Desperate for sleep!!

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Registered: 02-06-2012
Desperate for sleep!!
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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 3:54pm
Hi all!!

I was just wondering how old were your babies when they started sleeping throught the night?? I have a 10 week old, who Ive been EP since day one because of latching problems. He usually goes to sleep around 10:30, then wakes at 2, 5, and 8 to eat. Ive read on other post about 6 and 8 week olds sleeping through the night and just wanted to make sure my baby had "normal" sleep patterns?? Hes my first so I dont know what to expect. Hes eating about 4oz every 3 hours.

Im just wondering if I will be ablr to sleep for more than 2 hrs at a time some time soon??! I know every baby is different, but was curious on your LO. And if anyone has some bedtime tips to help my baby sleep better I would love to hear them :-)

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Wed, 03-21-2012 - 8:33am
Hang in there, you're doing great!

Babies are all different, so it does sound like your baby is normal. However, I think a lot of babies, once they reach 10 pounds, do wake a little less in the night. After the six week point, I think my daughter woke up once between 10 and 6--so basically that was 2 4 hour stretches. We used to give her a little extra in her night time bottle. Would your son take a little extra before bed? We added an ounce at the beginning, 2 ounces when she got a little older.

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Registered: 02-06-2012
Wed, 03-21-2012 - 7:40pm
My son is already almost 14 pounds :-) hes a big boy. The other night I gave him his 4oz bottle at 9 and 1.5 oz extra at 10:15 and he still woke about 3 hours later. Last night he ate at 10, 1, 4, and 7, its like clockwork with him. It helps because I have to pump anyways BUT it would be nice if he did what you LO does...I would be so happy with 2 four hour stretches. My mother keeps telling me that hell sleep all night soon enough, but like I said I hear about other babies sleeping all night at 6-8 weeks. Just wanted to make sure my baby wasnt having sleep problems already :-)
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Registered: 10-24-2008
Thu, 03-22-2012 - 6:56am

In my experience, it really does depend on the baby! I have 3 kids, and 3 different experiences.

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Sat, 03-24-2012 - 7:44am
My DD went through two glorious weeks of STTN around 4 months. It has happened on three nights since and her first birthday is next week. I'm exceedingly lucky because we were able to transition back to breast around 10 weeks but i recall those loooong nights with baby and the pump. Giving larger bottle at bedtime is good. What helped us a bit was doing two regular bottles closer together before bedtime but not all babies will take it. Breastmilk digests in about 90 minutes so there isn't too much you can do if baby is hungry. There is a chance that a growth spurt is happening which woke my DD like clockwork.
The only thing that stuck out for me in your post was bedtime. It may be a bit late and baby may be getting overtired, impacting the sleep. Does he nap well and often during the day? You may consider moving up bedtime slowly to see if that helps a little. Having said that, his sleep pattern sounds normal. We all hear of young babies STTN but most of those are on formula. Formula keeps them full longer since it's hard to digest and they often get giant bottles (7 to 8 oz) at bedtime. Think of your son as getting an average Wednesday night supper and the formula baby having a thanksgiving feast. Which would you expect to sleep longer? And which do you think is healthier on a daily basis long term, KWIM?
At nearly one, my DD is up at least once a night to feed. Usually twice, but on a real bad day she can be up every two to three hours like clockwork. It does get better overall but it may get worse for a bit too. Hang in there, you are doing a marvelous job for your baby :-)
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Registered: 11-19-2011
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 10:56pm

my twins are 6.5 months old