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What do I do when my 2 month old wakes in the night?

2 month old waking at night

I met you today for the first time with my 2-month-old. Our son has not been sleeping and you talked me through starting a schedule and nightly routine. I forgot to ask you what you suggest I do if/when he wakes up during the night after I get him down around 10pm? Do we cry it out? If so how long? Or go in and rub his back and replace paci? I know there is a lot of debate on this topic, but we seemed to be on the same page with all we discussed today so I would love your input/guidance.

2 months old is too young to cry it out. The whole idea of a bedtime routine, stimulating daytime and boring night is to work with your child for a gentle transition to sleeping through the night. At this age some babies will fuss for 4 or 5 minutes as they go to sleep - that is often normal.

Teaching a child to sleep through the night is a process:

Step 1

At 2 weeks old (If healthy) establish an environment for sleep - a bright and stimulating day, a dark and boring night and a set bedtime routine.

Step 2

At 2 months old space out his feedings so that by 4 months old he is feeding every 3 1/2 to 4 hours. If you have established the right environment for sleep and he is feedings are spaced out to 3 1/2 to 4 hours the vast majority of children will sleep.

For now, work on establishing a routine. If he wakes in the night, try initial comfort measures - like re-swaddling, patting or offering a pacifier. If these fail and he is due to eat - feed him. Given time he will sleep through the night.


Written June 2014 by
Gregory Gordon MD, Orlando Pediatrician






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