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    Hi everyone! My son has woken hourly since about 4.5 months and is now seven months I am going with the flow but was wondering if any of you mummys have experienced this and if so when you baby started sleeping more. Am just looking for some positive energy so that I can feel like he'll sleep more one day and I can just continue enjoying him, because some days I am just so tired. Oh by the way my little man is an all night nurser, which I have not discouraged, first I thought it was a growth spurt and then more and more time went by. I am not asking for strategies or anything, just wondering if anyone exprienced this and it slowed down before your babies weaned? Thanks experienced mummy's!!

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    Hi there
    I found my worst/most tired time was 4-6 months with my DD. I also thought 'growth spurt' but when I was bf'ing more at night than the day I realised I had to do something about it. I looked at a few different 'sleep methods' but couldn't bring myself to the controlled crying that others suggested.
    I was so worn out my DH suggested he use my stored frozen bm and do the night shift over the weekend. Turns out the little monkey was using me for comfort, not for food! She'd only have 20-30ml at a time when he fed her. That gave me the strength to get tough!
    I went down the babybliss route of patting/shhh'ing her to sleep whenever she woke between her dreamfeed at 10pm'ish and 5am. Took us about 5 nights and she was a different girl. She seemed much happier once she learnt to self settle and I felt happier as I was sleeping and I'd taught her something pretty good too ;o)

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    My DS did improve around the 6 month mark but then Bronchiolitis caused a regression which persisted well beyond him being well again.

    I ended up at a Mother Baby Unit as the broken sleep was destroying my husband and I needed to get support elsewhere. However, with some encouragement (no cc or CIO needed just gradually reducing offering BF as comfort and subbing other methods of comfort) he has moved on to a point where he self settles and sleeps till 6:30am without any assistance/feeds from me. He wakes at 6:30 regardless of what time he goes to bed 😉

    I guess my point is they do change their sleep/feed patterns on their own at some point but keep in mind that illness, teething or developmental leaps and growth spurts can cause a regression.

    I would recommend deciding how/what tools are the right fit for your family to use during these regressions and making sure you and your partner are on the same page, expectations wise. That way you can just ride the difficult times all together.

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    Thanks for sharing ladies, I think that we need to start trying something to comfort him during the night and day other than the breast. Have heard of babybliss, sounds interesting may have to give it a read. I have tried shhhhing and patting before but I was not consistent. DS seems to get more reved up wih patting. I think the main reason I feel that I need to do something about it at times is I would love to be able to have some one on one time with my husband occasionally. My DS is a very happy boy, it would be amazing to see how happy he would be if he got more uninterrupted sleep. It is nice to hear about your successes !! : )

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    Hi there! My DS was a regular night waker and feeder up until 11 months so I know exactly how you are feeling. At 10 months we decided to actively night wean him to see if that would help. I won't lie, it was a tough three or four weeks. I used techniques from Baby Bliss and Safe Sleep Space - we would give DS the chance to settle himself but if he was upset we would lie down next to the cot (to encourage him to lie down) and pat, shhh and sing (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was the winner).

    He started missing the night feeds at 11 months and now at 12 months he has gone a week without waking for his 10.30pm dream feed.

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Good luck!

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    My DS is often revved up by patting too!

    When this happens I encourage him to roll onto his tummy ( he usually ends up on his tummy now anyway) and I rub his back in a circular motion, getting lighter and slower as he relaxes. I have found he responds much better to this than patting now.

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    Consistency is definitely key, however if DS is upset and other methods aren't calming him I do pick him up and cuddle/rock him in my arms.

    I am just careful just to do this until he's calm/dozey but not completely asleep. Purely so he falls asleep in the same place that he'll wake up. 😉

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    Hi OP

    If you searched very old threads of mine you would see my son was a terrible sleeper oh the things I used to have to do to get him to sleep for a day nap (pushing the stroller around the house for hours ) and then at night he fed all night ( bottle fed ) woke hourly without fail every single night for seriously about a year . 14 months after i had my son I had my daughter and she wasn't any better . Woke all night . Every hour . It was a miracle if they went to 1.5 or 2 hours

    I did nothing to change it . Zilch . I am probably to the other extreme and an very very go with the flow , I gave bottles all night, rocked them back to sleep , just did whatever worked. It was less stress for me and them and I just did what I had to do to get by and yes I was tired every waking moment !

    But It absolutely got better . By my standards anyway , even though others would still think they are shocking sleepers !!

    My son ( 3 in jan ) now only wakes once a night , close to morning and I bring him into my bed with a bottle and he immediately goes back to sleep .

    My daughter 2 in April wakes once a night for a bottle , maybe twice .

    They both have very long day naps .

    I still cuddle them both to sleep and this takes ages but I want to do this . I really do love it .

    So really with absolutely not a drop of encouragement from me their night sleeping improved dramatically just with age and time .

    I'm certainly not suggesting to not do anything about it if your not coping but as your OP stated , you were just looking for some positive stores to help you through and not suggestions so I hope my story helped abit !!

    All the best xo

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    Hi Kitty, thanks for sharing it is lovely to hear that your kids started to sleep eventually that is definitely what I wanted to hear. I just think that 2-3 years really isant a long time in the scheme of things and my husband is incredibly supportive and we have such a hapPy clever little boy and I just want enjoy him. I have my moments but pretty much go with the flow. Thanks heaps for the encouragement xox


 

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