When did your baby start sleeping through the night?
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Kirby Walsh - posted on 12/03/2008
hello my little girl is 4 and she has never gone through the night not once!!! i think babies are all different and it just takes a lot a patience, i tried so many things but its like she has an alarm clock waking her up wen i go to bed lol,,,, i should think she will probably just grow out of it, but dontworry coz you are certainly not alone !x
Heidi - posted on 11/30/2008
Bad news my youngest who is 5 still wakes up at nite at least once wanting a wee, a drink of water or with a bad dream, I see to her needs then have to sit with her to hush her back to sleep. If she had her own room I wood leave her to go back to sleep by herself once I had seen to her needs but this is not a option at the moment as she cries(very loudly) and wakes her older sister and I don't think this is fair on the eldest who has school the next day.
Glynis - posted on 11/30/2008
My oldest slept through the night once - ONCE, yes ONCE - at eighteen MONTHS. (We knew EXACTLY when the second child was due. The obstetrician disagreed with me towards the end, him with his "measurements" and science, but I KNEW, and I was right of course.)
I am happy to say my oldest child now regularly sleeps through the night - and if allowed, will sleep through the morning and half the afternoon! He is 22 - years, not months. (By the way, it is one of the hallmarks of highly gifted children that they need very little sleep as babies, youngsters. His IQ is 158 or more. Genius starts at 160.)
April - posted on 11/30/2008
My oldest starting sleeping through the night at about 4 weeks. My daughter didn't sleep through the night until about 8 weeks. They are 4 and 3 now and still almost every night one of them comes into our bed.
Penny - posted on 11/30/2008
Ha, have to laugh at the mums who say straight away....mine weren't there for that lesson!! They had their nights when they did, but not consistently until they were about five months old - but I haven't had any sleep problems since. I think this was mainly due to starting solid food, but it could have been just growing as well. I followed Babywise too (and still do with their toddler books),but it didn't work for me. Try and get at least one night of full rest a week - either thanks to a helping family member, husband or friend...it will change your outlook! Don't worry too much, I know children who were 1 before they slept through!
Sondra - posted on 11/29/2008
It all depends on your baby. My girls didnt sleep through the night until they had almost reached 1 year. Both of them were breast fed babies until a year of age and in my opinion they ate more often then my friends who's children drank formula. Formula is heavier and harder to process. Heck my girls are 8 and 5 now and they still dont sleep through the night. LOL Hope you get a good night sleep.
Laureen - posted on 11/29/2008
Both our daughters began sleeping through at around 2 months. We micromanaged everything to revolve around having a bedtime routine. We also would give them a 'top off' at around midnight. They basically drank their bottles in their sleep. We swaddled our younger daughter (didn't know how important it was for the first), and she had much longer stretches of sleeping at night, even as a newborn.
Missy - posted on 11/29/2008
My children were really good about sleeping through the night. sometimes it depends on how much they've eaten. I used to lightly tap the bottom of their feet when they were falling asleep during their last feeding to make sure they finished eating before they went to sleep. Made sure they were dry and my house was never quiet. That way little noises wouldn't wake them. The entire house should not have to shut down because the baby is sleeping. What happens when /if they go to day care or visiting someone elses house. Some babies wake up more often because they don't want to be separated from their caregivers. When they are small its okay to keep them close. Trust me as they grow and get their own little personalities they break away from you. You've gotta know why he/she is waking up so often, may just want to be near you... He was surrounded by you for 9 months - you were inseparable. They remember. ;)
Laura - posted on 11/29/2008
Something else to think about is how you're putting him down at night. Are you sitting there with him (or worse holding him) until he falls asleep? Because when they wake in the night you're going to have to get up and do it again. Children who sleep through the night are the ones who have learned to fall asleep alone in a room. Everybody wakes in the night, kids and adults. The idea is for your child to be able to fall back asleep without you having to come in. Throw away the baby monitor and leave them to it. If the crying is such that you feel you can't ignore it, then keep your visit to their room as short as possible, give them nothing in the way of drinks or food and don't let them out of their crib, just stand next to it with your hand on them if needed. Oh yes, and don't turn on any lights except what it takes to keep you from tripping.
Shelly - posted on 11/29/2008
We have been extremely lucky both my children slept through from about 7 weeks but the other mums are right when your baby is 12 pounds or over they are capable of sleeping through . We used the old faithful pacifier when they cried they got their dummy and when they cried again they got their dummy . On the first night we had to get up a few times but after one night of that they slept through .
Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2008
My baby was 10 months old before he started sleeping through the night. We had to let him "cry it out" for one night...after that, he slept through the night unless he was sick or something was wrong. To this day, we have a bedtime routine in which we do certain things and then it is time for him to get in his bed and go to sleep. It works great. It was very hard to let him cry it out, but people who sleep with their kids and don't teach them to self soothe are doing more harm than good to the kid in the long run.
Wendy - posted on 11/29/2008
I agree that all babies are different! I have four and each one slept thru the night at different times. Keep in mind that "sleeping thru the night" for a baby is 5 consecutive hours. I don't really agree with the 12lb rule because most of my children were 12lbs at their 2 week ckup. Also breastfed babies tend to wake more often then formula fed babies. What I did try with 2 of my children was waking them before I went to bed and nursing them so they slept longer. After having 4 I just go with the flow. They will do it when they are ready as long as you teach them good sleeping habits. Let them learn to put themselves to sleep in their own bed. My almost 9 month old sleeps most nights from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am. Sometimes she wakes once in the night sometimes she wakes but puts herself back to sleep. I know its frustrating but it won't last forever. Good luck. :)
Johanne - posted on 11/29/2008
My son slept the night by about 3 months old. He hated to be put down for naps during the day though, cried like crazy. I read a book "healthy sleep habits, happy child" and I love it! It really works through the sleep patterns and how to get them to learn to fall alseep unassisted and to fall back asleep in the night too.
Jen - posted on 11/29/2008
My son was about 6 months before he slept through the night. It makes a difference whether you breastfeed or formula feed though. Every baby is so different. I could never let my son cry it out-it just didnt feel right. You'll have to see what you feel comfortable with and just act on it :) Good luck!
Rebecca - posted on 11/29/2008
Well Gina.... my son woke up at the drop of a hat up until he was almost 2 1/2. Any little noise in the house and he was awake. At 2 1/2 however, we did move him into a "big boy bed" and that seemed to stop the problems. I do not think he was comfortable on his crib mattress. However, now we have the opposite problem, he is almost 6 and sleeps so soundly that unless I actually go in and "wake him up" to go potty, he would never wake up on his own to go pee in the middle of the night. Good luck and I hope yours sleeps thru the night before mine did. LOL
Kelly - posted on 11/29/2008
We have twins and sleep was a priority for us! We followed Baby Wise as well (mentioned by Heidi) and they were sleeping 8 hours when they were 10 weeks old. Babies are capable of sleeping through the night that young - I think the 12 lb. figure sounds about right. It's up to the parents to help train them to do it though - I don't think most babies will do it by themselves until tey're much older.
Marija - posted on 11/29/2008
like previous said every baby have a different style, but've been lucky and our little one start to sleep over night in early stage( 2 1/2 mtnh ). unfortunately at 5 months he change it, I think 'cos of the teeth probs. now he wakes few times at night. we will try to give him milk around 11pm while he sleeps, since docs say it could help.we'll see :)))
Nicole - posted on 11/29/2008
Ok so I think I'm gonna make everyone wanna kick my butt here, but my kids all slept through the night basically when they came home from the hospital ... but I agree with ALL the other mom's, every baby is different, one thing that did help my babies though was I added a little baby rice to their bedtime bottle ... basically it helped keep their tummies full a little longer ... but of course before you do anything out of the "ordinary" ask your baby's pediatrician ... always, always, always ask the pediatrician when in doubt of anything. Some might tell you "oh just trust your instincts" but seriously, been there done that, and infants are extremely sensitive to anything out of the ordinary; anything from different laundry detergent, to different baby soaps, to different formula, even something as weird as a different bottle nipple ... if they are used to something from birth ... newborns DO NOT like change :) Also I don't know if you have tried swaddling your baby when you put him/her down for bed at night, also if your infant is sleeping in a part of the house where it might happen to be a little colder than the rest ... try a warmer part of the house ... ummmm .... babies like to be nice and warm, but of course you have to be careful because you don't want to put blankets on top of baby but what you could do is if baby has any of those real soft fuzzy blankets, put them underneath of him/her and then swaddle him/her in a blanket, this will help make baby nice and cozy! OH!!! DUH!! Also bathtime, it helps calm them for the night, and use some of that Johnsons Bedtime Lotion, it does wonders ... really!!
Brooke - posted on 11/29/2008
yes every baby is different and every parent has their own style. i was never able to let my son cry it out, well for one he would end up making himself get sick, which isn't good for anyone involved. for my son he was around 15 months when he finally slept through the night regularly. i guess when they are ready they know.
Heidi - posted on 11/29/2008
Christen is right, all babies are different. My first slept through the night at two months, and the other a little earlier. There is a really good book that helps with sleep issues called On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep. Check it out! :) Happy Mommying.
Christen - posted on 11/29/2008
every baby's different, but by the time they weigh 12 pounds, they no longer "need" to eat during the night from a metabolism standpoint.
I read "what to expect the first year" and they suggest gradually weaning your baby off their night-time feedings by doing 15 min the first night, 10 the next and so on...
I know with ours, we got to a point where we just needed to let him cry (for about 20 min) because he got so used to us getting him and taking him to our bed... he had us trained! So, using judgement for what he might be needing, we either get him and let him eat for 10 min and put him right back to bed, or we let him fuss it out. We started that at 3 1/2 mos b/c he weighed enough.