Sleeping through the night!

Stephanie - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son will be five months at the beginning of December and he has yet to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time. He wakes up 3 to 6 times nightly and its starting to really wear me down. Does anyone have any advice? I think its because hes so hungry all the time, he takes about 3 to 4 oz every hour to 2 hours. Ive tryed cereal in the bottle but it doesnt change anything he still eats just as much. And my pediatrician recommended not to do that because if it goes down the wrong pipe when hes drinking it he can suffocate if it gets into his lungs. He hasnt really taken to spoon feeding to well yet when I start he just starts crying for his bottle. Any advice would be helpful!!

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Carmela - posted on 11/29/2010

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My son is 4mths and started sleeping thru the night when he was 6wks and i asked my pediatrician and he said some breastfed babies will do that. And he eats 5 to 6 ozs every 2.5 hrs. Try to feed him every 2.5 hrs and try to get him on a shedule like bedtime at ten is what i started with my son and he sleeps all night. It will take awhile to get him on a shedule but try feeding him 2hrs and a lil bit more

Jessica - posted on 11/22/2010

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I completely agree with your baby's tempermant being the main factor in sleep! My husband and I, are VERY calm, non-worrying people, and both my sons, (2yrs and 4months) are pretty calm and very good sleepers! BUT honestly I can say for both of them, that the middle-of-the-night-feed had to be cut out because I would feed them and they would eat for not even 3 minutes and fall back asleep... so the next nights i would go in put the pacifier back in and rub their backs and they would go back to sleep. Now my youngest sleeps from about 9pm until 7:30am every night! (no exaggeration) But also, if your son is eating only 3-4 oz each bottle, def try increasing the amount! I follow the rule of thumb of baby's weight multiplied by 2.5 and thats the ounces i try to get him to eat from 7:30am until 9pm, this way i am SURE he is getting enough formula and if he does wake up at night, its for another reason! My son will be 4 months on the 26th Nov. and he currently eats 6-7 oz bottles every 3 hours, I will even wake him up from his naps to feed him!

Natasha - posted on 11/21/2010

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i also know many babies who wont sleep through my nephew and friends child just started to sleep through they are both 1.5 YEARS old my other nephew is 9 months and waking 1-2 times a night and wont sleep with out the bottle...my baby does sleep 8-9 hours over night for a feed but a total of 11hours... but every baby is different. My son went from waking every 2 hours to sleeping 8 hours so your day will come just hang in their. You could maybe try solids after a feed this might help not always..if he isnt takng a spoon try feeding him with it on your finger first so he gets used to the taste then slowly try a spoon this may help also my son HATES rice cereal but he loves sweet potato and carrots (only food we tryed) i add some rice cereal to these and he loves it..good luck

Becky - posted on 11/21/2010

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I know many people whose babies are almost a year and not sleeping through the night. For some reason babies are expected to sleep through the night right away but that isnt always the case...in fact it usually isnt. I like what Dr. Sears says about infant sleep..
"An important fact for you to remember is that your baby's sleep habits are more a reflection of your baby's temperament rather than your style of nighttime parenting. And keep in mind that other parents usually exaggerate how long their baby sleeps, as if this were a badge of good parenting, which it isn't. It's not your fault baby wakes up."

He has a lot of great tips and points in regards to infant sleep. You can read them here - http://www.askdrsears.com/html/7/t070200...

Dennielle - posted on 11/20/2010

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I agree with alex too up the amount of bottle.My daughter fed every 4 hours but now I dream feed her at about 10.30pm.Dream feed is where i get her out of her cot and feed her a bottle while she still sleeping,when she's had enough i try and get rid of any wind then put her back to bed. Hope this helps. ;)

Krista - posted on 11/19/2010

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Try to feed him the cereal AFTER he's had his bottle. Right now, he associates food with being liquid. Also, try to make it very watery. And hang in there... I'm sorry to say that my son didn't sleep through the night until he was 8 months old. All kids are different and there's no magic easy button, unfortunately. :(

Amy - posted on 11/19/2010

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I'm a first time mom and I tried everything. The first while was challenging.
I have found a bedtime routine is important. We do bath at 8:30, story, cudlles, last feed, and she's asleep by 11:00 for the whole night in her crib. It took a lot of trial and error, but it works for us.
Good luck!

Alex - posted on 11/19/2010

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oh and also because hes 5 months and very hungry a doctor would probably advise that you start feeding him solids :)

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Hi, I agree with Alex. My Son will be four months next week and he has been on 6oz bottles for sometime now and has 5 a day 3 hourly. Last feed is 7.00 pm and that's him till 7.00 am the following morning. Try getting a good night time routine going if you haven't done so already, bath, massage, last feed then bed. He may be used to you going to him when he cries, maybe let him cry it out for a couple of minutes before going to him. This is my second Son and I swear by a good bedtime routine and I have been lucky that they both sleep through from such a young age. Maybe try a formula for hungrier babies too. Good luck :-)

Alex - posted on 11/17/2010

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hmmmm my bubs just turned 4 months and drinkd 5 oz every 4 hours have u tried just uping his feed to a bigger amount, keep in mind for a while cause hes not used to it it may take him longer to drink it a small 5 minute break after the 4 oz then offer some more and see how he goes, also watcg the night feeds cause some babies just comfort eat at night if he has a dummy try dummy him before u feed him and see if he goes back to sleep if hes really truley hungry he will jusy wake up a few minutes later and cry again, good luck :)

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