My 16wo is waking for a feed during the night, despite the fact that she feeds extremely well during the day (and I do mean really really well - 8oz of hungry baby formula every 3.5 hours-4 hours, including at 11pm). She wakes at about 3.15am, and the last few nights I have just given her water and a dummy. She does settle back to sleep after about 30 mins but then wakes again by about 5 or 5.30 at which point I give her another feed. .... Then her older sister wakes at 6.30am and that's it for the day ... and I am exhausted. Don't get me wrong - this is HEAVEN compared to what her sister was like (she woke every hour for the first 5 months) ... and maybe I am being selfish in wanting a good night's sleep ... but a lot of her little friends seem to be sleeping 11pm-6am no problem, and they are smaller than her. What do you reckon??? Any tips? Should I or should I not use a dummy with her? Should I let her cry it out? Or should I simply feed her every time she wakes???
..... because I want her to learn to sleep through the night, without waking for a feed .... and the reason I want her to do that, is so I can begin to feel human again. She should be able to do at least 6 hours without a feed during the night, or so the books say. But maybe it;'s all a load of nonsense, and I should just keep feeding her every 3 hours.
Does she have a dream feed? What time does she go to bed for the night? How much and when does she sleep during the day? Does she settle herself to sleep. Are you able to get some sleep for yourself during the day? Have you any help for toddler/baby during the day?
I don't leave babies to cry it out but sometimes a little rejigging during the day helps them sleep longer at night. If you give me little more idea of her day time routine I may be able to offer some advice.
16 weeks is a classic age for a growth spurt. Please feed your hungry baby. It's dangerous to give water to a hungry baby who is on an exclusive diet of milk. They need their drinks to be nutritive and getting over-hydrated is dangerous. If you need more sleep, go to bed earlier. My DS woke >4 times a night for the first two years and I managed to work full time so I think you can cope with one night waking during a growth spurt.
Hi Madigan, haven't been on here for ages but we spoke back in 2007. I see now you have another baby and I am delighted for you! We went to the same obstetrician and chatted quite a lot. Congratulations.