This is a discussion on What does 'sleeping through the night' REALLY mean? within the Newborn Baby and Infant Care (up to 12 months old) forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Dear Mummies, My baby is almost 3 months' old now. About a month back, she started falling asleep between 7pm-8pm ...
My baby is almost 3 months' old now. About a month back, she started falling asleep between 7pm-8pm all the way till about 1am-2am before waking up. Sometimes, she can sleep till 4am-5am but rarely.
I read that the medical definition of 'sleeping through the night' is 5 hours. Going by this definition, my baby is supposedly sleeping through. But to me, sleeping from 7pm-1am is not really considered 'sleeping through the night' as still is still waking up in the middle of the night (i.e. after 1am).
What do you Mummies think? What does 'sleeping through the night' really mean to you?
I guess to me sleeping through the night would means waking up the next morning.
Maybe your baby sleep too early? Try adjusting her sleep pattern?
Phases, phases phases. Every phase got it's own little milestone to hit. I guess, just have to be patient.
when my girl was younger, i used to think sleeping through the night s 5hrs to make myself feel better lol. but then from what i read from online n books, sleeping through the night means 5hrs(12am-5am) cos 5am already morning.. so somehow 7pm-1am is not? cos when she wakes, its still night...
as my girl gets older, i feel sleeping through the night means wake up only after sun rise. so eg my girl goes to bed at 9.30am n wakes up at 5.30am(sun rises here around 5am) then i consider her as sleeping through the night however, i hope she can 'sleep through the night' till her wake up time! lol. means totally dont wake up for milk till her wakeup time around 8am. dont know when this day will come lol
dont give her false hope lol. my girl has always been sleeping on the same time n has a very stable bedtime routine since day 1 n very well fed in the day but till now (8mths old soon) have not sleep through the night n these 3 nights have been waking up every 1-2hrs!
for me it means once she sleep at night (regardless of timing say anytime from 8pm-11pm) til next morning then wake up (ranging from 7am-10am).
as long once she slps (not napping) from night til mornin n in btw dont wake up for milk feeds . (only once in a while might wake for feed).
pin has been sleeping thru since 2 mths old.
ros, how old is your baby?
strange huh. some baby sleep through the night since so young n some not till they are over a yr old.. btw, pin and iggy on breastmilk or formula?
Have you ever tried not giving yr gal 1 nite feed when she wakes up in the nite? When she wakes up, try patting, giving water, shhh her or (what she is used to) to bed again w/o feeding milk. When you managed to wean her off 1 feed for the next few days, wait for 2 weeks+ or more then reduce another nite feed.
Iggy used to sleep @ 6.30pm, drinks nite feeds @ 9.30pm, 12.30am, 3.30am and 6.30am. I removed the 9.30pm feed 1st, then the 3.30am, and last the 12.30am.
She's prob going thru some growth spurts that's y. Or maybe just want some comfort? Teething?
i tried. she was waking up for milk around 12-1am and 5-6am last time then i try not giving her the 12-1am feed for 2 days n she started sleeping from 9.30pm-5/6am then wake up for milk for about 2 weeks n then suddenly now she wakes up every 2hrs! im considering if i should do what i did again by not giving her milk till 5/6am...
how did you wean iggy off the milk thinggy? rocking? pacifier? water? my girl cannot take pacifier n water. i tried giving her n she started screaming. what i did last time was to simply carry her while standing n slowly swinging till she drowsy then put her back to sleep. sometimes she can doze off in 5mins but sometimes takes me 1.5hrs! so tiring.. dont know want to do it again or not..
dont think she is teething. not growth sprut also cos day time she dosent seem hungry...
I just shhh him to bed, if he cries for awhile, I will pick him up, shhh him and put him back to bed. Iggy dont like pacifier and water, so he doesn't take them as well.
How much is she drinking in the day time for each feed? Can try up alittle more? So that her "tank" would be full and last her thru the nite? For Iggy, 1hr after his bowl of porridge, I will still make 4oz of milk for him w/o messing up his milk timing. He's taking 8oz for each feed 3hrly.
Utimately, depends on you. Some mums feel that they r depriving the baby if they dont't give nite feeds, so they continue doing until the baby becomes toddler which might become a habit that is hard to kick for the toddler by then.
oh im not those mothers lol. i feel she is old enough to stop night feedings n hope she does that but she dosent stop!
no that used to be her old schedule before i start the 'no milk' routine. her new schedule is she will sleep 9.30pm(has been this timing since day 1) and wakes up only around 4-5am for milk once n sleep again n wake at 7am for the day. but then this week (starting from monday) she has been waking up pratically every 1-2hrs! she will wake up at 11.30pm(i usually just cover her with blanket n she goes right back to sleep), 12.30am, 2.30am, 3.50am, 5am, 6am, 7am and up for the day at 9am... im going to die..
i dont know how much she drinks cos she latch on directly. i try giving her many times but i realise she is not hungry cos she jsut latch on a while n unlatch n no matter how, she dosent want to drink more n my breast is totally not emptied. so i dont force her to drink so often . even though i dont force her to drink, i realise she drinks many times also. day time she will be taking about 6-7times breastmilk...which i think is enough to last her through the night. somemore she is on 2 solid meals a day!
well before that she only wakes up once at 5am for milk . cannot be get used to waking so many times for milk ? so do you suggest i give her milk everytime she wakes now or dont give since its a passing phase? i wonder hw to deal with this phase..
when she slpin, she queen!! i dont want anyone disturb her... else the one singing songs/ read story/ play with her in the middle of the night will be me......
anyway, the time that babies sleep thru the night also affected by how much they nap in the day rite??
For me sleep through night means he can sleep for at least 8 hours without waking up. My son slept from 10+ pm to 7am since he was 3weeks old, so my definition of sleep through the night might be different from other mummies.
OMG, I'm so envious of some of you Mummies! Your babies slept through at such an early age!!!!!
Since 4mths old, my son goes to bed at 7.30pm n wakes up at 6am+ the next morning. This is my defination fo sleep thru the nite. If your baby has got a full stomach when he/she falls asleep then chances of baby waking up in the wee hours is lesser.
many ppl keep saying if baby full then most likely wont wake up at night which i dont know if i should agree cos my girl always cluster feed in the evening and daytime also i try to make her drink alot but then it dosent seem to make her sleep longer. sometimes when im really busy n didnt feed her as much in the day, she also didnt wake up more at night. so somehow i feel how much she gets in the day dosent affect her night sleep at all. same for the number of naps she takes in the day. no matter how much or how little she nap, it dosent affect her night sleep as well. she sometimes sleep very well n sometimes very terribly which i also dont know the reasons behind it lol