rules of waking a sleeping baby... I WOKE HIM UP, give him a good feed and little plays and just kept moving him around the house from his swing to the portacot to his cot, tummy time and so on.... It personally worked a treat for me and never been sleep deprived. He sleeps no less than 10hours per night!!!!
Yanika - posted on 02/08/2009
Ive found a consistent night routine has been our lifesaver when it come to us all having a good nights sleep. Try the same bedtime routine for a solid week ex..6:45 bathtime, 7pm offer 8oz(if drinks 6 thats fine) 7:30 settle into bed sleepy but awake. the key is to teach him to self soothe, so when he does wake in the night he wont need you to feed him back to sleep. The first few nights of self soothing are the toughest, but its worth it in the end. If you have any Questions on teaching him to self soothe or how to eliminate night feeds through a diluting down method, just ask.
A great sleep consultant who helped us is dawn whittaker. www.cheekychops.ca hope you find the advice helpful, and good luck!
Martine - posted on 02/08/2009
cereal neveer worked for me, My little guy would wakeup more often. He sleeps 8-9 hours straight before waking up, so i am fine with that. he gets up at 5 am i feed him and he goes back to sleep until7 or 8. My friend told me to give the baby formula before bed, unfortunately mine hates the taste of formula. So i sucked it up, he is 8 months now.
Cheryl - posted on 02/08/2009
My oldest never slept throgh the night until my sis told me to feed him something that would "stick to his tummy". I started feeding him baby cereal before bed and it worked like a charm...his belly was full and he slept until early morning.
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