My Son Is 4months Old And He Wakes Up Every 2 Hours AT Night What Can I Do

Christina - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




My Son Ill Give Him 4 Naps Through Out The Day Feed Him At 5 Then Layhim DOwn To Sleep For The Night At 9:30 And He Wakes Up Evry Two Hours From There I need Help


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Holly - posted on 06/03/2009




Hello Christina get some baby rice and put a verry small amount in the bottle and let him eat he is proubly verry hungry and i did with all 3 of mine you may have to get new nipples (feeding nipples or a feeding bottle the whole is a little biger you dont wnat to put a lot in only about the size of a dime .start a routine morning breakfast ,play nap ,ect i find that when i give my kids dinner play for a while bath lite snack they sleep all nite .i used the rice thing and its wonderfull

Amber - posted on 06/02/2009




Hey Christina...I know this can be very confusing with the different responses. The best thing I can recommend is to figure out if he is restless or just hungry. If he is hungry and on formula, he is at a good age to maybe start introducing rice cereal to help him feel satiated for a longer period of time. My son is 12 weeks old and has only gotten up once a nice since we've had him home (lucky I know), but his wake up time started getting earlier and earlier and feedings closer together during the day, so we started him on rice cereal at 10 1/2 weeks and he's been sleeping through the night since. I would also say try and start getting him on a routine...that has helped us too. My son gets a bottle around 6:30 every night (6 oz, 1/2 formula mix, 1/2 rice cereal). He plays on his back for about 30 mins on his own while I start dinner and his dad usually doesnt get home until 7:30 from he plays with him while I am finishing up dinner. We eat dinner, then play with Brayden until about 8:30...tummy time, talking, rolling over...all the good stuff. Between 8:30 and 8:45 he gets another 6 oz (same mix)., then we swaddle him. I rock him until 9pm and then its off to bed. He falls right asleep with this routine and doesnt wake until 7am or later the next day. We follow the same routine so he gets use to it. We also have a mechanism for his crib that adds a vibration to the mattress to help him fall asleep if he stirs (which he always does) when I put him down. We turn the vibration on for 30 minutes, with some calming ocean waves crashing in the background. He is always down for good by 10pm at the absolute latest, generally 9:30 though. Now, if your little one is restless...there isnt much you can do...either calm him as quickly as possible or let him cry for awhile and tire himself out. I still have to do this once in awhile at bedtime, but I give him 30 min to get it all out..then turn back on the vibrate and give him his paci and he's good. I did sleep in Braydens room when we were transitioning him to his crib, just to give him that reassurance. After a week, he was good on his own. I hope this helps and good luck!

Ashley - posted on 06/02/2009




SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THIS... your bedtime for him is WAY too late. At 4 months he could easily do 3 naps and in bed by 6pm. If he's awake from 5pm to 9:30pm he is way overstimulated and that is why he is waking so much. If he has a nap in between this time he is disturbed from his night time sleep. Most babies switch into night time sleep mode around 6pm, so if he is napping then and then needs to wake up to eat again his sleep pattern is getting really disrupted. Do a bedtime routine (bath, bottle/breastfeed) then bed by 6pm and he will sleep SO much better. All of that swaddling, white noise...etc. is crap. He's 4 months old...he wants to go to bed early as nearly all babies do. In bed by 6pm and you will have a better night sleep for him and you.

Ez - posted on 05/31/2009




Is he waking to feed or because he's restless and needs you to put him back to sleep?? If he's hungry there's probably not a lot you can do. If he simply doesn't know how to go back off to sleep when he stirs I would definitely suggest swaddling (as long as he's not rolling yet). Also try and soothe him without picking him up if at all possible. Give him a pat, 'ssshhhhh' him and he'll be reassured that you're there while still getting the message that it's time for sleep.

Cynthia - posted on 05/31/2009




I'm just going to cut and paste the same response here that I gave to another mom a few hours ago..

Burp! Burp! Burp! Sounds exactly like our first born all over again. During and after breastfeeding make sure as soon as he pops off the breast (even though he may have only been on for a few minutes) sit up and burp. Even if he is bottle feeding and he pops off..burp. Don't continue feeding until he has had a chance to burp (big or small no matter just as long as you get one) and then go right back to feeding. Then after the feed sit up right away (very upright for baby's position) and burp again. Keep burping until you get one out. Very burpy/gassy babies will have lots of spit up with the first few burping rounds, but don't worry as there is less and less gas in him he will produce a whole lot less spit-ups and be a more contented baby. the reason this always gets worse at night is he's had all day for it to build up in him until it gets very uncomfortable and the distress of the bloating sets in. They will still be hungry however and will want to try and feed, thus the wake ups every two hours. the first month with our first son was the worst until we figured this out. I was a terrible burper. I was so gentle with him I never got enough out. My husband would come home in the early evening and be able to get one out in a matter of minutes. He would have that slightly more firm burping hand than I would use. Anyway. Burp like crazy. If he has a really sensitive belly (lie him on a fairly firm surface such as a carpeted floor and gently feel with a couple of fingers his belly just below the rib cage. it if feels very firm and/or he squirms and complains when you touch him there he defintiley has gas. burping will help upper gas (in his belly)...bicycling his legs and massaging his tummy in clockwise circles with your palms will helps work the lower gas out. Also bum pats work exceptionally well to help out lower gas.

you can never burp enough as I found out with our first. Now our second son has practically never had any issues with gas as we have figured it out and all the various techniques to try to help them work it out. Best of luck. hope it helps.

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2009




My son is 19.5 months old any still wakes up every 3 hours most nights... he just isn't a good sleeper and he needs his mommy... feed him, cuddle him... that's all you can do.

Kylie - posted on 05/30/2009




Have you tried swaddling and white noise? My baby was a great sleeper until 4 months then he started waking every 2 hours after 1am. I think it was mixture of teething and a growth spurt and the cooler nights so i started bringing him to bed with me and my husband and we sleep better because he wakes less often and when he does wake he has a quick feed and goes back to sleep and i don't really feel like im waking up.

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