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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Please tell me!!!!

How do you teach your baby to sleep through the night? What do you do and why?

12 Comments:

Blogger Grace said...

Well Kristin, all I can say is, that I can't say it. Do you get what I'm saying!?! :)

But seriously, both my boys didn't start sleeping through the night until they were 17 months! If anything else comes to me, I'll let you know.

Hang in there! I know how hard it is when your little one isn't sleeping and you have two others who need you during the day! I've been doing it for 7 months!

9:56 PM

 
Blogger FancyPants said...

OK, I don't get what you're saying because I'm kidless. But now I'm really curious. What to do you do, Grace?!?!

12:14 AM

 
Anonymous Kat said...

My two older girls slept through the night at about 6 weeks (sleeping through the night being a 6 or so hour stretch). They've always been good sleepers, but I don't know that it's due to anything in particular we've done.

We did read a book called Babywise although we didn't follow it to a T. I thought some of it was a bit over the top.

I hope my new son will sleep well just like my two girls...we'll see. Hopefully last night wasn't an indication of his sleep habits...

9:18 AM

 
Blogger Just Mom said...

I don't know how it happened, but it did. Hang in there.

10:52 AM

 
Blogger Cristy said...

Cereal (the baby kind) before bed works like a charm...but my kid is 15 and I don't know if they've changed the rules about what babies can eat since then.

1:12 PM

 
Blogger Lisa H said...

We did Babywise with our two boys and it worked really well. How old is your baby?

ike the person who posted above, we didn't follow everything in the babywise book, but the main thing is scheduling their days in a specific order (it's a continuous cycle of eating, wake time/playtime, and then napping) and then they naturally will sleep through the night. It worked for us--we were really rigid with the schedule on our first child and pretty relaxed on it with the second one, and they each responded to it accordingly (my first was sleeping 8-10 hours at night around 8 weeks and my second was closer to 12 weeks).

Also I think we were pretty cautious about making night time feedings really boring. No lights, toys or books, or anything else that might stimulate them. I would talk really softly, and not say a whole lot so that it wasn't as fun to be awake at night. I don't know if it helped, but that's just something that seemed to work for us!

Best of luck to you! Hope you start getting some sleep soon! I'm sure I'll be having plenty of sleepless nights this summer, as I'm due with baby #3 in August!

2:31 PM

 
Blogger Beth said...

My 4 were all different. Our son started about a 6 hour shift around 5 or 6 weeks. Cereal (2 Tbsps) in a bottle at night worked great. The "experts" all say no solids until 4-6 months. Whatever! My mom (and the rest of her generation) fed all their children cereal beginning around 6 weeks because that's what the doctor's told them to do. My other kids didn't need it. Our 2nd child didn't sleep through the night until she was 12 months old. She had chronic ear infections. The 3rd was about 7 weeks old and the last 4 months or so. Making the nighttime feeding very quiet, quick, and dark is a good idea too. Does Coop take a bottle at all? If so, maybe Brody could give him a bottle once in awhile. If he's up at night on the cruise, I'll be glad to take him off your hands so you can get a good night's sleep. I'd consider it an honor! My "baby" is almost 8 now and I honestly miss those times sometimes.

Beth

6:06 PM

 
Blogger kddub said...

Thank you all for the tips. I guess it mainly depends on schedule and getting enough to eat during the day! I think he's teething too, so that could be part of it.

I guess mostly I needed to be reminded that I wasn't alone in the bleary eyed department!

7:35 AM

 
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7:35 AM

 
Blogger urban mama said...

I am with you. It is hard to have a good schedual when you have two other kids doing things and needing things. I just keep telling myself that the other two sleep all night so somehow it happens. Just so you do not feel alone know that I will think of you when I am up at 3am or so.

12:51 PM

 
Blogger kddub said...

Jessie~ I will think of you at the 5 am wake up, cause it'll be 3 am there....

Can you believe how different kids can be from each other? It's weird how personalities even translate into different sleep patterns. Aiden was such a good sleeper, Cooper is throwing me for a loop!

7:21 AM

 
Blogger Beth said...

Isn't that the truth Kristen! #1 and #3 are very much alike and #2 and #4 to a lesser degree for us. I know it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel with Cooper when you're bleary eyed and sleep deprived. My second child almost scard me right out of motherhood! I felt so absolutely useless when trying to keep her healthy, much less comfort her or get her to sleep through the night. The first time she did I went racing to her room, sure she'd died! Now at almost 15, we face new (and more challenging) tasks in raising her to be a young lady for Christ. Hang in there and seriously consider my offer to take Cooper for a bit on the cruise. I'd love to get to know him a little and spoil him a lot!

Beth

5:01 PM

 

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