Are your 4 month olds still feeding during the night?

Christina - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 101 moms have responded )

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I breastfed my baby boy for the first 2.5 months and he has been stricly on formula since. He is now 4 months old and feeding 4 ounces of formula every 3 hours even during the night. We have tried to up the amount of formula he eats during the day in hopes that he'll feel more full and stop eating at night but he's not ready for it because he ends up spitting it up because his tummy is too full. The paediatrician says he shouldn't be feeding anymore at night and to try other methods of comfort when he wakes up and cries at night. I've tried putting his pacifier in, changing his diaper and rocking him back to sleep but nothing works until I give him a bottle. Are your 4 month olds still feeding during the night?

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Shaquanna - posted on 12/19/2009

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My son will be four months old on Christmas Day and he eats an 8oz bottle every 3-4hrs. I breastfed him until he was almost 2 months old then I started formula. He started sleeping through the night right after he turned 3 months old. He sleeps during the nite though. He gets about 10-12 hrs of sleep each night,

Francine - posted on 12/19/2009

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Yes my son is doing the same thing. I breastfed for the first 2 months then formula. Our doctor said to cluster feed a few ounces every two hours before the big feeding before bed. It did not work. So now he said to give him water the feeding beforethe night time feeding so that it's empty calories and he will take more and sleep longer through the night. Have not tried it yet.

Mel - posted on 12/19/2009

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Our little boy has only slept through the night on one occasion, otherwise he wakes once, if not twice durinbg the night and yes I do feed him. The health visitor said until he is 6 months and on 3 solid meals a day as well as his milk then you should offer him milk in the night and when he is on 3 solid meals a day and getting his daily intake of milk when he does wake in the night offer him water in the hope that they will realise that water is not worth waking for.

Tamie - posted on 12/19/2009

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my 4 month old baby boy is breastfed and still wakes through the night. he goes down abetween 8.30 and 9.30pm sleeps till about 1.30/2am feeds goes back to sleep til 5.30 ish has a feed then back to sleep till about 7ish it does get you down sometimes but breast is best

Angelica - posted on 12/19/2009

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Hi,
My son Blake is also 4 months. He has been on formula since 2 months old (we have had to try lots of formulas as he has reflux). YES he is still feeding through the night, but he never drinks all his bottles during the day. We have started him on solids and he loves his meal time twice a day. He still wakes up two times during the night, and i personally believe he is going through a growth spurt and teething! I disagree with what your doc is saying as, when they wake up 3 hourly it is usually because they are hungry. I would give him his bottle and let him drink what he wants even if it is 20mls. Every baby is different so it is hard to give advice, but not all babies sleep during the night, i know i did not until i was 5! Some people say to introduce control crying, but i am not willing to try that until at least 6 months old.Maybe try giving him some rice cereal in his bottle at his dinner time feed to see if that keeps him fuller! There is no harm in putting babies on solids from 4 months on.

Erica - posted on 12/18/2009

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I wouldn't worry - babies eat when they're hungry. My first son woke up for a feeding until he was almost 8 months old! My second was sleeping through the night 12 hours straight at 4 weeks. Every baby is different which means their needs are different. You will drive yourself nuts if you are always comparing. Remember, babies go through several growth spurts in their first year which can cause night waking for extra feedings. As long as he is healthy and happy, keep doing makes HIM happy!

Toni - posted on 12/18/2009

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my baby boy seems to eat more at night then he did before. i dont really understand it because my friends babies were sleeping all through the night by now. i wish u all the luck :)

Lisa - posted on 12/18/2009

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I feed my baby cereal and a bottle at night before she goes to bed and sleeps all night. I just started doing that when she turned 4 mths before she would get up every night at about 4am and want a bottle but not since i started feeding her cereal.She still may wake up but i just give her, her pacifier and she goes back to sleep.

Carrie - posted on 12/18/2009

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We still get up around 4 or 5 am to feed after eating at around 930 or 10 pm.

Jessica - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have basically cut out my little ones middle of the night feedings. He drinks 7oz about 4-5 times a day. But he doesn't actually sleep through the nite, he still wakes up 1-2 times...but I don't feed him. I give him his pacifier, and I do let him fuss if need be for about 10 mins. He almost always puts himself right back to sleep. If I know he ate way earlier than normal before bedtime and nothing is settling him down, then I do feed him, but that is basically not happening at this point. We will be starting him on solids this coming week....he was getting a little rice cereal in his bottle, but that made him super constipated...so we stopped and will resume with oatmeal (per our Ped) next week.

Brandy - posted on 12/18/2009

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I do have a four month old still feeding at night. Although, instead of twice a night it's only once now. I found that cuddling or wrapping her up and placing her on her side helps. She goes to bed about 8:00pm and getting up once until we're up at 7:30am is good for me. I've also tried water in my other children's bottle to break them of getting up. Not sure when to start trying this, but you could ask your doctor.

Michelle Carpenter - posted on 12/18/2009

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Oh yes, Ethan is up 1-3 times a night...my daughter was up more than that when she was a baby...Every baby is different. I am not a believer in the cry it out methods of mothering and I have no problem with feeding a hungry baby. Go with your gut...just b/c a doctor says what's 'textbook' doesn't mean your baby is textbook. Just love on him...they grow up too fast as it is!! Your baby knows what he needs more than a Dr who sees him randomly. Good luck...by the way...my son feeds the same way (when he gets bottles-he is still breastfed)-if he gets more than 4 oz you just get very very wet....they need smaller more frequent feeding...they do outgrow that. My daughter was the same!! Good luck

Lisa - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter gets 5-5 1/2 ounces every three hours. She also has cereal one time a day. She has been sleeping through the night for a few weeks.

Ellesse - posted on 12/17/2009

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You might want to start self soothing your babe. My son was getting up several times in the and I started to self sooth him and now he sleeps from 8pm to 4:30 am eats then sleeps till 8:30am. I am created a very routine bedtime which i think also help 5:30 bottle with a bite of baby cereal( i know that you are not suppose to do it but moms have been dong it for generations and it really helped. I only use it for bed) then at 7 bath, bottle with cereal and cuddles then 8pm bed. I also try too keep him up for 2 to 3 hours before bed. I hope this helps

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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mine is taking 5, 6oz bottles during the day, he hasnt fed during the night for 2 months plus, as soon as i got his days and nights switched hes been really good about sleeping all through the night. are you still swaddling him by chance? not swaddling them really helps with no wake up during the night. or sometimes if mine wakes up during the night i can get him to go back to sleep instantly by putting him on my chest and patting him back to sleep, maybe your baby doesnt want a bottle after all, just comforting. just a thought :)

Ange - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi there. My baby still wakes up every 3-5 hours during the night. And she only eats about 3oz at a time. Has your pediatrician had kids? I don't know many people whose babies sleep through the night at this age. Besides, the definition of sleeping through the night is a 5 hours stretch right? Just stay patient, and keep doing what you're doing. All babies are different, and it sounds like, just like my baby, your baby's stomach can't hold more food than 4 ounces. :)

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Yeppers, My daughter went from sleeping for 6-8 hours at night when she was born to getting up twice. She is solely breastfed and on the smaller side (11lbs12oz) at 4 months. It's normal for them to get up especially since its prime growing time!

Janet - posted on 12/17/2009

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No, my son has slept all night from 8wks old. He now sleeps from 9.30- 8 every night and has always been on formula.

Krystie - posted on 12/16/2009

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yep she is till feedinga tnight, more now that she did as a newborn too. from day 2 untill a couple of weeks ago so went from 11pm till 5am before wanting a feed, now she wants to fed 3 or 4 times a night, she is also 100% breastfed wouldnt have it anyother way. i know alot of babies do have a whopping great growth spurt around now or are getting ready for a milestone. heck my now 2 yr old didnt stop night feeds till she was 19 months old when i nightweaned her due to my pregnancy and my huge bump getting in the way of nursing at night. she still woke at night for a further 6 months on and off.

Alexandria - posted on 12/16/2009

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I agree that every baby is different, but there are things that can be done to help change your babies sleeping patterns. I have a four month old and she has been sleeping through the night since nine weeks. A few suggestions would be to add a little more formula to your bottle feedings - just a little at a time so he doesnt get to full. It may take awhile for him to get use to it. Also how often do you feed? When is your night feeding? My daughter feeds every three hours and her night feeding is at 8:00 p,m. Another thing to do is, I don't know where your baby sleeps, but if he can see you I would move the crib or put a sheet up to hide you from his sight. If he cant see you this may help him fall back asleep. Another suggestion would be to try the pacifier but not to do anything else. Maybe he is getting over stimulated.



I hope some of these suggestions work.

Jenn - posted on 12/16/2009

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Not lately! A very wise woman told me that baby will cry in the night cause Mommy keeps picking him up! I listened to his cry and realized it wasn't for food after all! He has his last feed around midnight....if that counts ;)

Chasity - posted on 12/16/2009

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Mine is not. He takes 3 ounces of breastmilk (from the bottle) and 4 ounces of formula in his last bottle. Usually he has only 6 ounces during the day. We swaddle him and if he gets his arms out he will wake up and I have to rock him back to sleep.

April - posted on 12/16/2009

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I am still breast feeding an my son is 4 1/2 months old and were still getting up at least 2 times a night. And we were getting up every three hours. He eats and goes right back to sleep. He can eat up to 16 oz during the night, he just never seems to be full yet...

Erikka - posted on 12/15/2009

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Every baby is different, i can only make a suggestion as my first was a terrable sleeper and my second has slept all night through since he was a week old. Have you tried wind drops or something to help with wind because i found that wind build up stopped my first from drinking enough. when bub starts drinking more then you try to stretch out time between feeds. that's what we did anyway. Good luck and i hope you find what works with you bub.

Alecea - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Christina:



Yeah i have a 4 month old hes 4 months old today and he wakes up like 2 times a night idk what it is but i guss boys are just relly hungrey!!



haha



-Alecea

Are your 4 month olds still feeding during the night?

I breastfed my baby boy for the first 2.5 months and he has been stricly on formula since. He is now 4 months old and feeding 4 ounces of formula every 3 hours even during the night. We have tried to up the amount of formula he eats during the day in hopes that he'll feel more full and stop eating at night but he's not ready for it because he ends up spitting it up because his tummy is too full. The paediatrician says he shouldn't be feeding anymore at night and to try other methods of comfort when he wakes up and cries at night. I've tried putting his pacifier in, changing his diaper and rocking him back to sleep but nothing works until I give him a bottle. Are your 4 month olds still feeding during the night?





 

Tricia - posted on 12/15/2009

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I agree. If your son is hungry then feed him. One coping method, for bed time, that I use is a noise maker. When my daughter wakes up, I give her the pacifier and turn on the noise maker and she falls right back to sleep.

Staum - posted on 12/15/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

My daughter usually goes to bed about 7-8pm and pretty regularly gets up at about 3-330 am to eat 6 oz and back to sleep until about 7 or so..she has slept threw night I think twice. I actually wanted to ask for some thoughts, she is almost 4 mo and is such a happy baby, smiles all the time, crys when over tired or hungry, but the last week or so she has been cranky (for her) she is wiggley all night when ever her pacifier falls out and just not getting good quality sleep like she was. so i started her on rice cereal a couple days ago in AM and in evening. she does ok with it, im trying with spoon since I have tried it in formula, but can never get it correct consistancy that it comes out of nipple.( tips on that??) so I think she wears more then she eats, then trying 8 oz before bed, she has been drooling lots and constantly having fingers in mouth, feel no teeth yet but?? so what are you tips for a first time mom about the cereal, and the change in her sleeping and being fussy? also she has days that she is so busy looking around that she wants to be carried around to see everything and that is all that makes her happy??? are you we on a road to spoiling? im giving my self anxiety trying to fiqure her out already :-)


As said many times in these blogs all babies are different! While waking up during the night seems ok to most mums, it's not ok to me. At 3 months studies have shown a childs stomach is large enough to hold enough food to last them at least a 9 hour block period at night without being fed!



 



obviously i dont know where you live but here (Australia) it's extreamly hot so things like this can contribute to there grizzliness! trying not to give in to there fussing will really help not only now but in the long run. When bubs wakes dont go straight into her leave her cry for 5 mins, then go in and settle her (i dont know if you use a dummy but i didn't) after all that crying they'll usually be thirsty!!! NOT HUNGRY  but thirsty so try settle her with some water. Put her back down and do the same again...push out the 5min time as you go on...it'll will take a while, but it worked with me and my son will sleep from 8pm till 9:30am and has since 8 weeks.



 



Teething, just because you cant see the teeth coming through yet doesn't mean they are not teething, there gums will more than likely be white and there teeth will be moving around. This will cause them discomfort to,



 



I find by not following the instructions on the back of the rice cereal box is how you make it the besr. You know the consistancy your baby will be able to eat it...(your better off nt making it to runny as it is solids) mix as much milk as you need to make it a gluggy soft paste! It takes a bit of getting used to...i found formula to be the easiest as my baby is formula fed. But if using breast milk remember BM is more watery.



 



Babies need to know they are loved and when they cry you will be there. You dont need to rush to there every command though. You will know by your babies cry if she needs you or she is just whinging! I personally wouldn't be carrying her around etc. your only making it harder for yourself as bubs gets older.



 



Well i hope i have halped in some way but just remember all babies are different what worked for me may not work for you or you might not agree with....

Sarah - posted on 12/15/2009

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nope my daughter just turned 4 months on the 13th and she has been sleeping all night since she was a month old. but all children r different

Nicolle - posted on 12/15/2009

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my bby has sleeped throw the nyt from a week old but the last few nyts se has been wakin up in the nyt and instead of givin thm milk give thm sum water and thn the next nyt she woke up i dne the same and sence then she anit woke up again coz if thy thnk tht is all thy gna get thn thy will go bk to sleep..x

Megan - posted on 12/14/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

My daughter usually goes to bed about 7-8pm and pretty regularly gets up at about 3-330 am to eat 6 oz and back to sleep until about 7 or so..she has slept threw night I think twice. I actually wanted to ask for some thoughts, she is almost 4 mo and is such a happy baby, smiles all the time, crys when over tired or hungry, but the last week or so she has been cranky (for her) she is wiggley all night when ever her pacifier falls out and just not getting good quality sleep like she was. so i started her on rice cereal a couple days ago in AM and in evening. she does ok with it, im trying with spoon since I have tried it in formula, but can never get it correct consistancy that it comes out of nipple.( tips on that??) so I think she wears more then she eats, then trying 8 oz before bed, she has been drooling lots and constantly having fingers in mouth, feel no teeth yet but?? so what are you tips for a first time mom about the cereal, and the change in her sleeping and being fussy? also she has days that she is so busy looking around that she wants to be carried around to see everything and that is all that makes her happy??? are you we on a road to spoiling? im giving my self anxiety trying to fiqure her out already :-)


My son is the same way wanting to be carried to look around at everything. i got one of those harness things to carry him in and he loves it. My daughter never really cared for it but he could be in it all day he is just so darn heavy I can't carry him because my arm gets tired and the harness makes my back hurt after a half hour but i do get a lot done when I wear the harness...yes every infant baby should be spoiled so we are ok spoiling them!!  



Drooling probably is teething my son has been drooling really bad for over a month now and I can finally see his teeth have come down but still have away to go to get through the skin. He was pulling at his ear a lot and still is and my his doc said it was from teething because they start up to high and slowing make their way down. 



Sleeping I think that is just normal. My son use to sleep through the night at 1 1/2 months old and then at 3 1/2 months he started waking up again at 3 am to feed. He is now 4 months and 1 week and is still waking up...could also be the teething!  How old is your daughter, maybe start cereal before she goes to bed and a bottle after that to fill her up if she is around 4 months! 



the cereal takes awhile to get use to it they kind of suck it off the spoon like formula and typically don't each much of it, this is getting them use to eating solids and getting use to the texture. She will get better. My little guy will eat it and then gets mad because he wants his bottle (probably cuz the formula in the cereal makes him want a bottle) 



Sounds like she is being a typical 4 month old. My son is a very happy baby also but has his crabby days every once in a while also and you don't know what to do to make him happy. But then the next day he is fine. the pacifier thing is the same with him also, he will wake up in the middle of the night if it falls out and make me put it back in even though he can put it in himself but I dont think he can find it.  So she sound normal!! Hope this helps!

Shannon - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter usually goes to bed about 7-8pm and pretty regularly gets up at about 3-330 am to eat 6 oz and back to sleep until about 7 or so..she has slept threw night I think twice. I actually wanted to ask for some thoughts, she is almost 4 mo and is such a happy baby, smiles all the time, crys when over tired or hungry, but the last week or so she has been cranky (for her) she is wiggley all night when ever her pacifier falls out and just not getting good quality sleep like she was. so i started her on rice cereal a couple days ago in AM and in evening. she does ok with it, im trying with spoon since I have tried it in formula, but can never get it correct consistancy that it comes out of nipple.( tips on that??) so I think she wears more then she eats, then trying 8 oz before bed, she has been drooling lots and constantly having fingers in mouth, feel no teeth yet but?? so what are you tips for a first time mom about the cereal, and the change in her sleeping and being fussy? also she has days that she is so busy looking around that she wants to be carried around to see everything and that is all that makes her happy??? are you we on a road to spoiling? im giving my self anxiety trying to fiqure her out already :-)

Jodi - posted on 12/14/2009

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my 4month old is still on breastmilk. she eats 3oz. every 3hours but i feed her 3oz of breastmilk and 2ozof formula (5oz) with 2 tablespoons of cereal for her last bottle. she sleeping thur the night for about 3wk. sometimes she will wake up and fuss alittle but then fall back asleep. your baby sounds like he is just on a routine and doesnt really need to be fed at night. it will be hard but try and let him cry and fall back asleep. but i wouldn't let him cry longer than 20min. and try to extend the period u let him cry every couple of days.

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My daughter wakes up at least 2 times during the night still. I'm exclusively breastfeeding. She will wake up more often some nights, I think due to teething, but that's pretty rare. She also takes a pacifier, but if I can hear her sucking on it pretty vigorously, then I get her up to nurse. But she has never been one to eat every 2-3 hours. Even at a week old she would go a good 4-5 hours, then nurse for about an hour.

Simone - posted on 12/14/2009

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hi, i stil feed my baby through the nite. i'm fully breastfeeding, and she only wakes up once through out the nite so it's not that bad. my baby's 4 months now and i'm not expecting her to sleep through the night just yet.

Megan - posted on 12/14/2009

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UUGGGG..My son is on 6 oz every 3-4 hours and he is 4 months. The reason for the uuuggg is that he was sleeping through the night at 1 1/2 months and he got sick at 3 months and since then he wakes up for his 3 am feeding....I have tried to have a talk with im to get back to sleeping through the night that mommy needs her sleep but he just looks a me like "whatever crazy woman" lol

Christy - posted on 12/14/2009

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Christina, your baby sounds like mine. She won't take more than 4 oz. most of the time, even after a good burp. She sleeps from 8PM to 2AM or so, needs food, then sleeps until 5PM or so. During the day, she wants to eat every 2.5-4 hours, very frustrating! But I'd rather have a happy, healthy baby who doesn't spit up/get reflux or learn to overeat than a "convenient" baby who learns to eat when not hungry or has painful reflux/tons of spitup. They'll grow out of it. =)

Edyta - posted on 12/14/2009

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my son is 4 months old and he's sleping through the night, he eats around 5-6oz - 5 times a day and one feed of baby rice during the day

Holly - posted on 12/14/2009

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I am on my third child and all of them started sleeping through the night at 3 months old. I must just be one of the lucky ones. My son is almost 4 months and lately he has been sleeping for 6 hours at night then wakes up and nurses for 20 mins. and goes back to sleep for about 3 hours.

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My daughter definately has at least two feedings during the night.....I dont wanna say that your pediactrician is wrong..but just like some other ppl are saying everyone is different

Tiffany - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter is almost 5 months and she only wakes up one time during the night wanting a bottle. I had the same problem as you up until about a month ago. At 3 months your baby should be consuming 24-36oz of formula a day that is warm. My nieghbor had told me that when I feed her the last time before bedtime to make sure the milk is warm feed her, Lay her in her crib, then walk out of the room so she can fall asleep then when she wakes up through the night dont just rush right over to her crib wait about 5 minutes or so to see if she soothes herself then if you see that they arent soothing themselves then try to comfort them. Also I have found that if you give your baby a vapor bath or get the johnsons nighttime bath that it helps them sleep longer and also letting them cry themselves to sleep. Also you could try cereal in their milk. I hope this helps

Hannah - posted on 12/13/2009

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No. My bub Alice is 100% breastfed and has slept through the night since 9 weeks of age. She takes 5-6 feeds during they day and averages 10 hours of unbroken sleep a night.

Annie - posted on 12/13/2009

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yeah thats true that she should try solids. but i give my baby solids and she stil gets hungry during the night. All babies are different. I just don't think its a bad thing that her baby still eats during the night. And some babies arent ready for solids at that age yet. some cant comprehend how to push the food to the back of their mouth with their tongue to swallow it. but yeah i def think she (christina) should try solids. Usually people start their babies on solids at 4 mo.s. at least thats what the ped's have told me. But your baby is totally normal and I think its perfectly fine. Like I said, all babies are different and develope differently.:) GOOD LUCK

Staum - posted on 12/13/2009

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No i agree with your pediatrician. My son is 4months 1 week and has been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks old. It is possible. at 8 weeks i made sure he was drinking every 2-3hourly and consumed about 1000ml of milk (i bottle feed). He now has solids 3 times a day (have you tried solids) and 800mls of milk and sleeps from 8pm at night until 9:30am. I may sound like a nazi and i hope not as my son is the happiest little baby but he is on a strict routine and really they need it!! Good luck getting him to sleep more!! Hope it gets better soon!

Annie - posted on 12/13/2009

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no offense but i think ur pediatricion is crazy. my baby still wakes up to eat at night. and i'm sure most 4 months old do. I cant belive he said that. weird

Simone - posted on 12/13/2009

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this is 'exactly' how my 4 month old behaves.. he has a very distinct hunger cry, and when i go to his cot i can even sometimes hear his tummy growling! He has been on formula since 2 months, but apart from sleeping for 6 hours one night, he wakes for a feed in the wee ours every night, then again at dawn. Only the bottle will work to settle him. I think it might be because he is so active during the day, with his little legs always kicking, so he needs more for energy. Does your little boy remain still much or is he just go go go?

Krista - posted on 12/13/2009

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Not usually -- Sam will normally sleep from 8pm until about 6am or so. There's the odd night when he'll wake up at 3 or 4am, but it's not very often.



And that seems odd that your little guy can't take more than 4 oz at a time. I'm assuming you're burping him a lot? Sometimes Sam will seem to be full, but then after a righteous belch, he's ready for more.



And pediatrician notwithstanding, if your kid is hungry, he's hungry. Trying other things really just prolongs it -- he'll get all upset and wound up, and then it'll be that much harder to get him back to sleep.

Natalie - posted on 12/13/2009

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yep, archie wakes normally twice during the night for a feed! think some babies just has faster metabolism and need more feeds!

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