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Old 09-02-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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My Lo has slept through the night (7 hours) since he was 3/4 weeks old. He is currently just over 3 months and is waking up every 3 hours in the middle of the night and I can't get him back to sleep unless I feed him. Does anyone have any advice on how I can get him back to sleeping through the night?

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Old 09-02-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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Re: Sleep Advice

Simple - feed him We found out that we went in spurts and we'd have lots of sleep and then have spurts when he's wake up 1-2 times a night. Even close to two he still does it. It usually lasts a week or two and when we hit sheer exhaustion, he gets back to sleeping through the night. Its too long for them to go without food...
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:49 PM   #3
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Hmm maybe he is going through a big growth spurt? I've also heard of this happening when babies are ready to start solid foods. Is he formula or breast fed now?
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #4
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He is both... I am in the process of switching to formula, but I am still breastfeeding morning and night with 1 or 2 feedings during the day. I do feed him in the middle of the night when he wakes, its just frustrating that he is not sleeping good anymore.
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feed him he must be in a growth spurt...he will sleep good again
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:12 PM   #6
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He is both... I am in the process of switching to formula, but I am still breastfeeding morning and night with 1 or 2 feedings during the day. I do feed him in the middle of the night when he wakes, its just frustrating that he is not sleeping good anymore.
He's probably ok.. you just don't think he is as your too exhausted from it all. Just feed, burp, snuggle a few minutes and back to bed. This is time limited so enjoy it all as it goes by so quickly.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:03 AM   #7
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My DS has been the same way. This has been happening for just about a month now. I have been toying with starting him on solids but he is still quite young (4 months).
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Re: Sleep Advice

hang in there...it is really not normal for babies to sttn that early anyway! consider yourself lucky he is obviously hungry and needing some mommy connection time. they grow up quick and know that it is completely NORMAL for him to be waking every 3 hours, especially during a time of high caloric need like a growth spurt. babies also wake more frequently when they are learning new things and growing their brain. it is how they process everything. you being there for him is the best for him both physically and mentally. you aren't doing anything wrong to make him wake more frequently, its totally normal. new parents just don't get sleep, we are at our babies call 24-7 . it really does get better, if you can embrace it, rather than get annoyed it may help. know that he isn't manipulating you at all, he needs you and wants you, both of which are normal.
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:35 AM   #9
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Re: Sleep Advice

Our DD slept 6-8 hrs pretty early on. But at almost exactly 3 months she could barely hit 3 hrs and was absolutely starving!! I got up and fed her a lot and it lasted a couple of weeks. In a very short time I could really see the difference in her size and puffy cheeks.

Now she's just over 4 months and is again going about 3 hours before she's hungry... but at the same time her swing stopped working (she would sleep in it wonderfully for the first leg of the night). Is it possible there's been a change in the daytime sleep patterns, bedtime routine, place he sleeps etc??

She also figured out how to roll over onto her belly and it infuriates her! So it's only been a few days but I think it's getting better. I'm aiming for 5 hours, so if it's been less than that I let her fuss for a bit and most of the time she does go back to sleep. I'm hoping that means it'll stretch out those sleeping blocks as she adapts to these changes, but still let her eat if she really needs it. We'll see in the next few weeks if it works. Maybe there's been other changes for your baby.
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