Babies and sleeping throught the night?

Mel - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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How old were your children when they started sleeping through the night? My baby girl is 5 months old and still wakes up 2-3 times a night

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Michelle - posted on 03/29/2010

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Are you breastfeeding by any chance? The reason I ask is that might be the reason why she isn't sleeping through the night yet. I breastfed my youngest and he just started sleeping through the night and he's 8 months old. According to my son's pediatrician, breast fed babies can take up to 9 months before they are sleeping through the night. If you aren't breastfeeding, it might be because she is not getting full enough before she goes to bed or possibly separation anxiety. My oldest 2 were bottlefed babies, and both started sleeping through the night after about a month. However, if they woke up during the night, the two reasons that I listed above, were usually the reasons.

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User - posted on 03/29/2010

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My twins slept through the night around 4.5 months, but my singleton wanted to sleep through the night at 2 months. It really depends on the baby and if they are getting enough formula during the daytime. The more they take during the day the less they will need at night. If she is taking a good amount during the daytime and is gaining weight fine you might just have to let her cry it out when she wakes. I had to do this with my twins. Sometimes they are just used to the pattern and you need to encourage them to break it and sleep more. Good luck!

Mel - posted on 03/29/2010

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She isn't breastfeed. I breast feed for 6 weeks and she wasn't taking it very well. She has actually started waking up only 2 times a night last night she got up at 1130 and 5 and then 7 which is way better than then 1030, 100, 400, 600 and 7 lol. So its getting there shortly. We just changed her formula last week which is what i think is helping. Before she was on the Enfamil AR she was sleeping from 9-4 and then we had to put her on the Nutrimagen and she was on that for 3 months and now shes back on the AR so I'm thinking its staying in her stomach more and doesnt have to get up as much to eat. who knows lol. We have tried the CIO method and she literally cried for 2 hours so that didnt work for us.

Karen - posted on 03/29/2010

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my son started sleeping through (10pm - 6 30am) at 5 weeks - he's now 6 months and sleeps from 8 pm - 6 45am...the only time he's woke up in the night since 5 weeks was last week and it was because he had the stomach flu...

Alison - posted on 03/29/2010

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I consider your daughters behaviour to be normal. My girls stopped waking up when I stopped feeding them (15 mos and 9 mos). Don't expect it to happen on it's own. It might, but it probably won't.

Tabatha - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daugher is 4 montsh old she sleeps threw the night most of the time but there is preiods of times and days she will wake up every 5 to 6 hours.. shes sleeps 12 hours usually.

Mel - posted on 03/29/2010

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she has been teething since she was 2 months old. she started sleeping through the night when she was 4 months old and that lasted all about 2 weeks and then stopped. She eats a lot so I know she isnt hungry when shes getting up b.c she will have about an ounce and go back to bed so Idont know. I guess I will just have to let her achieve that on her own...hehe Its frustrating b./c im in school 5 nights a week until 1030 and by the time i get home shes getting up again

Kristin - posted on 03/28/2010

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After they hit 3 months, they would feed at 9 pm, maybe doze off, feed at 11pm, go to bed, then feed again at 4 am, go back to bed until 7-ish. I want to say I dropped the 11 pm feeding at about 5 months. At 9 or 10 months, they dropped the 4 am feeding. I think I just got lucky.

Every baby is different, but if you don't want or can't do that nighttime routine anymore, start dropping a feeding. Wait a little to see if she will settle herself down at any of those wakings and just don't go in to her. She may fuss a little for the first few nights, but if she doesn't need it she will never look back. Sometimes, they keep waking because they've got us trained.

Just watch out, she is on the verge of teething and then you can toss everything out the window.

Amanda - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter is 3 months old and has been sleeping thru the night for the last 3 weeks. She goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:30 pm and gets up at 6:30 am. Some mornings she gets a little fussy around 4-5 am. If it gets too bad I will put her in bed with me and she settles right back to sleep.

Natalie - posted on 03/28/2010

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my son was 8 months when he started sleeping through...we give him a bottle just before bed...good luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 03/28/2010

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My son is almost 6 (years, not months) and still gets up 2-3 times a night. How depressing is that?

Jamie - posted on 03/28/2010

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My oldest was sleeping from 11 pm to about 6 am at about 3 months, but she was a premie, and was able to have small amounts of cereal. My youngest started teething at 3 months and never slept all night till all her teeth came in.

Brandy - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter started sleeping through the night at 9 months. My son is only 11 weeks old and only wakes 1-2 times. It depends on what the baby needs and every baby's needs are different.

Pamela - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter is 7 1/2 months old. At 6 months she would sleep through till 4 and then go back to bed till 7. For the last2 weeks she has been getting up every 2-3 hours as if she was a newborn again. I'm hoping it's just a teething phase and we'll go back to a good sleep sooner then later.

Cheryl - posted on 03/28/2010

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Don't feel bad. My son is just over six months old and still wakes up every 2 to 3 hours.

Morgan - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter was the same at about 5 weeks.

shes 10 weeks now and sleeps from 9-5 has a quick bottle then sleeps from about 5:20-9,

so she sleeps about 12 hours a night.

Kayliecia - posted on 03/28/2010

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Is she hungry? how much is she eating maybe shes hungry and needs to eat more. my son is 6 months and started sleeping through the night at 2 months..he wakes up once he goes to bed at 7 wakes up between 12-3 and then goes back to sleep until 6:30am.

Rebecca - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter was 6 weeks when she started sleeping 8-10 hrs a night!!! As soon as I moved her from the moses basket into a cot she started sleeping through the night... The moses basket was quiet narrow co she used to wake herself up when she hit the sides of it with her arms or legs in her sleep.

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