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Lovis - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My six month old son wake up a lot during the night. Any advice on what should I do?

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Sara - posted on 06/20/2011

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It all depends on how he wakes up, if he wakes up crying... try to swaddle him and rock for a few minutes then lay him down. If he just wants to wake up and play I would leave him in the room keeping it dark and just listen on the monitor. My son used to do that all the time, but once he realized I wasn't goint to come in and play in the middle of the night he slept pretty well. He may need a diaper, or a drink. Hope this helps.

Victoria - posted on 06/20/2011

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My son is also 6 months, and I have been in the middle of fixing it myself. Here is what I have learned. The worst thing possible that you could do is feed him. At 6 months, (and assuming that he is gaining weight appropriately) he no longer needs to be fed at bedtime and again several more times during the night. If he drinks a lot during the night, his diapers may be soaked and the discomfort could wake him. The extra fluid and calories that they take in at night will stimulate his digestive system which should be shut down for the night. The additional nutrients may also alter the release of various hormones. Also, because they are used to be fed at night, he may be used to being fed at that time, so wakes up hungry.
I am ok with letting my son cry it out, so what I have done, is just let him cry for a bit. Usually he falls back to sleep after 5 min or so. If the crying has lasted longer, I would go in and feed him - but feed him less and less each night, until he no longer requires that feeding. I am happy to report that it is working like a charm. I went from getting up every 2 hours with him, to now once a night. This took us about a week.

Please let me know if you have any further questions. I recommend the book "Solve your Child's Sleep Problems" By Richard Ferber.

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Victoria - posted on 06/21/2011

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When I was in University, I would eat a meal every night at midnight. Then when I wanted to stop doing this, I quit it cold turkey, and it was really hard, as I was starving by midnight. Did I need this extra meal? No. I was just used to having it. I wouldn't suggest cutting a baby off cold turkey, but just to feed them a little less each night. In my experience with my 6 month old, when I would cut him off a little earlier at each night feed, he didn't miss it, he would just go right back to sleep. And eventually, he stopped waking up.

I do agree with you Pam about the rice cereal though - when we were all kids, we all started around 2 months. At my last ped. appointment, she told me that "the school of thought on when to start feeding a baby has changed, and we are moving (back) toward feeding earlier". I was miffed, mostly at myself for not listening to my mom regarding this in the first place!

Pam - posted on 06/21/2011

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This is a very touchy subject with many mom's. I am a true believer that if your child id hungry...feed him!!! Many would disagree with me though. All my children were on rice cereal by 2 months. That is only 1 very watered down spoonful before bed and they sleep great. Also in the morning helps to keep them happy. I have old school family members that I really trust, and if it worked for me, I am sure it will work for my kids. It is your choice when to start cereals so dont let the docs and nurses freak you out and say you cant feed your kid till he is 6-8 months. You know your baby best.

Victoria - posted on 06/21/2011

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I feel like I should elaborate. What I meant to say, is after you feed him at bedtime, feeding every 2-3 hours in the night is not necessary. You should still feed him at bedtime. I hope that is more clear!

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