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  1. Danika says:

    Hi! I’m a mom of 2 girls! My first one is 2 yrs old and my newest addition is only 3 weeks old! My question is; we are only doing formula and on demand feedings day and night. Baby sleeps well during the day in her swing of course and wakes up to feed after 3-4 hrs. Once we put her down in her bed at night..she seems to only be sleeping 2 hrs and waking up for feeds often. Sometimes she sleeps for no longer than an hour and will be hard to settle back in to sleep. Am I creating bad sleeping habits for my baby eventhough she is really young? I’ve tried putting her down in crib for daytime naps but these will sometimes only last 15 mins to 30 mins. What can I do to help her sleep better in crib and longer at night? Or is this normal sleep patterns for newborns? Also, she will sometimes not finish her a bottle at night because she falls alseep, I am wondering if that will cause her to be hungry quicker and make her wake up sooner.
    Thanks!

  2. Gayathri says:

    I have 11month baby. She won’t drink milk at night. If I wake her, she rolls from my lap to bed. Is it normal?

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Gayathri, thanks for writing to us! At this age many babies can sleep through the night without a feeding, so it is very normal. 🙂 Here is a link to a sample schedule for an 11 month old so you can make sure she’s getting all of the calories and sleep she needs in a 24 hour period: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/11-month-old-schedule/
      Thanks again for your comment!

  3. Sofia says:

    My two month old didn’t wake up even once last night to drink. I’m scared is this normal? Or should I wake her up myself?

    • Neosha says:

      @Sofia – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing with us. We completely understand your worry – who would have thought that a baby’s long stretches of sleep could lead to worry about whether she’s getting enough nutrition! Young babies do tend to sleep a ton and eat as much as needed to sustain themselves. If you haven’t already, we’d suggest you reach out to her healthcare provider since they generally consider how well babies are growing overall to determine if all is well in their feedings and sleep and whether you can let your daughter sleep all night without waking her for a feeding. Hang in there, Sofia, and please keep reading!

  4. Alessandra Agostino says:

    I have an almost 5 month old and I am at a loss, we hit the four month sleep regression hard.. previously she would only wake once a night to nurse, then hit 4 months and would wake every 1.5 to two hours.. then last week went to 2 or 3 night wakings but last night was up many times again. She puts herself to sleep in her crib for all naps and bedtime, no rocking or pacifier or any sleep props.. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Alessandra,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with the 4 month regression – it can be really tough! This regression can last quite a couple of weeks, but if you’re still having a lot of trouble, it may be that there’s something wrong with your daughter’s feeding or sleep schedule, or with her sleep environment, that is prompting the night waking. If you feel like you’d like additional help, this is definitely something our sleep consultants work with all the time! You can see our consultation packages here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      Best of luck with everything!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I have recently had my 5th child with a span of 13 years between oldest and youngest (Now 4 months)
    All of mine were mostly breastfed but i did to up with formula also ( i had a few 9, a 10 & an 11lber .. all very hungry babies!)
    From my personal experience I have to say that it really all depends on the child. My first slept through for 12 hours one night at 4 months old.. I suddenly awoke one morning in a complete panic – fearing the worst had happened, only to see her sleeping soundly in her crib. She continued a pattern of maybe 3 half hour naps over the day and sleeping all night. She gave up day sleeping at 15 months.. i guess you could just say she was very active in the day!
    The second however started off hungry enough maybe taking
    2-3 feeds per night until suddenly she wouldn’t sleep in her cot for more than 10 mins… this was possibly a comfort issue, but no matter what i tried she had to be pretty much attached to me at night until about 9 months.
    The 3rd was very placid, but still required night feeding upto 7 months or so before he slept through.
    The fourth was born full. She would take a feed for literally 2 mins and fall asleep. I was worried she wasn’t feeding enough and constantly tried to wake her for feeds.. but she was having none of it! It was quite impossible to wake her. As the weeks went on she got hungrier, but was a little and often feeder rather than ever having a big feed. She started going the whole night around 5 months.
    My 5th (16 weeks old now) is the sleepiest baby yet. She could sleep for 20 hours a day for the first few weeks ( much to the annoyance of her siblings.. She was far too boring for their liking!!)
    She fed and slept at the same time from the word go and often slept for 6-7 hours straight at night from birth. She’s more alert now and totally normal development wise, (gaining weight, laughing, cooing, putting everything to her mouth etc.. ) but she still sleeps a lot of the time. I would say she’s pretty much slept through the night since birth – bar the odd time ( i do know this is amazing though and i don’t dare expect it to last!)

    Anyway my point is that every baby is different and stressing about your babies sleep is only harming you. Every mother and chums figures it out eventually, the key is to trust your own instincts when it comes to your child. After all, you know them best!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      Thank you so much for visiting The Baby Sleep Site, and for sharing your experiences! I know a lot of parents will appreciate reading them. Best of luck with your new addition!

  6. Nancy Favour says:

    Hi
    My boy is 1 year 3 months but he feeds 3 to 5 times at night. He eats well during the day, I wasn’t sure why he feeds these many times at night. Am 3 and a half months pregnant and really need my sleep but I must wake up to feed him. I share the bed with him not sure if that’s what makes him feed a lot at night.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Nancy Favour, thanks for your comment! I am sorry your son has been waking up several times a night for you – that’s a lot to handle, especially while pregnant (congrats, by the way!). We have a free guide with tips for how to help your baby sleep through the night you may be interested in looking at: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      If you want some help getting your son to sleep, let us know! We work with families who bed share as well if your plan is to continue doing that when you have the baby, or we could help you transition sleep spaces as well, whatever you need. Our team of sleep consultants want to help meet you where you are at and get the whole family sleeping better through a method that you feel good about. To read more visit this page: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/ and feel free to email us directly (contact@babysleepsite.com) if you have any questions!

  7. Andrea says:

    Hi
    I’m the mum of a 3 year old boy and 3 month old girl. I breastfed my boy until 1 and am currently breastfeeding my baby girl. We are very lucky to have two kids who enjoy their night sleep. From the very beginning my baby did 6 hour stretches at night and up to 9 hours some nights. In a 12 hour overnight period she will wake once/twice for a feed. Aside from the first three nights I haven’t woken her to feed. I don’t feel she needs it, she’s sleeping happily. I always say “never wake a sleeping baby, they’ll wake if they need to”. She’s gaining weight very well and feeds on demand every 2-3-4 hours during the day. My toddler was very similar when he was a young baby too.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Andrea, thanks for sharing! I’m glad things have been going so well for you and your baby loves her night time sleep! I’m sure your son loves having an energized mother to play with as well. 🙂 I hope the adjustment from 1 to 2 children has been going smoothly for you!

  8. Julia says:

    My 4 have all slept through from 10,12,13 and 10 weeks respectively. I give them their dream feed at 10.30pm and the they wake between 6 and 7am. At 10 weeks I start to wean them by putting their dummy back in the first time they wake in the night. If they’re hungry then the dummy won’t do it and they’ll wake again hungry but if they just want to suck and are waking out of habit then they’ll go back to sleep! I’m a midwife and a scbu nurse and as long as they continue to eat well during the day and maintain good sleeping routines then they should continue to put on weight AND sleep through. Mine have all been exclusively breast feed too. Just make sure you monitor their weight for the first few weeks when they start sleeping through.

    • Neosha says:

      @Julia – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for commenting! Please keep reading!

  9. Sechnee says:

    Hi, I’m a mum of 5 kids, all were breastfed, I breastfed 4 of them till 2&a half years old the 5th baby is still on breast. With all of them I fed them atleast twice during the night till 2years.. baby is 7 months old & wakes up every 3hrs for a feed, breastfed babies are different from bottle fed cos we can’t judge how much they drink, sometimes she drinks for half an hour , sometimes just 10 mins, I think we should feed on demand. Breast milk is very healthy& I feel my kids have benifited from drinking breast for longer, they are strong healthy kids , who don’t get sick very often, they all have good body’s& are all very sharp.

    • Neosha says:

      @Sechnee – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing. Breastfeeding most certainly has many, many benefits and works well for many families – we’re glad to hear it’s worked (and is working!) so well for you all! Please keep reading and commenting. 🙂

  10. Brittanie says:

    My baby is 7 weeks old today and the last time he fed was at 7 pm and when he would wake up I would just give him his binkie and he would go back to sleep well he didn’t eat until 6 am well I had been up myself all night
    For two nights In a roll and I just feel like I starved him should I be scared

    • Janelle Reid says:

      @Brittanie, thanks for writing to us! I am sorry you have been scared about your baby’s sleeping. At this age newborns often need multiple feedings a night, and sometimes they need to be woken up because they are still super sleepy. For your situation, I would really suggest calling your baby’s doctor and seeing what they suggest. Since they have your baby’s information on weight gain / growth over the last 7 weeks they will be able to correctly answer if it is safe for him to sleep such long stretches at night without a feeding. I hope that helps!

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