A poll about sleep. All mom's invited...

Kristi - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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When did your baby sleep through the night? What method did you use? Would you do it differently the next go-round? If you did Cry-it-out did you notice your child digress at any stage-perhaps toddler hood and what cry it out method did you try? Bottle or breast? Just curious ladies! You hear so much "info" I's like to hear from some real mom's to see if I would do it differently the next time!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter started sleeping through the night at 3 months old. I would just put her in her bed, and she would get the hint.. I bottle fed.
I think I got lucky.. I'm sure the next one will be more work.. lol

Angel - posted on 01/13/2009

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my youngest is seven months and she doesn't consistenly sleep through the night. i'm so sleep deprived!!

Sandy - posted on 01/13/2009

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my first was a son. Has never slept all night still till this day. my spoilt child.

my second was a daughter. From the day she was born. i got a bit tougher on her.

seperated withthere dad.

my third was a girl. new dad so spoilt again. not much till 6 months.

i guess when you bring them home from hospital put music on and do not tip toe when there are asleep or no noise will wake them.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm - posted on 01/12/2009

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I nursed all six of my babies in bed with me and they slept in our bed until about a year old....never walked the floor at night with any of them...I got a full nights rest and so did they!  This made for very happy babies and a rested mom!  Babies can sleep through the night starting at about 3-4 mo......but they will start to wake up again for night feedings when ever they hit a growth spurt....I never let them cry at night....why?  I could never understand the reasoning behind that...

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I was lucky. My son slept through the night at about 4 weeks old. When he transitioned to a toddler bed we followed a routine every night. When the lights went out he knew it was time to stay in bed and go to sleep. The first night he left his room I took him back and explained that he was to stay or he would lose a toy for a day. The next time he left I took a toy I knew he would miss. (His stuffed "babies" are the only toy off limits in our house. I felt it was counterproductive to take his soothers.) The next night the same routine. By the third night he had it and has never given me a problem since. To this day (8 years old), he has dropped the story read to him (he reads to himself) and the snack before bed but still has only gone to bed without a bath or shower one night in his life. I think this helps relax him and he has never given me any trouble going and staying in bed. "It's just what we do," in his words. I wouldn't change a thing about our method!

Kimberly - posted on 01/12/2009

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Wow I must be doing something wrong. My daughter is 13 months old and goes to sleep fine but then wakes up almost every night about 3-4 hours later crying. Any advice? She isn't hungry and she is dry. I can't figure it out. We have tried letting her cry it out after we make sure she is ok. I have tried rocking her to sleep but as soon as I lay her down she is back up. Daddy made the mistake of bringing her into our bed which would get her to sleep but then we don't get any. I also don't want her to do this every night. I am not sure what to tell you about this. sorry I wasn't more helpful

Helena - posted on 01/12/2009

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I was blessed... Gabriela slept through the night at a month in a half till she was nine months old. Then the trouble began... four teeth at once and she was starting to walk... learning new things and the pain of teething were waking her... now at 2 1/2 we're good most nights... but we now wake to go potty...



She slept in her crib from day one so we didn't have the cry it out issues when placing her in the crib... it was the only place she knew to sleep and even now as a toddler bed she sleeps in her big girl bed. I don't know if i could deal with letting her cry it out... i think i would have gone insane.



 

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have a 3.5 yr old and a 22 month old. My oldest I used the cry it out method until she learned to fall asleep by herself ~ 5 months..(formula fed) then I always put her to bed awake. I also used a heartbeat bear with both daughters, i know it comforted me to know it was there :) When I used the cry it out method I used to go in and check on her in 3 minute intervals, for maybe two times, then let her go for 5 minutes, then 7 minutes and so on... and when i went in to check on her I never picked her up - i just rubbed her back, put her paci in her mouth and spoke softly to her, and as soon as the sobs subsided I'd leave (with the bear on) It only took 3 nights for it to work. Now both girls share a room and they are both in twin beds (on the floor) And I gave up trying to get them to stay in bed to fall asleep (some battles aren't worth it to me), however I do put them to bed at the same time every night, let them watch a half hour of a show or movie, then it's lights out (no night light) and I put up a baby gate to keep them in their room. Sometimes they play for a little while longer.. so long as I don't hear toys being played with or see the light on.. I'm ok and they don't get into trouble :) I hope you get some good feed back here! Hang in there and be strong.. the stronger you are now, the easier it'll be later becasue it's much easier to win a sleep battle with a baby than a toddler :)

Cathleen - posted on 01/12/2009

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My babies slept 5-6 hours from the time I brought them home from the hospital! They slept longer by 2 months of age. I always put them to bed awake also- same for naps. And I always made sure they slept in the crib, no napping on the pack n play or swing. I honestly when they would wake up crying as they got older and even now that they are 5 1/2 just did and still do what feels right for that moment. I never used the Cry it Out method, I felt like I was ignoring them and that they would feel unwanted or neglected. I just simply would go in and rub their backs or some nights hold them and reassure them they were okay. I never had a problem with them going back to sleep, I think they just wanted some love!

Dianna - posted on 01/12/2009

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My 2 month old has been sleeping through the night (11pm - 6am Wake up for feeding, then sleeps again till 9am) since she was about 3 weeks old. She's had a few 'off' nights but usually when something interfers with her schedule (like holiday get togethers and days that there's extra running around) The only thing that has consistantly worked is SWADDLING...I'm not sure whats gonna happen when she has to be weaned from swaddling.

Chantelle - posted on 01/12/2009

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Try taking her to a chiropractor. Every time my 18 month old daughter starts playing up and not sleeping her back or neck is normally irritating her. when she was born she had her back and hips already out. the chiropractor has even fixed her nightmares within the last couple of weeks.

Christina - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son started sleeping thru the night as age 4 months, At fist we had no problem, he would fall asleep while feeding after a vouple months when he did not sleep as sound I used cry-it-out, Mack was bottle fed. We had to use cry it out until he was 1 1/2, since then we have some what of a routine, walk outside/ walk the dog, play a lil out on the porch, bath time, then lotion while reading a book and then in the bed we go after a little tv time reward (if all previous events went well) .... the only thing I would schange would be to get on the routine sooner. (the routine is not strictly enforced just guided, if Mack does not want to do any of the above except bath then he does not have to)

Andrea - posted on 01/12/2009

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My kids slept through the night from around four-six weeks, I just made sure they had a tummy full at about 11 pm and down they went for the night until around 7pm, my kids were 8 lbs plus and I think bigger babies definately sleep better.  I never really did the cry it out method, usually if they cried something was bugging them. wet, soiled, teeth, gas etc...i think I did it once when my daughter was small, I was so frusterated I just could not take it and then the next morning she had cut a tooth and I felt aweful.  It is better to just walk away for a moment sometimes when you are tired and frustrated they will be fine.



 



I would probably do something similar next time but every baby is different.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have just had my second baby and there are a couple of things I have done differently. This time round I put my baby down for a sleep awake from 4 weeks. I have had the odd day when he needed me to rock him to sleep but most of the time he is able to settle himself. He does suck his thumb so I find that he doesn't need me to always go in to put a dummy in. He has been formula fed from 7 weeks. When I compare my second to my first, my first did not sleep through until about 5 months and he was breast feed, I'm not sure whether this has anything to do with it. We did use a crying method to get him to settle himself and this has had no effect on him at all. He is now nearly 4 and has no sleeping difficulties.

Bev - posted on 01/12/2009

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Mine slept through the night around 4 months. All three of mine are excellent sleepers, Once I get them to sleep their good. My biggest fight with the 7 and 3 yr old are getting them to stay in bed to begin with long enough to go to sleep. Would love to hear how some get them to stay in bed at the beginning of the night!

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