Alicia - posted on 02/20/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
I have a unique sleeping problem with my almost 6 month old son Lucas.
Lucas is napping fairly consistently 3 times a day, and is going to bed between 7:30 and 8PM. We have no trouble getting him to go down to sleep, 99% of the time he does so with out crying, and is asleep within 15 minutes or so. But he does not sleep through the night. He consistently wakes up anywhere from 5 to 7 hours into his night time sleep. I have been getting up to feed him, change his diaper and then put him back down. And again he goes down with no fussing, and generally is asleep within 5 minutes or so. And then sleeps another 5-6 hours. When he wakes up, he is generally super happy, and usually doesn't fuss to eat for 45 minutes to an hour. He's just happy to see Mommy.
In the last month, I have been nursing him 5 times during the day, about a tablespoon of veggies for dinner, and 3 tablespoons of rice cereal before he goes to bed. I have not been giving him a dream feed because it just seems to cut into his long stretch of sleep. and one nursing feed in the middle of the night. At all feeds he nurses really well. And I know he is getting enough, and gaining weight properly (he gained 3lbs in 4 weeks!)
I don't mind getting up in the middle of the night to feed him right now, but I also don't want to have a 10 month old, or 1 year old who still is not sleeping through the night.
I am at a loss as to what to do. Any suggestions to help him sleep through the night? I've considered letting him cry it out, but I'm not sure if that is the way to go.