my baby is still waking every 3 hours

Kim - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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hes 13wk and still waking every 3 hours 4 a 2-3ounce feed. hes on the stronger milk but it makes no differance.

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Sarah - posted on 02/17/2010

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Every baby is different sometimes they do wake up every three hours. My three year old daughter used to wake up about ever four hours and she was eating 8 ounces at like eight weeks. I started give her a little cereal. I made it pretty soupy and gave her a little spoonful before bed. The first night I did that she slept almost twelve hours and has been like that ever since. It scared me at first I had to keep checking on her because I couldn't believe she could sleep that long so early. It is completely up to you I know that some doctors don't agree but That is what other moms and my mom recommend for me when my three year old was little. Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 02/17/2010

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Be patient. He's only 13 weeks old. My first child was like that until he was well over 6 months old. Closer to 8 months old.

Alicia - posted on 02/17/2010

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well i have told many people about this b/c i did to both of my girls...at night about the last feeding be for bed put a lil cereal in the bottle or feed some by spoon it will fill him up more and should sleep longer my girls did my youngest we were giving her cereal at 3months...and remember what i believe is to do what u feel is right not what the doctors say b/c of the fact there going out of a book your comeing from ur motherly instinct...

Tammy - posted on 02/17/2010

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Try a little rice baby cereal in the night bottle. If that helps than the baby is just not getting full. Try a spoonful or so to the bottle and increase as needed. If the baby acts fussy try the oatmeal next. You can buy cereal nipples or put an x in the top of one you have. Good luck, this worked for me and I did 4 of them.

Kayliecia - posted on 02/17/2010

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have you tried feeding him more? my son at 3.5 months started eating 6 ounces every 4 hours and sleeping through the night. "sleeping through the night mind you is 5-6 hrs as experts say." you have a bedtime routine that you stick to every night? that helped with my son.

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Jamie - posted on 10/03/2015

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Hi there, I'd say it's clear that your son needs more than a 2-3 ounce bottle. If you son is between 19 to 12 pounds he should be drinking at least 32 ounces per day and if you want to get him in a schedule of sleeping at night you need to up his bottles per feeding. I'd jump up to 6 ounces, 4-5 bottle a day...roughly and start him at 6-7am. Don't force him to eat if it's to much but he's waking so much cause he's 13 weeks and not getting enough in one sitting.
And juat so you know I'm not pulling this from one child, I'm in my 3 child, he's 9 weeks old weighs 12 pounds and is already eating 7 ounce bottle every 4-5 hours per day...which gives him the amount he needs for nutrients and a healthy weight gain.

Hope this is helpful. Take care and enjoy that little bundle, jujustat get him on a day schedule, feed him more at every feeding, and I promise you'll be sleeping through the night very soon. ;D

LoL, I just read down a bit and read your on your 4th...my two older boys are 7 and 9 and I totally forgot EVERYTHING!! I felt so silly and this one is much tougher, maybe cause I'm 32 and not 22 but I'm getting there too. Good luck and God bless.

Mwrig133 - posted on 02/18/2010

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I agree with Marla. I feed my 9 week old every 2-3 hrs during the day (breastmilk) and she sleeps 8pm-6am. She has done since 4 weeks. She likes to feed every two hours leading up to night (2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm). Try cluster feeding in the afternoon through to evening. Tank him up!!!

Kim - posted on 02/18/2010

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Iv read all ur advice and its helped alot thank you all. This is my 4th child but my youngest is 12years old so you tend 2 4get the little thing lol.

Kerri - posted on 02/17/2010

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Well then my son must just be a sleepy kid. Cause he didnt start sleeping through the night till I did that. And he has also been having the ceral and eatting baby food since he was like 3-4 months and his ped is fine with that and hes a PERFECTLY healthy lil boy!

September - posted on 02/17/2010

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FYI: It's been proven that putting cereal in a baby's bottle does NOT help them sleep through the night...just ask any pediatrician! Plus 13 weeks (unless needed for medical reason) is far too young to offer baby cereal. Come on now folks!

Kerri - posted on 02/17/2010

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You should try giving him more. my son was eatting like 5-6 ounces at that age. (hes now 9months) and also i put him to bed between 8:30-9pm and i gave him a tiny bit of ceral in his bottle right before bed and hes been sleeping through the night since he was a month and a half!!!!!

September - posted on 02/17/2010

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Sounds pretty typical to me. Welcome to Motherhood! Just keep in mind that this does change over time. Enjoy your new baby!

Emily - posted on 02/17/2010

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Jennifer, a baby's tummy is way different than an adults. I don't really think the middle of the night cookie example is a good comparison at all. If a baby is hungry, you feed them. At 13 weeks, it is not unusual for a baby to still need to eat in the middle of the night, whereas you are an adult and do not need cookies in the middle of the night.

Alicia - posted on 02/17/2010

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Weird, because my pediatrician told me that putting cereal in his milk wouldn't help him get or stay full or sleep longer. It just adds empty calories and that he doesn't recommend giving infants under 4 months any solids and preferably to wait until they're six months. Any research that I've looked up has backed up this information.

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I don't doubt that your baby will eat every 3 hours if you offer it every three hours. If I woke up in the middle of the night and my husband had cookies and milk waiting for me, I would wake up regularly as well. As soon as you get the okay from your doctor that the formula you are giving during the day is enough to sustain your baby . . .for us that was around 3 months, then you have to prepare yourself to get through the night, or maybe start with taking away one feeding. You have to decide what your comfortable with, because your baby will sense your comfort or uncomfort. I was comfortable with a 6 hour sleep at first, so when my baby woke up that first time, I went into his room, comforted him and immediately put him back down to rest. He did cry the first two nights, but then the third night he slept 6 hours straight. I used the 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, etc . . . method both nights. It truly comes down to what your comfortable with, you know your baby more than anyone else. The more time and energy you put into this the more reward you will get.

Sybil - posted on 02/17/2010

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Put a tablespoon of ceral in his bottle and he will sleep through the night. it works wonders my son just started sleeping through the night and the ceral is a beautiful thing, just try and see he will be fast asleep all night.

Jakki - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi Kim
its been a while since i fed a baby... my first son took to bottle and our last feed was 11 pm but he would wake around the 5-6 am for a bottle. My other son only had the breast and fed every two hours including at night. I introduced solids to #1 at 1 weeks - just rice cereal then after a week fruit and vegies. #2 was on rice cereal for a couple of weeks with a formula bottle at night. All kids are different. what you have to do is be persistant. increase the bottle, increase solids. my #2 boy was eating fruit, vegies and meat by the time he was 5 months old - he was a bigger baby and needed it.

when it came to sleep patterns, this is what i had the struggle with. babies stir around the 40 min mark. if you leave them alone they tend to fall back to sleep by themselves. i had to go to a "baby boot camp" to get my son to sleep properly cos he kept waking every 40 mins and wouldn't go back to sleep. i would pick him up and rock him back to sleep. my downfall!!

Be strong and persevere with a routine that works for both of you. do you use a pacifier? that may be a solution.

good luck and keep us posted on how you go.
jakki

Marla - posted on 02/17/2010

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My third daughter is 2 months old. She started sleeping 5-6 hours at night around 3 weeks. She now can go as long as 8.5 hours at night between her feedings. I breast feed her every 2-3 hours during the day. If they get enough during the day they don't need it at night. I find it helps to swaddle them before bed so they know the difference between cat naps during the day and sleeping at night. A routine is important.

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i think its kinda normal at that age, my daughter is 22months and when she was 13weeks she woke like every hour now she still dont sleep through the nite she wakes 3/4 times and sometimes wake up at 1 in the morning and dont go bk 2 sleep till like 5!!

Sheree - posted on 02/17/2010

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Its pretty normal really, they need the formula/breastmilk at this stage. some babies/.children are still waking like that months later. I just read another ladies story who's child is almost 2 and wakes 4-6 times a night.

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