sleeping issues

Kristen - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 months old and she's not sleeping through the night. She goes to bed @ 8pm and wakes up @ 1am. She wants to eat again and then sleeps till 7:30am. What can I do to get her to stop waking up in the middle of the night? She eats 8oz of formula and cereal, she shouldn't be hungry. Help!

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Angela - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son is 3 months and he goes down at 8 (the latest) and wakes up again at 230 then he is good till 630 which is when I am getting up for work. This is normal and I tried cereal to make him not wake up and id didn't work all it did was constipate him so I would just roll with it. It will even out. Last night we had a break through and he slept till 430, wooo hooo, but I am still exhausted. This really is normal. Although once you start her on food she might sleep longer. I try to put mine down as late as possible and make sure his last bottle is right before bed. Seems to make him sleep better. Good luck

Sylvia - posted on 01/23/2010

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OK, first of all, by the usual definition your DD *is* sleeping through the night: 8pm to 1 am is a 5-hour stretch, and 1:30 (I'm guessing) to 7:30 a.m. is 6 hours.

Second of all, take it from me and almost all my friends: if your 5-month-old is only waking once at night, you are really, really lucky, because the vast majority of 5-month-olds (and one-year-olds, for that matter) wake far more often than that.

In general, babies wake up in the night to eat because they're hungry, and no good can come of not feeding a hungry baby. You may think, or this or that book may say, that she "shouldn't be" hungry, but clearly if she's waking up in the middle of the night needing to eat, she IS hungry, so ...

I must say I've never understood why people are so obsessed with the whole sleeping-through-the-night thing -- although, to be fair, that may be because we co-slept, so night waking was not a big deal for us. I totally get that if you actually have to get out of bed to feed the hungry baby at 1 am, it's a lot more disruptive.

Nichole - posted on 01/23/2010

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Unfortunately I do not have any advice on how to fix it but I do understand what you are going through. You are not alone. My second son would not sleep through the night. He would go down at 8 and barely make it 5-6 hours. That lasted until he was about 6 or 9 months. At that point it went to 8 hours. I think that some babies are just not able to sleep like many others. Just try to be patient until her body gets in the right mode. My son is 5 now and has been sleeping through the night for many years but still doesn't need as much sleep as my oldest. Best of luck to you.

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