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what should i do

how can i get my baby to sleep throw the night

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:13 PM on Mar. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • try to keep them up all day or cut out a nap or two

    Answer by heatherfoutch at 11:15 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • I agree, cut or shorten a nap, make sure baby is fed and stuffed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • How old is the baby? Knowing that would help a great deal.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:24 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • heather, you're wrong. Keeping a baby up just serves to make them over-tired. Over-tired babies and children have horrendously difficult times going to sleep. Do not cut out naps, do not keep your baby up all day.. you will only make your child sleep-deprived.

    How old is your baby? Honestly.. there is no way to get a baby to sleep through the night other than waiting for their nervous system to be ready to do so and be patient!! STTN is defined medically as 5 hours and some don't do this til they are a year!

    You could try a few sleeping tips. Start a routine - like a bath, then pjs, then physical/mental playing to help tire the child, then song, then book, then massage, then rocking/humming etc. Try white noise like a fan (not blown on the baby of course), try swaddling (if the baby is less than 6 mo) or a wearable blanket, try making the sheets smell of you, make sure baby is not over-tired (learn sleepy cues)

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:25 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • I actually wouldn't take away naps for an under-1-year-old because being overtired can mess with a baby's ability to sleep too. I would just try to schedule the naps so they're not happening too late or close to bed time.

    Then, if you're baby is old enough - there are lots of different sleep training methods out there for you to choose from that different moms will swear by. Just pick one you're comfortable with and see if it works for your kid. Most important thing is to be consistent and expect a few horrible, sleepless nights as you start the training. Also be realistic that sleep training can't be enforced when a kid is sick, and it's normal for babies to need a feeding or two up to around 9-months-old, so for them, you can really only enforce training to get them back to sleep after a feeding is over.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:32 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • feed until baby won't eat anymore. If old enough, feed cereal and or jar food. Good time your baby will sleep through the night.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • Babies aren't built to sleep through the night. Many won't until well past their first birthday. This is part of parenting.

    Remember, the bigger the child the bigger the problems...

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:02 AM on Mar. 3, 2010

  • Babies are built to wake often, have much shorter sleep cycles than adults, and the VAST majority do not sleep eight or more hours. Babies don't have adult sleep patterns until age three or four. A "sleep through" is considered to be five hours. Also consider a "wake to feed, wake for a diaper change, and back to sleep" a normal sleeping pattern.

    Even adults wake at least once a night for various reasons (pee, thirst, temperature etc) even if they don't recall doing so. Babies have needs at night and night parenting is part of the package.

    If you try to force things it can easily backfire on you and create a wakeful,cranky, baby that sleeps far less

    Answer by amileegirl at 9:36 AM on Mar. 3, 2010

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