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My 4 month old suddenly changed sleeping patterns

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My son used to sleep through the night now all of a sudden in the last few weeks he wakes every three hours to feed. I am wondering if this may be due to the fact that he is teething or that maybe it might be time for me to introduce solids? He is breast fed and is gaining weight solidly. Will he go back to sleeping all night? What can I do.


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Amy - posted on 04/10/2010




My daughter would do the same thing when I was sick and ended up have a lower milk supply, teething, travailing, and during a growth spirt. The longest it has lased was about 3 weeks then went back to normal. Drink plenty of liquids and try to get as much sleep as you can to keep up your milk supply. Also feed the baby as much as it wants at night. Mine is 7 months old and if she wakes up in the middle of the night which is not very often I feed and put right back to bed. I have read and been told its not a need any more but hey if she all of a sudden wakes up then I am going to give her some milk because there is a reason she is waking up and its usually because she is growing and needs more. It will go back to normal so don't worry!! It has nothing to do with solids at that age. I tired rice cereal to help with a long feeding time and it just made her tummy up set and she was so fussy so I would weight till 6 months!! It is much better the their little tummy's to start when their bodies can handle it better!!

Jaimie Lynn - posted on 04/10/2010




My four month old just started doing the same thing this week. He has been sleeping through the night since 3 weeks old, and all of a sudden was waking up almost every three hours. At first I thought it was because he was hungry, but one night I placed the binkie back in his mouth first before taking him out of the crib to feed him, and within seconds he was back asleep. I think he was looking more for something to soothe him then to actually eat. Give this a try! Can't hurt, and it will get you a couple more minutes of precious sleep.

Courtney - posted on 04/10/2010




This sounds familiar! my son did the same thing..slept thru the night for months and all of a sudden 2 or 3 times a night wakes up..My son is almost 11 months and has pretty much gone bak to sleeping thru the night but ill still have an off night every so often..Wears u out, all that interupted sleep..hang in there!!

Becca - posted on 03/30/2010




Babies go through a growth spurt around 4months and will need to feed more for a little while. Just feed as he needs and he should start sleeping again in a little while.Solids are not recommended to children under 6months and can actually make them sleep less because it upsets their system if they are introduced too early.

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Your babies sleeping habits will change several times in the first year alone. Developmental milestones (like rolling over, crawling...) can affect sleep. Teething can also. Look for all the signs of readiness before starting solids (6 months old, sitting up unsupported, lost tongue thrust reflex, developed pincer grasp...) It's a myth that starting solids will help baby sleep better at night. My daughter is almost 11 months and has gone through phases of sleeping through and waking constantly and everywhere in between. It's hard, but hang in there. Here's a list of ideas that you can try running through:

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