When Will The Baby Sleep Through The Night

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Perl - January 29

My MIL told me that by 3 months a baby should be sleeping through the night already . I told her I thought this might be different for br___tfed babies but I'm not really sure. My little guy is almost 3 months old (he's in his 11th week now) and not anywhere close to sleeping through the night. He still wants to be fed every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours during night. What is your experience?


Tammy276 - January 29

Every baby is different and there is no "certain time" when a baby should start sleeping through the night. It could take up to 6 months before they sleep through the night, or they could start sleeping through the night right away. It doesn't matter if the are bottle fed or b___st fed. As they get older, they should gradually start to sleep a bit longer, but it really all depends on the baby...our little guy started sleeping 6 - 7 hours at night around 5 weeks...I don't think we'll get that lucky this time around!


kellens mom - January 29

Dd is 9 months old and still manages to wake once a night. Now I think it is more related to teeth...but still she is waking. I have found that if I get to dd before she wakes up too much, I can nurse her right back into a deep sleep. Like Tammy276 said, each baby is different. I think dd started sleeping a six hour stretch when she was 3 to 4 months old.


Leilani14 - January 29

I think you are right about brestfed babies. My dr told me that baby will start to sleep through the night when he has enough food through the day (not just he last meal). I feed my lo with EBM because he had issues latching when he was born. At aournd 4 weeks I was thinking about training him to nurse. I would nurse him and then offer a botle of EBM. So after nursing for about 30 min he would stil eat half of his usual amount from the bottle. So I gave up the idea of nursing only and eventually went completely to bottle of EBM. He started to sleep through the night at 8 weeks and now at 4mo he sleeps about 10hrs a night. I just may be lucky, but I thnik there is something to it since getting milk from the b___b is hard work for a baby much harder that getting it from the bottle.


Kristin72 - January 29

Perl, Hi :). Despite what some people think. Sleeping through the night is not necessarily "ideal" for babies before 6 months... they are growing rapidly and need to be fed to keep their tummies full... and inturn keep your milk production up if you are b___stfeeding. Babies are hard wired to awaken every few hours to keep their tummies full during this rapid growth period. (this is a survival mechanism).Although undisturbed sleep for adults is ideal;) A baby who sleeps too much is missing often essential feedings..in fact some of these babies should be awakened if they are sleeping straight through before 6 months (if thet are b___stfed) Milk supply as you may be aware works on supply and demand. Your body will only replace the milk that has been fed to your baby. 8 hours is almost too long for mommies to wait as this may diminish or reduce milk supply ( the extended feedings)So just cherish these night feedings. I often look at it as "the night shift" I know I will be up 2-3 times. As tired as I may be I know it is best for baby and Mommies milk supply. On the otherhand, formula fed babies often can sleep longer and can sleep through the night at an earlier stage. Fornula is more fatty than protein rich b___stmilk. and can allow a baby to sleep longer. So we should not compare our babies to other babies or formula fed babies..as sleeping schedules will be different.


spamanda - January 29

At two months ds was sleeping 6-7 hour stretches! By the end of his third month, he was waking every couple of hours, lol. It's getting better again, right now we're going about 4 hour stretches. So it may go back and forth depending on growth spurts, etc. Don't worry about what MIL says, and I'm sorry if she's giving you a hard time! Good luck, hope you get some rest.


Perl - January 29

Thanks everyone (Hi Kristin!). Interesting to hear some of the older babies are waking up in the middle of night too--that b__ws MIL's argument! Forgot about growth spurts and teething problems too--yikes f un is ahead! Supposedly she knows it all since she had 6 kids and has even more grandkids but she never b___stfed her own so phoeey on her for trying to make me feel bad!


alverran - January 29

Perl My dd is almost 6 months old and still does not sleep through the night. She does normally gets up once and she is just getting over a cold so that was about every 2-3 hours. We just started to introduce cereal but that is a myth as well (babies sleep longer). Your ds seems to be just doing what he has been doing for the past 11 weeks, feeding on demand. I think my dd was sleeping 4-5 hours at night at that time, but every baby is different and has different needs. No worries.


Mommy_to_be - January 29

My daugher slept a 5 hour stretch within the first 2 weeks of life (we slept through her feeding alarm). At the 2 week appt, our ped said that we coud let her sleep as long as she wanted as long as we fed her every 3 hours during the day. Ever since she has slept from 5 to 9 hours straight, then will go back to sleep for another 1 and 1/2 to 3 hours. I b___stfeed exclusively by the way.


tryingx3 - January 30

As you guys know, my dd is up a LOT during the night, dr said that many babies start sleeping better when they hit the 12-14 lb mark. We are at 13.5 lbs. She also stated (as we all know) that b___stfed babies tend to process food faster and get used to "needing" mommy to help nurse them back to sleep. I am just now getting 2 3-hour sessions almost regularly.


tryingx3 - January 30

A "good" night at our house is up at 1, 3:30, then 5:30 or 6:00


krc - January 30

ethan is 6 months old and exclusively b___stfed. He has never slept thru the night and wakes up to eat twice. Also we co-sleep.


NVgirl - January 30

Perl: I am in the same boat... my DD is 11w2d and some times she sleeps 2 hours sometimes 4 hours... but I was told BFing they don't sleep through the night like a formula feed baby will. So I was told to pump 2 oz and mix 1 TBSP of rice cereal with it and give it to her before bed.... I have been trying, but she doesn't want the bottle... AGH! So we'll see once she takes the bottle.


kerryv - January 31

you could try supplementing formula for your baby's last meal and then lay him down. that might help:)


Perl - February 2

Trying: our kids have the same 1 1/2 to 2 hour nightly schedule. Last night he slept 3 hours after a 4 oz formula supplement from 9 pm to midnight but I was feeding every hour or 1 1/2 hour after that and he wanted to be up for good at 2AM! I tried to get him back to sleep til 3AM then told my dh to take over. ***NVGirl: I wish I could try cereal but Dr. said my ds should not until closer to 6 months. I'd that by then we'll have this nightwaking problem figured out maybe not hug KRC but I'd love just 3 feedings a night. ***Kerry: oh how I wish! Sometimes getting him to fall asleep is not the problem. It's when I put him down oh so gently that he wakes up. He wants to sleep in my arms all night long.


Perl - February 2

Thanks Alverran also for helping me feel normal. Mommy to be: I envy you.


Amanda8 - February 8

My son is almost 4 mos. I quit bfeeding at 2. He has yet to sleep thru the night. Once in a GREAT while he'll sleep 5 hrs at night, but normally it's every 3 hrs and he's up. I think it just depends on your childs appet_te.



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