When do we start sleeping all through the night?

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Anna - posted on 04/19/2009

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Wow, this was the perfect post for me. My little guy is stil waking up every 3 to 4 hours. Im still breast feeding but am starting to reduce it. So he gets "dinner" now. Some type of oatmeal (4 months up) and a bottle. I thought since he eats so much then that he would sleep longer. So far he's still getting up after 3 to 4 hours, and when he starts to eat he can barely keep himself awake to eat. I'm contemplating that sleep training thing, but here in Norway it says in most books to stop with night feedings last when breast feeding anyway. But it would be great to get him to start sleeping threw the night.. hehe

Erin - posted on 04/18/2009

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Quoting Katie:



Quoting Erin:

We had to sleep train Tristan to get him to sleep through the night. It was really difficult at first, but he has been sleeping through the night for almost 4 months.





So how did you train him?





Our doctor told us to make sure that he had a full bottle right before bed to make sure that he was full.  She also stressed that he wouldn't need one in the middle of the night, he just wanted one out of habit.  She also told us to make sure we had a routine that we stuck to. So every night we read a book, take a bath, then drink an 8 ounce bottle.  We also play a baby einstein classical music CD on repeat all night.  The hardest part was she told us not to pick him up at all through the night.  When he would wake up and cry we would wait about 5 minutes then go in and rub his back and try to soothe him.  She said to try not and stay in the room for longer than a couple minutes.  If he continued to cry we would check back every 10-15 minutes just so he would know that we were still there for him, but we never picked him up.  It only took a little over a week before the first night he made it all the way through.  It was really hard to listen to him cry, there was a few times my husband had to hold my hand so I wouldn't go running to him.  There are other methods of sleep training, this is just the one that worked for us.  The main thing our doctor said was not to rush in there when the baby first wakes up.  She said this will help them learn to soothe themselves so that they can fall back asleep.

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Becky - posted on 04/19/2009

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I think it varies for each child. Evan started sleeping a little more like every week. When he first came home it was Every 4 hours.. them we went to 5 hours.. then 6 hours.. By 3 months it was 6 hours ... and then went up from there... Once he was around 8 months he stopped waking at night at all and slept 12 hours at night.

Chrie - posted on 04/19/2009

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My son is 8 months now, but has been sleeping though most nights from about 5 months.
I feed him juz before his bath, as late as possible.
Also if he wake's at night, he has learnt to suck his thumb and go back to sleep. At first he would cry, it was hard but i left him (inless he was sreaming).

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2009

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mine is 9 months old and has waken up every 3 hours to eat since she was born. her doctor will not let her skip feeds at nigth since she is off the growth charts. she is 13 pounds although she eats non stop. it becomes tireing.

Misty - posted on 04/19/2009

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My daughter is 19 months and wakes up with dreams , but falls back to sleep. She started to sleep through the night when she started to eat solid foods. The key is a full tummy, a warm bath and cozy pj's (pajamas)

Katie - posted on 04/18/2009

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My kids have always been great sleepers (and tummy sleepers too). The night we first put my daughter on her tummy at around 5 1/2 weeks she slept 9 hours and it just kept getting longer after that. My son did a minimum of 9 hours by the time he was 3 1/2 - 4 weeks old. I swear by tummy sleeping, it really is better for them and it is proven to make better sleepers because they are not startling themselves awake and they can breathe easier (contrary to what Dr.'s tell you)

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2009

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Wow, everyone thanks for the comments. This has all been really helpful. My LO is about to be 4 months on may 2nd. We go to bed around 8-9 then wake up once around 2-3 in the morning and then, for some reason, he wakes up around 4-5 in the morning ready to start the day. But, then after 2 hours...he is ready to go back to sleep and we only sleep hard for about an hour. After that hour, you are having to constantly put that pacifier in his month for that extra 30 mins. Which is worth it.

Tierney - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son is 15 months old. He sleeps through the night here and there. Sometimes he can sleep through the night for a week at a time and some nights he's up once or twice. But never more then twice.

Rhiannon - posted on 04/18/2009

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Hi my little girl is 71/2 weeks old and has been sleeping through the night since 5 1/2 weeks. before that she was only up once at around 3-3.30 for a feed which lucky for me is when my husband is home from work to look after her! I think all babes are different! although in saying this last night was her first night in her cot in her room and she woke up at 3.50 for a bottle. she slept great in there though, much better than me!!!

Nikki - posted on 04/18/2009

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Oh man my son is 11 months old and still wakes up about 4:30 am to have a bottle...it totally varies...

Naomi - posted on 04/18/2009

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Normally around 3 months old, give or take. Both my girls started at this age, first daughter was bottle fed at this age and slept through the night she started bottles. Second was breast fed and slept through on her own. The key is a good routine, and plenty of calories during the day, that way when they wake at night you should feel confident that they dont need a feed and let them learn to self settle.

Katie - posted on 04/18/2009

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Quoting Erin:

We had to sleep train Tristan to get him to sleep through the night. It was really difficult at first, but he has been sleeping through the night for almost 4 months.


So how did you train him?

Erin - posted on 04/18/2009

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We had to sleep train Tristan to get him to sleep through the night. It was really difficult at first, but he has been sleeping through the night for almost 4 months.

Katie - posted on 04/18/2009

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my daughter is 6 months old and still wakes up every 3 hours for a feed at night sometimes less and it is getting very waring!! I've decided that it's become habit and she doesn't really need as she is on solids and has been for a while so I'm going to attempt just giving her water!! My eldest was 3 months when she slept through so I don't know why Abbey is so different. But I really want to crack it soon as I'm constantly knackered and plus I'm going back to work part time in 7 weeks! How about your baby?

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