Three questions: Food, waking and rolling?

Heather - posted on 03/10/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Okie dokie,

This week has been a tough week. Little Mr got the flu and all the good stuff that goes with it - sore throat, conjunctivitis, snotty nose. We cleared it up within a week without it spreading but, he has started to wake at 2am again for a night time feed. He has not done this since he was 3 months old (he is 6 months now) Any tips about how to get a full nights sleep again or do you think that it will go away by itself? I feel like from 2am until 5am he is restless and wriggly even after I feed him. He refuses a dream feed unless you count a 10ml as a feed?

My 2nd question, when he is in bed he has started to roll, roll, wriggle, roll, even over the positioners to try stop this. So, he has his butt n the air and face straight down and hands by his side, he cant get out of that one by himself. When the positioners are not there, he ends up squashed in the corner,neck bent, leg out the bar of the bed. Is this at all dangerous, he gets in possitions he cant get himself out from, should I be scared of suffocation at this age? There are no toys or blankets in the bed, just him getting in weird possitions.

Third and last, he is 6 months, not at all a fat boy but definitely T A L L, he wears 9 months + PJs and has nearly grown out of them. He just doesn't stop growing. But, he H A T E S drinking and eating. He will finish maybe half a bottle 4 times a day, he blows raspberries when we give him solid food. It is a real effort to get him opening his mouth. This was before he got sick too and, he wasn't waking during the night. He might drink 500ml in 24hr of formula. It is minimum. It is not effecting his growing but I am worried that it could lead to other deficiencies?

So, there we have it - Scared he is going to suffocate, is he eating enough and how to get back to a full nights sleep!

Thanks:-)

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Stephanie - posted on 03/10/2013

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Wow, you have had a tough week! Caring for a sick child is very hard.
You must be giving him formula? I think it is okay for a baby to only have formula for the first 6 months and you can wait until he is ready to feed him solid food. Talk to his doctor about ways to introduce solids, since he doesn't seem interested.
As far as the sleeping through the night goes, you have been lucky so far that he has been! It could be tough for a while, it sounds like he is starting to try to crawl and to move much more. Usually around this time, up until they master walking, they can wake up a lot at night. It's like he is practicing his new moves in his sleep! Though, it depends on his personality, if he is laid back, maybe it was just because of being sick that he is waking.
I suggest a breathable bumper and get rid of the positioners you have been using so he can move freely in his crib. The bumper placed on the inside of the crib will keep his legs and arms from getting in between the slats. If you are concerned when you are shopping for a bumper, press your face against it and try to breathe through it. Don't use blankets and he should be okay. The natural infant sleep position is as you mentioned, bum in the air and face down. Try not to worry, it sounds like your little guy is just fine!

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Stephanie - posted on 03/11/2013

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I'm glad you're having a better day, it can be so hard sometimes! Those better days are all the sweeter when they come :)
As far as night feedings go, that is up to you and how you want to handle his waking. If you find that letting him fall back asleep on his own is not too hard on him, go with that. Though, if he just keeps getting more and more upset, I would tend to go in and settle him, or try to feed him. Can he settle himself to sleep yet? He may be working towards it, give him time, like about 5 minutes before you go in to help him get back to sleep.
I know that with me, at the first peep out of my baby I wake right up out of a deep sleep and want to run in right away! It's so hard not to. But now, even at 14 months, she wakes up sometimes at night, I usually let her settle herself back to sleep (as I lie awake listening, lol).
I hope this helps you, getting a full nights sleep is so hard for us moms!

Heather - posted on 03/10/2013

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Stephanie, Thank you so much for this. I had no idea these bumpers existed. I saw the "tour de lit" (I am not sure in english) and it wouldn't have solved my problem. These bumpers look just perfect.

Today we had better day, you wouldn't believe he didn't drink any of his formula (yup, since three months) but, he ate fruit, veggies, cereals, with a wide open mouth begging for more.

Spoke too soon? :-P

Maybe you are right about the moving and waking, do you think I should give him the bottle again at 2am or try get him back to sleep without anything? he isn't a big crier (lucky us) just tends to snort and talk and make noses.

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