Getting Baby Timmy to Sleep Through the Night

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My other three children slept through the night (6-8 hours) by the time they were 8 weeks old.  So, I’ve been expecting to make a breakthrough with Timmy this month.  Since he was born, he has slept 3-4 hours at a time during the night.  So, he has been going to sleep around 10pm, waking up at 2am to nurse and again around 6am.  I’ve been looking forward to the night that he drops the 2am feeding and sleeps from 10pm to 6am.

With all of my children, I’ve used the sleep strategies found in Babywise, a book written by Gary Ezzo M.A and Robert Bucknam M.D.  The main strategy found in the book is simply keeping your baby on a consistent cycle every 2-4 hours.  So, every time Timmy wakes up (if it’s at least 2 hours after the last feeding) I nurse him for 10 min, change his diaper and nurse him for another 10 min.  After that, he normally stays awake for a little bit.  I try not to let him fall asleep while he’s nursing.  Since he is still a newborn, he doesn’t stay awake for long before getting fussy.  So, he goes to sleep after being awake for 30-60 minutes.  This nurse, wake, sleep cycle continues throughout the day until he goes to bed at 10pm.  During the night, when he wakes up around 2am, I just nurse him and put him back to bed right away.

Now that I’ve cut out chocolate from my diet, Timmy is a bit more comfortable because he’s not so gassy.  This has helped with his naps during the day and I’ve also started to see a change in his nighttime sleep routine.  He now goes to bed around 9pm and sleeps until about 3am.  That’s 6 hours!  Hurray!  We’re making progress!  That was about a week ago.  Then, Saturday night, he surprised me.  I put him to bed around 9pm and he slept until 6am!  That’s 9 hours!  What a surprise that was.  Especially since only two weeks ago, he was a colicky baby that wouldn’t sleep more than 3 hours at a time.  Now, he is sleeping 6-9 hours a night!  Praise the Lord!  I sure hope this continues.

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