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My Babies slept through from 3 weeks old... Your baby can too!!

Updated on November 6, 2013

Your newborn baby can sleep through the night...

I am a Mummy of three breastfed children...

Please don't stop reading if you bottle feed!

I breastfed my babies until they were all 12 months, because I could and I do totally understand some women have difficulties.

When my approach to sleeptime worked with my first child, now 7, I knew I was doing something right, but also felt that, well, maybe I'm just lucky.

Second time around, with a totally different natured child, now 4, again my approach remained the same and the sleeping pattern didn't alter from my first.

Third time around, just 16 months ago, again, instantly a different natured child, my approach paid off.

I now have three children whom all have slept through the night from 3 weeks of age and continue to do so without waking during the night.

HOW YOU SAY?!?!

As newborns, I demand fed my babies, whenever they appeared hungry, but trying to eventually space the feeds out over at least 2 hours over the first week.

*The important part here was to always put the babies in their cradle/cot when they fall asleep and assure that they wake in the cot.

*If they happily wake, let them take in the surroundings for a little while, let them be alone and awake, it doesn't hurt them.

*Also, always ensure your baby has got sufficient wind up before sleeping.

*Don't rock your baby to sleep and limit holding your baby while they sleep. Hard I know!

*Don't tiptoe around your house, get that baby used to noise!!!

*Try Never to wake your baby for a feed!

I remember I had mastitis and needed to wake my 2 week old baby for a feed so I didn't pop, she'd been asleep for 4 hours during the day, so I just began gently talking beside the cot, not picking her up until she woke in there.

When my babies had more awake time during the day, half an hour or so after a feed, if they seemed sleepy, I would put them down in their cot for a sleep while they were awake.

* Place the baby in the cot, kisses and cuddles, say bye bye, have a nice sleep and let the baby fall asleep on his/her own.

* If the baby whinges a little I would not enter the room, as this is most likely a tired cry anyway.

*Try your best, I know it's hard not to attend to them if they cry, but if you know they are fed, changed and comfortable, you are doing all the right things.

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Sleeping Bags

V's Blankets

Sleeping bags are a must for a comfortable cozy sleeping baby!

From the time that they can wriggle or roll out of their nicely tucked in blankets, I recommend to use a sleeping bag!! GroBag are great!

My children were about 2 months old when I began using them, because they were forever kicking the blankets off or moving around the cot so much that they would surely be getting cold!

It is important to use your judgement as to how to dress the baby before using a bag.

I found in summer, I would put on a singlet and thin cotton bag.

Winter, flannelette pj's are fine with a fleece bag.

Of course all countries, climates and bags differ, so judgement is a must!

But, us Mummies, we just know these things.... oh and of course Daddies too! :)

GroBag Sleeping Bags

GroBag Sleeping Bag gives you a good nights sleep!

I understand that every baby and parent is individual, all situations are different.

This is my personal approach, not professional advice :)

After week three I had noticed that my babies were sometimes waking in the night happily, then over a space of about 15 minutes were happily falling back asleep, occasionally slightly whiny, but never demanding a feed.

Judging this situation and implementing what I addressed above, I realised that if I tried to give my babies their last feed at around 10 or 11pm, with trial and error, then they would wake about 7-8 hours later.

When they reached about 2 months of age I was putting them to bed at about 9 and they woke at around 10 hours later.

By around 4 months, they were sleeping 12 hours through the night!

Never waking before 7am!

*Knowing how to read your babies tired and hungry signs is something that will highly benefit you also*

My three Children are all wonderful sleepers and love bedtime, well, until the two oldest began sharing a room recently and it's like slumber party night every night....but that is a whole new Lens topic :)

CONSISTENCY AND DEDICATION IS THE KEY

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      Donaldy 2 years ago

      Wow! haveing them sleep through the night from 3 weeks onwards is amazing. My wife and me pampered our child a little too much in the first months, thats why our little angel wont fall asleep until one of us read him a book for about 20 minutes. When he wakes up, again, we have to read the book. But a few days ago we had the idea to get him used to lullabyes. This particularly one does our job now of getting him asleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bYzeIsDlfg

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      Cara 4 years ago

      Thankfully both of my boys slept through the night from a few weeks old. They seemed to feed a lot during the day but were great nighttime sleepers. When they were very small I used old fashioned nightgowns on them at night instead of baby grows, it made changing night-time nappies easier.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Awesome tips here for helping babies sleep through the night (or at least go without crying and happily return to sleep) from a young age! Bravo!

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      SimplyHolly 5 years ago

      Great advice for new mothers. Nice Lens!!!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Great advice! This will really help a new mom out here. Great job!

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      Our babies were sleeping at night. I can't remember how we did it, it just came naturally doing some of the things you've mentioned. I admit it was so hard at first, with the first baby, but we got a routine and that worked with the other two babies after. A goodnight sleep sounds good at every age.

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      iMANDY 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @sousababy: Thank you rose, yes, how beautiful a feeling it is to watch your babies/children sleeping, it does something wonderful for your soul :)

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Very sound advice. I used to run the vacuum and carry on with my work while my daughter napped. My daughter tends to get hot, so I wanted her to be able to kick her blankets off if need be. Now she's 7 and sleeps soundly through the night. Oh but they all look so angelic asleep, don't they.

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      iMANDY 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @anonymous: Haha, that could work ;) Thanks for the like and the comment...u made me laugh! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice work, I love the sleeping bag idea. *wanders off to find his toddler grandson, armed with some rope and a hessian sack*

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      iMANDY 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @kimark421: Thank you very much kimark421, much appreciated! :)

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Excellent lens and great advice. Thanks!