Is your baby sleeping through the night

Katrina - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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What age did your baby start sleeping through the night? Any ideas / tips to get them to do this?

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Amber - posted on 04/30/2009

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My neice didn't sleep through the night until 9 months. Definately try the dream feed it has gotten me a couple extra hours of sleep.

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Grace - posted on 05/01/2009

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my daughter is 20 weeks and has been sleeping through the night since about 9 weeks. we got her into a routine of bath at 6:45 and bedat 7:30 - after about 4 days she was sleeping through til 6:30/7:00am. also found that giving them a baby massage after bath helpd relax them and make sure bottle is nice and warm as it settles their tummy and makes them sleepy

Arwen - posted on 05/01/2009

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Mine started when she was four months, her stomach had grown to a size at that point to be able to eat enough to sleep 8 hours. It lasted until she needed more than just breastmilk to eat, 7 months. A nurse (of all people) told me to start her on fruit. So for a solid month she got very good at spitting out food and woke up every two hours at night to breastfeed. By the time my mom told me about rice cereal, she started teething. =P She just started sleeping through again about a month ago, and she's almost 16 months now. She has a few molars to go, but those don't seem to bother her like the front teeth. Hang in there!

Katherine - posted on 05/01/2009

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my first boy started sleeping through at 8weeks and my new baby boy is 6weeks and he has started sleeping through, he has his last feed at 8.30pm and sleeps till about 4.30am then has a feed and goes back to sleep until 8.00am so it really depends on the baby. my first was bottle fed and my second is breast fed so its all up to the baby really.

Kara - posted on 05/01/2009

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both of mine did it from birth. i would get them a good full belly and a nice relaxing bath, a good rub down and out they go.

Katrina - posted on 05/01/2009

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Thanks everyone for replying....! Charlie does ok at nights, he usually goes to bed about 8pm and wakes between 4-5am which is gr8, has a feed and then back into bed till around 7-7:30.....! So i cant really complain but cant wait till its all nights.....! He does wake a few times but we let him go and he goes back to sleep.....!! :P

Alexis - posted on 05/01/2009

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My daughter will be 8 months next week. She normaly falls asleep at 6 but never is allowed to stay up later than 8. we wake up between 7-8 in the morning. Sometimes she wakes up for a few mins when her daddy is getting ready for work at 5 because she can hear the shower but she falls back asleep. This is all because of sleep scheduling and teaching her to fall asleep on her own.

She naps twice a day(two hours from when we wake up and then four hours from that so if we get up at7 she naps at 9 and 1)

at night she eats dinner, has a bath, takes a bottle, then we kiss her good night and sit her in her crib turn off the light and walk out. this was really hard at first but now most night she lays down on her own by the time we shut the door. Whatever your decide to do you have to stick with it for anything to work

Sara - posted on 05/01/2009

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I lucked out and my daughter started sleeping in 5-6 hour blocks when she was 6 weeks old. When they're so little, you just kind of get lucky, there's not really anything you can do to get them to sleep through the night. I will say that we started a bedtime routine when she was really little. We did bath, bottle and book around the time we noticed she was sleeping in the evenings. I think this has contributed to her being a good sleeper now. Also, for when your little one is older, I recommend the book "Solve your child's sleep problems" by Richard Ferber. Even if you don't employ his method, it's full of great info about sleep and children. Good luck!

Emma - posted on 05/01/2009

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My little girl is 6 months old but since she was about 4 months old I started doing the dream feed before I went bed at night and it is great, she goes to bed at 6 and I feed her just befor i go to bed and she sleeps through until about 6 in the morning. When she wakes at 6 I give her a bottle and she will sleep again for another hour sometimes 2

Brittany - posted on 05/01/2009

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She's not! But she's only 8 days old. i just wish i could get her to go back to sleep after night feedings. I don't think it's that she's not tired, I think it's because she just wants to sleep in the bed with me. I started the habit in the hospital of falling asleep while breastfeeding. Now, i rock her to sleep, lay her in her crib, and she wakes up within 5 minutes crying. She also screams to suck on my boob when she goes to sleep. After she gets it, sometimes she'll only suck 3 times. I'm so tired i try to win the battle and get her to sleep in the crib, but I always fall asleep and she wins.

Mel - posted on 05/01/2009

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try putting some rice cereal in his bottle before bed or spoon feeding it depending on his age

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I was told by my midwife to feed every four hours, was told by family to feed on demand.

After 8 weeks of tiresly feeding every four hours, my son started sleeping through the night as he was then feed on demand!

Best piece of advise anyone could give a new mum, is feed on demand!

Kelly - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hi Katrina, my son started sleeping through the night from 6 weeks. From the first day we brought him home, every time he woke up during the night we made sure the lighting was as low as possible, no noise & spoke very softly. We were told by a few friends that this a good way to help them start to notice the difference between day & night. Try to resist the urge to play with him of a night time as well (after whatever time you would like to be his official bedtime). The more differences between day & night, the better. Hope this is helpful :)

Jillian - posted on 04/30/2009

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Think he may be sleeping through in the day too much think i'll try keep him awake think the waking in the night might me just the comfort thing as he sleeps really well if his teeth aren't bothing him which he wakes up the goes back to sleep pretty quickly i'll give it a wirl thanks ladies :)

Rhiannon - posted on 04/30/2009

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We had our son in bed with us until he was around 3 months, then in the cot in our room until her was 7 months, then into his own room. at around 7 to 8 months, we woke him at 10pm for a bottle before going to bed ourselves. I was pregnant again at this stage and so tired, so we did that for a week, and then just stopped, giving him his last bottle at 6.15pm, bed at 6.30pm. He woke and cried the first night we didn't wake him for a bottle and we left him to cry. That lasted 15 minutes and he went back to sleep. He woke again at around 3am and we left him cry. Again, about 15 minutes and he was asleep again. He has slept through every night, without waking since!

(The only nights involving night time crying now are during teething, and once when he had a cold)

We probably could have had him sleeping through earlier, I just didn't know how to go about it really. But it all worked out fine in the end. I don't mind that it took 7 and a half to 8 months before he would sleep through.

Ashley - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Jillian:

Hey Ladies my little boy is six month old and sleeps through from about half eight and wakes between twelve and three for a feed then up at about six six to half past how do i drop the night feed i've never done dream feeding he now has three to four meals a day baby cearal cottage pie or vegetable medley turkey and veg somthing along those lines for lunch pureed fruit then snack in afternoon and porridge before bed and he won't take water or juice please help .


At 6 months old and eating that much during the day he definitely doesn't need anything through the night. Put your little guy to bed much earlier, by at least 2 hours (so 6-6:30pm) and he should sleep through to 6-6:30am. At 6 months he needs about 3 hours of sleep during the day (2-3 naps) and he should be able to sleep between 11-12 hours at night. Try an earlier bedtime and he probably won't wake up.

Ashley - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hi Katrina. I had my daughter sleeping through the night at 10 weeks. I used several things that you may or may not feel comfortable with. First I made sure she ate well during the day at least 24-32oz at that age (she's 6 mos now and gets solids also twice a day). I put my daughter down by 6pm after a bedtime routine (bath, bottle, book, bed). I found my daughter to sleep best on her tummy, but not everyone is comfortable with this. I found my daughter to startle in her sleep and hit herself in the face and wake herself up. So by putting her on her tummy she didn't startle. Also I let her cry, I knew her needs were met (full belly, clean diaper, warm, etc.) and at 10 weeks I let her cry for 30 minutes. She always fell asleep within 20-25 minutes. She sleeps through the night until 6-6:30am. It was important for her to get her naps too. Depending on how old your baby is, your baby may start to show tired signs within and hour and 15 minutes of being awake. My daughter did at 10 weeks until 3 months, and would take about 3 naps per day of at least 1-2 hours each. Try an earlier bedtime if you aren't already. If you feel your baby is getting enough to eat you could try ignoring him if he wakes up at night and see if he settles down, but give him 30 minutes (I would always go peek at my daughter but she couldn't see me from her crib, just make sure she was okay, and she would settle down). If he's not settled down by 30 minutes you could attempt to feed him, but only continue to feed him if he's actually eating and not just using it as a pacifier. If he doesn't eat then you know he doesn't need it at night and put him back down. Go in every 30 minutes (it sounds like a really long time, but it's very age-appropriate for a baby that is 2-3 months old) if he's still crying and pick him up, stay at the crib, and pat his back, whatever until he's calm, then put him back down. This may have to happen for a few nights but by the 4th night of an earlier bedtime he should be able to go through the night, if he's eating well during the day.

Ashley - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Jillian:

Hey Ladies my little boy is six month old and sleeps through from about half eight and wakes between twelve and three for a feed then up at about six six to half past how do i drop the night feed i've never done dream feeding he now has three to four meals a day baby cearal cottage pie or vegetable medley turkey and veg somthing along those lines for lunch pureed fruit then snack in afternoon and porridge before bed and he won't take water or juice please help .


At 6 months old and eating that much during the day he definitely doesn't need anything through the night. Put your little guy to bed much earlier, by at least 2 hours (so 6-6:30pm) and he should sleep through to 6-6:30am. At 6 months he needs about 3 hours of sleep during the day (2-3 naps) and he should be able to sleep between 11-12 hours at night. Try an earlier bedtime and he probably won't wake up.

Amber - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son goes to sleep between 7-8 pm and his dad doesn't come to bed till like 10 or 10:30 so when he comes to bed he brings a bottle and gives it to him and then goes to sleep so basically right before you go to bed. My son used to get up around 11 or 12 for a feed and now he does between 2-2:30 every little bit helps

Jillian - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hey Ladies my little boy is six month old and sleeps through from about half eight and wakes between twelve and three for a feed then up at about six six to half past how do i drop the night feed i've never done dream feeding he now has three to four meals a day baby cearal cottage pie or vegetable medley turkey and veg somthing along those lines for lunch pureed fruit then snack in afternoon and porridge before bed and he won't take water or juice please help .

Amber - posted on 04/30/2009

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How old is your baby? My son is 3 1/2 months old and he still doesn't sleep through the night. All babies are different some sleep through the night immediately. I know a lot of people try a lot of things to get their baby to sleep and although I don't function well without sleep there are a lot of things that I am not comfortable doing. I am back at work and struggle some days to stay awake through the day. some things that I read and people suggested that helped me were to not get up and feed him immediately when he started grunting wait for a full cry it adds time between each feeding and helps stretch it out over time. Also doing dream feeds (feeding them right before you go to bed while they are still sleeping) has been wonderful for me. I can't let my baby cry and I don't put cereal in the bottle although in a couple weeks at 4 months I am going to spoon feed him the cereal and hope that helps some too. My baby goes to bed between 7-8 wakes at 2-2:30 and again at 5 then we leave at 7 for work. I do just remember that it won't last forever and when I am not working I try to get a nap when he does. Also they are so worth the lack of sleep at least that is how I feel.

Debbie-shea - posted on 04/30/2009

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My daughter is 11 weeks old and her night time routine is to have her last feeding at 7:30pm. She goes to bed and ususally wakes between 4-500 am to eat again. She feeds and is right back to sleep for about another 3 hrs. This routine works great for both of us. I found she started to sleep much better when i moved her from the cradle in my room to her crib in her own room, which I did at 8 weeks. I also swear by swaddling. Like others have noted, the tighter the better! :)

Casey - posted on 04/30/2009

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I love sleep! I don't function well without a good nite's sleep. With all 3 of my girls, the youngest is 11 months old, I ended up having to let them cry some! I hated to do that, but they do have to learn & it will pay off. You will be so surprised at how quickly your little one will learn to fall asleep & comfort themselves when they wake at night. One trick that worked for me was to go in every 5 minutes & comfort her without picking her up. All 3 of my girls also have blankies! Just something to comfort them. Two books that I have read since my oldest was little & learned so much from are:

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg

Good Night, Sleep Tight by Kim West

Goodluck!!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son last night had his first "slept through the night" experience. He is 10 weeks today. He slept from 1015 pm until 6:10 am! So I was a very happy mom, especially since I return to work tomorrow! A few things I did different, I normally feed him 5 ounces of formula but for his nighttime bottle I fed him 6 ounces (which he drank the whole thing) and I also used a swaddle me wrap. I have only swaddled him twice since hes been born and thats been in a blanket which he would wiggle out of, the swaddle me wrap keeps him snug and he cannot get out of it. I hnestly think those two things is what made him sleep. Maybe try that! :-)

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My 2 year old slept through the night almost instantly, and my 1 year old took a little longer. What I was told by others was just to ignore them when they woke up. I don't mean if they are screaming bloody murder I'm only talking about when they wake up whining a little, wait about 20 mins before you respond. Most of the time they fall back asleep and it helps them to get on schedule to just stay asleep. If they don't fall asleep within 30 min then they need something and you don't want to let them whine any longer.

Cathelijn - posted on 04/30/2009

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Sometimes she will sleep through sometimes she will need food. At 10 weeks she started sleeping through but lately she has been waking up again to eat at night.

Your baby is only little and I think it is to early to sleep through. At 10 weeks Isabelle would have a feed at midnight and sleep until 6 am. Lots of people are going to tell you to put cereal in his bottle but don't do it it is really not save and babies are not ready for it. I know it is a pain but just go with it he will start sleeping though when he is ready, one night he will sleep through and you will be awake wondering why he doesn't want to eat :-). babies are only small for such a short while just enjoy it..

Natalie - posted on 04/30/2009

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my son is nearly 2 and stil is up at least twice thru the night then gets up to start the day between 5 and 5.30!!

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