Sleeping

Morgan - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My duaghter just turned four months old and has always been a great sleeper since she was three weeks old. She started by sleeping 6-7 hour stretches at night and then was sleeping ten hours from about six weeks on. Over the last month she has not been sleeping as well. We have always had a bedtime routine swaddle, bottle, and a story. She has been waking up anywhere from 3-4 times a night. Any suggestions?? Thanks



We have tried not swaddling it is much worse.

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Hi my son Cameron is 5 months old and has just started to do the same thing, we try to keep to his routine of down at 7.30, up at 3.00 for a feed then up again at 6.30 for the start of the next day. However for the past week he's been going down at the same time but waking up every 2 to 3 hours until about 2.00am in the morning. Going by the other replies this seems to be something that a lot of babies do at this age so I guess we just have to hang in there.
Good luck with it all though I hope your daughter goes back to her usual routine soon.
PS we always swaddle Cameron, because we've found that when we haven't he just takes so long to wind down - he's a bit of a social baby.

Maria - posted on 02/09/2009

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Maybe her daytime naps routine needs to change? They start to need fewer longer naps around this age and maybe she needs a slow transition to longer awake times and fewer naps.

Tiffany - posted on 02/09/2009

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My 21 week twins are not sleeping all the way through anymore. They used to and for some reason Josie wakes up wanting her pacifier and Lizi wakes up sometimes wanting to be fed. Uggg!

Morgan - posted on 02/09/2009

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Thanks for all the great advice. If nothing else it helps to know I am not alone:)

Morgan - posted on 02/09/2009

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Are you swaddling? She really cant self soothe untill I stop swaddling her. She uses a pacifier for now. It falls out a lot and we have to keep putting it back in.

Vanessa - posted on 02/07/2009

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going through the same thing with my 4month old. he will wake up a few times a night for food ad hes eating solid foods 3times a day i dunno if that means hes teething or what?

Samara - posted on 02/06/2009

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ahh good to know people are going thru the same thing,me wee man is exactly the same would sleep 10 hours wake for a feed then sleep another four but since starting him on solids he wakes every three hours grrr he also sleeps alot thru the day now and is teething.so i mite try keeping him up during the day see if that hepls cause soo far nothing i have done has helped.



 

User - posted on 02/05/2009

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We're going through the exact same thing. I read around and found it's common to have a 4 month "sleep regression." We've tried everything and still aren't having much luck. It's nice to know it's just a stage-- hopefully!!

Donna - posted on 02/05/2009

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my daughter was sleeping through the night too, and took a detour for a few weeks when she cut her first 2 teeth. she also wakes up when she is haveing a growth spurt. She has also started rice cereal and now sleeps like a champ!

Cindy - posted on 02/03/2009

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We also had a great routine going and a baby who had been sleeping through the night for over a month, but all of last week he decided he wasn't going to sleep through the night anymore. I'm almost sure my little guy isn't teething as his Dad & I got our teeth VERY late. The only thing that would console him was a feeding or two. When pumped I noticed my milk looked different than normal. So, for fear that he wasn't eating enough, we started rice cereal in the morning and supplementing with formula for the last meal of the day. He's gone back to "normal" the past 2 nights. (Today we're going to bump up to 2 meals of cereal).

Nora - posted on 02/03/2009

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I am having the same problem with my 18 week old daughter. She all of a sudden started screaming as soon as we try to put her down in her crib even though she had been sleeping in her crib for the past month and a half. I think she may be beginning to teeth and this is why the change in behaviour. I am trying to let her cry a little and try to comfort herself to sleep but it is very hard. I don't believe in letting them cry it out for too long.

Suzanne - posted on 02/02/2009

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oh and i give her a bath at night that really helps relax her and get her to have a great sleep as well.

Suzanne - posted on 02/02/2009

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my daughter did the same thing....she actually started on cereal in her bottle around 3 1/2 months and slept so much better...she is now on soilds and sleeps threw the night wakeing at 5am for a feeding and back to sleep..try rice cereal it work for us....

Dena - posted on 02/02/2009

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Try giving her a dream feed at 10pm or if you have not already started on solid food intoduce a little baby rice just before bedtime.Make sure your daughter is getting enough milk in the day so she wont need to keep getting up at nightshe will need at least 20 to 30 oz in a day at least four 8oz bottles between 8am and 8pm and an extra dream feed.Also make sure they have no longer than 3hours in the day ie 1hour morning nap 1 and a half afternoon nap and 20mins just before her bath it wont last long its just a stage the go through i did it with my three kids it seemed to work good luck xx

Rachael - posted on 02/01/2009

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She may be starting to teeth. But to keep her on schedule, a simple diaper change and reassuring love then back to bed should work. I know this sounds mean, but sometimes you got to let them cry. Taylor should get back on schedule in no time. Babies need to learn to self sooth. Autumn used to wake up in the middle of the night around the same age as Taylor, and I followed my doctor’s suggestion and let her cry it out. It worked! I hope this helps.

-Rach

Alicia - posted on 01/30/2009

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Is she teething? Maybe she's uncomfortable because of this. Also, if you've started her on cereal, I've read that it is normal for them to start waking more during the night. I think it's because their stomachs are having to get used to the cereal and they may have gas. I noticed when we first started my son on cereal, he woke up more during the night....

Amber - posted on 01/30/2009

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We don't swaddle at all cause it is way too hot here. But strangely our son has followed the exact same pattern. Sorry, I don't have any advice, but was letting you know that maybe this is a common problem.

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