Help! My baby wakes every 1-2 hours at night!

Nicole - posted on 02/24/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My baby will be 3 months next week, and we are still having problems getting her to sleep from 12-6am in a longer time than 1-2 hours.

She sleeps great from 7-8pm to 12 or 1am, but then she's up every hour or so, and fussy and will fall asleep in arms, but then wakes when we put her down. Could Reflux be waking her up? She does spit up some, but not as much as I thought to be reflux? The doctor did give us prescription for zantac, but didn't really want to start her on that.

Any advice??

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Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012

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Stay with the 2-3 hrs during the day. My original thinking was that she might be going longer then 3 hrs during the day, so would get hungrier at night. My 1st daughter was like yours. Up until she was 2 months old she would eat every 1-2 hours around the clock. I was about to die!!! Then at 2 months she would give me one 5 hr stretch. So I would not let her go longer then 3 hrs during the day so I would get that 5 hr stretch in the middle of the night.



Hang in there. She will start to give you more sleep soon. In the meantime if you can try to take a nap or two during the day. Still not the same I know, but it at leasts lets you be able to function ;)

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Mandy - posted 3 days ago

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I found out after holding, rocking, and nursing my baby every 2hrs for 11 MONTHS!!! that she was just dependent on these things to get to sleep. I know totally my fault. I too thought she had reflux, or gas to be up so frequently. I ended getting the sleep sense, and within a week she was sleeping through the night. Best decision I ever made! I highly recommend it http://www.sleepsense.net/share.html?p=s...

**Jackie** - posted on 02/28/2012

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Hey Nicole! My daughter had reflux until she was on solids. We didn't want to put her on medication so we tried Enfamil AR first and it worked great. She is sleeping great on you because she is elevated. Try propping her up. Do you have a swing? If not, then don't bother getting one because I think they can only stay in it until 4 months. So what we did was let her sleep in her car seat. We put the car seat in her crib and put her in it. It sounds silly but it did wonders for us.



Also, try Little Tummies. It is all natural and it has things like ginger and camomile (sp?) in it to help calm their bellies. She may have gas or an upset stomach from taking in too much air.



What bottles are you using?

Nicole - posted on 02/28/2012

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We think she may have a little reflux, but it's not horrible. We feed her the Enfamil AR, which has helped her sleeping and less spit up. The weird thing is that she sleeps fine from 7pm to 12-1am....but then the 2nd half of the night is like every 2-3 hours. During the day her naps are only 1 hour...which is hard because you can't do a whole lot in 1 hour. I work from home, so it's been challenging trying to get things done in hours time. We gave the Zantac for a couple of days but we think it made her more cranky and she got a rash on her face. We're not sure if this was because of the Zantac or some lotion. It's strange...we are going to try the Zantac again, and not put any lotion on to see what happens. I just thought maybe the reflux wakes her up every 1-2 hours, which is why she doesn't sleep long!??

Jaime - posted on 02/27/2012

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Sounds like she may have reflux or colic. Does she eat well around 8pm before laying her back down? My son had colic/relux that started at 3 months and he would be up all night. If she is on formula try Nutramigen, it really helped him. Also Zantac is great and it won't hurt her, it will help.



And don't lay her down flat! That just makes the reflux worse. Get a prop up pillow with side borders to lay her in, or you can even just let her sleep in her infant carseat or a propped up swing if you have one.

Nicole - posted on 02/27/2012

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Thanks Sarah! She goes 2-3 hours in daytime between feedings. Sometimes hard to keep her occupied before she gets fussy for food, but I'll work on that. She likes the swing in the day time....not sure if she'll be okay in it at night before bed. We do swaddle, but sometimes she fights to get arms out...but we feel it really helps her to fall asleep. I hope she's not teething yet....I hear that can be a nightmare! haha I would love to at least get her to sleep from 9pm to 3-4 am without waking....urgh

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012

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Have you tried the swing at all? I know it is not the end all solution, but maybe a transition point to getting her in her crib for the whole night. How long does she go between feedings during the day? If you can try to keep those to every 3 hrs (if you can and if she is not already doing so). Also are you nursing or bottle feeding? If bottle feeding try increasing the amount by 1-2 ounces when she gets up at that 12 or 1 feeding. It is always a trial and error thing so it may work or it may not...so go with what you think might be worth trying. Another thing that might work is to swaddle if you are not already doing that. Some kids like to be completely swaddled and some like either their arms or their legs out/loose.



For the teething thing she may or may not be getting teeth. Some babies get their teeth around that 3 month age. But sometimes that extra drool and that hands in the mouth are just that stage of development. Around 3 months babies start to develop more saliva in their mouth which often times causes them to drool more. The hands is the mouth is their way of learning. Their seeing is still developing so much of what they grab goes into their mouth to exlope and learn what it is (texture, size, shape, etc.) A cold or frozen wash cloth works wonders for the teeth and a neat toy for them to exlope and play with.

Nicole - posted on 02/27/2012

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I think she may be starting to teeth also! She's drooling more and is eating her hands. Any suggestions for that? She won't take a pacifier...never has!?

As for "reflux", we do put her on an angle in the crib, and try to keep upright for awhile after feeding. I gave zantac for a couple of days, but felt like it made her more cranky. She also got a rash on her face, and we aren't sure if it's from the zantac or from some baby lotion...did both the same day. Any thoughts? Thanks for everyone's suggestions!

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2012

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I know a family with a little guy who was doing just this. They discovered that he was having a terrible case of reflux (but no spitting up so it wasn't obvious) and she significantly altered her own diet for nursing him (no dairy, soy, beef, tomato, etc.). It made a big difference for them. Also, have you tried letting him sleep in his infant carrier to see if that helps? It will keep him a bit more upright and they often seem to feel more secure in their carriers. I've even known of parents who put the baby in the carrier to sleep but place the carrier inside the crib at night so the baby gets used to the crib surroundings at the same time.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2012

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Most babies go through a growth spurt around 3 months. She's probably waking because she needs to feed more (especially if you're nursing, they do this to increase supply). If she is refluxing, try raising the head of her bassinet/crib a bit or create an incline. Keep her upright for at least 1/2 hour-1 hour after each feed as well. I just created an incline in the bassinet so I could go back to sleep and still keep my son upright (about 30 degrees). You can look online, Google "Reflux Sling" and you can see how to make one so that she doesn't slip down. Good luck!

Ruth - posted on 02/24/2012

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She may be going through a growth spurt, with means they get hungry and need to eat more often, she may be doing some early teething, or it could be the reflux.

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