Sleepless Nights

Tina - posted on 11/15/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any tricks on how to get a 2 months old to sleep longer than 3 hrs at night. We tried the cereal in his formula didnt work. Just cerious if there are any other ideas on what my husband and I could try?

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Kylie - posted on 12/30/2010

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Cereal in formula is dangerous and it's proven not to help babies sleep longer. If you read the box it says to spoon feed and is recommended for babies from 6months.

It's normal for newborns to wake every three hours and as your baby grows she will sleep for longer periods when developmentally ready. If you are not coping with the night waking you could try co-sleeping. I breastfed so cosleeping worked perfectly for both my children as they would wake latch on and go straight back to sleep.
Don't worry, infancy stage passes quickly so try to enjoy the nighttime feeds as it doesn't last.

Ade - posted on 11/15/2008

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Tina, where you from? I'm from jakarta-indonesia, in our country at least until the eight first months, our babies sleep with us. They sleep among parents and when ever they cry I just breastfeeding them ( Do you do the breastfeeding?). In my country every new mom have several dresses with front zip or pyjammas with front button. I think the babies are more comfort, warm and feeling save sleep with their parents....

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Alvina - posted on 11/18/2015

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I was getting crazy due to my sleepless LO. I used babies magic tea and now my baby sleeps through the night. It's natural tea and has no harm!!!!!!!

Lissa - posted on 12/31/2010

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It's a very rare baby that sleeps more than this at 8 weeks. At 2 months babies are waking because they need to eat and that means breast or formula milk at this age. There are no tips or tricks, baby is hungry and as he gets older and his stomach grows he will drink more and sleep longer, sleep during the day when he is asleep.If you are working and the lack of sleep is affecting you that much I suggest one sleeps in the spare room if you have one and the other with your son. You can't expect to get 8 hours sleep a night until your son is at least 6 months old.

Nikki - posted on 12/31/2010

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Are you working? if not, sleep when your baby does during the day. 3 hours is quite good for that age.

I know it can be stressful but it won't last forever. I agree with Kylie, cereal is dangerous and I wouldn't risk sleeping my baby on her stomach for a good nights sleep, it's not worth the risk.

Bed sharing is a good idea if you can do it safely, if your not breast feeding it is not the ideal situation because you are no longer producing a hormone which helps you to wake easier to your baby. Bed sharing is not a good idea if you are exhausted. I am all for bed sharing but it needs to be done safely.

I found that cluster feeding my daughter in the late afternoon evening, so giving an extra couple of feeds before her bed time. Then I would dream feed her before I went to sleep, usually I would get a 4 hour block in after that.

I really dislike babywise, babies need feeding throughout the night, it's just the way their bodies are, it's important that as parents we fulfil their needs.

I know that it feels like the sleep deprivation will never end, but it does, in reality it goes so quickly. Leave the housework and sleep when you can, enjoy the nigh time feeds and cuddles, they are only little for such a short time. Good luck

Ashley - posted on 12/30/2010

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Try different sleeping positions -- he may just not be comfortable. Also, I'm not sure when you give him a bath, but we started noticing that when we gave our son a bath before bed, he would always sleep better on those nights. He was sleeping through the night by 8-10 weeks old. I know I might get some "shame on you" comments for this, but our son would ONLY sleep on his tummy after the first six weeks. He would sit and scream all night and this went on for two nights straight. One night, my fiance flipped our son onto his tummy and he zonked out and slept for the rest of the night. He first rolled over at three months old and could hold up his head and turn it at two, so I wasn't too worried. He still loves to sleep on his tummy and he's 1 year old now. Otherwise, you can try swaddling to make him feel cozy and warm like the womb. We tried the cereal in bottle thing, too, and it didn't work either and we stopped after a week.

Jeannette - posted on 11/15/2008

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There`s a great book called ``Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child`by Dr. Marc Weisbluthe that I am using with my baby. Of course at that age there is not much you can do. I found my baby slept longer in our bed with a cosleeper. It made it really easy for nursing. And don`t jump up at every noise. Sometimes my son would kick his feet for close to an hour, but when I peeked over at him his eyes were still closed and often he would just go back to sleep.

Leia - posted on 11/15/2008

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Try catnip tea. It helped my niece who suffered with colic and other issues. You can fid it in a health store.

Melissa - posted on 11/15/2008

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Yeah, simply, TIME should do the trick. Remember, this little one spent the last 9ish months warm and sheltered, fed constntly and allowed to wake or sleep on it's own schedule. Now your 8 week old baby is out in a world filled with lights, changing temperatures, moving shapes, feeding schedules, etc. He has alot to learn. Most babies don't learn to sleep throught the night until at least 6 months. Their bellies are too small to hold enough milk to hold them thru the night. As they grow, they can last longer. Don't do the formula "trick". It has been proven that babies fed solid food before 6 months have a 50percent or greater chance of developing childhood diabetes. Not worth the risk. I know you are exausted, but you can do a few tricks to make the time go by easier. Put your baby in a bassinette next to you and let him hear you sleeping. It also makes it easier to quick feed and put them back to bed. A soft nightlight and white noise/music can also help. Plus, ignore any crying that happens at LESS than 3 hours and slowly work your way up to 4 hours, 5 hours, 6 hours. Sorry there is no magic formula, but it goes by pretty fast.

Tami - posted on 11/15/2008

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Three hours is a really good length of sleep for a baby this age in my opinion!!!! However, I understand your frustration when it comes to loosing your sleep. First things first, you might not want to add the baby cereal right now because it might upset his little stomach (which will actually lead to less sleep). My doctor asked me to avoid cereal until 3 mos (ask your pediatrician what he/she thinks). Also, when baby wakes, after the 3 hour "nap" and it is still night time try to keep the lights low, and maintain a "sleeping" friendly atmosphere by not engaging the baby with alot of activity or stimulation. Feed him in his room and keep everything very quiet. When he is done, lay him down in his crib awake and see how he does. My biggest suggestion is for you to get a sound maker (plays white noise) $15.00 at Target. It is so awesome because after a little while baby will start to realize that when it is on, it is sleep time. Although 5 hours is sleeping through the night and you are almost there please remember that Loosing sleep WILL NOT last forever!!!

Jennifer - posted on 11/15/2008

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Go to half price books and pick up BABY WISE...it had my son sleeping through the night at 2 months! It has great tips and everyone I have recommended this book too has loved it. Good Luck!!

User - posted on 11/15/2008

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If you are open to the sleep sharing idea, it worked for me and a friend of mine also in the early months on the nights when babe just wouldn't sleep.

Brenda - posted on 11/15/2008

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Get the book No Cry Sleep Solution...I wish I would have started when my 10 mo old was 2 mos. 3 hours is pretty good though....considering that 5 hours is considered sleeping through the night :O)

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