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May 29th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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When do Most Babies Start Sleeping Through the Night?

Do you agree or disagree with the tips to sleep through?
How old were each of your kids when they slept through?
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May 29th, 2013, 09:43 AM
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To me the article sounds about right, all of my kids would eat every 2 hours during the day and then sleep 6-7 hours through the night right around 8 weeks.

I had the same routine for all of them, up around 6am, nap at 9:30am, up at 11am, nap at 1pm, up at 3pm, nap at 7pm, up at 9pm, last feeding at 11pm so they were in bed for the night by midnight. As they got older we cut out the evening nap and started going to bed a little bit earlier. At around a year DS was going to bed at 9:30pm and getting up at 6:30am, with one short morning and one longer afternoon nap. Now DS sleeps from 8pm until 7am and wakes up in the night maybe once a week. He still has his afternoon nap and only has a morning one if he was up in the night.

Only one of mine took a pacifier. All of them had dark rooms and I never turned on more than a night light for nursing them so there was very little stimulation at night.
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May 29th, 2013, 10:05 AM
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i think they are good tips, and probably work well for some babies. Like all things parenting i dont think there is a magic solution for all babies

My oldest was 17 months when he slept all night, my middle child was 9 months and they both had the same routine. Our youngest doesnt sleep all night or have a routine yet but hes only 2.5 months old
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May 29th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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I totally could have made a list with tips after my first 3....after all, they pretty much slept through the night by about 6 weeks. I had routine, was firm, and did everything right.

And then........

I had 2 more kids. I did the same things as with the first 3.

They were terrible sleepers. It took my 4th about 18 months to finally sleep through the night and it took my super super super stubborn youngest a really long time too.

That's why I have 5 kids...to keep me humble.
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May 29th, 2013, 01:08 PM
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They are generally good tips, but as many others have mentioned, it really does vary with each baby. The only thing to be wary off is overfeeding during the day, as this has a massive effect on your baby's sleep at night.
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May 29th, 2013, 04:23 PM
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I think I was blessed with really good sleepers!
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May 29th, 2013, 04:56 PM
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I'll say! At 9.5 months, Cameron never sleeps longer than 4 hours. I have talked to sleep specialists, spent hours researching sleep patterns, suggestions etc. We haven't found the magic recipe yet. We've come a long way, but we are far from getting a full night's sleep.
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May 29th, 2013, 05:12 PM
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Please don't take this the wrong way, because I don't mean it to question your judgement or to be mean in any way, I know you're trying everything possible, but I know you put him down for the night right after supper. I wonder if it's an unrealistic expectation to have him go down so early in the evening and stay asleep until a decent hour in the morning. IDK, maybe you've already tried, but would a short evening nap then some play time before a later bedtime help him sleep longer or more sound until morning? If you've already tried and he's miserable then feel free to completely ignore me.
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May 29th, 2013, 05:44 PM
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Jess, Cam sounds like my Ross, and i promise you one day he will just sleep, one day sleeping for 10-12 hours will just sound better than waking up. It didint matter what i did for R he was just a bad sleeper, its just him, I did the exact same things for Will and he slept all night at 9 months old
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May 29th, 2013, 05:46 PM
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Oh we've tried! And when we started putting him down earlier was when we saw the huge improvements from 45 min "stretches" all night to up to 4 hour chunks. He is rarely up before 7am...except this week, something seems to be going on (I think we're in the middle of a wonder week). I was extremely skeptical about the early bedtime as well, until I had nothing else to try. We are slowly backing off his bedtime...its usually 6:15 now. But I appreciate you speaking up! Anyone with experience! Things have got to give soon. I have several friends with young ones, and they all seemed to have slept 7-7 from about 6 months on. I'd kill for 6-6 and one wake up. Hopefully soon 7-7. Next week's goal is 6:30 bedtime. I just recognize his signs and if I miss them, we have an hour long fight on our hands...even if I don't try to put him down, he's not happy, and he's worse if I try to!
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May 29th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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Well 4 hours is better than 45 min, that's for sure. I feel for you, I think I'd have all my hair pulled out if I had gone 9+ months of no sleep.
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May 29th, 2013, 06:57 PM
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I think the last 2.5 months have been the worst, since we transitioned him to his crib, even though he sleeps longer chunks...co-sleeping I got sleep, never fully woke up each time...now, I have to get out of bed, go across the hall...and I'm awake. He won't co-sleep anymore, and DH was banished to the spare room usually since he is a very deep sleeper - not cool.

I haven't done real CIO, but I can read his cries. If he's just p'd at having to go to bed, I can leave him and 95% of the time he will settle. I don't leave him to get hysterical (hence my guilt yesterday when I didn't have the monitor on). I also no longer keep the monitor on over night...that also reduced some of the wake ups to me (where he would settle himself). But still about every 3-4 hours, he seems to need help. The dr said I can night wean totally if I want to, but he doesn't seem ready for that. I can function with one wakeup...its the multiple ones (half the time he's every 2 hours after 2am) I can't handle. I am hoping he gets through the developmental milestone he's currently working on (I think its walking...) and continue to improve on his sleep. I have 3 months till I return to work and I thought this would be resolved before now!

If I'm dealing with this with #1, the next one should be a breeze!
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