My son WAS sleeping through the night...

Angela - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old son had been sleeping through the night, about 12 hours. But in the last 2 weeks, he has started getting us up again. Almost every 2 hours, like he did when we brought him home from the hospital. We are going to increase his feedings of cereal because we think he's hungry, but should we be trying to let him cry it out?

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Angela - posted on 05/04/2010

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Thanks for all of the comments. It's not a milk protein allgery because I had to stop brestfeeding and he is getting formula. We had to supplement with formula from the start because he was so big, and then my milk dried up after 3 1/2 months. He loves solids and still gets the daily requirements for liquids.

We actually found out he had an ear infection that we thought was gone. We tried 4 different antibiotics and after almost 2 months we finally cleared the infection. We are seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor at the end of the month to see if he needs tubes.

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he might be having a growth spurt... maybe he's just getting up in the middle of the night to eat? maybe offer him his bottle/breast when he wakes up? also i know my daughter always wakes up if her diaper gets too full. its a pain to get up in the middle of the night just to change her, but she usually falls right back to sleep. good luck!

Patricia - posted on 05/04/2010

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My 6 month old son has started waking in the night too. Sometimes I think he's cold, or too warm. Other times I'm not sure, but if I can't get him to calm down and go back to sleep then a bottle usually does the trick. Maybe he is going through a growth spurt and is extra hungry. It could be teething as well. We just deal with each night as it comes and we hope that he stops waking in the night very soon.

Kylene - posted on 05/03/2010

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I have found that Earth's Best whole grain rice cereal keeps my daughter fuller for longer than the Gerber rice cereal. Earth's best is a little more pricey because it's organic, but it does seem to work for me. My daughter (usually) sleeps about 10-12 hours per night. (Ok, I'm seriously praying that I didn't just jinx myself! :-P)

Rebecca - posted on 05/03/2010

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My daughter was "bugging me" every hour to 2 hours for food - she had a milk protein intolerance, and needed the nutrition because her system wasn't absorbing the milk properly. Had I filled her up with rice cereal she would have fed less often but not met her nutritional requirements, and I may not have ever diagnosed the true problem. I too was given medical advice to just start solids. I'm glad I didn't. In the end I went off dairy myself and that fixed the problem. That said, I have no issue starting babies on solids from 4 months on - before then their system is not mature enough. I just hope people remember solids in the early months are a supplement, and to learn the skill of eating "real food" - milk is where the nutrients come from, and although our kids will still grow, a very large number of our kids have nutritional deficiencies, and after all, we are investing in their brain development. Anyway - ramble, but basically I think we all get a bit hung up on having the baby that sleeps through early - and I understand it! But statistically only about 20% of babies will sleep through in the first 6 months - the rest of us just have to wait!

Robyn - posted on 04/15/2010

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mines only 7 weeks old and he's already on cereal formula to help him sleep longer at night... he was also a big baby at birth (11lbs 4oz) he was buggin me atleast every hour to hour & halff for food at one point. Dr said it was ok, she even said "mommy knows best"

Angela - posted on 04/13/2010

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Some people seemed surprised he is on solids, but we got the ok from our doctor. He encouraged us to, because our son was so big when he was born, he has been eating so luch that he's no longer satisfied with liquids.

Rebecca - posted on 04/12/2010

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Sorry, just thought I'd check - are you actually feeding him when he wakes each time? If you are trying to put him back off without a feed, then I think if you just feed him he won't wake as often. I know it seems like a step backwards, but he is probably going through a growth spurt and needs the nutrition. Please remember though that with infants it is the nutrition that is crucial for their best growth and development - not just the calories. The calories your baby gets from rice cereal are not as useful as those from milk.

Rebecca - posted on 04/12/2010

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Personally I think he is too young to cry it out. You've started on solids already?? He might actually be suffering intestinal upsets if he is having foods he is not ready for, or constipated from rice cereal. My second woke frequently at that age, due to a milk protein intolerance from dairy in my diet - once I eliminated that for a few weeks she improved.

Good luck - it can just be a developmental stage sometimes, and you just have to ride it out.

Jessica - posted on 04/12/2010

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He might be teething. My son, everytime he starts to cut new teeth, he wakes up at least twice during the night. Then, after the new tooth isnt a problem anymore, it takes hime about a week to get back on his normal schedule.

Teresa - posted on 04/12/2010

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start feeding baby food will keep your baby fuller longer too my little one was eating baby food at 3 months and she loved it! she also slept all through the night to at 6 weeks old but thats because we had to add rice to her bottle cause she wasn't liking just the formula.but there is also a bed time formula out now that enfamil makes you could get it and add a scoope or two of cereal and shouldn't have any more problems good luck!

Francesca - posted on 04/08/2010

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Totally normal. He is going through another growth spurt. And just when you get through this, teething will start. My little one was sleeping through the night and stopped about then too.



Even if you believe in cry it out methods, its far to early to start that. They say that you shouldn't start that until at the very least 6 months of age.



I never have given my daughter a cereal bottle. There is far to much controvery for my likings. And she didn't start food until 6 months. I just nursed my daughter more. She is still up twice a night for a nursing session, but thats what works best for us. Do, whatever works best for you. If that means more cereal, do it.



Besides, kids will only sleep through the night when they are developmentally ready too.



Good luck. I know its tiring. It will get easier. :)

La`Niece - posted on 04/08/2010

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my son was sleepin thru the night up until he reached 4months now hes up again and i tried the cereal and he still gets up wanting more...i still hav no solution so wen you find one do let me kno

Sha-Don - posted on 04/08/2010

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Speaking from experiences, crying it out is just going to make you go crazy. No one likes a crying baby in the middle of the night. Being a mother, we try to do everything in our power to keep our child from crying. Incease the cereal, most of the time, that baby gets up because they are just hungry. The cereal is what holds them through the night.. Cereal is the best..

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