My baby girl wont sleep through the night

Michelle - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Shes 3 and a half months old almost 4 months and still doesnt sleep through the night. when she turned 3 months she did for about a week, going to bed by 10 and waking up at 7 in the morning. we have a routine before bed of getting a bath and playing a little bit and then eating and a story before she falls asleep. for some reason now she has been waking up at around midnight and then again at 3 or 4 in the morning and doesnt go back to sleep untill about 5 and then wakes up again at 7 for the rest of the day. she doesnt nap very well dureing the day, usually only 10 minutes every 2 hours or so. and shes breast fed so i haven't introduced rice cereal into her diet because she doesnt use a bottle often....im just kinda stumped on what to do to get her to sleep more. during the day she is hungry every 2 hours like clockwork but she is gaining wieght really well and her doctors said she is very healthy so i dont think im lacking in my milk production....if anyone could give me some advice i would very much appreciate it!!

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Gwen - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter didn't CONSISTENTLY sleep through the night until 18-19months. We had ups and downs from teething, growth spurts, etc. but finally things evened out.



If you read the posts, you will see that MANY babies are not sleeping through the night at that age. If your daughter is going through a growth spurt, it is normal for her to be eating more frequently, especially if she is breastfed.

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Shannon - posted on 02/10/2010

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Please no CEREAL!!!! It is a leading cause of food allergies and can cause the baby to become obese as well as she is too young. Before any solids even in a bottle speak to your doctor!!!!!

Shannon - posted on 02/09/2010

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Michelle,
I feel you pain. My husband and I have a joke in our house our daughter is using war tactics on us, sleep deprivation, and biological warfare by giving me colds. All joking aside, we are having a similar problem, I consulted my pediatrician and a nurse, great news she is sleeping through the night. It turns out that anything over 5 hours is considered sleeping through the night. From reading your post you are on your way. When she gains a little more weight, and she gets a little more mature it will start to happen. My daughter just turned 5 months old and she just started to sleep for 6 straight hours. We still swaddle her every night. We bought the large swaddle blankets which are now on sale. If you aren't swaddling, try it. We also keep the house at 65 degrees at night. Babies like this a lot. We also stick to a very strict routine, which is bad for us because we eat dinner really early now. Just know that with time it will come and when it does arrive it will only be 5-6 hours to start. Oh I forgot to mention, if you a coffee/choc/soda addict like me, she might be getting too much caffeine. cut down on yours and that may help her. Good luck, let me know how it goes.

Emmalene - posted on 02/09/2010

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She is so young, many things are happening like teeth moving, growing using more muscles. Sleeping though the night is not 12-14 hrs for a young baby. With my boys when they woke in the daynaps after a short time, I went back in didnt talk or make eye contact just little light pats till they went back to sleep. Eventually they slept longer on their own. Dont be quiet when baby sleeping, do washing vacuming and have noise in the house, obviously not startling noise but some noise in the house is soothing. After getting them to sleep longer in their naps they could sleep anywhere with noise.



It's so annoying, I had so many people make me feel I was not doing enough because my boy didnt sleep though the night from 8 weeks!!! Dont let people make you second guess yourself, I did and its not worth it.

Lindi - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughter is 7 months old and is on many medications for medical issues she has...but even medicated at night she will only sleep for a few hours at a time! When she is up in the middle of the night, a feeding, good snuggling and some music and singing is usually all it takes!

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My daughter has been sleeping very randomly! Up until 2 months, she was feeding twice at night, the she slept through from 11-5 for 3 nights, then back to 2 feeds. Then recently she's been sleeping from 9ish to 6ish, that was for about a week. Then she had 3 days of having 1 feed. Now she's back to sleeping through. I have read in quite a few different places that sleeping through the night for a baby is 5 hours. So who knows! I've also read that babies often wake in need of comfort. I've found that re-wrapping my baby or sometimes picking her up and giving her a bit of a rock in the rocking chair seems to help. When she was just a newborn, quiet soft classical music helped. I hope you can find something that will work. I think in the end, their routines seem to change so often, you get used to one thing then it changes!

Renae - posted on 02/09/2010

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Some babies just feed every 2 hours. 2, 3 or 4 hours is normal.

Your baby is only very young, she is only just off being a newborn. Most babies can sleep a 4-5 hour stretch at some point during the night from 12-14 weeks old, this is considered sleeping through the night at this age. Most babies continue to need to feed at night until 6 months old. 50% of babies still need to be fed at least once during the night until 12 months old.

Your baby is fine, she is just being a normal baby. You just have to be patient. Her night sleeping will probably improve around 6 months and her day naps will lengthen at around 7 months, or when she starts trying to move.

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2010

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i uesed soft music . there arelots of lulaby cds out there and we jsut put it on repeat. when that stoped working i did the rice cereal but that is a personal decison you need to make. i never put it in his bottle i just mixed it super thin. i didn't want him to get used to having it in a bottle. you could try mixing it with breastmilk. but thats a choice you have to make. i wish you the best of luck .

Gloria - posted on 02/09/2010

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After a nice warm bath that should be quiet time. Playing puts them on energy mode and it's hard to settle dow. From experience with my own that is the time I just held them rocking them or quietly rocking and cooing to them or even reading...it puts them in the rest mode and they are not reved up when going to bed. See if this works..Good luck with your little one!

Cleo - posted on 02/09/2010

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Some babies just don't sleep through the night and as much as us parents would LOVE for that to happen sometimes it just doesn't. My first baby girl started sleeping through the night at two months but my really good friends boys didn't start sleeping through the night till they were both around 1 year old. The best advice I could give you is to give her a nice soothing bath, bottle and quiet time for her to sleep between 9 and 10 that way if she's still getting up at night you'll have a little more time to rest but that's the best advice I have. Good luck.

Ayla - posted on 02/09/2010

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Well it sounds to me that you are doing all the right things so well done. Hmmm I don't know what the problem could be!! Is she waking up for a feed and crying or is she just waking up playing? Because my daughter wakes up and playes sometimes and i just cuddle her and go back to sleep. She eventually goes back to sleep on her own as long as she is comfortable. Sometimes babies wake up because they are cold or feeling insurcure. have you tried wrapping her up tightly in a blanket? Even if it's just a thin blanket it will give her a sence of security. You could also try and add a nice soft massage before bed. I hope you find something that works for you.

Ashley - posted on 02/09/2010

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my daughter is 4 months old she sleeps through my mate had the same problem her one month old wasnt sleeping well she was breast feeding now she has put her on the bottle for the night shift (fills her up more) with my advice and not she sleeps through hav u tried feeding her formula at night and breast feeding during the day ???

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2010

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What my Dr. told me at 4 months:
If she is sleeping at least 6 hours consecutively, on occasion, it means that her body is storing energy and her organs are working properly. At that point you can eliminate feedings in the middle of the night. He told us to do it cold turkey, and if our son woke to get him back to sleep by rocking, giving pacifier, rubbing tummy etc. He said if we stopped feeding him in the middle of the night he would stop expecting it and stop waking up for it. It worked like a charm! Since four months he has been sleeping through the night regularly.

Arliss - posted on 02/09/2010

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have you tried playing soft music or even walking back and forward with her and sing in a calm voice.

i does matter if you don't know allthe words just being close to mom make her feel safe and finally she will go to sleep.

but remeber one thing stay with her until she is completely asleep because you will have to repeat the whole process again

Sylwia - posted on 02/09/2010

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my is 15months and didn't sleept a night throug since born.she is probebly starting to teeth and babys change they sleep routine very often.

Alana - posted on 02/09/2010

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my daughter is a year old and still does not sleep through the night.. has only slept through the night maybe 2 times i have tryed giving her cereal befor bed making her dirink all her milk a nice back and a story... yeah she still isnt sleeping through the night i have to have her sleep with me by the middle of the night and cuddle so that we can both get sleep... its rough but i guess it works...

your not doing anything wrong.. if shes happy and healthy i dont think i would worry about it to much.. she will sleep through the night when she is ready i think..

have you tryed playing soft music?? i havent yet but have been thinking about it.. or putting a fan on ya no some quiet noise at night.?

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