HELP My son won't sleep!

Tiffany - posted on 08/07/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son will be 5 months old on the 15th. He has been sleeping through the night since about 2 1/2-3 months old. We've kept him on the same routine since he was born. But for the past 4 night's, he's been having real problem's sleeping. He is constantly waking up. Typically I have to give him his pacifier and cuddle him for him to go back to sleep. And continue to cuddle him so he will stay asleep, but then starts to get hot so that doesn't last long but stays asleep longer with that than on his own.
The past 2 night's he's wanted to eat again in the middle of the night and his doctor already says that 7oz/4hrs is too much and now he's not only eating 4x a day but add on a 5th time at night too...

The other night, was literally like having a newborn again, the longest he slept was 2 hours, he tossed and turned ALL NIGHT.

I need help! PLEASSSSE!! If anyone has any advice I'd be willing to do anything


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Tiffany - posted on 08/07/2011




He's on cereal for his reflux and his doctor said that she sees "movement" with his teeth but it doesn't seem to bother him or anything. he's not cranky, he just wants to wake up and play. He typically eats at 10am, 2pm, 6pm, and 10pm and that's when he goes to bed.
He is about 18-19 lbs right now, I'm gonna try him on 8oz today and see how he does with that..

Sharon - posted on 08/07/2011




I don't think he's eating too much at all. Our youngest is on 180ml x 4 + 2 x 210ml each day, and he's 15wks and he's gaining about 100-150g a week, so definitely not over-eating. I agree, maybe he's hitting a growth spurt. Or, with his wakings, they could be related to teething too, as he's approaching that age now.
We also cluster feed at night too, both our boys seemed to like that. He goes usually 3.5hrs during the day, but between his last 2 bottles there is only 2.5hrs, and his last one is a dream feed.

Krista - posted on 08/07/2011




If he's restless and wanting to eat a lot, it's very possible that he's about to hit a growth spurt. I'm not really sure if I agree with your doctor that he's eating too much. If he's eating 7 oz of formula, four times a day, that's 28 oz. At his age, depending upon his existing weight, he COULD conceivably have up to 35 oz a day. So he might actually be genuinely hungry.

At what times of day do you feed him? And at what time of the night does he go to bed? It might be worthwhile trying to change up the timing of his feedings, so that you can squeeze another feeding in there.

Whatever you do, don't listen to any well-meaning advice about putting cereal in his bottle. It's dangerous.

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