Help to get my 2 month old to sleep through the night?

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Denise - posted on 02/22/2013

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Hi Brigitte!

As im reading all of these answers it brings me such mixed emotions lol..Im a new time mom and i must have heard so many stories on what to do and what not to do!!..Umm yeah when it came to the bottom of it I did what my instinct told me. From the moment I gave birth I wanted to keep my daughter ona tight schedule. I didnt care if i was judged..a lot of moms told me go with your babys feeling..ummm NO!! My daughter has been sleeping through the night since 2 1/2 months..She is now turning 6 months and i have my mishaps here and there when she wakes up to talk to herself but never cries. And all i did was keep a consisten schedule since the beginning. Of course the 1st month was a little rough as expected. but i kept a regimen and she followed my lead. As much as we try to accomodate our babies remember they are learning from us. I led and she followed and I cant be more grateful. Some may call me mean mommie but your baby isnt the one in the back room while church is in session crying thank you very much. Ive disciplened since the beginning and I love going to church on Sundays and having a random person come to me and say "WOW ive never met a baby so quiet in church your doing such a great job" the best feeling.. If your baby is eating every 3 hours be consisten no matter how much it hurts If she ate at 9:15am you better feed her 12:15am no earlier and no later but be strong and watch your baby follow your lead. Stay consitent

Addys - posted on 08/27/2012

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Brigitte, Im a bit unconventional, my oldest daughter (now 11 years) by 2 months was sleeping all night (11-12am to 7am) but I started putting rice ceral on her last bottle of milk before bed and that's how she sleep tru the night. Her doctor told me to put 2 mini spoons of cereal at night but I went ahead and put a little bit more and made thick for her. I know many parents disagree with me but It work wonders. With my younger (now 2 1/2 yrs) I had to give her rice cereal because she had reflux so it was a way to keep down the milk, but since she was born premature I didnt expected much being so little, but by her 3rd month she was already sleeping tru the night, and last bottle was thick and got her full. I am a firm believer that a happy mom have a happy baby, and if you can get a full night of sleep (5-7 hrs) you will rest enough to play and take care of your little one the next day and the baby will be rested as well. I know for a fact that many drs go against the rice cereal for so little ones but you can always go around it and make him/her tell you how to do it. I also started with baby food (fruits) by the time she was 3 almost 4 months, I used to put it on her milk too, she loved it. I do understand that many drs have concerns because of allergic reactions when they are so little, but you are the mother and you know best and you are the only one that really knows what you can can't give your kids. You have to trust your instincts .

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Nicole - posted on 02/21/2013

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My daughter is two months and sleeps threw the night. But lately she don't wanna sleep me and her father tried everything swing feeding her bouncing walking taking for a drive. Singing skin to skin. Nothing works. Was wondering is it bad to give some rice ceral to help her sleep and us get sleep

CLAIRE - posted on 08/28/2012

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Hi I agree with the last post, I hd my baby girl on hungary baby milk at 4 weeks. That helped a little. But by 6 weeks she went back to waking 2-3 hours for feeds no matter what i did, gave her water dummie etc! I was advised to put rusk in the bottle I held off as long as I could until 10 weeks, she is now 12 weeks and has bit of rusk in her last bottle which she drinks the whole 8oz. and has milk baby porridge in the morning she has her last bottle from 8pm and slepts all the way until 6am. So myself and her are so much happier with sleep :-) getting out and about to baby message etc instead of being so tired and not having any energy or time to do anything x Good luck

Sally - posted on 08/21/2012

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He's only 2 months old. That's way too little to be asleep for any length of time.

The idea that babies are physically capable of sleeping more than 2-4 hours at a stretch for at least the first 6 months if not the first 2 years is based on some really bad "science" from about 100 years ago. It's based on the utterly ridiculous idea that meeting a child's needs at the expense of a parent's wants would "spoil" the child. The more we learn about how babies really work (instead of how we want them to), the more dangerous we are finding it to be.

Just letting them cry themselves to sleep is now being learned to cause all sorts of life long brain damage. Yes people will tell you "My kids turned out fine.", but do they have any children who weren't damaged in the same way to make a real comparison to?

Feeding a young baby cereal is likely to make them sleep less as they are not capable of digesting it yet and it's very hard to sleep with a bad tummy ache. Also, feeding solids too young causes damage to the intestines that can lead to all sorts of unpleasant digestive disorders in adulthood.

Also, the person who suggested Babywise should know that the AAP and most hospitals strongly condemn that "system" because when followed "correctly", it leads to dehydrated, malnourished babies with failure to thrive. The books are not as bad as the classes though as they at least don't tell you to ignore your doctor when they tell you that. Babies have died from it.

Are you willing to sleep with him? That's been the norm for most of human history, still is the norm in most of the world, and is what babies are biologically designed to do. The modern western bed can be a falling and smothering hazard, but those are easy to fix. The average co-sleeping baby nurses more often (important for growth and development) and cries less at night. The average co-sleeping mom reports getting more sleep and that sleep being more restful. With a little practice neither you nor the baby have to fully wake to nurse. Especially when used to help nursing, co-sleeping reduces your SIDS risk about 50%. People will tell you that you'll never get them out of your bed, but they don't sneak in hoping you'll be too tired to take them back any more than any sleep trained child of the same age and temperament. People will tell you that it will ruin your marriage and you'll never have sex again. If that were true, marriages would last longer than when co-sleeping was the norm and it's actually the opposite. If you are afraid of squishing (actually very rare and almost always caused by mind altering substances or sleep disorders, but still a valid concern), they make several baby beds that either tuck into your bed or attach to your bed so the baby can still get the benefit of seeing, hearing, and touching you, but have it's own space.

Good luck

Jaimee - posted on 12/12/2008

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Our son finally slept through the night around 3 months. It took us about 4 nights to do it but it worked. when they wake up and want to be fed, go in to the room comfort them, but don't take them out of the crib. do this every time and in 3 - 4 nights you'll have a full nights sleep. this was suggested to me by numerous other mothers and i origionally thought it was cruel, but he was eating plenty during the day and it all worked out. he's now 15 months old and still sleeps 12+ hours a night.

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It used to me the norm for parents, me included(back in the day), to put a little rice cereal in the bottle with the milk and feed it to baby, but now that is no longer recommended.

Most babies are not ready for cereal until they lose the tongue push reflex (think of when you are trying to teach your infant to take a pacifier and they keep pushing it out!)

When infants' development progresses to the up and down tongue 'tasting' movement, at about 5 - 6 months, then they are ready for cereal from a small spoon. Giving cereal in bottles can cause some babies to choke. Check with your pediatrician about developmental signs that signal readiness for new foods and textures.



I think as parents, it's normal for us to think about feeding them to help them sleep.

I can't sleep on on empty stomach! But remember that babies are used to their breastmilk or formula and that cereal, being new to their system, could cause some upset because their immature digestive systems are not ready for it yet.

It may be that your baby is experiencing a growth spurt and needs more nursing, more often, as babies often do this just before a growth spurt.



What a blessed baby to have a mom that cherishes her so much!

Enjoy, as those baby days really fly by!

Brigitte - posted on 12/12/2008

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Thanks Mommies - all of your suggestions are very helpful! I have a healthy and happy girl - that is most important! I know she'll get there and I need to cherish all these moments with her.

Cindy - posted on 12/12/2008

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My first son slept through at 8 weeks. My second son 2 1/2 still struggles with sleeping. In our case there was no rhyme or reason. I tried everything. The things that worked best for us was making sure he was well fed before I put him down for the night, overnight diapers, swaddling, white noise. I tried to eliminate all of the things that could possibly wake him up and then tried my best to enjoy our quiet times in the middle of the night. When I heard you would miss these times I thought people were crazy. These special quiet times (wakeful, rocking, but not screaming) between the two of you will end and you will miss them. Hopefully you find your solution soon. Hang in there.

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Well, I have a different experience than these Moms did. I read the book "Babywise - Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep" and according to the theories there, babies are ready to sleep for 6-8 hour stretches between 7-9 weeks. Personally, our daughter started sleeping for 6 hour stretches at night at 7 and a half weeks. I highly recommend the book to anyone!

Mary - posted on 12/11/2008

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A great resource is Dr. Sears' Baby Book. It'll tell you when to expect patterns to arise, and how to encourage what works for you. There are often milestones that toss any patterns out the window--teething, for instance. I have 2 babies under 2, and haven't slept for more than 4 hours since. If you get an hour lunch, I HIGHLY recommend snacking your lunch throughout the day and then head to your car or a private place and sleep that precious, undisturbed hour away.

Mercedes - posted on 12/11/2008

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Hi Brigitte, I discovered that when my daughter was about a month that she wasn't getting enough to eat and she would wake up constantly through the night you could start putting a little rice cereal for babies in her milk and maybe she would sleep a little longer.

Shelley - posted on 12/11/2008

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I agree with Jennifer. I know at times you probably feel exhausted and have no energy but no phase lasts forever. If you have family and friends that can help you out for an hour or so, you will feel more rejuvenated. It does get better. Cherish every moment (even if it is 2am and you are half asleep) because you are very fortunate to have that little bundle of joy. You will quickly move past this phase and you will miss comforting your child and wonder where the time went. Best of luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/11/2008

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two months is way too young to expect a full night of sleep.. if you get 3 hours at this point you should count your blessings.. this is the stage they are needing to bond and gain trust..so until 6-8 months.. hang in there..

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