Sleeping through the night?

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Registered: 11-01-2011
Sleeping through the night?
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 1:29pm


When did they start?  What age?

What times do they sleep from - til?

Any tips or suggestions for helping others?


** My three have been sleeping from 8pm til 11pm.. we feed, finish by midnight and then they (hopefully) sleep until 7-7:30am

We don't use rice cereal..  

We use the white noise cd that loops all night long..

Sleep sacks

Lavender lotion

every 2-3 days we do a lavender tub before bed as well




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Registered: 12-05-2011
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 1:45pm

Both of mine sleep through the night.  They started doing it at about 8 weeks, and were doing it reliably by 12 weeks.  We put them to bed by 8, and they sleep until at least 7.  They get brown rice cereal mixed in their bedtime bottles to help with their reflux, but they were sleeping well before we started that, so I don't think it's necessarily contributing to it.  We also have an air-purifier in their nursery that provides some decent white noise. 

We just keep a really consistant routine for them at night:

7:15- start changing diapers and putting on pajamas in dimly-lit nursery

7:30- start bedtime feeding in slightly dimmer nursery

In bed by 8:00- lights out except for a nightlight.  Sometimes they're completely asleep when we put them in their beds and sometimes they're still wide awake, but either way, we kiss them goodnight and leave the room.  Even if they're still awake, they just suck their thumbs and watch their mobiles quietly- they never cry.

If only I could get them to nap as reliably!  During the day, they just scream if I put them in bed.  They'll take a few cat naps, but that's it. 

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Registered: 10-12-2008
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 3:22pm

Marissa has been sleeping through the night since she was 6 weeks old.

She started at about 9 hours but now consistently does 12 hours per night.  She was doing 8:30-8:30 which was great but for some reason has moved to about 7:30-7ish the last few days.  This would be great but the 7am time is when I am getting my other daughter up and fed so I am trying to push her back again with no luck.

I don't do any white noise or special routines (I am no good at sticking to a bedtime routine).  Once Marissa has her last bottle of the day (no different than other bottles) she goes into bed - even if she isn't sleeping.  The lights go out and if she is awake her mobile goes on for one round (it is wind up).  She sometimes makes a few peeps but it has been awhile since she cried after being put to bed at night.

I think the key in our house is that DH and I don't respond right away if the baby cries (same worked for DD1 who slept through at 9 weeks).  This is probably harder for you since you have 3 and they will wake each other up but if Marissa starts to make noise, I leave her alone and she will often settle back to sleep.  The same goes for nap time but for us I have a problem getting her to sleep on her own for naps and she insists on being held on my shoulder which is killing my back.  The only thing I can think of as an issue there is that the room isn't dark during the day like it is at night and I don't have any way of making it darker.

Now if anyone has any suggestions on containing the pee through the night I would love to hear them.  The overnight diapers that DD1 uses don't start until size 3 but Marissa is wearing size 2 and wakes up in a puddle of pee 90% of the time. I tried a size 3 and it was just too big.


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Registered: 01-20-2005
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 6:02pm

Taylor is 100% BF. He was sleeping pretty much through the night but we are apparently done with that! lol

We are actually sleep training right now. Not really CIO.. just go to sleep on your own...self soothe kind of things. Mostly I still nurse him to sleep.

BUT he can not self soothe. Even in my bed he wakes me up to put him back to sleep. So he has been napping all by himself. Yesterday was his first "real" nap. He slept for 2 hrs. So far today isn't bad. He took 2 naps this morning (20 mins and then 45 mins right about noon) back to sleep now and has been for about 30 mins- hopefully another good nap.

I am pleased with our night time schedule- it's ok. it's for sure not STTN but it is better than every 45 mins from 2 wks ago. he goes down between 8 and 9 usually. Sleeps until about 2am. Then nurses then sleeps. Then nurses again at 5am. We get up for the day at 6:30. If he stays asleep when I pick him up I move him to his bed (he never gets put back after the 5am feed) and sometimes he will sleep til about 7:30. I have to be up anyway but he might as well sleep. 

I think the don't go to them right away is a great tip!!! I have a 10 min rule. Or screaming. Taylor mostly yells at me- if he actually cries I get him.

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Registered: 10-20-2007
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 11:03pm

Sometimes, but I don't count on any STTN to stay at this point. Every night is different.  We don't have an exact routine.  She gets tired somewhere around 6:30 to 7; some nights she gets a bath, others not.  I change her diaper, breastfeed her one last time, then swaddle her. She sleeps in her crib in a sleep positioner due to her reflux.  No cereal or anything yet.. she's EBF.   Some nights she gets up once, usually around 3:30 am to BF, then back to bed until 7 when I have to get up to work.  Some nights I am lucky and she doesn't wake up until 7 am.

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