Stopped sleeping through the night

Sara - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 6 months old. He started sleeping through the night around 3 months. There were a few nights here and there that he would wake but not regular. During the past 3 weeks however he is now waking up every few hours again. I have introduced solids so at night i feed him 2 ounces of cereal and a jar of vegetables then bath then bed. Any ideas on why he is waking again or how to stop it? I am exhausted!!! I need my sleep!

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Sunni Chea - posted on 07/23/2009

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I just started feeding my 4month old cereal at night b/c my pediatrician recommended at as well! I too have run into the same problem. She said it would help her sleep through the night, when in reality it has done the opposite. I am going to start feeding her cereal in the mornings rather than at night!

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Honestly... I would tend to think it's the solids. That's totally new to his system, his body is now having to learn and adjust to digesting food and it's hard. He could likely be going through a growth spurt and developmental leap as well.



I suggest moving the food to earlier in the day and only nursing at night as breast milk is so highly digestible.



Here is an article on the "virgin gut" which may provide you some insite as to why solids are so hard on the body in reality.

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

http://www.breastfeed.com/articles/issue...



My son is 2.5yrs now, but at 6mo he started waking every 1.5-2 hours instead of 3-4 hours and I work full time. I seriously almost went nuts. I went to see my Dr. because I thought I had PPD, but I was actually sleep deprived. My OBGYN suggested bed sharing. We started bed sharing at 6mo until almost 2yrs, although my son did finally night wean at 18mo. It was a LIFE SAVER!!!!!!! We really enjoyed it too. My hubby was the saddest of us all when we transitioned my son into his own toddler bed at the foot of our bed. But co-sleeping allowed my son to nurse and me to sleep.



Highly recommend you consider doing that.



Also, here is a calendar of sorts of times to expect fussy periods... developmental leaps, growth spurts, etc... I found just knowing a fussy period was coming up and thus my child was going to be cranky, clingy and sleep less helped.



http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=19...



This is from the book, The Wonder Weeks, great book.



Best wishes!

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Sara - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have thought about teething but he's not showing any signs of that. He's not drooling or fussy no white spots on the gums. I also think I may just feed him solids during the day and cut out the night time feedings. Its definetly worth a shot! And its not like he really needs the solids right now anyway.

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Why is your hubby against it? I ask because if it's a worry of your child's safety, there are things you can do to be safe and alleviate his concerns.

http://babyparenting.about.com/od/sleepi...

At first my hubby wasn't too hip on it, but he was like you know we'll do whatever is needed to get you some sleep so you do not go insane. Then like I said, in the long run he loved it as much or more than I did. In the early mornings my son still comes and snuggles with daddy... it give them their bonding time. SO sweet!

If there is concern about intimacy, well that too can be alleviated. We meet for date night in our office/guest room. Situation solved!

Best wishes!

Sara - posted on 07/23/2009

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Thanks Nicole. I only started solids because my pediatrician recommended it. I started out very slowly at 4 months. Just one ounce of cereal. Gradually stepped up to one small jar (2 oz) of fruit in the morning and cereal and veggies at night. I think I will try backing down some. I have considered co sleeping but my husband is very against it. However he works nights now so it would just be me and the baby since he doesn't get home until 6 am. I will discuss it again. I brought him to bed with me this morning when he woke up at 4. Thanks so much.

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