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Why does he wake every hour from 3am?

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dycey Tue 06-Oct-09 05:37:23

Any ideas? I am getting exhausted (like everyone is) but would like to know why DS wakes at all hours of the early morning...

He is nearly 8 months - still wants at least two night feeds. Goes to sleep in his bed himself but from 3am he wakes all the time - cries for a loud while and goes back to sleep.

Last night he fed at 10pm, 2am and then woke hourly from 3am - getting up at 5am...

V tired and for some reason it would help to know why all this waking and crying loudly. Thank you for your ideas

TanteRose Tue 06-Oct-09 05:52:02

Could be loads of reasons (hunger, thirst, development, lonely, wants his mummy, wants a cuddle, not sleepy...!) or no discernable reason. Could you bring him into your bed at 3 so you can both go back to sleep for a couple more hours?
He won't always do this - next, it will be sleeping through, but waking at some ungodly hour, like 4:30 and be ready to start his day...(sorry...grin)

seriously though, being exhausted is no fun - don't worry about "bad habits" - just find a way to get more sleep. Oh and two feeds a night is nothing out of the ordinary. He is a growing boy, he most probably needs it.

dycey Tue 06-Oct-09 06:00:29

Thanks TanteRose - have tried that but he still wakes in exactly the same way and me being next to him doesn't seem to help. I used to rock him back to sleep but now I find a hand on his tummy takes the same time and is less tiring for me (he is huge).

Not too worried about the night feeds - but the very broken nights are wearing and work looms.... won't be able to function as I depend on sleeping when he naps at the mo.

It's been a long time without sleep....

MaMight Tue 06-Oct-09 06:04:27

Is he cold? Both mine have done perplexing waking that has been solved by an extra layer in their cot.

TanteRose Tue 06-Oct-09 06:08:44

sad its draining isn't it?
Can you go to bed any earlier? Or are you already going to sleep when he does at night?
I promise, it won't last forever - just feels like it at the time, I know grin
do you have a DP who can try to settle him at 3am?

pippa251 Wed 07-Oct-09 12:10:07

I aggree with MaMight- My dd use to wake at 3 then 4 then 5 and has now started to sleep through due to an extra layer.

ches Thu 08-Oct-09 02:06:10

Do you change his nappy in the night? I'm sure it's quite minging by 3am after two feeds and one at bedtime.

TrippleBerryFairy Thu 08-Oct-09 22:50:29

Agree with all those mentioning he might be cold as for some strange reason quite often I find myself waking up and shivering in those early hours.

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