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    Default How to get a newborn Sleeping through the night

    My dd is only 2 weeks but would like to start a routine of what I should do to get her to sleep through the night.
    At the moment I'm feeding every 3 hours through the day ad she sleeps fairly well inbetween ( we have our days with settling)
    I give her a bath and feed and put her in her bed in the dark at 7-7:30pm
    I feed again at 10pm and she settles down around 11pm.
    She then usually wakes up around 3:30am but is alot harder to settle back down she can scream for an hour or so.
    I make sure I feed her in the dark little interaction so she won't wake.
    I would love for her to sleep a full 6hr period atleast.
    I know I may be asking alot for a newbie but I just want to start in the right direction.
    Would love to hear other mums routines!

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    sorry for the bad news, but 4 hours IS sleeping through for a newborn. they have tiny tummys and biologically they need a feed at least that often.
    its only for a few weeks, then they start to stretch out longer around 12weeks.
    just nap when you can, and ignore the housework!

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    Mine is 5 weeks & we're feeding 2 hourly all through the night every night--I'd love to have your current routine!!

    Subscribing just out of interest.....

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    I think you might be being a bit ambitious. WHilst I think it's great to have a night time routine so they know it's time for sleep babies will sleep through when they are ready. Newborns should be demand fed (day and night). Their tummies are tiny and need to be regularly filled up so the best thing for newborns is lots of cuddles and feeds. My DD is 15 months old and not even close to sleeping through and that is quite normal.

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    Newborns need feeding through the night. I think you really need to give it a few months before you expect her to sleep through!

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    I think you've got an excellent routine going already. Despite what books will tell you, there is no routine that will reliably get a newborn sleeping through. They'll do it when they're ready and for some that's 3 months and some its 2 years (or more!) Most sleep books are geared towards selling parents a dream and a hope and making themselves lots of money in the process. And the downside is they create a lot of expectation that is completely unreasonable.

    I think keep doing what you're doing, it sounds perfect. I know its hard having broken sleep (boy do I know) but especially in the early weeks its fairly unavoidable.

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    I have to agree, two weeks is VERY early to hope for a bub to sleep 6 hours. I mean it does happen, no doubt. But the first time DS slept for 6 hours straight was when he was about 3-4 months old.

    I had a friend who had two daughters that both slept through from 2 weeks, but even she said that was sheer dumb luck.

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    For a two weeker, going to bed at 7pm, having a feed at 10pm and then going through until 3.30 is brilliant, really it is! As others have said, their tummies are teeny tiny and it really is desirable that they wake and feed during the night.
    Honestly, I wouldn't worry about setting up a routine (for a two weeker at any rate) just follow her lead for now, she's still building up your supply too, and it's early days yet.
    Enjoy your bubba for now, they are little for such a short time oh and I promise you will one day get a better nights sleep
    Cheers

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    My DS2 is almost 11 months and never sleeps for longer than five hours at a time. It's not a matter of routine, although a lot of people will tell you that. Babies will sleep 'through' when they are ready and the lower your expectations of when this should happen, the easier things will be. I hate that society insinuates that it is a problem if babies don't sleep through. There is nothing wrong with babies waking throughout the night - it's normal. Physiologically, they are designed to wake frequently.

    Anyway...most babies wake fairly often in the first three months especially - as others have mentioned, your baby has a tiny tummy which doesn't hold a lot of milk. Also, your baby has been inside of you for 9ish months, she has been nurtured and comforted by you 24/7 the entire time - it's normal for her to crave contact and comfort on the outside too. My advice would be to forget about routines and just feed and cuddle her when she needs it.

    She is only going to be a baby for a very short time, this isn't going to happen forever

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