Friday, January 4, 2008

Poll Results: What age did your baby start sleeping 7-8 hours at night consistently?

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8 Weeks: 8 Votes (38%)
9 Weeks: 3 Votes (14%)
12 Weeks: 5 Votes (23%)
4 Months: 2 Votes (9%)
5 Months: 1 Vote (4%)
6 Months or Older: 2 Votes (9%)

Total of 21 Votes

Reader Questions:
  • Jenny said...
    Hi! I have an 8 week old who I have been nursing about every 2.5 to 3 hours during the day. I put him down around 8:30 every night for bed and he generally wakes up around 11:00 for another feeding and then again at 2:00am, 5:00am and then around 7:00am we start our day. Will he eventually drop all of these nighttime feedings on his own, or should I be doing something to help this along. I just saw that the majority of the babies are sleeping through the night at 8 weeks, and it seems like we are nowhere close to that!Thanks so much for your help!
    February 26, 2008 9:50 AM
    Plowmanators said...
    Technically, you are having two nighttime feedings. Your 11 PM feeding would be considered a late evening feeding, also known as the dreamfeed. You could feed him at 10:30 if you want, more for your own sake if that makes your nighttime sleep any better. Something to take note of with this poll is that there aren't a lot of responses. I intend to do this poll again now because there are more responses to polls now than there were then. The more responses, the more accurate the results. Also, according to BW, 15% of babies don't start sleeping 7-8 hours consistently until they are 10-12 weeks old. For me, I don't think about working on nighttime sleep until 12 weeks just in case baby needs to wait that long. Some moms know their baby is ready for some work earlier, and that is fine. I just prefer to do it that way. So if I were you, I would hang in there for a few more weeks and see what happens.
    February 26, 2008 1:10 PM


Family said...

I have a 12 week old baby. I do the BW feed, wake, sleep schedule. I am currently feeding him every 3 hours. I dreamfeed at 11 and then put him down for the night. He rarely makes it longer than 5 hours before he is up crying. I have tried CIO for several nights (as long as 45 minutes) but he has never gone back to sleep. I eventually end up feeding him. I don't feel like he is making any progress towards STTN. After his middle of the night feeding he usually sleeps another 3 1/2 to 4 hours and starts his day around 8. We are averaging 7 feedings a day. Any suggestions on what to try to help him STTN. I have two other boys I have used BW with and both were STTN by this age.

Plowmanators said...


Boys do take longer to STTN.

I would try to get more feedings in him in the day. You could also try cluster feeding at night--many moms swear by it. Once McKenna started cluster feeding, she dropped a night feed immediately and started STTN shortly after (about a week and a half). See also the blog label "STTN" (on the right side of the page, or you can click on STTN in the label in this post).

Christie said...

I have a similar situation with my 13 week old son. Some of his naps are 45 minutes and some almost 2 hours. Then at night for a little awhile he was sleeping 7-8 hours at night before needing to eat again and now he is waking up every 3-4 hours. I feed him on a 2.5-3 hour schedule, sometimes with a dream feed and sometimes not. Neither way seems to make a difference. I feel like I'm trying really hard to do the feed, wake sleep cycle but its not getting me the end result of "STTN." (although i do have a very happy content baby who doesn't even have a fussy time during the day by doing this schedule and he can go down to sleep for both naps and nightime awake and go to sleep on his own without crying). But how do i know if i should do a dream feed or not, how do i go about adding more feedings during the day or know if i need to? I feel a bit overwhelmed with all this and confused as to what to do at this point with sttn. Please help.

Plowmanators said...


Have you tried feeding him as soon as he wakes up?

Whenever McKenna wakes early, I give her 10 minutes to go back to sleep (unless it is at the 2.5 hour mark). If she doesn't, I just go feed her and continue on with the day. We have never had persistent 45 minute nap problems. I think many times, the persistent problems are the result of parents not wanting to start a bad habit, but they are actually not addressing a growth spurt or growth appetite. I would start with that. Good luck!


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