night waking

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Hi everyone, my baby has just turned 6 months old and has started waking up at about 2.00am every night. I have just started to introduce rice cereal, but he's waking up fully crying and practically chewing my arm off, so I have to feed him.
Has anyone else had the same experience, I have tried to soothe him back to sleep without feeding but he just continues to cry and is definitely hungry, up until 2 weeks ago he was going down at 7.00-7.30 and sleeping through to 6.30ish the next day.
If anyone has any tips that would be great
thanks
Deb

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Rebecca - posted on 03/24/2009

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hi im becky a mum of 2 , my youngest is 7 months i found that aswell as givin some rice at tea time ,givin her some with her bottle for bed , it sounds like hes not satisfied with 1 lot of rice maybe give him some at lunch , or give him a few more spoon fulls that also helps

Lauren - posted on 03/24/2009

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This happened to me too!  We JUST got my daughter to sleep through the night again.  It took 2-3 weeks of night feedings which was annoying considering she had been sleeping 11+ hours at night for a solid 2 months before this.  We had to increase her solids, giving her 2 feedings a day of a vegetable and cereal.  Plus she eats about 30-35 oz of breast milk throughout the day.  I was told this is a very common and large growth spurt, so that's probably what you're going through too.  Hope this helps, at least to know you're not alone!



Lauren

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2009

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same situation im in, he wakes up at 2 a.m. then at 5.....i know its teething/growth spurt. he was sleeping through the night as well. i just wish he would get a good nights sleep for his sake :) it will pass.

Danyel - posted on 03/23/2009

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That sounds very much like teething!  Good luck... my DD went from sleeping ALLLL night to maybe sleeping 3 hours at a time.

Danyel - posted on 03/23/2009

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That sounds very much like teething!  Good luck... my DD went from sleeping ALLLL night to maybe sleeping 3 hours at a time.

Ashley - posted on 03/22/2009

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We tried oatmeal instead of rice cereal. Have you noticed baby having a hard tummy after eating? Our little girl started waking up tons with rice cereal, so we switched to oatmeal and it helped a lot! Also, I made sure she had plenty to eat during the day so she would feel full. However, she's recently started waking again, once each night. Ugh.

Anna-Marie - posted on 03/22/2009

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feed him more during the day. Lots of solids...You'll notice a difference!

Jodi-Rae - posted on 03/21/2009

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My prenatal instructor told us that baby's cluster feed at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. From what I have read cluster feeding can last up to a week. So your son might just be cluster feeding. Hopefully he will go back to his same sleeping patterns again. Good luck!

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Quoting Julie:

My son was sleeping through the night from 2 1/2 months until 4 1/2 months when he started waking 1-2 times a night hungry. He is a big baby and I think that the formula was no longer enought to satisfy him through the night (he was taking 35-40 oz each day). I started solids 3-4 weeks ago, and it's only the last 1 1/2 weeks (since he started 3 meals on top of his bottles) that he is through the night now. He goes down now 7:30-8:30 and wakes 5:00-6:00. If you just started the rice and he's only on one meal, perhaps he too (like my son) is too large for what he is consuming (only formula/breast milk and one meal getting to fulfill his needs. Have you talked to your dcotor about increasing his solids intake?


Thanks Julie I think the problem is happening because he is hungry and we've only just started him on Rice cereal (this is his second week). When he wakes up we try to put him back to sleep but if he's still crying after about 15 mins then I feed him. Sometimes he goes back to sleep but mostly I have to feed him first, which I don't really mind, if he needs food then I'm happy to give it to him. 



I've also started to try to get him to take rice cereal 2 to 3 times a day but it's slow going because he's not really that interested in it, but I'm guessing that's normal for some babies at the beginning, and he did sleep through the night a couple of days ago after a  feed at 10.00pm. 



So hopefully things will come good soon enough, it's good to hear that your little one is doing so well, it's a weight off the mind isn't it.



Deb

Julie - posted on 03/20/2009

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My son was sleeping through the night from 2 1/2 months until 4 1/2 months when he started waking 1-2 times a night hungry. He is a big baby and I think that the formula was no longer enought to satisfy him through the night (he was taking 35-40 oz each day). I started solids 3-4 weeks ago, and it's only the last 1 1/2 weeks (since he started 3 meals on top of his bottles) that he is through the night now. He goes down now 7:30-8:30 and wakes 5:00-6:00. If you just started the rice and he's only on one meal, perhaps he too (like my son) is too large for what he is consuming (only formula/breast milk and one meal getting to fulfill his needs. Have you talked to your dcotor about increasing his solids intake?

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Quoting Geraldine:



He could be teething.  My son will be 6 months next week and he's waking up at 2 am also.  His sleeping pattern and behavior changed, and I blame it on his teeth.  I have to feed him at 2 am so that he'll have all the nutrients he could get and it'll soothe his teeth and him right bnack to sleep.  Good luck!





Hi Geraldine, thanks for the suggestion, I think it's a combination of teething, growth spurt and a need for more food during the day, and I have noticed that he feeding  seems to soothe his poor gums, so hopefully things will get back on track soon



thanks again



Deb

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Quoting Tammy:



Just an idea but maybe try and give him more food in the day as thats what my health visitor told me to do and it worked for us, she said he needed a full belly to sleep soundly, he is now on three meals a day and he sleeps through the night until recently where he has been waking once a night but he is teething now bless him. Good luck x





THanks Tammy, I think you're right as he's definitely hungry, and I think he's also teething a bit too. I've started to try him on a bit more rice cereal during the day which will hopefully start us back on the right track



Thanks again



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Quoting Tammy:



Just an idea but maybe try and give him more food in the day as thats what my health visitor told me to do and it worked for us, she said he needed a full belly to sleep soundly, he is now on three meals a day and he sleeps through the night until recently where he has been waking once a night but he is teething now bless him. Good luck x





THanks Tammy, I think you're right as he's definitely hungry, and I think he's also teething a bit too. I've started to try him on a bit more rice cereal during the day which will hopefully start us back on the right track



Thanks again



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Geraldine - posted on 03/19/2009

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He could be teething.  My son will be 6 months next week and he's waking up at 2 am also.  His sleeping pattern and behavior changed, and I blame it on his teeth.  I have to feed him at 2 am so that he'll have all the nutrients he could get and it'll soothe his teeth and him right bnack to sleep.  Good luck!

Tammy - posted on 03/19/2009

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Just an idea but maybe try and give him more food in the day as thats what my health visitor told me to do and it worked for us, she said he needed a full belly to sleep soundly, he is now on three meals a day and he sleeps through the night until recently where he has been waking once a night but he is teething now bless him. Good luck x

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