Do babies wake up cause there hungry?

Anna - posted on 04/02/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby girl Shayanna is nearly 5 months and i started her with mushy food yesturday, she usually wakes up during the night 2 times to b/f but tonight she didnt. Does solid foods keep her satified for longer? Or was it that i thought she was hungry all the other times and woke her to feed? Hopefully she just grown out of it??? Everything happened yesturday, e.g she went to sleep on her own after i swaddled her and put her dummy in no rocking or boucing her to sleep... should i be worried or be dancing for joy?

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Dance, definitely. ;) But also realize that it might not happen consistently. It MIGHT, but it might not.

All kids are different. I have twins that started solids at 3.5 months (yes, I know, early). They were only waking once in a 12 hour night about 2 weeks before starting solids. They slept a 12 hour night at 6 months.... for a month and then were back up once or twice a night until 14 months when they started sleeping through on their own (we started weaning from breastfeeding at 13 months).

Then is my son who took his first bite of soldis at 6 months, but wasn't eating on a daily basis until around a year. He didn't sleep through the night (10-11 hours) except on about half a dozen rare occasions until he was over 2.

Then you have my friend's son who was eating oatmeal and sleeping through the night (not sure how many hours their nights were considered though) at 4 months.

With my experiences, solids and sleep had nothing to do w/ each other, but for other's.... it did.

Lise - posted on 04/02/2011

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Solids are harder to digest, so for some babies it takes so long to digest they don't get hungry as early. But there aren't studies (peer-reviewed, that I've found) that show that solids make babies sleep longer. They disrupted my daughter's sleep.

But I also don't personally agree that babies wake from habit; I believe babies wake for a reason.

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Leilani - posted on 04/04/2011

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dance with joy. My youngest just turned 6 months, she was sleeping thru the night until 2 weeks ago, I took that to mean she needed more to eat so we started her on cereal and she's sleeping thru again. The goal in my opinion is to have a baby happy to sleep all night long on their own.

Bonnie - posted on 04/03/2011

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Babies do wake when they are hungry amongst other things. The solids could be helping that. Dance for joy!

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Solids do fill them and makes them much more content.

I find with my two the woke sometimes for milk.Other times i found it was because the had wet or dirty nappy.Sounds to me, shes more content with a full tummy.Enjoy the extra sleep mom.:-)

Katie - posted on 04/03/2011

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lol..dance for joy! once solids have started babies are much more content and full. She may still wake up for a bottle every now and again..after about 1 year if she is still waking, it's probably a habit..give water instead..they will soon learn not ot wake up for it..lol. good luck

Stifler's - posted on 04/02/2011

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Dancing for joy...

I would love it if my 14 month old would stop waking up at 3 am.

Carolyn - posted on 04/02/2011

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in my case, my son was waking at 5 to nurse, then right back to sleep, The steelcut oats, stopped the 5 am nursing.

I also start my boy on solids at 3.5 months and he went through spurts of sleeping through the night, and not sleeping through the night.

so like Teresa said, sleep and solids arent always related :)

Lise - posted on 04/02/2011

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I do agree 100% with Carolyn saying this:

"just make sure the solids dont interfere with formula/breastmilk intake, It should be a compliment to her meals and not a suppliment."

Absolutely!

Carolyn - posted on 04/02/2011

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dance dance dance !!



Solids will keep a baby fuller longer, depending on the solids. Stuff that is higher in fiber will keep them fuller longer. Proteins are good too.

Some babies do wake out of hunger, others wake out of habit.

You dont always have to wake a baby to feed them either ! You can dreamfeed, litterally feed them while they sleep ! I did this with my son until 7-8 months, before i went to bed, i would pull him out of his crib, latch him , nurse and lay him right back down. and done ! with a bottle, its even easier, just slip the bottle between the lips while they lay there sleeping...

I started adding steelcut oatmeal to his usual cereal before bed ( added the steelcut at 8 months) and it stopped the 5 am wake ups and he started sleeping as late as 9 somedays. It was beautiful :) LOL

also if a baby meets their caloric needs during the day ( which is still pretty much 99 % coming from formula or breastmilk at the introduction of solids) they dont necessarily need to eat through the night , though some do.

just make sure the solids dont interfere with formula/breastmilk intake, It should be a compliment to her meals and not a suppliment. It should change the length of time between her daytime feeds, or how much formula/breastmilk she is consuming per feed. If it does, you are over doing it !

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