Baby Keeps Waking Up to Play At 3am

Marcia - posted on 07/02/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My breastfeed son recently turned four months and was doing fairly well, sleeping 4-6 hours at a time. He goes to bed around 7:30 in the last four days he was been waking up in the wee hours of the morning for two hour stretches, laughing and playing. What is happening? I try keeping him up so he sleeps from 8 instead but he cant and starts crying. He keeps in schedule for day time naps for the most part, give or take a half hour. Any suggestions?

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Ev - posted on 07/02/2013

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Baby at this age does not go on your schedule. He goes on his own. There is not much you can do about it. Getting them to sleep all night does not happen for quite some time because their little bodies work on their own time frame. Just be patient. If he is happy as he plays for a couple ours just keep an eye on him. I know this takes away from you sleep but this does last that long and soon you will be back to all night sleep yourself. Just slow down and enjoy these moments they are gone before you know it. My own son breastfed too. When he got to about a month old he was up one night a week. So I just geared myself to be up all night with him that night. I got to watch some really weird late night movies. It was kinda nice to have him to myself that one night every week. Then suddenly as it started it stopped. Do not be in such a hurry for your son to grow up because in time he will be walking graduation and you will wonder where the time went....my son is a year and a half from turning 18. I wish sometimes he was that little one he once was.

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Ev - posted on 07/02/2013

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Marcia- you are doing just fine. You can not be the perfect mother, wife and so on. You can do the best that you can and hope for the best for your child. I am not a perfect mother but I have raised two kids who are independent, strong, speak up for themselves, and have luckily taken what I have taught them and stuck with it. My daughter is married with a toddler of her own and I have seen her work with discipline with my grandchild. She is doing what I did with her. My son is still in high school but he shows maturity of an adult most days. He has also had some delays but is doing so well like I knew he would in time. He has also decided on a degree for school too already. So all is in the up and up but they are going to have their times they make the not so good choices and will have to learn from them. Being a mom is a full time job that never ends even when they go out on their own. Even my own parents still tell me what do do sometimes....:):).

Marcia - posted on 07/02/2013

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thank you very much, sometimes I get nervous because I want to "get it right" so often people ask if he's sleeping through the night as if he's not doing well. I cheerly respond most days "no, but he's growing wellll!" Then there are times I'm tired, and a bit stretched by the sleep deprivation. I dont sleep during the day and this is a contributor "I knnnoow" He's a good baby, and smiles that brings tears to my eyes even at 3am. I don't want to rush him, I see how quickly time has past in his four months. I just want to get it right "Mommy, Wife and Friend"

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