tips on getting 4 month old to sleep through, what worked on my other 3 doesnt seem to work this time


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Tamara - posted on 05/17/2009




At 4 months, she's not going to "sleep through the night" as defined by we adults. Babies are DESIGNED to wake frequently as their little stomachs are only as large as their fists. That being said, with such a small stomach capacity, they NEED to wake and eat more often as well as simply craving the comfort of your embrace, etc.

Scher A. A longitudinal study of night waking in the first year.
Child Care Health Dev 1991 Sep-Oct;17(5):295-302.

Abstract: A longitudinal study of the development of sleep patterns addressed the issue of continuity and change in night waking in the course of the first year. Mothers of 118 infants, who took part in a follow-up study of normal babies, completed a sleep questionnaire at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. Regular night waking was a common characteristic throughout the first year:
Baby's age

% babies waking at night
3 months

6 months

9 months

12 months


The number of awakenings per night was a function of age. Following a decline in the number of interruptions from 3 to 6 months, an increase in night waking at age 9 months was recorded. Although the methodology does not lend itself to an objective validation of the changes in sleep-wake states, nor is it suitable for causal explanations, it is, nevertheless, important to note this profile. The increase in night waking towards the end of the first year coincides with significant socio-emotional advances which characterize this developmental stage.

Jacqui - posted on 05/16/2009




My baby wouldn't sleep through the night until she was six months. But I learned her needs, and began only feeding her every few hours. The other times she woke up, I would stick her soother back in and leave. Eventually she got the idea, and also slowly I was able to lessen the amount of times I fed her at night, until she started sleeping through. Also around this time I put her into a sort of sack thing (with no sleeves--her arms were free), because I found she would roll around a lot and wake herself up! This did miracles! She slept much longer when I started using that.

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some babys are not ready to sleep through.. babys cry because they have needs.. dont try to let her cry it out as she is hungey. i think its best to keep feeding her untill she is able to go a night without feeding rather than forcing it.. at 4 months it is still highly expected for a baby to wake up for feeds..

Melissa - posted on 05/08/2009




Have you tried giving her cereal? I give my baby a couple tablespoons of cereal mixed with her formula each night and she's been sleeping through since about 4 mos.

Linda - posted on 05/08/2009




At 10 wks, we would give dd her soother every time she cried. This is the age when they can start keeping it in thier mouth (she didn't like the soother before). It bought some extra time each night, until she did complete nights. And, of course, I would feed her if she didn't sooth with the soother.

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