Anca - posted on 02/21/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )
Hi! My daughter is 16 weeks old and she still wakes up every two hours at night, every night. Usually, after 3 or 4 am, she actually wakes up every hour, not every 2, and keeps doing that until the morning at 7 or 8 am.
I read about all these other babies who sleep "through the night", whatever that is defined as sleeping 4 or 5 hours or even longer stretches of sleep at once. To me, it just seems unreal; or surreal.
so, do you think I do something wrong, what advice do you give me? the potential source of problems could be:
1. we are co-sleeping, meaning me, my husband and my daughter all sleep in one bed
2. she is fed exclusively breast milk
3. my husband snores very loudly
4. my daughter suffers from GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
In order to remedy the situation, I bought this white noise machine, a very loud one. It seems to help, in the sense that she falls asleep back easier (without me having to sing and rock her for half hour), but she still wakes up every two hours, and toward the morning (after 3-4 am) wakes up about every hour.
What do I do wrong? Is it normal? Is this ok for her? I haven't had a chance to talk to her pediatrician in this much detail about this, I did mention about the sleep issues, but this was about one and a half month ago, and I kept waiting for things to improve. What was normal for a newborn, is no longer appropriate for a 16-weeks old baby, right?
thank you for the help, advice, suggestions, or simply sharing your experience.