I looking for any thoughts on how long this might last and if there is anything I can do?
My DS has consistently woken once per night for a feed for the last 2 months. This was around 3am and was starting to get later. The latest was a 5am :-) BUT He is now 5.5 months and for the last few weeks he has been waking earlier and earlier each night. Last night it was 11.45!!! Because he is waking earlier, he is now waking a second time around 4am :-( The first time he is hungry, the second not hungry but wide awake and difficult to get back to sleep. He seems to think it is morning.
We have a good bedtime routine: 5pm breast feed, 6pm bath, 6.45 bottle feed and then bed around 7/7.30. He will usually self settle, but sometimes needs a little help to fall asleep.
When he wakes I have tried to resettle with cuddles, dummy etc but he gets very upset if not fed. I don't think he is too cold/hot.
We also have a good daytime routine, I'm not too strict on clock watching, but follow the same pattern each day. Usually have 3 sleeps per day and 2 solids at breakfast and lunch. He is very active and has just started getting up on his hands and knees ready to start crawling. We moved from wrap to sleeping bag recently too, but after a few tricky days his sleep went back to the same as when he was wrapped so I don't think this is it either.
I think this is probably normal as I have read some other posts about 5mo's and suddenly changes in sleep patterns. I just wondered how long people think this might last and if there is anything I am missing???
I am wondering if I should start to be tighter on our routine for a few weeks to see if that helps? I was also considering stopping breast feeding and moving to bottle so I know that he is getting what he needs during the day.
I was also told to give him water rather than a feed at night to discourage the night wakings???
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to get everything down. I'm actually feeling better about it already :-)