Babies sleeping through the night...

Roxanne - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a daughter who is almost 2 months old and was wondering why her sleep patterns r still so irregular. Some nights she sleeps for 4 or 5 hours straight then other nights she is up every 1-2 hours. I wonder if it's because me and my boyfriend sleep with the tv on and then during the day I watch tv and she sleeps through it. Sometimes I even have to wake her up during the day to feed her because she has been sleeping for 4-5 hours. Any suggestions???

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Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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yes a routine is a must and it is ok to let her sleep up to 5 hours at night (unless your doctor has told you other wise) a 2 month old baby should eat about every 2-3 hrs if breast feeding or every 3-4 hours if formula feeding. waking her during the day if she is napping to long but remember babies this young need lots of sleep and it is typical for them to sleep most the night and most the day only waking for a couple hours at a time for feedings

Sybil - posted on 04/28/2009

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My son didnt get into his routine till after 3 months...took a while..he was going to bed at about 10 or 11 pm and sleeping till 7:30 waking through the night for a feeding and eventually sleeping through the night but now it suddenly changed and he goes down 8-9pm and wakes up about 6-7 am i never really had a specific routine for him i let him pick his own i suppose

Ashley - posted on 04/28/2009

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Congratulations on your little one. One way to help this issue is to have a definite bedtime routine that begins at the same time every day. Most babies like to be down for bed at 6pm (it's just how the circadian rhythms in their brains operate...it's just the way it is) So if you begin a routine before this of, bath or pajamas then breastfeed/bottle then to bed by 6pm it will make her nights more consistent. Then let her wake you up when/if she's hungry. If you are BF I would pump before I went to bed to make sure I was nice and empty, then depending on when my daughter woke up I would either BF her if enough time had passed for me to get full again or I'd give her a bottle of breastmilk. I would definitely continue to wake her up during the day when it's time to eat so she knows daytime is when she east and night time is when she sleeps. If you keep her bedtime the same every night it will help to regulate her sleeping patterns.

User - posted on 04/28/2009

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hi ive got 2 girls 1 age 5 and 1 age 3 my first i use to let fall asleep downstairs in her moses then take her bed when i went she didnt sleep verygood and was hard to get into a routine when she went into her own room,but my second from birth i put her to bed in my room in her cot at 8.00pm with the baby monitor plugged in and checked her every hour,when she wanted feeds i took them upstairs and left the lights low so was still darkish then afterwards put her back to bed,when she got to 6 wks old she slept through from 8-8 everynight she sleeps brilliant now 7-7 its woth a try.

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