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    Question Big Sleep

    Hi,

    My DS is 3 and a half months old and has his big sleep starting between 3 and 4pm. Then he will wake between 12 and 2am. The other day I thought I would wake him out of his big sleep at 6pm for a feed so that he would maybe sleep through. This didn't work as he still woke at 1am. So now I am thinking I should just let him go and he will sort his sleep out himself and eventually start sleeping through.
    Is there anybody else who's baby's sleep pattern is or was simlar? What did you do to get a full nites sleep?

    Thanks

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    Default Babies "night" time

    Hi Lula
    Both my daughters would start their night-time between 5 - 6 pm. With my first one I tried really hard to get another feed into her at 9pm hoping to get her to sleep through. But it didn't matter what I did to wake her up, play with her feet, change her nappy, prise her mouth open and express a little breast milk in - I could not get her to wake up . I eventually gave up on that and she woke at about 2 am every night for a feed. She didn't grow out of that until at about 7 months when we started to replace breast feeding with formula, as I was going back to work (it is very normal for breast fed babies to wake once or even twice a night). The positive side of this early bed time is that my husband and I always got to eat dinner together and have quality couple time (not one of you juggling the little baby while the other eats!). Another positive is that it is very easy to organise yourselves to have a night out. You feed them their last feed of the night and go out, all your sitter has to do is get them to sleep (ha ). Then you just need to make sure your home in time for the midnight snack, no need to express or introduce formula before you want to. My second daughter also begins her night at 6pm (or earlier), but (just to prove that all babies are individuals) she did grow out of the night feed (for a while). However, she is now 6 months old and more distractable, and she's not feeding for as long during the day, which means she's now waking me up again so she can catch up with the feeds during the night. But it isn't really a huge issue, as she always goes straight back down to sleep after the feed (as did daughter no. 1). Hope this helps you see the positives .

    Cheers

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    Hi there

    My bub is now almost 6 months old. He has just started sleeping through in the last 3 weeks.

    He started the "big sleep" thing about 3 mths, and he would start this sleep between 4 and 5 pm, and wake between 10 and midnight (sometimes later like 1 or 2 am) for his last feed, and usually then go through till at least 5 am......on a normal night, of course some nights he woke more.

    He is bottlefed.

    Anyway, I decided to just let him sort his sleep out himself. Once he got into good day sleeps, I thought he'd change his big sleep time, but he didn't. So even if he slept till say 2.30pm or 3.00pm in the arvo he still wanted bed by 4.30 or 5 pm. Makes it a short afternoon if you have to go somewhere!! CHN said let him go....so we persisted.

    I started him on solids just after 4 mths - even though this is said to be too early - he was SOOOO interested in what we were eating, and has taken to it so well.

    He now has 3 solid feeds and 4 bottles a day.

    At around 5 months, I decided to "help" him with his sleep. I let him go down for his sleep about 4.30 pm - but didn't give him his bath, or put him in pj's etc, but then woke him at 5.30/6 pm......then went through the "bedtime routine" of bathing etc. and put him back down by 7 pm.

    Continued this for a few days....and then found that he did not go into a deep sleep at the early time anymore, usually woke himself back up, or did not even want to go for that sleep at all. He liked staying up a bit, seeing dad after work etc.

    Now he has his solids (veges) about 5.30, bath about 6 and last bottle at 6.30 and into bed about 7. He is sleeping through most nights to 5.30 am.

    He did not stop having the late feed at first still......ie went down at 7 but still woke once....but there was no routine to when, I really think he was just confused and waking out of habit not hunger.

    Once he was about 5 mths he got into more solid food, actually eating quite a bit, not just tasting, and dropped that late bottle. I then managed to increase the volume of the four bottles (which sometimes he refuses) to make sure he is getting plenty. His weight gain is fine.

    Hopefully he'll stay on track...some threads in here mention a stage of waking again...but I hope not!!

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    thankyou both for sharing your experiences with me. I think I will just see if he sorts it out for himself as it is nice to have "couple" time with no interuptions during dinner and tele. We'll just keep waiting for the magical sleep through a little longer.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lula
    We'll just keep waiting for the magical sleep through a little longer.
    Don't hold your breath, we're still waiting!!


 

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