My little boy is 5 months and still wakes up twice to eat,any suggestions please??

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Please don't put cereal in his bottle. It's normal for a 5 month old to still wake to eat. And if you find that he's truly seeming hungry and not just waking for comfort sucking then he probably actually needs to eat. If you give him cereal you're just filling his belly with crap that lacks in nutrition when he really should be having what his body needs to grow and develop.

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Ana - posted on 01/21/2010

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i was in the same situation and people used to tell me to stop feeding, i was just feeling like a bad mom to not give her some milk but she keep waking up until she was 2 years old!! and it was getting worst because she wake up about 3 times, and i was so so exausted so i just stop giving her milk and of course she cry for a couple of nights but then she got used to it and she start sleeping all night, and that's good for me and for her because now we both can get a good sleep!

Lindsay - posted on 01/21/2010

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I suggest reading a book called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weisbluth. It has a lot of great information on sleep for babies and young children as well as techniques to teach them to sleep. I think at about 5-6 months most babies are waking up more out of habit than the need to eat. I let my boys cry it out and it usually only takes one or two nights. It's hard to listen to them scream but in my opinion, one or two nights of screaming is in everyone's best interest. My boys are both great sleepers now. Good luck, I know it's hard. :)

Kayla - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son will be 8 months tomorrow. When I went to the dr for his 6 month check - up, I mentioned to the dr that my son wasn't sleeping through the night yet. And she said that the only reason he was getting up from out of habit not necessity. So the same night as the dr appt, he woke up and I just went in his room and gave him his passy and went back to bed. He cried for about 2-3 minutes and went back to sleep. Ever since the dr told me that at his 6 month appt, I no longer get up with him in the middle of the night. It took a few days for him to realize that I wasn't going to get him out of his bed to feed him. But now he sleeps thru with no problem :)
Good luck!

Leslie - posted on 01/21/2010

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my son was six months before he started sleeping through the night. he was getting up every two hours and half the time he wouldnt even eat. he was used to me coming into get him every time he cried. all i did was let him cry. if he was fed, changed and burped there was nothing else he needed. i would let him cry for 5 minutes then go in and soothe him (but wouldnt talk or have any lights on) then once he was settled i would put him back down. if he started to cry again i waited 10 minutes before going in and doing the same thing over again. it took me one night of doing this with him and since that night he sleeps 13 hours and still sleeps 2-3 hours during the day. He just turned two and letting him cry did not harm him at all. when he was 2 months old i put cereal in this bottle to help him sleep and it made his very sick, be careful which cereals you use and at certain ages.

Megan - posted on 01/18/2010

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at five months normally they wake up at twice a night. finding ways to make him fuller is not what you need. if you feed him before he goes to bed at that age he is going to wake up when he is hungry again. the only thing i could say would be see if he wont eat some baby fruits or veggies before you feed him a bottle before bed time. my son is 13 months and i have been putting cereal in his bottle since he was 4 months. i couldnt tell you if it helped with him sleeping more because that wasnt why i did it so i didnt moniter it closely.

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At 5 months, 2 night feeds are totally normal and infact if that's all the night waking you are doing you are lucky. Stop complaining!

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Hi! This is a hard place to be. I was in the same situation not long ago. My son is14mo old and didn't sleep through the night 'till he turned 1. I actually had to train him to sleep through the night per my pediatricians recommendation. He said that by 6-7 mo a baby's liver is developed enough to sustain them through the night. I put him to bed and when he'd wake up I'd go in, pat his back and verbally calm him but not pick him up. He cried like none other. 5min, 10min, 15min...you wait 5 min longer every time you go in there. Just don't pick them up. It didn't even take a week and he has slept wonderfully ever since. It, of course, is hard to listen to your baby cry but sometimes you have to be more stubborn than they are. Hope it works for you. You may want ot wait a few months to start, though.

Antonia - posted on 01/18/2010

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My son is 13 months and still wakes up once during the night to eat (and sometimes another time just to cuddle). Some kids are just great sleepers and others, like my son, are not and are just HUNGRY at night. Eventually he'll sleep through the night and I just have to be patient.

CANDICE - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi. I used to put cereal in my son's bottle before bed time to help him sleep longer. Unfortunately, he did not sleep through the night, just a couple hours longer before waking up. My son will be 1on Friday and he STILL doesn't sleep through the night. Wish I could help, but I'm in the same boat. Lol.

Giseli - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi ladies, right now he takes 3 naps a day,but he might need one more and cereal?i put cereal in his 10:00pm bottle but still wakes up around 3 or 4am, and i try to let him cry for a while but sometimes he cries longer than 15 min and i don't want him to wake my 3 year old so i just go and feed him.thanks:))

Amber - posted on 01/18/2010

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My little guy is almost 8 months old, but he started sleeping through the night at 2 months. I nurse him, but if he's still hungry we make him formula and let him eat until he's full. Usually he'll sleep 8-12 hrs. Unfortunately, lately he has also been getting up 1-2 times in the night. We think it might be because of teething. We've been giving him Motrin or Tylenol before bed along with ambesol on his gums. This helps sometimes. Our doctor told us at his 6 month appointment that he didn't need to eat in the middle of the night anymore, that we should just cuddle him back to sleep. I don't know about you, but at 2 a.m. I'll give him whatever he wants to get him to go back to bed.

Sara - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi Giseli! I have a five month old and JUST found a solution to this problem. I discovered that the reason my daughter wasn't sleeping through the night and was waking up to eat/snack was because she wasn't getting enough sleep during the day. I started putting her down whenever she seemed tired and letting her sleep as long as she wanted to and she slept 12 hours last night!

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