getting my 2 month old to sleep longer

Katie - posted on 04/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




How can I get my 2 month old to sleep longer then 3 hours during the night. I feed him breast milk with a bottle he is taking about 4oz every feeding, Some nights I will give him formula right before he goes down at night. Give him baths at night. During the day he is still on the 3 hour sch for feedings.He is awake most of the day but I just can't seem to get him to get off the 3 hour feeding sch and sleeping for more then 3 hours at night. Thanks for your input


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Carolyn - posted on 04/11/2011




dry dreamfeeding

lets say you put him down @ 9 pm for the night. At around 11-12 midnight, go in and give him a bottle while he sleeps, leave him laying in his basinette/crib, slide the nipple in the mouth and they will drink. you shouldnt have to burp as baby should be relaxed enough there wont be need.

you might get a few a little bit longer before having to get up and feed again.

Like Jodi suggested, you could try adding a feed in the day to increase the calories they are getting. If a baby isnt getting enough to eat during the day, they are more likely to make up for it at night by eating then. You could also try adding a half oz per feeding, if you dont want to add an extra bottle time.

a 3 hour routine actually sounds pretty decent. Especially for a baby drinking breastmilk. Trust me, there are moms who would kill to be in your shoes. Some breastfed/milk babies eat more frequently than that.

you do need to make sure he is getting adequate sleep during the day, between 3-5 hours, this will encourage good sleep at night. as backwards as it sounds. But an overtired, overstimulated baby, will have more disturbed sleeps. So make sure baby is having a couple good naps during the day.

Jodi - posted on 04/11/2011




Is she breastfed? She probably needs to wake every few hours for a feed. Just remember that they only have tiny little tummies, so it is highly unlikely that they are going to sleep right through. You could try upping her calorie intake during the day by feeding more frequently, and that way she MAY sleep a little longer at night. How often is she feeding during the day?

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