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 Did STTN happen gradually or was it a surprise?

Quick question: DD is 6 weeks old and wakes up like clockwork every 4 hours at night between feeds.

I know that in the next few weeks she should start lengthening those times but for those whose LO's STTN, did it just start spontaneously, or did you notice a gradual lengthening between feeds?

Thanks!

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 1 Feb 2010 10:30 AM
 15 Apr 2008
 GTA
Ammers
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It just happened. I thought he'd died to be honest, and I was too scared to go check on him. So I lied there awake, listening for his grunts on the monitor. It lasted until 3 months exactly, now no more STTN.

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 1 Feb 2010 10:33 AM
 27 Mar 2009
Peanut's_Mom
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It was gradual (except for a few surprise one nighters that didn't last), but went quick. Every 3-4 hours til we stopped co-sleeping, then every 5-7. Within two days of moving into our new house and her having her own room (she was 8 weeks), it went to 9.5 one night, 10 the next, and now 11-12 consistently. I too checked that she was alive though!

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 1 Feb 2010 10:34 AM
 21 Mar 2007
lauren_b
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N STTN for the first time at 2 months spontaneously... it lasted for 3 months.

And now... well, you can read my other post "Holy Sleep Hell".

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 1 Feb 2010 10:35 AM
 30 May 2006
robotparty
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Mama29 - did you do anything special? Did you have her on a feeding schedule of any kind? What time was your last feed of the day?

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 1 Feb 2010 10:36 AM
 30 May 2006
robotparty
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Lauren - I did actually read your post earlier - it must be so frustrating when you take one step forward and then a couple back. Hopefully he works things out soon!

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 1 Feb 2010 11:54 AM
 7 Jul 2006
 Central Alberta
Chelle24
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For us it was pretty gradual.

As soon as we knew DS was gaining weight and stopped waking him up every 3 hours and went for an on demand feeding schedule, DS went to one wake up a night. To bed around midnight, up at 4:30 for feeding, up at 7:30 for feeding.

Around 5 weeks old he moved that to 5:30. A few weeks later he moved that to 6:30 or 7. A few weeks after that he started sleeping right through to 8 or 9, and moving his bed time up earlier.

Now he is to bed between 8 and 10, dreamfeed at 12, and sleep to between 8 and 9.

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 1 Feb 2010 12:32 PM
 1 Feb 2007
 canada
littlemisssun
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for us it wasn't till we did cio/sleepeasy at 5 motnhs. prior to that it was every 3-4 hours.

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 1 Feb 2010 1:22 PM
 7 Sep 2006
xianne
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DD started STTN at 5 weeks (going to bed at 10pm and getting up at 7am to BF, then back to bed until 10:30am). That was gradual, and then she stopped doing it at 5 months.

Then it got bad, really bad (up every hour) for about a month, then slowly got better. What we had to do was offer her a bottle of EBM at night instead of a BF. Eventually, she decided it wasn't worth getting up every hour for a cold piece of silicone tongueold

In early January (9 months), she was going down at 8pm, getting up at 1am to eat, then sleeping 'til 8:30am. Then my parents babysat her for a week and now she fully STTN! laugh

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 1 Feb 2010 2:42 PM
 24 Nov 2008
 Ottawa, Ontario
MonkeyGirl
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2,351
They're supposed to gradually lengthen feeds and STTN after 6 weeks?!

I'm still waiting for this. We're up every 4 hours. Doesn't bother me though, but I do find it funny that it's assumed all babies do this. I still don't STTN so I can't really expect her to, can I?

laugh

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 1 Feb 2010 2:55 PM
 18 May 2007
 BC
mommato2
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DD did it spontaneously from 6 weeks to 6 months and then sleep went to he** in a handbasket for MONTHS!!!!! We have only seen improvement the last 3 weeks and DD is 10 months.

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 1 Feb 2010 4:41 PM
 12 May 2005
 Alberta
ldb
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7,204
For us things were going great until about 4 months (one wake up around 4-5 am) and then things went to crap...they gradually got better and we got back up/down depending how you look at it to two night feedings. I did one night of sleep training and DD has STTN since.

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 1 Feb 2010 7:30 PM
 11 Jan 2006
Samantha2006
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It was gradual for us. She just kept wanting her bedtime earlier and pushed her night wakings later until it was 9, 10, 11 and now 12 hour stretches.
Of course we still have nights here and there where she's up but it's not very often.

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 1 Feb 2010 8:09 PM
 4 Aug 2008
Couscous
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DD was mostly a one feed a night kind of girl from about 2 months on. Then just after four months, one night she went 7 - 3, the next 7 - 5, and then the next 7 - 7. Since that first night that she slept 12 hours straight I've had to get up in the night with her less than 10 times. I get up with DS who's 3 more often!

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 1 Feb 2010 8:20 PM
 25 Jan 2006
 Ontario
__Stef__
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DD gradually started lengthening the time to her first wake up starting at 6 weeks until she got to 9 hours straight around 12-14 weeks. Then it all went to h*ll for a couple months before it got better. She didnt' STTN until she was 9 months old though

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 1 Feb 2010 8:44 PM
 12 Jan 2006
 New Westminster, BC
Erica
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2,274
It was a suprise. We woke up one morning and I realized he hadn't gotten up through the night!

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 1 Feb 2010 10:10 PM
 8 Oct 2007
 Toronto
PeachyPie
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Just started happening a couple days ago..... almost 14 months old smile

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 1 Feb 2010 10:16 PM
 31 Aug 2006
 all over the place
lilybellule
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8,978
DD just started 7-8 hours stretches of sleep (Crossing my fingers that she keeps it that way). She was doing 4-6 hours stretches starting at 1 or 2 weeks old (she was gaining weight really well, so we let her sleep), then went down to 3-4 hours stretches when we moved her to her crib at 5 weeks. So I'd say for her it's been pretty gradual so far.

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 2 Feb 2010 9:27 PM
 4 May 2007
 Ontario
Lakergirl89
Postaholic
9,521
At the age of your LO, I believe STTN is only considered to be 5-6 hour stretches.

My DD was up about every 4-5 hours for the first few months. After that she stretched it and we were getting 6-8 hour stretches starting about 5-6 months. Around 6 months, she had about a week of sleeping 10-10.5 hours straight and then went back to about 8-9.5 hours until almost a week ago. Now for the last 5 nights, we've had 3 out of 5 nights of sleeping COMPLETELY through from bedtime until morning. I'm hoping it continues.

There will be a million reasons/things to cause them to wake over the years. I love the extra sleep but I'm not letting myself get too comfortable with it.

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 2 Feb 2010 9:27 PM
 7 May 2006
 Edmonton
i_love_oceans
WB Devotee
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When DS was 10 weeks old, it was a surprise when he slept 8-9hrs straight in the night. This continued and then gradually went up to 12 hrs straight by 4 months. There were a couple weeks when we started solids that he had some wake-ups, but now it is back to 10-12 hrs straight. He goes to bed later than we would like though!

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 2 Feb 2010 9:40 PM
 2 Oct 2008
 Toronto, ON
pantalonMAMA
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1,309
It was a total surprise...one day DS just decided that he no longer needed any night feedings. But STTN only lasted from 2 months to 4 months; since then he's been waking up every few hours.

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 2 Feb 2010 9:56 PM
 21 Oct 2007
 Ottawa, ON
beeandelmo
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It was a total surprise for us also. When DD was two months old, she often slept from 11am till 3am. Once she hit the three months mark, she slept from 11am till 5am. She is now 5.5 months old and is sleeping from 7pm till 7am.

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 2 Feb 2010 10:02 PM
 4 Apr 2006
cynful
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1,336
It was gradual for us. At around 2 months DD had her first STTN, from 10 - 6. The next week she did it two nights and the week after 3 nights. By 4 months she was sleeping 8 - 6 every night.

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 7 Feb 2010 12:10 PM
 16 Oct 2005
 Calgary, AB
geogirl
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It was neither for us, it was definately parent encouraged. DS was content to wake up every 4 hours like clockwork and it took some work on our part to lengthen that to STTN. He wasn't happy about it, but we slowly started elminating feeds. By 3.5 months we had him STTN but there were still some early mornings. By 6 months we started the 7am rule, no getting DS before 7am, and that made us all much happier.

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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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