Stopped sleeping!

Rita's New - posted on 10/11/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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We were very blessed, Rita started sleeping through the night at about two months, suddenly, two days before being six months old, she has decided to wake up every two hours on the dot! She is breast-fed exclusively when I am home, (3 days a week) but when I am working my mother babysits and she has breast milk with some rice cereal. (our pediatrician just suggested we start this about a week ago) Do you think she is starting to wake up because she's hungry? Or do you think we are just spoiling her and starting bad sleep habits? We are not attached to any specific parenting style, we are trying to figure this whole "new parent" thing out! She does fall asleep breast-feeding then we place her in her crib because we are petrified of smothering our baby during cosleeping as we are both very heavy sleepers!! Thank you an advance for any and all help/ advice!

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Sara - posted on 10/13/2013

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My son slept through the night when he was only a couple weeks old, he stopped when he was almost 4 months old. I have three cousins who had there babies in the same month I did, and all there babies stopped sleeping well too around 4-6 months. Its a very common thing.

Being hungry could be a reason, (wasn't the case for my baby or my cousin's) Otherwise it is something about the brain starts functioning differently around that time. The brain cycles while we sleep, and babies brains start cycling around that time. Its kind of confusing, but basically they slightly wake up every so often and if they fall asleep at bedtime normally to something like nursing, rocking, singing, etc.; they need that to fall back asleep ever time, it's like a comfort thing. So if that's the case you want to try to break those habits. I never had the patience to try to break them, it was easier for me to just give him a bottle and him fall asleep 2 minutes later than to have him cry for however long.

I hope this helps and wasn't too confusing! Good luck!

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