5 month old sleeping

Niki - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old has basically slept through the night since he was about 3 months old. The only problem is he wakes up when my boyfriends alarm goes off at 4:30am- and is up off and on until 7 when daddy leaves, then he sleeps until about 9. But lately my boyfriend hasn't been working, and my son is still getting up, I feel like I did when I was up all night with feedings! I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to solve this problem, or if anyone is going through this as well! Thanks!

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Natalie - posted on 02/19/2010

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my daughter is the same. she has always slept through the night, even as a baby. when she started pre-k last year we started making her go to bed at 8pm and ever since she wakes up at 6 am. She would wake up and listen for my alarm to go off, and start turning on all the lights and getting ready for school. One the weekends its the same routine except when she gets up she starts watching cartoons or comes to my room to ask for breakfast. i've tried to get her to sleep later, but nothing has worked. i 'm kinda glas she is on such a good routine, but 430 might be a little too early. have you tried putting him to sleep a little later, atleast until he changes his morning pattern?

Heather - posted on 02/19/2010

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can you let him cry it out or give him a soother? I wouldn't feed him unless you really think he needs it. It would suck to get him used to eating when he already knows how to sleep throught the night. If you do think it is a growth spurt can you increase his food during the day? Is he bottle fed? If so you could add an ounce to every bottle to see if that will make him sleep through again. Good luck

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My son has been doing the same thing but its because his big brother wakes him up. It should still be dark so just lay him back down like if he woke up in the middle of the night. It is hard at first but after a few nights he should get the hang of it. Does your boyfriend have a cell phone, my phone has a vibrate and it still wakes me up or stick your alarm under your pillow or something so its not so loud but loud enough to where he can hear it. just a thought. Also when your baby wakes up at 4:30 feed him a bottle of warm formula or breastfeed him(i know breastfeeding is hard when your tired and you'd rather sleep) for until he starts going back to sleep, and what i mean by this is get in the habit of changing him, feeding him, then straight back to bed. I just tried this with my son and it seemed to work. I would do the feeding thing for like a week and then just change him and send him back to bed. You may not want to do the feeding thing just cuz it could create another bad habit. I was a little nervous with my son in creating that bad habit but he seems fine and he isnt hard to put back to bed now without a sippy cup, so just an idea. I hope this helps somehow, its tough, but better to break this habit now than later. And if you just want to change him and put him back to bed without feedings, as long as you know he's ok, let him cry for 15 at the most, if it goes beyond that, check on him but I bet he'll be asleep before the 15 min is up. I hope this helps. God Bless!

Sylvia - posted on 02/19/2010

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The only thing you can do is give it time. I was on a 12-9 pm schedule and unfortunately so were my kids.. my son who was 1.5 yo at the time didnt go to bed until almost 1030. When I FINALLY got a day schedule it took a little over 30 days to get him to go to sleep @ 730. As soon as your son wakes up have a hot bottle ready to go and stick it in his mouth lol that should send him back to sleep for a few more hours. At this point a 5 hour energy is your best friend!

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