Sleeping through the night

Cathy - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Anyone else having trouble getting their little one to sleep through the night? We are still up 2-3 times each night with the baby expecting a bottle. He's 16 pounds and eating solids at meal time.

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Jessica - posted on 06/10/2009

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I got lucky, my daughter sleeps from 8 to 10 hours straught (sometimes more) But I read that you should let them fuss if they wake up in the middle of the night, for up to a half hour (I know it sounds cruel) but when my daughter was waking up around 4am I started to just let her fuss. Sure enough about 10 minutes later she went back to sleep until the morning. A few more nights of letting her fuss and she was sleeping all night. If your getting up a few times, try to eliminate a few of the feedings, try letting him fuss. Better to break it now because if not, he will "expect" to be fed thru the night. Plus you and him need the sleep. Getting up effects both of you...you both need a good nights rest! Hope it works out for you!

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Sheree - posted on 06/26/2009

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My son is almost 6 months and I think the longest he has ever slept for is 7hrs and that has only been a couple of times. I tend to put him into bed sleepy but not asleep, if he can fall asleep on his own i think this helps him to re-settle himself during the night. He is currently waking frequently, altho only feeding once, all other times if I know hes not goin to settle on his own, i will go in and reassure him by patting his tummy and he will fall straight back to sleep. I know all babies are different so I dont tend to fret that some sleep and some don't. I just keep doing what works and what baby is currently demanding. I don't think there is any sure way to encourage a full nights sleep, but if you have any suggestions please feel free to let me know.

Clare - posted on 06/15/2009

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my little one started sleeping straight through the night from about one month old. he is 19 pounds and is demand fed during the day which is about a 4 bottles a day every 4 hours. i put him to bed at about 10pm and hes very happy untill about 11am in the morning. everybaby is different or it might be to do with food, because he is only on milk at the moment.

Clare - posted on 06/15/2009

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well intil recently i used to wake Ella up just before i went to bed to top her up, it worked because then every one get their sleep.

Joanne - posted on 06/14/2009

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My 18 lb 5 mo wakes up between 1-3 times a night. With my son I fretted so much over this, but this time we're using a co-sleeper and I'm thinking of it as a short lived inevitable part of babyhood. I just roll over, feed her, and we both go back to sleep.

Brydget - posted on 06/14/2009

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I have just started letting Willow fuss a little at night instead of jumping straight up and assuming she was after a feed. She tends to wake up around 4am with a little grizzle, I get up and go to the bathroom and by the time I am back she has gone back to sleep. We still have the odd night where she will wake and I can tell from her cry that it is a real give me something to eat!

Tricia - posted on 06/13/2009

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Amber, you don't need to get upset, sweetheart. It's not that I enjoy waking up, it's that I've found a way to minimize the disruption of waking up. Like, I don't *like* commuting, but since it's inevitable, I find ways to make it the least traumatic that it can be. Same deal... if the baby won't sleep through the night (because even babies who "sleep through the night" wake up, they just soothe themselves), you find a way to make it work even though he doesn't sleep 8 hours in a row.

Louise - posted on 06/11/2009

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I believe that a baby only wakes up for one reason during the night - hunger!!!! My 5 month old boy has been sleeping through since 2 months old. I have tried the same with him than with my daughter and that is demand feed. With both my children I demand feed during the day and then they sleep through the night. To demand feed you really need to be patient, because you have to leave everything you were busy with the moment that baby calls. I sometimes feed 5 - 6 times in a four hour pperiod. I am telling you, it works, I believe in demand feed!!

Amber - posted on 06/10/2009

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First of all Yes Cathy my little man is still getting up as well and he is also eating solids and is at least 17 pounds now although he was 5 pounds at birth. And Tricia the big deal is some people don't enjoy waking up through the night as much as you do. We do get up and feed our babies and cuddle them as well but man would I love to sleep through the night just one night. I work and my day starts very early and never ends early enough so it is difficult to live without sleep.

Tricia - posted on 06/10/2009

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Why is sleeping through the night the holy grail of baby care? Most people don't sleep through the night, let alone babies. It's just that you can get to the WC to pee and find a glass of water on your own, and you're not scared of being alone, so you fall back asleep without any help. And baby need some assistance to get food into his empty belly. Waking up is normal; nighttime feeds assure good nutrition. Don't stress!
My LO is up every 2 hours to nurse, which is fine because he sleeps in my room just like the World Health Organization recommends to reduce SIDS. So we wake up on the same schedule. Sometimes I even wake up a minute or two before him.

Jessica - posted on 06/10/2009

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We are still up usually every 2 hours but sometimes every hour. I'm glad to know that we are not alone.

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