I had been having trouble with my 17 week old waking at 5.30 and being wide awake. Tried all sorts to change the time, and against much advice I opted for putting him to bed later. So last night went down at 9. Slept till 1.30 and I fed him, so all good, but from then until 5 ish he woke constantly, I just piped dummy in and then from about 5 he slept till 6.45 YAY. I don't know why he woke that many times between 2 and 5 but I think he's becoming reliant on his dummy, has anyone withdrawn it from baby at such a young age and how do you encourage then to settle again without it? He goes to bed without it and after his night feed without it but wakes for it?? Apart from that I think last night was ok, hopefully not a one off!
Tbh I wouldnt take it away at this age. There is the possibility he needs more.milk though when he wakes and os satisfied by the dummy instead. Any chance of treating the 5am as a night waking and feeding in the dark before trying to resettle?
Also, sadly, some babies just wake that time for the day.
We took our ds's dummy away at Christmas, he was 3 in feb so he was old enough to understand and to be rewarded (by santa) for giving it up. Honestly I think it's just upsetting to remove it from a really young child because they don't understand and some kids just feel they really need it. My ds was very reliant upon it, you could give him one at bed time and and he'd just relax like magic ready to sleep. You chose to use it so might as well go with it now. x
Thanks guys. Think I will stick with the dummy. I do t mind getting up to him if that's all I need to do, he doesn't really make a fuss either just moans out for it then settles straight back. It's just he doesn't Hold onto it for long and soon cries out again, but that's the worst of it so I shall stop my pathetic moan. X