My son has a bad habit of staying up all night! He's only five months.. How do I get him out of it?

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Amber - posted on 11/16/2009

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Get into a bedtime routine; bath, story, nurse him, etc..Wake baby up during the day to feed and also keep feeding on demand. Try and keep baby awake during the day as much as possible and try to get routine naps in. My DS is 5mo and he takes a 30-45min nap in the a.m. and about a 1.52hr nap in the afternoon and then goes to bed for the night at 9pm. If he's waking up at night and happy let him be, make it as boring as possible for him and make daytime fun and exciting. If breastfeeding is working and that's how you want to feed your son then stick too it. No need for formula or solids. If you are low on supply there are vitamins you can take and also try eating oatmeal. I breastfed my daughter for 1yr. without any bottles and didn't start solids til she was 9mo. And going a 6mo w/my son and no bottle or solids.

Polly - posted on 11/16/2009

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I was told by my doctor that your baby wakes up during the night because they are trying to fill up on lost calories during the day. I was breastfeeding too but pumped for a filling night time bottle. Also, start a bedtime routine. We found a warm bath helps to get our son a bit sleepy so he is ready to turn in for the night. Personally we do a warm bath, massage, bottle, bed. We think it works great, our son has been sleeping through the night since he was 3 months although every baby is different but its worth a try and you may get some sleep.

Ciranda - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Kristine:

I have twins and I was breast feeding but what I found to be helpful was pumping instead and warming the bottles up! You can add one scoop of formula to your milk and it will be more filling for the baby and since he is 5 months you can do solid foods! I would suggest a jar of baby food and a bottle of your breast milk with one scoop of formula or maybe if you don't want to pump just make a formula bottle at night with the night time formula!


Wow! that sounds like the perfect solution. I think it would really work.. only I haven't tried feeding him yet when it comes to solid foods. I'm a first time mom so all that flies right over my head but I'm thinking of starting him sometime this month on pablum or something close to it.



But I'm definitely going to try the jar of baby food and added scoop.



Thank you so much =]

Kristine - posted on 11/16/2009

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I have twins and I was breast feeding but what I found to be helpful was pumping instead and warming the bottles up! You can add one scoop of formula to your milk and it will be more filling for the baby and since he is 5 months you can do solid foods! I would suggest a jar of baby food and a bottle of your breast milk with one scoop of formula or maybe if you don't want to pump just make a formula bottle at night with the night time formula!

Ciranda - posted on 11/16/2009

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He sleeps on and off through out the entire day. I'm actually breast feeding and I have to be on demand feeding him. I'm thinking that might have something to do with it?

Margaret - posted on 11/16/2009

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hi ciranda my name is margaret, how long does your son sleep during the day? i found that cutting sleep out during the day helps them settle at night with a nice warm bottle of milk.

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