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Getting baby to sleep all night.

Updated on April 14, 2013

Longing for your baby to sleep right through the night.

Are you longing for a full night's sleep? I have been there three times with my babies. Thankfully they slept all night from about 4-5 weeks. Some babies however just seem to take that bit longer. My daughter's first child was still not sleeping through the night at 16 weeks. In fact she just didn't sleep much, even through the day. In between feeding her and changing her diaper she would have little naps and always seemed to be tired. We can somehow cope with this during the day but night time is different!

If your baby is sleeping well for periods during the day and has a bedtime routine every night, then you should be able to put her in her cot awake, and she should be able to soothe herself to sleep. This sleep should last all night, but some babies waken in the night expecting to be cuddled or fed. If your baby does this, there are some things you can try.

  • Make sure your baby is getting the right amount of sleep during the day.
  • If your baby is dropping its pacifier, then you could try a pacifier attached to a large toy that is easier to find
  • Check noises that baby is used to when falling asleep
  • Learn how to wean baby off the middle of the night feed
  • Use the return and check method

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      Susannah Birch 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Both my babies went well over a year before sleeping through the night. Studies indicate that only the minority sleep through the night before two. Would have been nice to know back when I first had them!

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