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When will my baby sleep through the night?

Updated on July 17, 2017

Longing for your baby to sleep 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 5-6 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.

Things that will help your baby to sleep through the night.

  • Check that your baby is warm enough.

  • Make sure your baby is getting the right amount of sleep during the day.

Contrary to what you may think baby should be able to sleep through the night as well as having long sleeps in the morning and afternoon.

  • If your baby is dropping its pacifier, then you could try a pacifier attached to a large toy that is easier to find.

A pacifier can be a comfort to a baby that wants to suck all the time but if you have to keep putting it back in then your sleep will be disrupted.

  • Check noises that your baby is used to when falling asleep

If your baby is used to certain sounds make sure ther are no other sounds that start in your home in the middle of the night that may waken your baby and stop them sleeping through the night.

  • Learn how to wean baby off the middle of the night feed.

If you can wean your baby of a feed in the middle of the night then baby will sleep through the night. To do this you can gradually reduce the amount and also the strength of feed and you can also then offer baby water. Usually when babies feed is well reduced and when he wakens you just offer water this is when very often you find your baby will just not waken and look for a 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!