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Baby Thrashes around in cot - any advice

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LeLee3980 Thu 25-Jun-15 09:48:53

My 13 weeks old has been fairly consistent with feeding and sleeping since birth however things are starting to change. I have used Gina Ford as guidance and it seems to have worked well for little boy.

He will have bedtime bottle between 7-8pm and straight to bed in own cot
He is on hungry baby milk at this feed.
I then ditched the dreamfeed/late feed as he was barely taking anything and he was sleeping till 5.30-6am for a few nights it was even 7am (happy days)
The past few nights however he begins to get restless from 3am onwards, thrashing his head side to side and throwing his legs in the air. I can hear him very clearly and he will wake himself up and let out a cry. I settle him with a dummy and Ewan the sheep and that's lasts 30mins - 1 hour and then im up again with the same problem.
Last night I gave up and fed up him 3ozs at 5am and put him in with me until 8am. The food and mammy snuggles seemed to settle him.
Do you think he is getting bit peckish at 3am and I should just feed him as he is getting bigger and not on solids yet??? Should I reintroduce dreamfeed? Should I increase his hungry baby milk throughout the day? Should I consider weaning early????? Or could this be the start of teeth/permanent sleep problems.

Any advice would be much appreciated

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 25-Jun-15 09:52:53

Yes, I'd feed him when you'd normally settle him with a dummy.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 25-Jun-15 09:54:24

You'd be very lucky if such a small baby slept through without needing a feed in the night tbh despite what the royal baby does wink

LeLee3980 Thu 25-Jun-15 11:06:15

Thanks. He's getting bigger and is getting hungrier I feel so rather than battle on for 2 hours a bottle it is.

FATEdestiny Thu 25-Jun-15 11:36:13

It might be worth re-trying the dreamfeed again. What doesn't work at one time may well work at a later time.

I agree with above that it sounds like hunger at 3am so I'd give a bottle. 12 weeks old marks a growth spurt so not unusual for baby to need more feeds. You could try feeding more frequently during the daytime to squeeze an extra bottle in?

Otherwise if baby is going 7pm-3am-7am then manipulating that slightly to give you a night of 7pm-11pm-7am might be better for you? Earlier baby evidently didn't need the calories of a night feed so refused the dreamfeed. Now that he does want the extra nighttime calories, surely worth a try to see if you can get him having this before you go to bed? Worth trying for a bit anyway, I say.

LeLee3980 Thu 25-Jun-15 12:51:31

Thanks for the advice, I think I will do that tonight with the late feed and see how he gets on. One thing for certain.. every day is different with these bundles of joy. Teeth will be the next thing!

LindsayS79 Thu 25-Jun-15 22:32:34

I would reintroduce the dream feed to avoid bringing a 3am feed back. My LO just started to sleep through at about 12 weeks but we kept the dream feed going.

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