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3.5 mth old - sleep and my lack of it!

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emmx Tue 08-Sep-09 21:13:41

Hi - my boy is 3.5 mths and we got him into the routine of bath about 5.30pm then a bottle then bed. It really works if you stick to it for a few days. However I am also at my wits end with the sleep deprivation. He sleeps solidly from around 7pm to 1am but then wakes every two hours for a feed thereafter (1am, 3am, 5am, 8am) I've just started trying to introduce a bowl of baby rice once a week to see if it works in filling him up durng the day to try to see about weaning him off night feeds but so far it doesn't seem to be working! Unfortunately he won't take more than about 100mls per feed (day or night). Any advice???????? Pls help! Thanks

Tinkerisdead Tue 08-Sep-09 21:20:26

Try posting under the sleep topic, I assume your formula feeding as you are specific about what amount of feed he is taking.
I also assume you know that solids including baby rice arent recommended until around 26 weeks but thats entirely up to you if thats your choice.
My DD is 9 months old and is still waking after 1am. Please dont think that feeding him up is the key as it doesnt always follow. By DD eats like a pig, a full meal, pudding and a 7oz bottle before bed but at 1am she wants to party.

I do understand its a killer if you havent slept though...im still waiting for a solution and baby rice wasnt it for us.

CharCharGabor Tue 08-Sep-09 21:21:41

He's only young, feeding that frequently isn't unusual. It's too early for baby rice, all he needs is milk. I think you need to adjust your expectations and catch up on seep where you can, his tummy's only tiny smile

Tinkerisdead Tue 08-Sep-09 21:30:11

Yes I just checked DD's baby book and she didnt sleep a five hour stretch until she was 5 months. she was waking every two hours until then.

As Ive said above my Dd still sleeps terribly and the only way i survive it is to take turns with my DH. sometimes its turn taking in the night so you get a 4 hour stretch and sometimes its a complete night off. At weekends he will also take DD downstairs etc when she wakes up so I get a lie in of sorts. Its no more than an extra 2 hours but it truly helps me cope.

I promise it does get better, and god forbid if it goes on like my DD you get used to the sleep pattern and you dont have that "im so tired i feel sick" feeling anymore.

cakefaced Tue 08-Sep-09 22:27:42

This is normal for such a young one I think. My dd2 (aged 4 months) does the same. The trick is to go to bed early, so you get the solid sleep from 7pm to 1am that they get. Try it for a couple of nights, it works wonders.

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