Am I the only one still getting up every 4 hours at night ?!

Alison - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, Im new to this website. I have twin boys Carl and Paul who were born 3rd April 09. Paul is a little angel and sleeps about 8 - 12 hours every night from 7 pm but Carl is not so angelic (except for when he smiles when he can melt anyone's heart) and he has a magical built in alarm which goes off every 4 hours!



I have tried giving him water which sometimes sends him back off but not always. I have tried reducing his feeds at night but this doesnt always work either. I have been weaning him for about 3 weeks now and he hasnt taking to solids brilliantly but I am encouraging him as much as possible. He takes a 6 ounce feed of Aptimal but doesnt always finish this. Through the night I restrict this to 4 ounces but I stop sooner (usually about 2) if he looks like he will go down to sleep on less.



Any other advice gratefully welcome or even just some reassurance that 'I am not alone!' would be good !!



Many thanks



Alison, Carl and Paul

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Joanie - posted on 10/12/2009

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I'm telling you, 10, 2, and 6. Once you give them that bottle at ten, soon they will sleep through until at least 6am, skipping the 2am feeding. Then you feed him when he wakes up at 6 and again at 10. I would try a little cereal in the bottle. Some doctors discourage it, but it has worked like a charm for both of my boys. I would give my 6 month old 4oz of milk and a little cereal, fill the bottle to 6oz total. If he gets an upset tummy before bed it might keep him up too. So I use Gripe water, it works miracles! You can find it at any drug store.

Kristin - posted on 10/10/2009

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I'm sure I get up at least this much...we co sleep though so it doesn't interrupt much...

Brittany - posted on 10/10/2009

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You know, my 5 month old son sleeps great throughout the whole night but on the other hand my 15 month old daughter wakes up throughout the night and is impossible to soothe. I asked the doctor and he told me that she most likely has night terrors and that it can occur in babies as young as 5 months. Also at 5 months is when babies begin the whole seperation anxiety and are most likely teething. These could be othe possibilities.

Christa - posted on 10/10/2009

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Well I too can relate as I have have twins that were born on April 9th. Gavin and Owen.... for a period of time they were sleeping a good 9 hours from 7pm to 4am, but recently in the last two months they have reverted back to being up within 4-5 hours. I also find it harder with twins since if one wakes and I don't get there in time, the one wakes the other and than it is a disaster. My first son never slept through the night until he was able 1.5 years old, and I have done everything I can think of that is in the book. It is frustrating, but I know in at least another year my boys will sleep through the night if they follow suit of their older brother. I too put oatmeal in the bottle and have been doing so also for reflux, and never had a problem with choking. My babies doctor also recommended it.

Deeanna - posted on 10/09/2009

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well can i say that my baby has had rice cereal in everyone of her bottles since she was a month old due to her acid reflux and i have never had a problem with choking. her doctor put her on it

Faith - posted on 10/09/2009

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My baby was born April 7 and he's still waking every 3-4 hours at night to eat. Giving him formula at night instead of breast milk is the only thing that got me up to 4 hours though. On breast milk alone he was waking every two hours for the first 4 months. It was exhausting. My strictly formula fed baby (who turns 18 soon!) slept through the night from a week old!! Formula doesn't digest as quickly so it allows them to feel full longer. I'm still breast feeding because I do believe in the benefits, but when it comes to helping baby sleep through the night I think formula tends to work better!

Lucy - posted on 10/09/2009

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Can i just say that putting rice in a bottle to help a baby sleep is not a good idea and a major choking risk! If you wish to give cereal do so off a spoon!



Anyway, im also getting up in the night, Amelia goes to sleep around 9pm and usually sleeps until 3-4am then sleeps again until around 6am and will then go back to sleep in bed with me for an hour or so. These last few night she's sometimes woke again around 11 or 12pm too, but at around 6months they go through a major growth spurt so they need the extra food, im also breastfeeding and have been told breastfed babies often wake more.

Deeanna - posted on 10/08/2009

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my baby girl was born on april 16th 2009 and has been sleeping through the night since she was 4 months old. all i can tell you is to put enough rice cereal in the bottle to where it is really thick almost so thick you could feed it to him with a spoon.on top of that get a schedule down. she came home on a schedule. so now she older she has food at 630 bath at 730 rice bottle by 800 in bed asleep by 900 i have had her on this schedule for awhile now. it will take awhile for him to get use to but keep to it. he will learn when it is bedtime and sleep through the night. make sure he eats most of that bottle when he wakes up (it sounds mean) but dont pick him up dont feed him first see if he will fuss alil while then go back to bed if not patt his but for rub his head or belly

Sunshine - posted on 10/08/2009

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Lillie was born April 26 2009.For most nights she gets up every 4 hours.I was told that shes not sleeping becasue she is not full but she stops eatin so.Last night I gave her baby ceral n baby food and her bottle then put her right to bed.She didnt get up for 6 hours.

Tracy - posted on 10/08/2009

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You are not alone. we were doing every 2-3hrs up until 2 weeks ago. Four hours is a blessing. It seems everyone elses baby sleeps through the night. I feed him food @ 6, bottle @ 730pm then 11:30 bottle with rice cereal, then 230 or 3 bottle agian. My client said I have to get rid of the 2 or 3 feeding and just pat his butt....yeah sounds good...but she said it will take a week.....I don't know if I can do it. Good Luck, Tracy

Kristen - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hi Alison,



I am writing to let you know you are not alone! Dawson was born April 7, 2009 so our children are very close in age. He doesn't necessarily wake every 4 hours, but each night is different. Most nights he is waking at midnight and then 4 am. Going to bed at 8 pm, that makes about every 4 hours. Other nights he was waking every two hours! I am breastfeeding and he is taking solids too. For awhile I started only feeding once per night because I was told he shouldn't need to be fed at night anymore - and that is when he started waking every 2 hours. Now that I am feeding on demand again, he is sleeping better, but obviously not great! I am not sure about you, but I am convinced it will just take time and patience for him to sleep longer.



I hope this was at least mind-settling! Thanks for the post.



Kristen

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