Emma - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
It seems like most people I know with babies the same age as mine are sleeping really well and have been for months now. My 5 month old went through a short phase back when he was 2 months of sleeping 7-8 hr stretches at night but then they suddenly stopped and for the last three months I feel like he's been in a perpetual growth spurt (haha!). He wakes at least twice a night. Occasionally he'll manage a 6 hr stretch and I'll start wondering what it was that we did that day and start to try to replicate it - it never works.
I've tried solids. I've tried not breastfeeding him every time (this just makes him cry and cry - I figured he must really be hungry). I've though perhaps he's not getting enough food during the day so I've made a concerted effort to feed him more during the day and last night he woke up every two hours! (although this may be because me and my hubby are a little sick with a cold so he may have caught that).
I don't know what to do. I breast feed him every time (usually its just twice a night) and he feeds well so I presume I'm doing the right thing there. Why are some babies at this age able to sleep through? Why can't mine? Is it something I'm doing wrong? I don't want to leave him to cry it out - I am so concerned that he's genuinely hungry.
I would really like some more sleep.
Anyone else in this same position?