napping and night time sleeping

Heather - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My my boy is almost 6 months old. Since he was born he has slept in bed with me, which is great because he sleeps all night. He feeds during the night, but never wakes up. Recently though, he has been feeding more frequently during the night and doesn't nap well at all! He takes about 4 1-hour naps a day, sometimes less than an hour. I was planning on having him breastfeed only until he showed interest in food. However, I am thinking he might not be getting enough to eat with just my milk, because he is nursing about every hour and a half. Do you think he will take better naps during the day if I start in on solids? I just can never get anything done around the house because he never sleeps during the day, help!

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Heather - posted on 09/13/2009

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Heather... good name btw ... I think you are on the right track. Every baby is different and being his mummy, you know his personality, cries, quirks and behaviour. Advice is nice to seek and so often you already had the answers but just needed to get some other perspectives. Best Wishes. Being a mummy is the best, isn't it?!

Sherry - posted on 09/12/2009

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Try letting him sleep in his crib & make it nice & cool in the room, make it semi-dark, & maybe even add a fan. The fan drowns out noise & helps falling asleep. Worked for all 3 of mine! Goodluck :)

Jane - posted on 09/11/2009

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i could never do the cry it out thing. for us, bedtime needs to be cozy and fun w/a nice routine that everybody enjoys. my parents had 7 kids and never had to do the cry out thing. stay cozy!

Heather - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Meleah:

Buy the book babywise. It is amazing. It helps put your baby on a steady schedule. He will be napping 3 times a day 1 1/2 to 2 hours each nap. Its wonderful!!



i have heard about that book and have read passages of it before. i personally do not believe in the cry it out method and am very against the whole idea of to let your baby cry because God let Jesus cry out on the cross. But, I haven't read the whole book, so I cannot make any claims as to how the author puts in into those words. I am very interested in reading that book though, just to see what it teaches, but definantly not to put it into practice. we all have our different beliefs.

Jane - posted on 09/10/2009

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heather, most co-sleeping tragedies are not as simple as caroline put it. you seem like a very loving and attentive parent so please enjoy your snuggle time and good luck w/your sweetheart's eating and napping.

Meleah - posted on 09/10/2009

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Buy the book babywise. It is amazing. It helps put your baby on a steady schedule. He will be napping 3 times a day 1 1/2 to 2 hours each nap. Its wonderful!!

Cindy - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son was the same way every 2hrs on the dot So I tried rice & the oatmeal cereal and that seem to help alot it went to maybe every 6hr so that 4 more hours then I was getting. Good luck hope this helps some!

Stephanie - posted on 09/10/2009

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My opinion would be yes! I noticed my son doing the same thing and got opinions from friends and family. I started adding rice cereal to his bottle to add a little substance. It worked! Now that he's eating baby food, I add the rice cereal to that and it works just the same. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting caroline :

 you shouldnt put a child in bed with you from birth in case you role on him/her, a girl i knew did this, and unfortuntly he isnt with us anymore, it highers the risk of cot death, which can happpen anytime up to a year old, maybe your child isnt sleeping in the night properly(waking up alot) because you baby is probably hungry and also maybe has too many naps in the day time, good luck with what you decide


i didn't need advice on how whether or not my child should sleep with me. there are a lot more people who co-sleep than you think, and you only hear about the negative ones. Your baby is more likely to die from SIDS sleeping in a crib by themselves than with the mom in bed.



Also, I never said he isn't sleeping at night, just that he eats a lot more often during the night than what he used to. He doesn't wake up to eat.



 



I think I have made up my mind on what to do, thanks for everyones input!

Ashley - posted on 09/10/2009

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I started my son on solids at 6 months. He loved everything. Just start small and he will learn how to use his tongue to swallow the food. Once my son learned he was eating about solids about 4 times a day and breastfeeding but not as much as he was.
My son also slept in bed with me but when he turned 6 months i started putting him in his bassinet at nap time and once he got used to that i put him in it for bed to. I kept his bassinet right next to my bed so he was right their when he needed to feed. Hope this helped. Best of luck!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/09/2009

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We started solids at 4 mos. My 7 month old is taking 2 naps a day and not waking up at all!

Christina - posted on 09/09/2009

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well.. I nursed two children until they were 2 yrs. old.. Obviously, not all day long after they start solids..Weaned from morning/night to just night and then they both weaned easily once 2 came around, surprisingly. they technically don't need to nurse through the night at about 2 mos. "I think?" from what I recall.. Your son will nurse all night long, especially if he is using it as a soothing method.. He is at the teething stages, too. At 6mos. he is able to sooth himself to sleep and sleep at night and take naps. He will benefit from solids for sure, now, and will be fuller. I never used pacifiers, either, and both my children are not the easiest. My daughter was very high demand! I learned to put my daughter in her crib after battles with my wild sleeping son for many years... Hope this helps... :)

Caroline - posted on 09/09/2009

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opppsss i were feeding both my kids at nearly 4 months!! first one with the advice of health vistor!! when people say ''cereal'' they dont mean cornflakes!! you can buy special baby cereals from 6months (cow and gate do one from 4 months!!) , i wouldnt start weaning a banana!!?? my boy is now 10months old i started him on banana at 8 months, all children and all babys are different, and everybody brings their kids up different, you shouldnt put a child in bed with you from birth in case you role on him/her, a girl i knew did this, and unfortuntly he isnt with us anymore, it highers the risk of cot death, which can happpen anytime up to a year old, maybe your child isnt sleeping in the night properly(waking up alot) because you baby is probably hungry and also maybe has too many naps in the day time, good luck with what you decide x

Jane - posted on 09/09/2009

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it's time for solids and since you're breastfeeding, be sure to get the vitamin drop once a day - Trivasol, i think. he needs iron, vitamin k and vitamin d. once you introduce cereal, he won't need the drop after that.

Vicki - posted on 09/08/2009

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Yes it is 6 months you can start introducing solids, but the medical profession change their opinions often that can sometimes conflict with previous advice given. My eldest is 7 & 1/2, 2nd child is 6 & the medical profession advised it was 4 months for solids, by the time I had my 3rd child (now 3) they had changed it to 6 months. My health visitor (who has been in her career for 25 years) said you as mum knows best as they are forever changing their advice & it has never harmed previous babies/generations. Babies tend to show they need solids when the want more feeding & start waking more during the night. I breast fed all my babies & around the 4 month mark they all started waking in the night more & wanting constant feeding, that is a clear indicator they were needing solids. They are usually just happy with a couple of small spoonfuls of porridge to start with, it a slow process as they get used to the new textures & new way of feeding & probably won't eat more than a few spoonfuls a day for a few weeks until they show signs again that they need more. Good luck with your feeding!

Heather - posted on 09/08/2009

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yep, thats right! im also not going to do cereal either, it is not suggested for a babies first food...the best is either avacado or banana. anyways, that is irrelevant to my question.

Mandy - posted on 09/08/2009

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the world health organisation recomend that you dont start any solids till at least 6 months old.

Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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i would try rice cereal and a few solid foods. at 6 months eating every hour is alittle odd. if you limit the naps after a day or two there will be fewer naps but they should be longer. full babies tend to sleep better. also less sleep and a full belly will help with the night feedings. i wouldnt cut out breast milk becasue its the best thing for your baby.

Heather - posted on 09/07/2009

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Thanks everyone! I think I am going to wait it out a few more weeks, at least until he is 6 months old. That way if this continues, I know it isn't a growth spurt and consider going to solids. Wish me luck!

Jessica - posted on 09/07/2009

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I would start him on soilds and continue to beastfeed. I started my girls on soilds at 4 1/2 months and still breast feed until they were 10 months. Good luck!

Mandy - posted on 09/07/2009

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maybe he is going through a growth spurt. they eat more and sleep more during a growth spurt. you could start solids, it may work but may not.

go to www.wholesomebabyfood.com

Lucy - posted on 09/07/2009

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I started my son on solids at 5 1/2 months because he was so interested in food! We started slowly, pureed vegetables and stuff like that and he loved it. He's never slept for long in the day but sleeps well at night, At six months he won't need as much sleep as he did when he was smaller and will be more interested in stuff around him. Also at that age he will have started moving more and being a bit more active and he's still growing really quickly so that could explain why he wants feeding more often. If you're not feeding him from a bottle (it doesn't sound like you are), i'd go straight to introducing some pureed food (orange coloured veg worked well for us!!) and see how he gets on.
Unfortunately the not getting stuff done round the house is a consequence of having a baby!! There's some great poems about priorities and not being able to keep on top of the housework! You have to give yourself a break. Yes there are things to be done, i know, but unfortunately babies have a habit of not sleeping just when you have the energy to do something!! The house can wait, your baby can't and he will probably start to sleep less in the day as he grows, Amanda is right, if you can get him to have longer less frequent naps now it might help. From about 8 months my son only had one nap a day (this isn't really normal but he just did it himself). He's now 18 months and never sleeps more than 45 minutes in the day. They are all so different and he'll get what sleep he needs! The housework will always be there but just do what you can when you can and don't put pressure on yourself to have things be perfect. good luck xxx

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2009

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I have a son that only woke up when he was hungry. Start with cereal added in the breastmilk in a bottle. This will make the meals more filling for the baby and help him sleep. Also, if you can, you might want to limit the daytime naps to two longer ones. That way you can get more done during the day and he more quality sleep. It also helps his nighttime sleeping.

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