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Hi.<br><br>
Im wondering wether at almost 5 months ds waking up from his sleep (well not really waking up, just making noise to signal he's hungry as he sleeps) about every 2-3 hrs at night is normal...?<br><br>
At out last pediatricians visit we got this really goofy paper that stated that by 4 months a babies nervous system is old mature enoiugh that they dont necessarily need to eat at night and that the best way to get them to sleep all night and not need a feeding is to =at first, respond to their cries but dont pick them up or feed them and then gradually when they cry, from a distance tell them you love them but to go back to sleep and venetually to just ignore their cries and eventually they will learn to sleep all night without a feeding.<br><br>
Okay...this sounds cruel to me. I cant sleep if im hungry...how can a wee baby? But I am wondering if maybe im mistaking his sleepy squeeks and moving around as something else...becos he normally goes to bed around 8pm-9pm (and has since he as 3weeks old) will sleep all night till about 6am, but will nurse every 2-3 hrs...this is NOW but I remember when he qas 1 month he'd nurse going to sleep, nurse once the entire night then when we wake up nurse again, now its like...nurse then sleep, nurse 2-3 hrs latr, nurse again and then nurse again when we wake up. It is a bit exhausting, I still get to sleep...but still...i dont sleep very well. We co-sleep btw.<br><br>
So whats going on?<br><br>
Umm Ibrahim
 

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Totally normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'd throw away the handout you got. Or use it for butt wipe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Might be a bit scratchy, but that's about all it's good for.<br><br>
On a more serious note, this is when they become so interested in everything around them that they loose interest in nursing during the day, which means they make up for it at night. Even just 5 minutes every feeding can make them want to make up for it with one or two additional feedings at night. It's TOTALLY normal.<br><br>
You are right in wanting to nurture your son at night. I can't sleep when I'm hungry and thirsty either. Keep up the good work!
 

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It is totally normal. Even of all the two year olds I know only one or two sleep through the night.<br><br>
Those handouts are dumb.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi.<br><br><br><br>
At out last pediatricians visit we got this really goofy paper that stated that by 4 months a babies nervous system is old mature enoiugh that they dont necessarily need to eat at night and that the best way to get them to sleep all night and not need a feeding is to =at first, respond to their cries but dont pick them up or feed them and then gradually when they cry, from a distance tell them you love them but to go back to sleep and venetually to just ignore their cries and eventually they will learn to sleep all night without a feeding.<br><br><br><br>
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I can't believe that they actually tell people stuff like that!!! I mean I know they do, but I am still shocked every time I read something like this! How AWFUL...
 

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Just so you know you're not alone, my DD is 7.5 months and still nurses about every 2 hours - day or night. Occasionally she goes 3-4 hours at night, if I'm lucky.<br><br>
And I agree with the others, toss that handout out.
 

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DD is 6 months. She wakes up sometimes with 4-5 hours in between (eps. if she has tanked up right before bed), sometimes every 2 hours. (Had a busy day watching big brother, overtired so no tanking up). I don't feed her at the slightest nudge, roll or sound, because sometimes she goes back to sleep. But if she is hungry, then she head-butts me. Literally, she rolls over to me and wacks her forehead into my back until I wake up, roll over and give her the goodies. Yep, then she's hungry.
 

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