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Old 03-08-2010, 09:53 AM
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I need your help, baby sleep issues!!

I know that this is a wide topic of discussion and there are hundreds of different opinions, but when do babies start to sleep through the night??? My 4 month old used to sleep really well, only getting up once or twice, usually every 4-6 hours. For the past couple weeks she's been going to bed at 8, and waking up to eat at 10,1,4,6 and at 8am she is up for the day. I need some advice, I don't know what to do with her!! Last night my 3 year old was sick so i was in and out of bed every hour, and the lack of sleep is seriously making me crazy!!!!! ANY ADVICE IS APPRECIATED!!!
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:29 AM
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My "baby" is almost 22 months, and still doesn't always sleep all night I don't really have any suggestions, when she was 4 months old, she was still sleeping with me so that I could just nurse her back to sleep and not have to wake up fully.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:36 PM
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My 19 month old still only sleeps 7-8 hours before waking up. It sounds like sleep regression. My daughter had a significant regression in sleep at that age. Several friends experienced the same; our babies are around the same age.

I can recommend some sleep books, Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep Solution" and Richard Ferber's "Solving your Child's Sleep Problems." The 2nd is the infamous cry it out book; I'm not sure how you fell about it. Although 4 months is still too young to CIO, you can read up if you wish to try it in a couple months. You always spend the next couple of months trying the techniques in Pantley's book.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:17 PM
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Could be a growth spurt as well, she might need the calories.

Try topping her off during the day, and do a cluster feed before bed ( 2 feedings 2 hrs apart) see if that works. I say go with the flow for now, see if it gets better in a few days, then you can think about sleep training.

You could also try to calm her down see if she can fall asleep before you give in and feed her at night, it could habitual, and she does not know how to put herself back to sleep yet.

I followed Baby Whisperer, as I could not let my son cry it out.

Hugs to you, lack of sleep is torture.

Oh, and to answer the original question, my son did not sleep through until he was 2, but I don't think there are any rules. I do believe that "sleeping through the night" early on is NOT as common as you would think, mothers just brag sometimes.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:46 PM
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thanks for all your help, tonight i'm going to try to sooth her back to sleep without feeding her if she wakes up within 2 hours of her last feeding, and we'll see how it goes. last night she woke up several times, once she woke up only an hour after i fed her, so i think it must be a habit by now.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:58 PM
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I totally agree with Luca. My pediatrician even said that many parents are not telling the truth when they talk about their babies sleeping through the night. My kids never slept through the night. My almost 3 year old still gets up in the middle of the night. Your baby is probably going through a growth spurt. It's waaay too soon to do the cry it out method. Babies are still in the trust vs. mistrust stage up until about 18 months. They need to learn to trust their care giver. If you ignore a 4 month old baby they will not develop your trust. I would just wait a few months and see how things go. According to most peds, babies should be able to sleep a 12 hour span without eating at 6 months. Until then you should feed your baby if they wake up hungry. Good luck, I know it's really tough. My husband was a saint and always got up with my children. Whenever I would thank him and tell him how much I appreciated it, he would say " I'll sleep when I'm dead " LOL!!! Hang in there, it will get better. Try to sleep during the day when the baby is sleeping if possible.
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