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You may be already aware of some of the following, but since you didn't give a lot of details here goes.

1. Six hours is considered sleeping through the night for a baby under four months old. Some seven week olds are capable of this but many are not yet.

2. If you are feeding every four hours through the day, try feeding every 3 to 3 1/2. The more food they take in during the day, generally, the less they need at night. Four hours is a pretty long time between feedings for a seven week old anyway.

3. You didn't say how often your baby is waking in the night, but if he is going for four hours or more most nights between feedings, he is doing fine for his age. If he is going less than three hours try having him sleep on his side, on his tummy, in his carseat, in his swing or with you. Most babies do not sleep well flat on their backs, especially on firm crib mattresses and/or unswaddled.

4. Do not worry about the clock at this point. If your baby is hungry in two hours feed him. The next time he may go four and the time after that, three. It really varies. Most babies establish their own routine by the time they are about three months old. The same goes for bedtime. At this age usually the later the better. I am not sure exactly the reason, but because of their internal clocks, young babies who go to sleep before about 9 or 10 P.M. tend to wake a lot more frequently during the wee hours of the morning. Again, most babies generally settle into a much earlier bedtime on their own by the time they are three or four months old. Of course if your baby is ready for bed at 8, sleeping at least four hours after that and not waking three or four times afterwards it is working for you and I wouldn't try to change anything.

Nancy
[QUOTE=BioAdoptMom3]You may be already aware of some of the following, but since you didn't give a lot of details here goes.

1. Six hours is considered sleeping through the night for a baby under four months old. Some seven week olds are capable of this but many are not yet.

2. If you are feeding every four hours through the day, try feeding every 3 to 3 1/2. The more food they take in during the day, generally, the less they need at night. Four hours is a pretty long time between feedings for a seven week old anyway.

3. You didn't say how often your baby is waking in the night, but if he is going for four hours or more most nights between feedings, he is doing fine for his age. If he is going less than three hours try having him sleep on his side, on his tummy, in his carseat, in his swing or with you. Most babies do not sleep well flat on their backs, especially on firm crib mattresses and/or unswaddled.

4. Do not worry about the clock at this point. If your baby is hungry in two hours feed him. The next time he may go four and the time after that, three. It really varies. Most babies establish their own routine by the time they are about three months old. The same goes for bedtime. At this age usually the later the better. I am not sure exactly the reason, but because of their internal clocks, young babies who go to sleep before about 9 or 10 P.M. tend to wake a lot more frequently during the wee hours of the morning. Again, most babies generally settle into a much earlier bedtime on their own by the time they are three or four months old. Of course if your baby is ready for bed at 8, sleeping at least four hours after that and not waking three or four times afterwards it is working for you and I wouldn't try to change anything.

Nancy[/QUOTE]


BioMom - Thank you for your help! DS slept 6 hours last night. Woo hoo! I fed him when he was hungry yesterday (about every 3-3.5 hours) and put him to bed at 10 p.m. Your advice really helped.

Now, the burning question is, can I expect him to continue sleeping this long, or was this just luck? Meaning, do babies often get into this routine once they sleep through the night?





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