Babys not sleeping through night yet almost 5mths old

Rachael - posted on 07/16/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is full of energy and would rather play then sleep. He is a busy little guy but gets upset when you put him to bed so I hold him till his falls to sleep but he is up most the night taking naps but then wakes up hungry and than thinks its time to play. I have tried rice cereal, putting him right back to bed trying to teach him difference night and day but I will look in his crib he is up doing his leg exercises. Does any one have any suggestions for a energized baby that hates to sleep.

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Rachael - posted on 07/20/2013

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Thank you for your help I was told he may need to get out of house more to get fresh air and diiferent things to stimulate his mind and the last two nights my son has slept much better. He does get up about every four hours to eat but goes right back to sleep. Thank you girls for your suggestions.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/16/2013

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Ditto exactly what Kelly said. At 5 months, if he's sleeping 3-5 hours in a stretch, that's pretty good. YOu didn't say how long he does sleep for during his night time hours

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Most babies do not sleep all night at 5 months. He probably still needs at least one feeding during the night. When he wakes to feed, feed him and put him right back down. If he fusses, put your hand on him, but don't pick him up.

If he is awake, but happy in his crib, just let him be. He is fine, he's just getting rid of the extra energy. Children often wake several times in the night then go back to sleep on their own.

Also, make sure he is getting enough sleep during the day. Lack of sleep can cause the body to conserve energy, thus making it more difficult to sleep during the night. It's called being "over tired" and it makes them both hyper and extra fussy.

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