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Any ideas to help my son sleep through the night?

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HuntersMom25

Asked by HuntersMom25 at 9:26 AM on Sep. 16, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It's normal for children to wake at night until they are 3 or older.

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 9:29 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • When he crys try not to go right in..see if he can put himself back to sleep.

    If you do go in..depending on age offer a pacifier, or soothing music to help him fall back asleep. Try not to pick him up. Also don't talk to him.

    mommytobrooke

    Answer by mommytobrooke at 9:33 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • i used a sound machine with my son, he slept through the night from 8 weeks on.
    wildwiccan83

    Answer by wildwiccan83 at 9:44 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • With my kids it helped to put the baby cereal... just like a teble spoon in their bottles at night once they were a few months old... when they could eat I would give them a snack (not sugar stuff) before bed.
    tekabaymom

    Answer by tekabaymom at 9:48 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Feed him, put him in bed with you, rock him...he will eventually sleep when his body and brain are ready to do so. You cannot MAKE them do it. And babies under a year at least are hardwired to wake and be fed breastmilk or formula. Or to be cuddled and know you are there for them.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:14 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Need a bit more info...age of child...how many times is he waking...how many hours is he sleeping...diet...But, know that many babies do not sleep through the night until toddlerhood and beyond.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:50 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • The VAST majority of babies wake every 3-4 hours on average for needed feeds and/or peeing. They wake more during growth spurts, teething, and new milestones. In the first year, sleep patterns change a lot and a baby may sleep a long stretch one week during a growth spurt and the next wake frequently. All normal. Sleep patterns don't really settle into a more mature pattern until age three or four. Some babies sleep a lot in the first half of the year, but end up waking more later. There is nothing "bad" about a baby that doesn't sleep long stretches of more than four to six hours...they aren't bad sleepers as some say. They are quite normal. It's actually we adults who have forgotten how to sleep effectively because we clock watch. night parenting is part of the mommy gig.. FYI 5 hours is considered a "sleep through" . Bathing before bed and lotions can stimulate babies not relax. be sure bed time isn't too early.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 2:29 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Institute a bedtime routine, and keep things nice and dark and relatively quiet when you deal with him at night. But don't EXPECT sleeping through the night in year one. It CAN happen... just don't EXPECT it to. This is a developmental matter. Every single thing that's been suggested above can make them WAKE as well as make them sleep. Babies are maddening that way. They sleep more when THEY are good and ready.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:06 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • It's perfectly normal for a baby to wake up. They get hungry, or their wet, etc. PLEASE don't make him cry, it's just mean and horrible. Try a bedtime routine, and just wait it out. It doesnt last forever. :)
    bamsmom2001

    Answer by bamsmom2001 at 5:22 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

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