I have a 4 month old girl who was waking twice a night to eat ( around 2 and 5) this I was ok with.Then all of a sudden at 3 months she started waking every 2 hours or less!! I think this is a sleep association as I have nursed her to sleep until now. What I am unsure of is weather I can cry her out a little and still feed her one or two times a night and how do I know when she is hungry or just mad about no suckie suckie.All I know is I have a 5 year old also and I cant keep going like this, last 2 nights have been 3 hours of sleep. Help

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Dove - posted on 08/04/2012

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Do not let her cry it out. Getting to her quickly (or co-sleeping) and nursing her right back to sleep is the best way for you two both get the sleep you need. Whether she needs a feed or a comfort session doesn't really matter (at least to me and many others) at this age. She will outgrow it when she is ready or you can gently encourage her when she's older.

Don't worry about 'bad sleep habits' at this age. My son didn't night wean until 2 and didn't fully wean until 3. He's 4.5 now and has slept through the night (except rare occasions of bad dreams, illness, or needing to pee) every night for 2.5 years now. :)

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Dove - posted on 08/04/2012

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Yes, I have three kids. It's hard to function in the beginning whether you have one kid or 10 though. ;) It gets easier. Of course, I also haven't slept through the night in over 20 years... if ever, so the night wakings never bothered me THAT much.

Amy - posted on 08/04/2012

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I agree with Dove you can let her fuss for a few minutes to see if she's really awake or just making noise. I however found the quicker I got to my daughter the quicker she went back to bed, which meant the quicker I could get some sleep. My daughter at 7 or 8 months started teething so at that point we started co-sleeping, she was waking as frequently as every 30 minutes some nights and I had to function for work. I also have an older child who was 4 when his sister was born so there were days when I was a walking zombie but it's not forever.

Is your 5 year old going to be enrolled in school this year? If he is that will give you a little time with just you and baby to rest.

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