Define "sleeping through the night"!!

Lydia - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I was starting to feel like I was the only one with a 6 month old not sleeping through the night...until I read a post that said their baby was sleeping through the night 11:00 PM until 5:00 AM. I guess I didn't consider that "through the night". So now I'm wondering if my baby is about average in the sleep department. He goes to bed between 7:00 and 8:00 PM and wakes up between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, but he wakes up once around 2:00 or 3:00 to eat. Did anyone else have a 6 month old who slept 11 or 12 hours without waking or is it still expected that he wake up to eat once or twice? When did your child start sleeping 11 or 12 hours without waking?

Thanks!!

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Brandy - posted on 01/27/2009

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From the time my daughter was 3 months old until she was 8 months old she would go to bed at about 9, getting up just once or twice to eat, then back to sleep until about 10. So that sounds right to me. Now she is 9 months old and sleeps from 9pm until 9 or 10am

Kayleigh - posted on 01/26/2009

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my little girl is 18months old and has only just started sleeping through!! she stil wakes 4 a bottle every now and again at about 3, but most nights its 7 til 7!

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Sleeping through the night means going six hours without waking.   My little rascal did not sleep through the night until she was almost 2 by that defiinition.   But 6 hours straight is what the doctor means.

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My oldest is 7 years old. He was 6 before he started regularly sleeping through the night!! And my middle son slept through from the day he was born!! Every child is different.

Megan - posted on 01/26/2009

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My daughter started sleeping from 8pm until 8am at 6 weeks of age but my son is 14 months old and he still wakes up at about 1:30 and has a bottle but doesnt go back to sleep for at least 2 hours...



they're all different

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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Oops! Correction...that would be "their head through waist would be on the pillow." All of mine were breastfed beyond the time when they started sleepng through the night. If you are nursing, try giving a bottle (breast milk or formula) for bedtime to ensure they don't fall asleep before getting enough to last them. When your baby wakes up around 2 or 3 try putting a passy in their mouth without picking them up or talking to them.

Crystal - posted on 01/26/2009

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For the most part, 6 hours is considered sleeping thru the night, especially if you're breastfeeding. Anything more is a bonus!

Crystal - posted on 01/26/2009

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To be honest my guy who is on the boob juice and not formula has been sleeping over 7 hours since he was a month and a half old, he is now four months old today and he has been sleeping 10 to 12 hours for the last month or so.  he occasionally wakes up at 4-5 to feed but somedays its just cause he spit out his soother and I can put it back in and he will pass right back out.

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hey Lydia,



I have been blessed with kids that have always been great sleepers. A girlfriend of mine has a little boy that was NEVER a good sleeper. My four month old started sleeping 11-13 hours a night without waking up at 7 weeks. My 2 1/2 year old started sleeping 11-13 hours at 2 months. My 4 year old started sleeping 11-13 hours at 3 months. BUT!!! My 5 year old didn't do that until 9-10 months! He was a preemie (born 32 weeks) and weighed 5 lbs 3 ozs. The other boys were around 9 lbs.  I'm not trying to rub anything in, it's just different for every child. Some like their back better, mine always slept better on their stomach. I would put a flat pillow under their bed sheet where their head through waste would be on the pillow.

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