How do you get a newborn baby to sleep through the night?

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Monica740

Asked by Monica740 at 12:28 AM on Dec. 21, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Newborns don't sleep through the night... they wake to eat. Mine slept through at 6 weeks just on his own... but then around 15 weeks started getting up again and still does!! We have tried everything you can think of to get him to sleep again...
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:30 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Depends on the baby amijanell, my baby did just about pop out sleeping through the night. To answer the question though, I use a kiddopotamus to swaddle my baby. He falls asleep almost instantly.
    momofpurebliss

    Answer by momofpurebliss at 12:34 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • co-sleep, breastfeeding baby to sleep
    Lynette

    Answer by Lynette at 12:35 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • I agree with Lynette!
    hgibsonorc

    Answer by hgibsonorc at 12:40 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • since my son was 3 days old he has been sleeping 10 hrs a night without wanting a bottle or diaper change my dr said dont wake hiim so i dont he is now 5 weeks and still sleeps all night but i dont do anything to get him to i cant beleave he does it
    mom-to-be21

    Answer by mom-to-be21 at 1:13 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Each baby is different. I didn't do the cosleeping with my son but I did this time and it was soooo much easier on me. She is 3 mos old now and sleeps through the night most of the time now so I have her in her crib now but having her with me at night before and just putting her on the breast when she woke was a lot less stressful than with my son having to get up and go to his room, prepare a bottle etc.
    cat1622

    Answer by cat1622 at 1:59 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Most infants do NOT sleep through the night, they NEED to wake up to eat. I agree with Lynette--the best way for everyone to get some sleep is to co-sleep so that baby can breast feed without mom and baby needing to fully wake up. Before dd was born I swore I wouldn't co-sleep, but she had her days and nights mixed up and after a week of falling asleep on the couch with her every night, I gave in. It worked wonders! She is now 8 months and sleeps in her crib, she still wakes an average of twice a night which is totally normal. A five hour stretch is sleeping through the night for a baby.
    ms.marlena

    Answer by ms.marlena at 3:23 AM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • Nothing..I just waited til they did it on their own. Most babies wake up at night because they are hungry. I got lucky...my kids both starting sleeping thru the night by 3 months.
    grooveybabe004

    Answer by grooveybabe004 at 5:15 PM on Dec. 21, 2008

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  • the more sleep you get is based on how well you maintain your feeding schedule most babies wake to eat. so keep the same eating schedule and feed right before bed and remember to change them at every feeding
    airmanswife08

    Answer by airmanswife08 at 6:19 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

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  • Definitely make sure that they have a clean diaper and a full belly. To make it easier on yourself, write down your baby's schedule, each time they go potty and each time they eat..See if there is a routine there. If there is, you can plan according to it. I did this with both of mine, and they both slept great (and still do!). I also had a bedtime routine (lavender bath, lotion, cuddle, then lay them down). Anything to let them know it's time for bed. With the same thing every day, they'll know when it's time to sleep. Also, make sure there's no light (or a small nightlight if the baby is like my DS and won't sleep in pitch dark). When it's dark, they'll know it's time for bed. :)
    laird6372

    Answer by laird6372 at 3:58 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

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