My 3 month old is waking up every 2 hours to feed

Mary - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Help! I'm exhausted. Does adding cereal to his milk help him sleep a bit more?

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Carole - posted on 06/04/2012

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I'm old fashioned and poor, so I nursed, and took them to bed, and NO Solids (Like cereal) until 6 months, because of allergy susceptability. My 14 month old grand-daughter was off the breast at 3 months and on formula, and she slept with them, hubby would get her a bottle in the night, and they would settle in and eat and get some sleep. They both had jobs, too. I got through two kids, eating on demand and worked and lived to talk about it and now I'm a grandma...

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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P.S. he might be confused about his days and nights, when he naps in the day, keep it bright, dont tip toe around the house, and dont keep him up during the day. (Assuming your still at home) Despite what you may have been told, keeping a baby up during the day makes it harder for them to sleep well at night. Let him sleep all he wants. He probobly isnt even hungry when hes waking up that much, he probobly just needs soothing and cant fall back asleep on his own. Try giving him a pacifire and leaving him in his crib before you automatically pick him up and feed him. Try just rocking him. Hes too young to let him cry it out though. Its common sense, but try changing him, make sure hes not cold or hot, and lay him back down. He may be too young to let him cry it out, but he isnt too young to figure out hes supposed to be sleeping, and he doesnt need a bottle to fall asleep. Of course, thats easier said than done. You dont want to deprive him of his feeding either. Hope I helped a little.

Kim - posted on 01/24/2010

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Your child is going through a growth spurt. They go through them at 6 weeks, 2 months, 4 months and 6 months where they will wake up to be fed around every 2-3 hours. Nursing babies do this a lot. I would not add cereal without talking to your Ped. They think they have found a link between having cereal too early and gluten and wheat allergies.

Megan - posted on 01/25/2010

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I too was told not to feed the baby cereal in a bottle. What helped me with our little one was not to stimulate the baby too much during a feeding. No t.v. on, have a nightlight on verses a lamp, no talking. In general formula fed babies sleep longer than breast milk fed babies. Hang in there, they do eventually sleep through the night. :)

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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Its supposed to help, but unless there is a medical reason for it, I would reccomend avoiding it. Try feeding him cereal from a spoon before his bottle. He shouldnt be too young, if you think hes ready. Ask your doctor first though, just for a medical proffesionals advise, thats what theyre for. How much is he eating? How many ounces and how often? Are you using a stage 2 nipple? Even if he is only taking 4 ounces, put 6 in his bottle, maybe he could use more but isnt complaining about it. I have to put an ounce or two more than she normally eats in her bottle for a while, and she slowly starts eating more and more. I realized once that she needed 5 ounces, but I was only giving her the 4. Once she started getting 5, she was much more satisfied.

At 1-3 mos 4-5 fl oz 5-6 times a day is reccomended, and at 3-6 mos 6-7 fl oz 4-5 times a day is reccomended. If hes still stuck at the 1-3 mos, encourage more formula, and be patient, it will switch over by itself as long as your offering it. If your feeding him way more than these numbers, you might want to take him in and just ask the doctor. If this is going on throughout the night, if you arent already, make sure and establish a "bedtime" and a bedtime routine. Give him a bath with lavender, read a bedtime book, put his jammies on, snuggle for a while, feed him, etc. Sorry if this is all obvious and doesnt apply, this is just what worked for me when she had trouble sleeping. I was lucky though, at about 4 mos she was sleeping 12 hrs straight. Make sure that when he does wake up, you dont stimulate him. Feed him in the dark, and lay him right back down. Again, Im not assuming your an idiot or something, but some of these things, even though theyre common sense, we tend to forget about.

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Mary - posted on 01/26/2010

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Thank you all for your help......I tried giving the baby more milk but he also has regurgitation problems... So I do not give him more than 4oz every 3 hours. I also have a 3 year old at home whom was sleeping through the night at 9 weeks and never gave her cereal in her bottle.....

Dominique - posted on 01/25/2010

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yes it will help the baby sleep a little longer, my baby's doctor told me to put a lil baby cereal in his bottle to keep him a lil fuller. Try the single grain oatmeal cereal most babies are allergis to the multigrain rice cereal. What will also help is whenever ur baby takes a nap u should try taking one too, u will b a lilltle more rested.

Sheree - posted on 01/24/2010

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Hi mary, not sure where you are from, but where i am it is highly reccommeded not to add anything to a baby's bottle, the only thing they should have from a bottle is formula or breastmilk. when i was pregnant i read to help to get a baby to sleep through the night not to stimulate them at all during night time feeds, so if you can feed them in the dark or with the light from another room on, do not talk to your baby or make eye contact, dont change their nappy unless they have pooped and put them straight back to bed after the feed. For us this worked really well, but 7 weeks old my daughter was sleeping from 10pm-6am then started going to bed earlier and getting up later. By 4-5 months i cant remember the exact time, she was sleeping from 8-830pm through to 730-8am. the only trouble we had was when she was teething. Hope this can help.

Amy - posted on 01/24/2010

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Mary, when my daughter was 4 months I started adding cereal to her bottle and she would stay asleep for a little longer, but then around 6 months she started waking up every 2 hours again.I found that with her it really helped to have a good bed time routine and to put her in her bed before she was fully asleep so that she didn't associate food with having to go back to sleep. Now she sleeps from 7pm to 6am. Hopefully, you find something that works for your 3 month old so he stops waking up every 2 hours. I know how tiring it can be!

Mary - posted on 01/26/2010

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Thank you all for your help......I tried giving the baby more milk but he also has regurgitation problems... So I do not give him more than 4oz every 3 hours. I also have a 3 year old at home whom was sleeping through the night at 9 weeks and never gave her cereal in her bottle.....

Amy - posted on 01/24/2010

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Mary, when my daughter was 4 months I started adding cereal to her bottle and she would stay asleep for a little longer, but then around 6 months she started waking up every 2 hours again.I found that with her it really helped to have a good bed time routine and to put her in her bed before she was fully asleep so that she didn't associate food with having to go back to sleep. Now she sleeps from 7pm to 6am. Hopefully, you find something that works for your 3 month old so he stops waking up every 2 hours. I know how tiring it can be!

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