How many hours does “sleeping through the night” mean? Everyone wants their child to sleep through the night (including me), but what does that really mean? Going to bed at 8pm, not to wake again until 8am? If my child sleeps from 8pm to 5am, that’s a long 9hrs, but I don’t want to get up at 5. What do you consider sleeping through the night?

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8-5 is sleeping through the night.It pretty much means not waking up in the middle of the night.My baby used to sleep from 8pm to 8am– it was wonderful:)

How old is your baby?It depends on the age. My two babies, started REALLY sleeping through the night at around 7 months. They sleep from 7 pm – 7 am. (in the winter a bit later.) But before that, I would put them to bed at 7 and do a roll over feed at 10:30 and then they would settle back to sleep until 7 AM. but the ability to do that didn’t really hit until they were 3 months old. Before they were three months, I still attempted to put them down at 7, roll over feed at 10:30 and then usually had to get up one more time during the night.if your baby is older than 7 months old, physically they can do a long 12 hour stretch. In order to do this, make sure that they don’t sleep longer than 2.5 hours during the day, and that they don’t sleep at all 4 hours before their intended bedtime.Good luck – if you are having serious sleep issues, depending on the age of your child I highly recommend the following two books – under a year – Gina Ford’s Contented Little Baby BookOver a year – Richard Ferber’s Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems

Medically, sleeping through the night for a baby means 5 hours straight. That does not mean that’s all they sleep, thank goodness, it just means that they aren’t “sleeping through the night” until they can go that stretch without waking. I know it’s not OUR definition of sleeping through the night, but medically that’s what they give us!

I would consider that sleeping through the night. Maybe what you need to do is wake your baby up at 10 for another feeding, that way your baby will sleep until 7! That is what I did. My little girl was waking at 4:30 every morning. So we decided that since she was going to bed at 8:30, and we usually go to bed around 10:30 or 11, that we would wake her up before we went to bed for another feeding. It did buy me 1 and a half more hours of sleep. I don’t know how old your baby is, but eventually he or she will sleep longer, until then, just help him or her to go to bed a little later!

I consider an infant sleeping 6-8 hours sleeping through the night. I think asking for a baby to sleep 12 solid hours is just setting yourself up for disappointment. If you don’t want to get up at 5 am try scooching baby’s bed time back 10 minutes every night until you get them to wake at the time you want (if baby sleeps 8 hours that would be bed at 10pm and up at 6am). Sorry but having children does generally mean less sleep for you 🙂

My boys are pretty young.3 months. But they sleep 5 to 6 hours before waking me.but whoa!! They are ready to eat!

How can I get my baby to eat during the day and not take in all of his milk at night? He is 4 months old and hardly eats AT ALL during the day, but breastfeeds every 2 hours at night. I stay home with him all day and offer him food, but NOPE, he doesn’t eat. Please help! Has anyone else’s baby done this? THANK YOU!
I have a 10 month old that has done the same, since birth. JUST IN THIS LAST WEEK he has decided to try and do it the “right” way. Thank God, because I am 30 weeks pregnant & NEED the sleep now!

I think he has his nights and days mixed up. Does he sleep a lot during the day? If the answer is yes, I would start trying to keep him up more during the day. He also might be feeding at night because he wants something to suck on, try a pacifier. If you feed him every two hours during the day and try to keep him awake and busy he will be more tired at night and less likely to wake up. Good Luck.

It is because during the day there are so many distractions for hom, but at night its dark and your tired and he can’t see you and your relaxed, many babies do this, how to solve it can be difficult, go to a quiet room and feed.. If possible. I never could as i have a 3.5 year old who always interrupted and my 5 month old always seemed amused by him!! Good luck

It sounds like he wants to suck to sooth himself to sleep. I’d try a pacifier or help him find his thumb at night. Also if you can get him to “cluster feed” every hour or so right before bed it can help him sleep longer at night. Also I might suggest swaddling. If you are not already doing that. He might cry and get mad at first but you will find that if you swaddle him snugly he’ll be more apt to sleep longer at night.

He’s filling up and taking all of his calories through the night so he just doesn’t need it through the day as you say. There are no easy ways to turn it around, however, You need to get hold of a book by Gina Ford called the Contented Little Baby Book- I just lent mine to a friend and I can’t remember her full advice for this problem.The book is amazing though- within 48hrs -1 week it will be sorted if you follow the sleeping and feeding routines she outlines. I really hope you can get this sorted soon- you must be exhausted!!

What do you do when you are breastfeeding and your nipples start to bleed? I had my baby on Sunday and my milk has come in and some small spots of blood are coming though my nipples. I have been pumping as well with the Playtex breast pump. Am I pumping too hard? What should I do to keep feeding but stop the small bleeding? Does anyone know links, or a cream or had this problem and found a solution
You should probably hold off on the pumping until your milk supply gets established and your body knows what the baby’s needs are. Is the baby latching on properly? That can cause nipple soreness and cracking if he isn’t.Congratulations on your baby!

maybe ease off on the pumping to let your milk supply adjust. is the blood from cracked nipples? try airing them out a bit and using a lanolin cream on them, or if they are really painful you can use nipple shields. when i had cracked and bleeding nipples my midwife told me to continue feeding as the blood would not affect the baby.

I had the same problem.The midwives advised me to stop pumping or letting the baby suck from the affected nipple.Instead to manually express the milk with your hands until the nipple has healed slightly.also, after every pump/feed/expression, apply some of the excess breast milk on your nipples. This will reduce the chances of cracked nipples.Medela also has a cream for nipples during breast feeding which i used as well.Good luck.

See a lactation consultant.You can try a nipple shield, it may help. The best cream is a lanolin one, a lac. consultant can help you with specific brands. Soothies are great in between feedings.Why are you pumping at this time? If it isn’t an absolute necessity, stop pumping and just BF the baby. It will be much gentler on your tender nipples and allow you to become gradually adjusted to BFing. If it isn’t a necessity there is really no reason at all to pump. Aside from the problem you are having now, you will start to produce much more milk than you need which can lead to problems with engorgement, mastitis and clogged ducts. Use the baby’s nursing to set the supply/demand ratio. If you become engorged, you may hand express a bit between feedings.Good luck!

According to Gina Fords Book “The new contended Little baby Book: The secret to calm and confident parenting”.I’ll write a small excerpt from the book:”The first thing that became obvious to me very early on when working with new mothers, is that while breast-feeding may be the most natural way to feed a newborn baby, for some mothers it does not come easily. Immediately after the birth, midwives encourage mothers to put their baby straight to the breast, and guide them through the techniques of positioning and latching the baby on. For some mothers their baby will latch on to the breast easily, feed well and then drop off to sleep easily until the next feed. For others the baby will fuss and fret, fight the breast or take several sucks before falling asleep.These problems are all very common in the early days.Mothers are now discharged from hospital within 48 hours of giving birth and many are sent home without having grasped the basic latching-on techniques that are essential if breast feeding is to be a success.When I worked as a maternity nurse I would often arrive at a family’s home to find a mother with nipples that were so cracked and bleeding that she would be in tears every time she put the baby to her breast. In situations like this, breast feeding and bonding get off to a very bad start for mother and baby(bit more here.All of these problems, and many others associated with breast feeding, could be avoided if more attention and help were given to the mother in the early days.She then talks about “fore milk and hind milk” etc that you produce with your milk.”At the beginning of the feed, your baby gets the fore milk, which is high in volume and low in fat. As the feed progresses your babys sucking will slow down and he will pausce longer between sucks. This is a sign that he is reaching the hind milk. Although he only gers a small amount of hind milk, it is very important that he is left on the breast long enough to reach it. It is the hind milk that will help your baby go longer between feeds. Iff you transfer him to the second breast before he has totally emptied the first breast, he will more likely to get two lots of fore milk. This will have a knock on effect and leave him feeling hungry again in the next few hours”.She recommends watching a DVD by one of the leading breast feeding counsellors in the country – Clare Bryam-Cook “What to expect when your’re breast feeding.and what if you can’t..” Gina talks about expressing. She says:”The best time to express is in the mornings as the breasts are usually fuller. Expressing will also be easier if done at the beginning of a feed. Express one breast just prior to feeding your baby, or feed your baby from one breast, then express from the second breast before offering him the remainder of his feed. It is also important to note that expressing at the beginning of a feed allows slightly longer for that breast to make more milk for the next feed.She suggests the times: 6:45am, and 10:30am to express.Anyway that’s just some tidbits from her book. I’d suggest you go and buy it and have a read as it seems to have valuable information in or or search for Gina Ford books on also has her own website called