Sleeping Through

Angela - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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When did your baby start sleeping through and did you do anything to help them do so? My 2.5mth old will only sleep 2-4 hours at a time.

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Renae - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Katie:

2.5 months?! that's so young! I don't think anyone should expect their baby to sleep through the night so young. Some do and those are some lucky parents but it's not very common. My son is a year and he still doesn't sleep through the night. Sleeping through the night is actually defined as sleeping from midnight to 5am when it comes to babies. So maybe your baby already is.



Just wanted to clarify that from what I have read "sleeping through the night" means different things at different ages. You are 100% correct that sleeping through the night means midnight to 5am if you are talking about a baby under 4 months. 4-6 months sleeping through is 7 hours and over 6 months its 8 hours. ...According to most authors on the subject that is!

Renae - posted on 01/02/2010

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Also, I wouldn't start adding Farax just yet, your baby's digestive system is still under-developed at this age and your baby isn't doing anything unusual. Give baby a chance to develop their sleep patterns on their own first.

Renae - posted on 01/02/2010

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Here is what "normally" happens (this accounts for 75% of babies, the other 25% take up to 2 months longer to do each thing):

0-8 weeks - Feed every 3 hours sleeping 2-2.5 hours at a time in between (some formula fed babies feed every 4 hours)

8-12 weeks - drop one night feed and sleep one a 5 hour stretch during the night, usually between midnight and 5am and continue to feed 3 hourly at all other times.

4-6 months - drop a second night feed and sleep a 7-8 hour stretch at night.

Over 6 months - can usually sleep 8-10 hours overnight without feeding.

You can start a bedtime routine at any time. It will help later for your baby to learn when bedtime is coming and prepare their little brain that it is time to go to sleep.

You can also put your baby in the cot awake and pat them until they start to fall asleep then let them do the last bit of falling asleep on their own (if baby cries then just start patting again until asleep, this is not a method where crying is appropriate it will make things worse). At this age they so often fall asleep feeding that it is difficult to "teach them to sleep on their own" until about 14 weeks, but you can slowly encourage going to sleep on their own. The ability to go to sleep on their own will avoid sleep problems in the future.

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2.5 months?! that's so young! I don't think anyone should expect their baby to sleep through the night so young. Some do and those are some lucky parents but it's not very common. My son is a year and he still doesn't sleep through the night. Sleeping through the night is actually defined as sleeping from midnight to 5am when it comes to babies. So maybe your baby already is.

Angela - posted on 01/01/2010

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Its been hard to keep a routine of late because of xmas/new year celebrations but we will ceirtainly be getting back into it now. I thought about adding a little rice cereal to her bottle.. I assume this is what you are talking about although in Australia we use Farax and we also use grams not oz. But your advise was very helpful thanks!

Valerie - posted on 01/01/2010

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My oldest started sleeping through the night at about 4 months. Thats when we started feeding her rice cereal and veggies. On top of that we have the same routine every night for the past 2 years, bath story song prayer bed. :)

Avery - posted on 01/01/2010

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my little boy slept throught the night at about 3 months, i follow some of the advice that i get from a website that i followed since i was pregnant, and it saidto get a good nightly routine and to follow it every night. i start off my giving my little boy about a 1/2tbl spoon of pablem, this isnt recomended my the "professionals" but my son would eat about three 8 oz bottles and still be really hungary, then i give him a bath with some of the Johnsons nighttime wash that they have, and then i would sit and cuddle him on the couch with a 4oz bottle.

Brandy - posted on 01/01/2010

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9 months for my little girl. She woke every 2.5 hours to eat for the first 3 months, then every 3.5 to 4 hours from 3-6 months then woke once, sometimes twice a night until she was 9 months old. I breastfed on demand and let her sleep when she was tired. I don't really believe in trying to make a feeding and sleeping schedule for a baby because their instincts know best and they need to change their feeding and sleeping patterns as they grow and change but if you want to try something like that, it is up to you.

Krystal - posted on 01/01/2010

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Wil slept thru at 3mths - but is now 10mths and sonce then has prob only slept thru 20 times! A daily routine really helps them. How do you get bubby to sleep? xx

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