What is a good method to getting your child to sleep through the night with no problems?

Felecia - posted on 10/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I need to know this to help me get through the night.


T - posted on 10/10/2009




I wish you luck....I can suggest what we did...for my daughter:

1) Roll with her schedule during the day but engage he/she as much as possible so that they feel like they need to stay up with you or they'll "miss" something

2) Begin a routine around the time you need them to sleep a longer stretch. We did...bath, read, nurse...then sleep. It seems they easily get into routines and know what to expect.

3) Know that they'll only sleep at most 6 hours in a stretch so set the routine up to a time that works best for when you need to sleep and stick to it as much as possible. Even if you don't do a bath everyday....do a washdown at least and massage with lotion as a replacement.

My family kept telling me to put cereal in a bottle which is not good...in order to get them to sleep but I never did and the routine thing seemed to work. She would only wake up once overnight initially and I would make sure to only have the night light on and be very quiet with her so that she got to know the difference between day & night. Then, she quickly slept right through the night...now sleeps from about 10-11PM to 5-6AM on average and she's a little over 4mos! Every kid is different though but I would definitely say give this a shot...


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Erin - posted on 10/12/2009




Go to www.babybliss.com.au, Jo Ryan is a midwfe and nurse and her book Baby Bliss is amazing I highly reccomend u getting it! It teaches you all about routines and settling methods. I have only just been put onto this myself as I have had similar issues to you and since starting her routine 4 days ago thats on the website my 6 week old sleeps for 6 hours at night then wakes for one feed and then sleeps another 3 hours. Its all about not over stimulating your baby, have then up for no longer than 90 mins then do the same routine to put them to sleep (like change, wrap, feed, sleep) and they encourage you to put them to bed awake as it teaches your child to put themselves to sleep which eventually is why they will sleep through the night as they will wake during the night but put themselves back to sleep. They may fuss and cry a little the first few times you put them asleep awake - but you know ur baby if they get really distressed, step in if its just whining crying leave them be and he will fall asleep. Good luck, If u can get a copy of the book (not sure if ur in Australia) I would cos its done wonders for me and my baby is just so much happier!

Krista - posted on 10/12/2009




My son Parker is 4 weeks old and eating every 3 hours. He did really well in a co-sleeper for a couple of weeks but for the last 2 weeks he has been very fussy and the only way he will stop crying and sleep in between feedings is if he is in bed with me cuddled up right next to me. We also started the bath, massage, nurse and bed routine.

Terri - posted on 10/11/2009




TIME!! It is the only thing. I have tried everything and the only thing that is working is time. As she gets older she sleeps longer. I have read and it is very true they will do as they please. So when they are ready to sleep through the night they will.

I know we want them to from day one but what we want and get are so different! LOL.. My LO is now a year old and she still wakes at least 2 times a night but it was alot more, so I just try to hang in there it gets better!!

Aleks - posted on 10/11/2009




Patience. Babies will sleep through the night when they are good and ready. And then one day, for no explicable reason, they might stop. As your baby grows things will change, including their sleep pattern - just like their feeding patterns.
While I have found a routine to be helpful to me when putting my kids down to sleep, my second child ( almost 8mths) still hasn't "slept through", while my first started to sleep through at 3 months, then stopped for a few months, then slept through again for about a month, then at the age of about 6-7mths he stopped sleeping through until he was like 18mths or more ( actually, I have become confused about that as we ended up co-sleeping before then - so all the night wakings just rolled into one ).
I know that some people advertise how quickly their babies started to sleep through the night, but you must also remember - every baby is different. My second born, for example, has never slept through! I am not forcing the issue, either. She needs her feeds. While at times it is tough, this lack of sleep... in no time baby won't be a baby anymore, but a child who is happy to sleep all night long. :-)

Danielle - posted on 10/11/2009




felecia, my daughter is just a little bit older than your child and she still wakes up often O/N to feed, she still seems to need it so im not pushing the issue to much. it is starting to wear me down but i know it won't last for ever

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2009




I found out that the biggest reason that my son wasn't sleeping through the night was because he wasn't getting full enough. During the day it wasn't a problem to nurse him whenever he needed to, but at night he would wake up hungry all the time. It eventually got to the point where I couldn't keep him full at all, so I started him on baby food once a day a little before bed. I started with 1/3 of a small jar, then nurse him until he was full and he didn't get hungry again until hours later! I would feed him and then put him in his crib with a lullaby playing and he would fall asleep :)
The routine thing is definitely important. I wish I was as diligent as T Charles is. My son probably would have started sleeping through the night much earlier if I had started a routine and stuck with it.
Good luck!

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