my 4 month old wont sleep through the night he wakes every 2-3 hours and anly drinks 5 oz bottles. any advice

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Emily - posted on 03/12/2009

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Yikes, some bad advice in here. Your baby is only 4 months old, you shouldnt give her milk yet, her stomach is too immature to handle it. And then you'll have more cranky baby problems on your hands. You also shouldnt be starting solids so early, google "open gut". I think you're just going to have to ride it out. She's still a really little baby, and she needs you. She will grow out of it eventually, I promise. But this is just something babies do, and you cant fix it healthily.

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i also used the same milk, i was very lucky she slept though from 5 weeks, was told to give water in the night as it just becomes habbit waking up wanting food.

Sara - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



Quoting Emily:

Some reasons why you shouldnt put cereal in a babys bottle. Which I hope everyone will read.

One, very well documented connection to serious allergies is when a baby has been exposed to the allergen too early. Putting cereal in your baby's bottle, even rice cereal, can cause allergies. Some infants do not fully have their swallowing reflex fully developed at birth. Sucking cereal from a bottle can cause a choking hazard and babies have actually died this way. It can cause obesity. By feeding on demand and following a baby's cues, you are essentially helping them form habits of eating when hungry and eating until they feel full. This sets them up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. But when you add cereal to a bottle, it bypasses their system and essentially they take in more calories than they need.There is no scientific evidence to support the notion that baby's sleep better with cereal in their bottles. The truth is, babies are designed to wake frequently at night. Dealing with sleep deprivation is part of the parenting package.






All studies have shown that there is no corrolation between giving a baby cereal in their bottle and them sleeping through the night.  In fact, this idea has been repeatedly disproven and repeatedly advised against. 






Sleep deprivation is part of the deal.  However, as and EBF mom with a full-time out-of-the home job, and three children, I don't find myself sleep deprived and my 3.5 month old baby feeds 3-4 times at night.  Adapt, improvise, overcome!






It does help if mom gets some exercise each day and eats a diet low in sugar and low ot moderate fat intake.  Fast foods and convenience foods tend to wear us out and make us way too tired.  Get some fresh fruits and veggies each day and your alertness and stamina will return way before baby sleeps longer!






Plus, giving a baby cereal when they are in the right age range (4-6 months) is to help them develop their oral motor skills of taking food into their mouth and swallowing, and it's a social thing for your baby to interact with you.  So, putting it in the bottle really just defeats the purpose of cereal in the first place.  I would ask you Alana, how much is your baby eating during the day?  If you can make it so most of his nutritional needs are met though the day, he may not wake up as much to eat at night.  I have the book "Baby 411" and it says that infants 4 months of age are capable of sleeping 6 hours without eating at night.  Good luck!

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My daughter didn't start sleeping through the night (more than 6 hours) until 8 months. (She's 13 mo now.) Until then, she would wake every 2-3 hours wanting food. Slowly I stopped giving her the bottle (or not as much of it) and just tried giving her a paci to get her back to sleep. Sometimes I would have to give her a bottle if she got too upset, but after a while she took the paci right away and went back to sleep. I also put about 6 paci's in her crib at night! I know one day we'll have to ween from the paci soon, but I'll take the paci if I can get a decent rest and only wake once a night for 5 minutes!

Gina - posted on 03/12/2009

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i used to use stage 1 for my son but he only had 4oz feeds n was wakin all the time u can get the nxt stage up which is for hungrier babys from birth n that worked a treat with my little boy

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Shannintipton - posted on 11/22/2011

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I bet your four month old is sleeping threw the night now. LOL

Karen - posted on 11/21/2011

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try baby rice or add a rusk to bottle at night feed. i did this with borh of my girls one slept 7-7 from 3 weeks and my youngest slept 8. till 7,30ish from.being 5 weeks. my youngesy is now 6 months and has three meals a day. half jars. and bottles in between. and she naps thru the day aswell. i have weaned both from 3-4 months starting with baby porridge. x

April - posted on 11/18/2011

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Cereal in bottles can cause babies to inhale it and can cause death. I have 6 kids age 21 to four months. Google it. Also you never ever give a baby cows milk. They can not digest it.

Stephanie - posted on 03/13/2009

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My 4 month old did that too. Now I mix the last bottle before bed with a little baby cereal. (I use the bottles w/bags & cut the nipple hole bigger) He sleeps almost thru the night now. But talk to your doc first.

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Some reasons why you shouldnt put cereal in a babys bottle. Which I hope everyone will read.

One, very well documented connection to serious allergies is when a baby has been exposed to the allergen too early. Putting cereal in your baby's bottle, even rice cereal, can cause allergies. Some infants do not fully have their swallowing reflex fully developed at birth. Sucking cereal from a bottle can cause a choking hazard and babies have actually died this way. It can cause obesity. By feeding on demand and following a baby's cues, you are essentially helping them form habits of eating when hungry and eating until they feel full. This sets them up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. But when you add cereal to a bottle, it bypasses their system and essentially they take in more calories than they need.There is no scientific evidence to support the notion that baby's sleep better with cereal in their bottles. The truth is, babies are designed to wake frequently at night. Dealing with sleep deprivation is part of the parenting package.



All studies have shown that there is no corrolation between giving a baby cereal in their bottle and them sleeping through the night.  In fact, this idea has been repeatedly disproven and repeatedly advised against. 



Sleep deprivation is part of the deal.  However, as and EBF mom with a full-time out-of-the home job, and three children, I don't find myself sleep deprived and my 3.5 month old baby feeds 3-4 times at night.  Adapt, improvise, overcome!



It does help if mom gets some exercise each day and eats a diet low in sugar and low ot moderate fat intake.  Fast foods and convenience foods tend to wear us out and make us way too tired.  Get some fresh fruits and veggies each day and your alertness and stamina will return way before baby sleeps longer!

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That is true about the allergies with feeding cereal too young. We didn't start feeding Hannah cereal until 7 months.

Emily - posted on 03/12/2009

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Some reasons why you shouldnt put cereal in a babys bottle. Which I hope everyone will read.

One, very well documented connection to serious allergies is when a baby has been exposed to the allergen too early. Putting cereal in your baby's bottle, even rice cereal, can cause allergies. Some infants do not fully have their swallowing reflex fully developed at birth. Sucking cereal from a bottle can cause a choking hazard and babies have actually died this way. It can cause obesity. By feeding on demand and following a baby's cues, you are essentially helping them form habits of eating when hungry and eating until they feel full. This sets them up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. But when you add cereal to a bottle, it bypasses their system and essentially they take in more calories than they need.There is no scientific evidence to support the notion that baby's sleep better with cereal in their bottles. The truth is, babies are designed to wake frequently at night. Dealing with sleep deprivation is part of the parenting package.

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Baby cereal dissolves into the formula/milk. There's no chunks to choke on...the body just has to work a little harder to break it down, thus making hunger subside longer.



You'll find that mom's all over raise their kids differently. Go with your gut feeling for your child and you'll be okay. It's good to seek advice from other people and research to help make your decisions!

Doaneldorado - posted on 03/12/2009

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Most babies wake because they are hungry. I gave all four of mine a little bit of baby cereal in their milk to help satisfy them when they were just weeks old. The doctor doesn't like you to give them cereal at such a young age but a baby knows when they are not satisfied.

Emily - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Maisie:



Put baby cereal in his bottle, it will fill him up more. It has been awhile, but I think it is a teaspoon or two.





DONT put cereal in his bottle!!!! its a huge choking hazard!

Emily - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Maisie:



Put baby cereal in his bottle, it will fill him up more. It has been awhile, but I think it is a teaspoon or two.





DONT put cereal in his bottle!!!! its a huge choking hazard!

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There's docs out there that say cereal in a bottle all the time is bad, but I agree that if you do it at night time it's okay. We did that too. You'll have to widen the hole in the bottle nipple a little with the tip of a sharpe knife or a fork.

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Yikes, some bad advice in here. Your baby is only 4 months old, you shouldnt give her milk yet, her stomach is too immature to handle it. And then you'll have more cranky baby problems on your hands. You also shouldnt be starting solids so early, google "open gut". I think you're just going to have to ride it out. She's still a really little baby, and she needs you. She will grow out of it eventually, I promise. But this is just something babies do, and you cant fix it healthily.



I agree.  "Sleeping through the night" for a four month old really (medically and developmentally) means four hour stretches.  In that, four months is an average age for four hour stretches, some can sleep a little earlier and longer and some don't until 6 months.



Four month old babies do not require water and doing so could encourage the child to feed less resulting in malnutrition or death.



Call your ped for things like changes in diet.

Maisie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Put baby cereal in his bottle, it will fill him up more. It has been awhile, but I think it is a teaspoon or two.

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Sorry...a pacifier! There's so many kinds, so see if your baby will even take one. Mine thought it was a toy until 5 months. She likes the Nuk's now. I thought that the sleepless nights would never end and I was a zombie everywhere I went for 6 months, but it does end. Hang in there!

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P.S....my profile pic isn't me, of course, lol. it's my dog who is fighting for his life right now :(

Anna - posted on 03/12/2009

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Do you breast feed or give what kind of formula do you give your baby, before going to sleep?

Cindi - posted on 03/12/2009

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When my daughter was doing that I had to give her half whole milk, and half formla. that is what the ped. recomedted.

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