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4 Month Growth Spurt...

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We're all nearing this day. Is anyone else already having issues?


My awesome 7p-7a uninterrupted sleeper has been waking up 2-3 times a night for feedings for the past few days. *Sigh*


He's also been very crabby while he's awake.


I've ready that the 4-month growth spurt is a big one... Mentally and physically.


And boy, is it draining.

post #2 of 46
We have double the night wakings and louder cmpaints
post #3 of 46

Does anyone have links to articles on the 4-month growth spurt?  I was under the impression that the next growth spurt wasn't until 6 months. I have been preparing myself for the 4-month developmental shift, affecting sleep and communication, but I didn't think it affected frequency/amount of feeding or weight gain. 


Perhaps we are talking about the same thing, just calling it something different? Geez, I hope it's not a size/weight growth spurt - O is currently over 17 lbs! Whatever it is, I am not looking forward to it. Oren already wakes up way more now that he's grown out of his Miracle Blanket. 

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post #5 of 46
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Conner's had 3-4 hours in-between feedings consistently...


Last night/today... Midnight, 4am, 6am, 11am, 1pm, 230pm, 430pm, 530pm, 1030pm......................................... BLAH. At least my nipples are used to it now so it's not as bad as when he was younger.

post #6 of 46

Count yourself lucky!  Coralies nursing goes something like this..  8:00am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 4:45pm, 6-8:00pm, 2:00am, 4:15am, 6:00am, repeat!  She nurses in little short spurts all day long, but then sleeps decently well at night.  If she goes 3-4 hours during the day I think something is wrong.

Originally Posted by CDsMom1031 View Post

Conner's had 3-4 hours in-between feedings consistently...


Last night/today... Midnight, 4am, 6am, 11am, 1pm, 230pm, 430pm, 530pm, 1030pm......................................... BLAH. At least my nipples are used to it now so it's not as bad as when he was younger.


post #7 of 46
Oh, yeah. Same here, Abra. I just let Jasper nurse whenever. It's unusual for him to go more than 1.5 hours. If he takes a nap for 3 hours (rare), I start leaking. And if he's been with dh, he has to nurse when I take him back just to make sure they are still there! Lol. I have noticed that since he's gotten good at getting his hands in his mouth he wants to nurse less at bed time. He'll nurse, the lie in bed sucking on his hands. So that's nice.
post #8 of 46

on no...my twins are nearing 4 months! twins.gif

post #9 of 46
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Oh, wow! He hasn't fed like that since he was first born. I don't know what I'd do if he ate like that. I'm gone 12ish hours a day. If he ate that much, I wouldn't be able to pump enough to keep up. I can barely pump enough to keep up with him now!


I'm just ready for my happy, STTN baby to come back. =)


Oh. And the drooling has begun. Not the tastebuds are working drooling... I'm talking the, drench the shirt, pours out of his mouth drooling... And he CHEWS on fingers... His hands are a.l.w.a.y.s in his mouth. I'm dreading teething. Really. I am. LOL

post #10 of 46

Oh yes- Dylan drools like crazy and chomps on my fingers.  He's totally not teething though.  This is really normal behavior for this age.... He's happy, just chomping.  Teething is far worse, at least it was for my older son!  eyesroll.gif

post #11 of 46

OMG the droooool!  Coralie has been my first that's really drooled.  I've actually been using bibs, which I've never really used before.  She 'might' be teething, as my other 2 got teeth around 4mo.  It also seems to be totally normal baby behavior too.


Nicole:  Maybe your DS eats differently because he's being offered a bottle during the day?  Coralie nurses a lot, but not for very long.  Maybe 5-10 minutes per time.  I'd guess she usually takes 2-3oz with most of her feeds and a little more at night before she goes to bed.  It's probably the same amount of breastmilk, just delivered in different amounts. 

post #12 of 46
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That might be it. When I make my bottles, I make them 4oz so that probably keeps him full for longer than nursing does... And when he nurses, he's normally done in 15 minutes max.

post #13 of 46
Shay barfs if he gets 4 oz bottles. My big 17.5 pond boy can't take 4 ounces at a time. Lol. My breasts were producing 4 ounces per pumping but have slowed to 3 ounces each. I guess that's what he's eating because I pump a quart and he drinks a quart when I'm gone. I'm glad it's the right amount.

I agree, no more getting bigger fora while!
post #14 of 46
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I only went up to 4oz because when I was making 3oz bottles, he didn't act full after the bottle was done and now he does. *Shrugs* He's still a really petite baby, so who knows?


I am so.tired. 1030, 1230, 2, 4, 530, 615, and up to party at 830. Yawn. He didn't even wake up this much when he was a newborn.

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I hardly notice growth spurts b/c we just nurse on demand all the time and sometimes he seems to eat more and sometimes not, but the frequency rarely changes.  What's shocking to me is that Avery is my first baby that has NOT woken up every 2 hours to nurse at night.  I am concerned that by 4 months he will revert to the pattern of his siblings, but my fingers are crossed.  I associate 4 months with sleep regression as opposed to eating more b/c the regression continued LONG past a growth spurt time frame for both my older kids.

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Luca eats almost every hour, sometimes an hour and a half, from 4/5 a.m. til 1 p.m.  Then my partner is up and often slings him.  Then he'll often go more like 2-3 hours between feedings.  Nights are usually 2-3 hours as well.  He totally fills up in the mornings. 


Growth spurt, eh?  He's gained about an ounce a day for the last month, and is now up to 12 and a half pounds.  He's been a string bean since he was born, but he's in 6 month clothes now.  Eating more....I'm just going to be okay with that.  :D



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Maybe D will skip this growth spurt (wishful thinking?)  I am pretty sure he just had one- he is suddenly SUPER HEAVY (I'll weigh him tonight to see...)  It's crazy.  He's hard to lift!  I'd guess he's 17 lbs or so.  In 9 month clothing....  And he's not even 3 months old yet!  


post #18 of 46
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9 month clothing! WOW! Conner's still in 0-3, but they're almost too small. That's crazy!


My DH (God love him) called the Ped this morning to see what he could do for the teething. He mentioned to him about how much he's been waking up at night lately and my Ped told him that he was going to talk to us about introducing solids at our 4-month appt. that's on March 6th. I lovingly reminded my DH that we are baby led weaning and that I'm the one who gets up at night to nurse our LO so it doesn't affect him at all that he's not STTN anymore. This will be our first Ped disagreement, so let's hope it goes well. Cross for your fingers for us on March 6th! LOL


On a side note, my kiddo is rolling over like a champ now! That's how he lets us know he's awake. He'll roll over onto his back and make noise. He doesn't cry or anything. He just like... Whines? Woohoo!

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Edited by LunaLady - 6/29/12 at 4:15pm
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Yup, 9 months!  He's tall so he's popping out of the bottoms of 6 month sleepers.  I can't believe Connor is still in 0-3 month clothing!  We were out of those at about 3 weeks old.... they are so tiny!

Connor is teething?  I missed that post.  I don't know what your ped thinks solids will do for the teething/night waking?  Solids don't help them sttn.  trust me- we tried it with older DS.  Didn't work.  There's no evidence whatsoever that it works, actually.  


I remember at older DS' 4 month well baby appointment with our ped in Ohio... she recommended we lock him in his room for 12 hours at night (cry it out, obviously.)  I told DH we were NOT doing that.  Who does that?!?!?  I can't imagine....

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