At what age do most babies begin to sleep the entire night?


Nancy - posted on 12/16/2009




I have an 11 month old baby boy and he started sleeping thru the night the very same day he celebrated his 6th month. He slept 10 hrs straight!!! We kept checking on him because we couldn't believe it lol. He, now, sleeps between 6 and 10 hrs in a row but it depends on the day. It is a big break and we are happy about it. But my nephew didn't sleep thru the night til he was 3 yrs old! So I guess it depends on the situation and the child. Good luck!!

Meghan - posted on 12/11/2009




my son was 8 weeks when he started. he slept from 9pm till 6 am so 9 hours. no night feeds, EBF as well. didnt start waking up again untill he had another growth spurt, but that went away quickly. all kids are different.

Renae - posted on 12/11/2009




When "experts" talk about babies sleeping through the night at 12 weeks, it is important to know that by "sleeping through" they mean one stretch of minimum 5 hours, usually from midnight to 5am. Many people don't know this and think babies sleep 7-7 at 12 weeks. Some do, but most dont.

By 12 weeks most babies sleep a 5-7 hour stretch during the night.

By 4 months most babies are only on one feed a night.

By 6 months most babies do not need to feed at night at all and sleep 10-11 hours straight.

A small percentage of babies continue to need one night feed until 10 months.

75% of babies will automatically sleep longer, drop night feeds and sleep through the night all on their own.

25% of babies never sleep through the night until you teach them how to.

Kelsey - posted on 12/11/2009




Some babies dont till over a year old! My daughter will be 6 mos on the 29th and has been sleeping 12 hours straight for about 3 months! I think I got lucky, but having a good bedtime routine is a big help, and despite what you may have heard, keeping them up during the day will make things worse. I let her be in charge of her naps/bedtime and now she sleeps 7:30 pm-7:30 am and takes 2 2-hour naps during the day. I didnt do anything to make that happen, just let her be in charge and didnt force anything on her.

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my son is 4 1/2 months old he sleeps from about 8 pm till 4 or 5 am (8-9 hrs) I nurse him and he goes back to sleep till at least 7:30 sometimes later. He started right before he turned 3 months old except he woke twice the first week or two.


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Heather - posted on 12/12/2009




When my son started eating cereal at about 6 months thats when he started sleeping through the night. He would also take an hour nap during the day which stopped a year ago. He's now 4 and still sleeps through the night. Unless he's getting sick then he will wake up a couple times during the night. He goes to bed around 8:30 and will wake up in the morning between 6:00am and 6:30. Yeah we have a very early start to our day. No matter what time he goes to bed he still gets up around the same time.

Jamie - posted on 12/12/2009




My son was about 13 months old. My daughter is 12 months and was sleeping through the night (as in ALL night), but started teething and stopping. Every baby is different, remember, sleeping through the night for a little one is only 5 hour stretches. My kids were doing that by around 4 or 5 months old.

Allison - posted on 12/12/2009




my daughter has been sleeping through the night since i brought her home from the hospital she is a year old now and for some reason the past three nights she has been waking up but she has another new tooth and i think that might be botherin her but people say i got pretty lucky!

Octavia - posted on 12/11/2009




Im still waiting on that day... lol... he is 3 and he use to, but lately I wake up to see a little face looking back at me. Granted he only wants to get in the bed with me, but still...

Laurie - posted on 12/11/2009




Mine started sleeping through the night very early - about two months or so. Partly it depends on the baby's weight - they are not big enough to sleep that long without food until they are 10 or 11 pounds so if you had a small baby to start with it could take a while. Mine were 9.5 and 8.5 pounds at birth so it didn't take long for them to grow enough to sleep for 7 or 8 hours at a stretch. I also find it helps if you can get them to drink as much as they can hold before going to sleep. This can be tricky when breastfeeding if the baby keeps falling asleep on you. I bottlefeed with breastmilk and generally need to get 6 to 8 ounces into my three month old daughter for her to sleep solidly. She currently sleeps close to 10 hours a night although a lot of times it's 11 pm to 9 am. That at least gives me a chance to have breakfast myself and get my toddler fed before she wakes up.

Robyn - posted on 12/11/2009




My breastfed baby just started sleeping all night within the last week. He is 9 months old.

Chelle - posted on 12/11/2009




my daughter started sleeping all night 9pm-6am from 6weeks untill about 4 months

then she started teething and it was a bit hit or miss wether she would sleep all night or not....then at 6month i put her in her own room and it messed with her sleeping pattern even more. but now at 7months she is starting to sleep all night...AT LAST! last night she slept from 9pm-8.30am

Natalie - posted on 12/11/2009




my baby girl sleeps through now she has from 8 months, she sleeps for dead on 12 hours so if she goes to bed at 7pm she will wake at 7am, or if she goes at 9pm she will wake at 9am, so as you can imagine she has late bedtimes on a friday so we get a sleep in!

Erika - posted on 12/11/2009




Every baby is different. My daughter started sleeping through the night at around 5 months of age, but she stopped when she started teething. :( She now wakes up once a night. I'm trying to get her to sleep through the night again.

Best Wishes!


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