My son still wakes 2-3 times throughout the night for milk, please help!

Reanin - posted on 04/16/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 months old and he still wakes 2-3 times every night for milk. I cannot get him to sleep right through, i've tried everything, wipe down then formula feed before bed. When he wakes I give it a few moments to see if he'll soothe himself then I try to just pat his tummy and tell him its ok but this frustrates him more and he cry's louder until i give him milk. I really really miss my sleep. Does anyone have any methods i could try to stop these midnight feeds?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/16/2014

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That's right. CIO sucks. As tired as you are, and trust me we all know, go to your baby. Not all babies are the same. My son started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks with occasional weekly wake ups. My daughter really did not sleep fly through the night until she was 3. Every child is different.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/16/2014

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And after the night terrors, etc...It'll be coming in after curfew, or...LOL

In other words, welcome to parenting! You'll survive, we all do! It only 'seems' hopeless for a while, until you get your routine on.

The cool thing is that in another 17 years and some months, you'll be able to proudly say "Look at my son, who's been raised very well"! The rewards may not be instant, but they're awesome!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/16/2014

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Its called letting them grow out of it. He's only 4 months. Sleeping through is any sleep longer than 4-5 hours.

All new parents are sleep deprived for the first 1-2 years. It's part of being a parent. You'll get through this stage, and be in to a whole new set of challenges.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/16/2014

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All parents miss sleep. Your situation is NOT unique. In fact, it is quite normal. I didn't really sleep for 1 1/5 years for my second, with an additional 1 year of really broken sleep. Just keep feeding on demand. Sorry, but your life really isn't about you anymore, it is about the baby. We ALL miss our sleep. We ALL miss alone time with our partners, we ALL miss certain freedoms. But we are parents, and our kids come first.

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2014

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Welcome to Motherhood!!! He's only 4 months, he's supposed to be waking during the night for feeds. Some children are close to 2 years before they sleep through the night.
The reason he's waking for a feed is because he's hungry, not to deprive you of sleep.

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Reanin - posted on 04/16/2014

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Thanks, I just thought it wasn't normal because all my friends with children said he'll be sleeping through (at least 4hrs) by now. And every parent I talk ask why he's not sleeping through the night yet. Some people have even said its ok to let him cry himself back to sleep, but i can't do that to my baby, I can't leave him to cry and wonder why his mum isn't coming to calm him down.

Liz - posted on 04/16/2014

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I'm afraid that the interruptions to your sleep are not going to be going away any time soon. 1 1/2 to 2 years is about the time it takes for children to sleep through the whole night instead of needing to eat.

As soon as you get to that point, he'll be waking you up for other reasons than food, such as bad dreams, night terrors, wanting to play, wanting to chat...

To be a parent is to be sleep deprived, sadly, but hang in there and it will eventually get better.

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