almost 5 month old has sleeping issues

Amy - posted on 02/25/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 5 months now, & for the past week he has been waking at about 4:45am (he is sleeping every night by 9pm). Now, in theory, this may SOUND like a good night's sleep for both baby and I, but it's really not. When he wakes I try to shush & pat him back to sleep for a few minutes, but he won't go back to sleep so I get frustrated & just pick him up, change his diaper & give him a 3oz bottle--I'll put him in his crib after that & he goes right back to sleep. I think maybe he is just waking for a comfort feeding now because he's EXPECTING to get that bottle maybe??? So, like usual, this scenario happened again this morn except this morn I have just left him in his crib after trying to shush & pat him back to sleep. I went into the living room so that I don't get more frustrated by hearing him fussing/tossing around (a.k.a NOT SLEEPING!) & so he doesn't hear any movement from me. It's now 6am, and he is STILL fussing/tossing around in his crib & hasn't slept. It's too early to give him his first bottle of the day already... I don't get him out of his crib to start our day until 7am (and if he's sleeping at that time I just let him wake on his own)... and frankly, it really pisses me off that he is STILL awake... I'm not trying to start my day at 5am!!!! What do I do?? Is the best way to get him to stop waking at 4:45am every morn to just leave him in his crib until he goes back to sleep and not give him a bottle at that time???

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Jodi - posted on 02/25/2014

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Honey, your baby is 5 months old. If he is going to bed at 9pm and waking at 5am, he is hungry. He has just gone an 8 hour stretch without feeding. That's a LOT. You can't expect a 5 month old to not wake for a feed. Most do. If he drank that 4oz and then fell back to sleep, he was hungry.

Amy - posted on 02/25/2014

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I just don't want him to be dependent on or to expect that bottle at 5am. He was doing the same thing for awhile at 2am and once I stopped taking him out of the crib and giving him the bottle, he stopped waking at that time. but now it's pretty much the same situation except it's at 5am. When/if I do give him the bottle at 5am, it is never as much as he gets during his daytime bottles--i was doing 4 oz, but he'd fall asleep to that so started putting in just 3 oz and that is working better (he usually won't fall asleep on that small amount, but he's still sleepy enough that when I lay him back in the crib that he goes right to sleep). But see, that's what worries me---if I give him the bottle and he goes right back to sleep when I put him back in the crib, was he really even hungry in the first place??? I don't want to be doing extra feedings if they aren't necessary. .....I mean, yes it's a good night's sleep, but that's too early to be getting up.

Jodi - posted on 02/25/2014

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Why is it not a good night's sleep? That's almost 8 hours. That IS a good night's sleep for a 5 month old baby.

Aleshia - posted on 02/25/2014

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I get my 4 month old wakes up at 6ish ever day then I have to be up at7:30 to get my 6 year old off to school, so no sleep for me. Babys make there onw schedule, sleep when you can and maby he just needs a snack. I would just give him the bottle and both of yall can get back to sleep. Good luck.

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