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Worn Out - up half the night Rss

My 7 and a half month old settles to sleep great. From day one we got him used to being put into his bed - he associates bed with sleep and is usually asleep within 5-10minutes. He self settles well.

He has a 2hr morning sleep (9-11am ish) and another approx 2hr early afternoon. On occasion, if he's tired he'll grab another 30-40minute catnap late afternoon. Bedtime is usually 7pm (give or take).

On a good night he used to only wake once. On a bad night, two or three times. Now, for the past few weeks he has been waking up approx every two hours during the night. I'm up all the time anyway (as I'm pregnant again) but I'm starting to feel exhausted and teary.

I've tried not picking him up and just patting. I've tried picking up, giving a cuddle and putting back. I've tried letting him cry. Nothing works. The only thing that will stop him crying and get him back to sleep is to get him up, give him a breastfeed (I'm trying desperately to introduce bottle & formula during the day), and then put back to bed. He's then asleep within a couple of minutes. He has a good breastfeed - not just a comfort suckle either.

Some nights he will stretch it out to 3 or 4 hours before waking but usually from 7pm, it's every 2hrs until around 1am when he will then sleep until 5am and finally wake at 7am.

My partner and I don't know what more we can do. He eats well during the day (has three good solid meals and also an afternoon snack). Could it be he's just a hungry baby? Will getting him to take bottle of formula before bed at night help? He has had two teeth come through in the past month - is this the reason? Generally he's not a grizzly baby. He's happy during the day. He's just not sleeping at night and I don't know what more I can do. I need to get this sorted before our next bub arrives.

Tarns

Hi,

I can imagine that you are quite exhausted.
At 71/2 months a baby should be able to sleep from 7pm to 7am without a feed, and the constant waking every couple of hours tells me that this is a comfort habit and not hunger, also since you are happy that his food intake during the day is good.

Can I suggest that you follow the <a href="It's time to sleep</a"http://www.itstimetosleep.com/">It's Time To Sleep</a> settling program using the 10pm rollover feed for now to give you reassurance that he is not hungry later in the night and you can go onto to implement some settling techniques instead of feeding. You can get details for this on <a href="http://www.huggies.com/au/pregnancy_parenting/yourbabysleep/">Your Baby’s Sleep</a> page or from <a href="It's time to sleep</a"http://www.itstimetosleep.com/">It's Time To Sleep</a> DVD&Book

Cheers Maree

It's Time to Sleep

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