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    Default Almost rolling over, increase night wakings?

    Bub is 16 weeks today and showing signs that he's going to roll over soon (keeps leaning to left or right but the head just won't budge yet). He is swaddled arms up but within zipped up swaddle and hasn't rolled over so far.

    I am excited about him reaching another milestone but would also like to anticipate any problems that we may have to deal with with rolling over during night time sleep.

    Does you baby roll over when he/she sleeps at night? How do you keep an eye on his/her safety while you are asleep? Did this new milestone affect his/her sleep? Were there more night wakings?

    my bub's night sleep isn't fantastic at the moment and seems to be getting worse. He has a few wakings where he cries to be resettled with milk or dummy every night. Last night it was 5 times. I am very sure he isn't hungry cos in the day he can stretch up to 5 hours without wanting milk but he cries every 1.5-3 hours each night. I am not even sure if thats a sign that he has got his days and nights confused at this age. Can that be?? He naps very well and goes to bed (all in his cot) at 8pm very easily with a dummy then I pull it out once he is drowsy. He is of very good size too.

    16 weeks = 4 month regression, plus rolling over...

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    Default Almost rolling over, increase night wakings?

    Hiya, my 17wk girl kept kicking out out of her swaddle very early, so I can't comment on the difference there, apart from once they do start rolling, u should stop the swaddling/reduce constriction, esp arms.

    Once my girl could get herself onto her side, she actually started sleeping better n for longer stretches. Once she learned how to roll completely over, that's the only way she sleeps now (I still put her down on her back).

    Now, I check on her while I am awake/toilet trips during night, but have never freaked n turned her over. At this age, unless they have a physical/developmental abnormality (apologies if wrong term :-/), they can maneuver their heads so they breath easily. In saying that, she does squiggle all over the cot during the night, getting comfy, and once in a while had gotten her arm/foot caught between bars of her cot n woken up.
    As I mentioned, she actually slept better once able to do so, and started sleeping thru (7-ish - 530-ish). I never considered turning her back - imagine the frustration of doing that every 10mins - you and bub. No one would get any sleep.

    Hope this helps a lil.

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    Default Almost rolling over, increase night wakings?

    If you're worried about your LO rolling so young, you could buy the sleeping wedge from BigW/Target.

    It's only about $10 and has a piece of material that holds 2 'wedge' sides. You lay bub in the middle & the wedges stop them rolling over.

    Have you tried offering more feeds during the day, to see if that helps overnight? It sounds as though maybe she has got day/night still back to front, although it could just be her! Worth a try though to maybe stop you getting up 5 times a night.

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    Maybe it's time to go cold turkey on the dummy? If he settles to sleep with the dummy, the fact that it's then missing when he rouses during the night could lead him to wake up and want it. "They" say that sleep crutches like these can sometimes cause problems down the track... Same with feeding to sleep apparently.

    I didn't notice any change to sleep when my LOs started rolling so I reckon it's a separate issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    Maybe it's time to go cold turkey on the dummy? If he settles to sleep with the dummy, the fact that it's then missing when he rouses during the night could lead him to wake up and want it. "They" say that sleep crutches like these can sometimes cause problems down the track... Same with feeding to sleep apparently.

    I didn't notice any change to sleep when my LOs started rolling so I reckon it's a separate issue.
    Thanks! We are having a love hate relationship with the dummy ATM. I was so adamant about not using it initially but this bub loves to suck a great deal so we are finding it so hard even to use gentle ways to help him quit. For now DH and I agree that we should still use it cos we are trying to stretch his night feeds and only the dummy can help. Probably will try water too.

    Its very funny this sleep association topic. Arent babies are born eating and sleeping round the clock, didn't nature just make them associate eating and sleeping? Then suddenly they are supposed to learn to self settle wo anything. I get really confused the more i read. We try to do the feed play sleep so he doesn't associate sleep with milk but if he's waking at night for milk, it's either he's really hungry or it has become a bad habit, so only using the dummy can help us know.

    when he's very drowsy we do pull the dummy out cos I read that will help with not associating falling asleep with it but if he wakes in the middle of the night we still have to use the dummy cos he cannot resettle wo help.

    Also, he loves hand sucking but gets frustrated when he cannot do it properly. He hasn't mastered it yet. I guess once he gets that we will stop giving dummy. I really think sucking hand is better than dummy for now cos it is very convenient for everyone, but hopefully he self wean or we have to help him quit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pesca77 View Post
    If you're worried about your LO rolling so young, you could buy the sleeping wedge from BigW/Target.

    It's only about $10 and has a piece of material that holds 2 'wedge' sides. You lay bub in the middle & the wedges stop them rolling over.

    Have you tried offering more feeds during the day, to see if that helps overnight? It sounds as though maybe she has got day/night still back to front, although it could just be her! Worth a try though to maybe stop you getting up 5 times a night.
    Thanks. Tried offering more feed but if he doesn't want to drink I can't force him. He just gets into a tantrum. I have started to record and calculate his milk intake so I can see if his wakings are due to hunger.

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    If the dummy is working, use it! That's what I think anyway

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    Im the same. I'm wanting to wean dd off the dummy and her wrap me up but I think I'm going to try her wrap me up 1st then the dummy. Ive bought one of those 50/50 wrap me ups but she isnt the right weight to try it yet.
    My dd sucks her hands all the time even through her wrap me up. does your son do this even if hes frustrated with not being able to suck his hands properly? She also is starting to cry for her dummy through the night as well so I feel your pain or she wakes up and chats to herself really early in the morning for ages. Is your ds sleeping in your room?

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    Hi babywishes4me, yes my bub sleeps in the same room as us. Hmmm I am using the love to dream swaddle and I would use a muslim wrap to wrap his arms down before using the dream swaddle cos if his arms are up he would tend to suck them (he loves to suck but not good at it so gets worked up instead).

    There are good nights and bad nights. Some nights he cried in his sleep and only dummy (sometimes plus carrying a bit) can calm him and get him back to sleep. Some nights (like last two nights, he slept wonderfully and only had one feed at 1am!) and only needed dummy at about 5-6am (he tends to cry at those times every single day I am not sure why but I dont want him to wake up that early so dummy puts him back to sleep).

    I read that bubs associate sleeping with dummy at 3-4 months so I am a bit lost as to should I wean or not. However we are tending to continue using it as it is helpful to stretch his feeding and weaning him off night feeds. We use the dummy to test if he is truly hungry or just wanting to suck. Also when we are out and about, the dummy helps soothe him when he is cranky. Looks like it is indispensable. Many mums told me to stop overthinking and just use it if it is effective for bub. He basically just need to suck on dummy, swaddle, cuddle and put into cot and he will go to sleep. I will worry about the weaning later.

    As for the swaddling, I just bought the woombie convertible today hoping it can help keep his hands to his body and not to his mouth. I want to keep swaddling cos he is still startling. I used the Halo sleep sack too but his arms escape no matter how tight we wrap him and when we un-velcro to rewrap him, it frightens and wakes him up. Once his startle reflex goes, I will do one arm out then both arms. I also got a sleeping wedge to stop him from rolling over during sleeps.

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    Default Almost rolling over, increase night wakings?

    Hi. Download a book called 'your sleepless baby' by rowena Bennett she talks about when day n night gets mixed up. I had this happen n she explains how to fix it. It's a great book. I think I downloaded it from amazon for $5 goodluck

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