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4 month old wakes every hour after 3am!

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Jenn78 Mon 05-Sep-16 22:37:41

Please help before I loose my sanity!

My son goes to bed at 7.30pm without any problems then sleeps until 11pm when we wake him for a feed (he's formula fed). He goes back down fine but then from about 3am, wakes up every hour! We haven't fed him in the night for about eight weeks and when we feed him at 7am, he shows no signs of being ravenous! We give him the dummy when he wakes and he'll drop off again but that becomes less and less successful as each hour goes by. To add to this, I now can't get back to sleep as lie there waiting for him to wake up!

Any ideas on why this is happening and how we can help him to sleep through?

Thank you!

CtotheB Mon 05-Sep-16 22:39:27

Hi, we had similar issues with our DD so have recently moved her bed time to 9/10pm, so she will sleep through until 3/4am, then again at 6,7,8am etc. Possibly worth a try?

ComeLuckyApril Mon 05-Sep-16 22:55:30

What happens if you don't wake him at 11? Might be worth a shot. Mine goes at 7.30 but if woken late for feed can be unsettled.

TwllBach Mon 05-Sep-16 22:59:36

Similar to the poster above, I was keeping DS awake till 9 thinking he wouldn't sleep through otherwise, and he would wake at 5.30/6. I then started putting him down at 7.30/8 because he was a grumpy little boy to keep awake till 9... And he would sleep through till 7/8am!! He did that for about three weeks up until the last couple of days and it's his teeth disrupting his sleep, but I'm hoping once they've settled he will go back to it. I got used to having 10/11 hours sleep!

Jenn78 Tue 06-Sep-16 08:26:55

Thanks all. I'll try not waking him at 11pm tonight and see how we go. Last night he only had about 2fl oz then anyway so can't be that hungry.

If that doesn't work, I'll put him to bed later but have to say, I have loved reclaiming some 'us time' in the evenings since starting to put him to bed earlier so am really hoping the first option works!

TwllBach Tue 06-Sep-16 09:22:22

Totally understand what you mean about 'me time' in the evenings... DS was up with us till 10 last night and I resented it sad.

How did it go??

Jenn78 Thu 08-Sep-16 12:06:23

Have tried two nights now of not waking him at 11pm and waiting for him to wake before I feed him (which has been about 12.30). Unfortunately, not only has he still woken at 3am and then every hour but he's taken ages to go back to sleep after the feed! Am going to try Hungry Baby milk and see if that helps and also put him to bed later tonight!

CtotheB Thu 08-Sep-16 22:55:42

I got told the hungry baby milk is really bad from the health visitor, she said it gives them constipation etc! (Haven't looked into it though)

Jenn78 Fri 09-Sep-16 08:23:00

Ah, okay. We're only giving it to him for his 7pm and night feed but will give it a few days and see how he goes. Another bad night last night so I'm desperate!

DocMcFanjo Fri 09-Sep-16 10:35:37

Is this waking a new thing? If so it sounds like the 4 month sleep regression. Basically their sleep pattern changes to a more "adult" one meaning they rouse slightly between more frequent, shorter sleep cycles than before.

The dummy may be part of the problem as he's needing it to get to sleep, so if it isn't still in his mouth when he transitions from one sleep cycle to the next, he'll wake.

Have a google of 4 month sleep regression and see if it fits the bill!

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