4 month old still getting up every 2 hours at night

Adrienne - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hi moms, I was wondering if anyone else's baby still gets up every 2 to 3 hours at night? My son will be 4 months on sunday, and my dr said to put some cereal in his bottle before he goes to bed. But half of the time it doesnt work he still gets up to eat. I am exhausted, I have 2 other children and its so hard during the day becasue I am so tired. Any suggestions on what I should do, or that can help? I know every baby is different, but I would love some tips! He eats all the time! I think I might just feed him some cereal at night. He drinks almost 5 ouches at a time. I put him on his side to sleep, and he likes that. I tried to put him on his tummy to sleep but he thinks its tummy time so that doesnt help!

Thanks!!

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Mayra - posted on 04/14/2010

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I am right there with you hun...my daughter is a lil over 4 months and is also still getting up every 3 hours or so sometimes i get so tired i just want to cry!!!! the cereal thing is a complete myth... what i found out helps is if you put him to bed lets say around 8 and you dont go to bed till 11 or so make a couple of ounces and feed him even if he just takes a few gulps it will buy you an extra hour maybe even 2...hopefully! let me know if it works...and if you need to vent please feel free to contact me as well :-)

Danielle - posted on 04/14/2010

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my son will be 4 months next wednesday, and he sleeps from 9- 1:30 am, gets fed and then goes to bed til 6:30 bed then 10. all we do is make sure he has some cereal before bed to keep that little tummy of his full, and give him his 6 oz bottle, or however much of that he drinks. i'd try bumping up how much you feed him.. Maybe he's just hungry and isnt getting enough during the feeding.

Meaghan - posted on 04/12/2010

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who ever said a 4 month old was supposed to sleep through the night? mine is up 1-4 times a night and that is completely normal! this doesnt last forever give your baby chance to be a baby they need those extra feedings at night that young for growth!

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Nancy - posted on 04/15/2010

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my daughter is the same way, she'll sleep good for few hours and then is fussy, doesn't seem like she's awake and isn't crying so I just pop her soother in and turn on her musical aquarium and she's back to sleep but sometimes she's up again in an hour or two so I do it again, I'm trying to not feed her during the night anymore....I just wonder when she'll have a full night of sleep without waking up......we feed her in her sleep before we go to bed so I think that holds her till the morning.....but lately she's been waking up so early btwn 4-6 am and just talking away so this morning I just left her to see what she will do and she fell back asleep but not for long.....it seems like every night is different......I am getting more sleep than the first couple months so I am happy about that and she is sleeping on her own in her crib so I am also happy about that....I think they will come around, we just have to be patient....oh and she is 4 months old as well....

Laurie - posted on 04/14/2010

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A good book to read is called Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg. It has worked for us. Our daughter was up every 2 hours also and my doctor asked what we were doing and once I told her she told us to stop what we are doing that she should be only getting up once at night to feed and that is it. She recommended the book and it worked for us. We were rocking her to sleep every night first so she wasn't learning to comfort herself at all. Now she will sleep about 6 hours then we change and feed her and then she goes down for the rest of the night. But it is all in the book I mentioned.

Michelle - posted on 04/14/2010

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I would try and get him to drink more than 5 oz's in one feeding. My daughter is also 4 months and she sleeps anywhere from 8-12 hours at night and she will drink anywhere from 6-8 oz every feeding. I haven't started her on cereal yet but will soon.

Janelle - posted on 04/14/2010

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Hi, I am going through this too. My son is now 4 months one week and his waking has been more and more frequent at night - this week he is up every 1 - 2 hours. I have just read the book "The Wonder Weeks" and at this stage the baby is supposed to not be sleeping well, and is fussy and clingy for a few weeks. The book has really helped me see the normal phases when a child is clingy, cranky and cries more - with behaviours like sleep disruptions, not eating well, eating every few hours, etc. My son is also going through a growth spurt and teething. Although he is getting up every hour or two, I am trying not to do anything about it as I am confident it will just pass - just like other phases have. Maybe that will help your perspective if not your actual fatigue, here is the link...hang in there you are doing amazing with all tha is on your plate. Sometimes for me knowing that I don't have to do anything but wait it out is easiest for me anyways!
http://www.thewonderweeks.com/index.php

Marlene - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter is 4mths n she sleeps through the night since she came home from the hospital at birth. What I did was make sure I didn't give her a bottle after midnight so she could get accustomed to it and as she got older I started with the oatmeal cereal. Now that she is four months she started to wake up earlier for a bottle so every 2nights I would add the stage one banana baby food to her formula and cereal n still make sure she gets her last bottle before midnight she will sleep through the night till at least 8am. But if you decide to try it you have to make sure you do not give it to your son every night, if you do it one night, you skip two and do it again on the third night. And if you are not comfortable with putting the baby food in his bottle you have to find a way that you give him his last bottle before midnight and a little bit of water to drink and that should hopefully work.

Emily - posted on 04/13/2010

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I would definitely check the lighting and temperature of the room. Is he sleeping in your room or in his own? My boy sleeps SO much better in his own room with a night light. When in our room, I think he could sense that we were so close or something cuz he woke up all the time. He also woke up when he didn't have a night light and if he gets too cold. I also read somewhere that trying to rock your baby to sleep without feeding him just to get him used to not being full at night would help. It would probably take several weeks to try to stretch out the spacing between the feedings but it's worth a try. Just be patient though! Good luck!

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Thank you Meaghan for reminding me that I don't need to be stressing out that my little one is not "sleeping through the night". It's easy to get anxious when you read about so many others that are!

Erin - posted on 04/12/2010

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I know how you feel.. last week i thought i was making progress with my little one in sleeping better at night... but the past few days he has been waking up every 2-3 hrs screaming b/c he is so hungery... I give him 8oz of formula w/ 2 teaspoons of ceral at night before he goes to bed and that doesnt even work... I have no idea what to do anymore...

Heather - posted on 04/08/2010

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Do you think it might be his room? Is it too dark or too bright? Check his temp too, I noticed my daughter will wake up if she gets cold, her little hands and nose wil feel cool but im afraid of over-heating her!

Stephanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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Formula or Breastmilk in the bottle? Formula is thicker and digests slower so that may help if he is already on formula try a richer, thicker brand...or try increasing the amount he is drinking a day by added a extra feed somewhere...My BG is still getting up every 2-3 hours but she will not take an extra feed to save my life so I am stuck for a while!
Good Luck

Erin - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son was like this, couldn't go longer than 3 hours at night. We switched to a anti reflux formula to help with his reflux and the day we did this was the day he started sleeping through the night (this was at about 9 weeks, he's now 17 weeks old). It's a thicker formula so it is more statisfying for him and he goes 4 hours between feeds during the day. hope this helps.

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