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When & How Old Do Babies Start To Sleep All Night?

Ah… babies. First they steal your heart…And then, they steal your sleep.

Most babies should sleep all night by 6 months of age.

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If you are the parent of a new baby, you may already be finding yourself wondering when do babies sleep all night and, better yet, when can I? You may also be wondering a few tips that can, at the very least, help you both sleep a little longer and easier.

If you are feeling a little frustrated and even more (ok, a lot more) tired, you are not alone. Every parent since the dawn of time has been exactly where you are today. Here are 4 helpful tips for getting your little guy or girl to sleep for longer intervals so that you can, well, you know, FINALLY take a nap.

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Use healthy sleep associations.

If you want your baby to be able to go to sleep on his own, you will want to take notice of how you get your baby to sleep. If your baby tends to doze off while breastfeeding – you may have become his sleep association. Steering free from sleep associations that require your interaction can help you get to sleep quicker and also help your baby to go to sleep more quickly on his own in the middle of the night.

Be realistic.

Your newborn baby is probably not going to come home from the hospital an sleep soundly through the night. This almost NEVER happens. This is because your baby needs constant nutrition in these vital first days and weeks. Most babies do not start sleeping through the night until solid foods have been introduced for quite some time. This keeps your baby’s tummy fuller for longer, allowing them to sleep for longer intervals.

Enlist a little help.

If you are not getting enough Zzz’s at night, it would do you a world of good to have a grandparent or friend come over for a few hours to let you catch up on it. This is especially true if you are a single parent. Every bit of help can go a long way.

See your doctor.

If your baby wakes multiple times a night and cannot seem to be easily consoled, you should speak to your child’s pediatrician to be sure that there is no underlying issue going on. Many babies suffer from colic which, while not dangerous, can be very painful for new, little tummies. The doctor can give your child a special medication to ease the pain and get your little guy or girl feeling back to tip top.

Sleepless nights and babies just go hand in hand… but so do babies and joy. You simply cannot have one without the other. While it may not seem like it now, you will eventually find yourself sleeping through the night again – baby too – it just takes a little time. Until then, remember that you are not the first or the last parent who will be up at 3 a.m. pacing the floor with a sleepless baby. This too shall pass and soon you’ll get your sleep back… and a wonderful little toddler who will steal your heart in brand new ways.

How Long Should You Let Your Baby Sleep Without Eating?

Many experts are suggesting that you should wake your newborn up every four hours to eat.  The problem with waiting too long between feedings is that your baby could get dehydrated.

When Can You Start Sleep Training A Baby?

At around 4-6 months, is a good time to start this.  By this time, you should be done with feedings during the night and your child is ready for a regular night and wake schedule.

 

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