Where Is My Marathon Sleeper At 4 Months

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eclectic66 - November 29

Ok, now a sleep question. I have been reading so many posts on these "miracle" babies that sleep 12 hours a night at 3-4 months!!! I say "miracle" bc I could only imagine how blissful that must be!! My ds usually falls asleep around 9-9:30 pm and sleeps solid until 3am (then he eats a 6 oz bottle)....goes back to sleep until he is up for the day around 6 or 7am! Yes, I have tried to offer him a binky at the 3am waking, but he is too famished for that (he is also a 20 lb 18 week old...so I am sure he is geninle hungry..not to mention he eats the whole 6 ounces so I am doubting it's a just a habit. So...in the grand scheme of things i have a baby that sleeps 6 hours straight, eats, then sleeps for 3-4 more hours before it's lights ON! I am just looking to see if there are any other babies out there that sleep approx 6-7 hours only and NOT these marathon 12 hours?? I know every baby is different...I am just looking to hear that perhaps this is NOT so unusual at his age?? That maybe my baby is not the only one that can't sleep that long at one time.

 

IrinaZ - November 29

Electic, if you baby sleeps from 9 to 3 without waking up and is up only once at night, it's really not that bad:) My DS is asleep at 9 and then up and 12, 3, 5 and then up for the day at 6. Sometimes he is up only twice. If he wakes up only once, i consider myself lucky. Like you, I was also wondering about those miracle sleepers. We, sadly, do not belong to that group. Oh - my DS is 5 mo old.

 

suze42 - November 29

i think your lo is doing great! Are you feeding him solids yet? just wondering if that will help his hunger once you do. My dd 4 mos goes to sleep about the same as yours..and usually gets up once as well btwn 3-5am. then up for the day around 7. I consider myself lucky..since my ds was sometimes up for the day at 5a!!! that hurts.lol

 

excited2bemama - November 29

Well I think they are supposed to sleep 10-12 hours at night??? (total) Have you tried moving his bedtime up slowely so he is going to bed sometime between 6-8 pm? 7 am is a pretty common wake-up time for babies but I am guessing he could go to bed earlier?? You would probably have to rearrange his naps though. My dd used to do the same thing- Go to bed around 9 (wake-up at 7 ) pm but she was always fussy from 6 pm on so we just slowely moved her bedtime back - now she goes to bed at 6 30 pm and she still wakes up around 7 am

 

MelissaK - November 29

My 11 week old goes to sleep between 6:30 - 7pm and wakes at pm for a feed and then wakes for the day at 6 am. I also dream feed her at around 10:30 pm. Really, what is the definition of "sleeps through the night?" She does not seem like she is going to stop the 3 am feed anytime soon. What happens though? Do they just stop waking one night? Also, my dh and I swich off sleeping in her room every night and we're starting to think if we stop sleeping in her room, perhaps she might stop waking at 3 am? Anyway have any thoughts on this?

 

excited2bemama - November 29

text book defination of sleeping through the night is a 6 hour stretch... Everybaby is different but dd starting sleeping past her 2 am feed around 5.5 months. Now she feeds around 4 or 5 am.

 

DDT - November 29

MelissaK: My ds was also getting a DF at 10:30-11pm. By 9wks he was still getting up at 2-3am, and then again at 5am. He would be up for the day at 7am. He hardly drank much at his 5am and that one was the first to go. Instead of a bottle I kept offering him his soother. I would give it to him and pat him for a while...leave. Then if he started crying I continued to offer the soother. Then by 11wks old he just dropped the 2-3am feed by himself. He wasn't drinking much anyway (maybe 2-3oz) so it wasn't hunger but habit. If your lo is genuinely not hungry then you can try offering her the soother and doing the shush-pat method to get her back to sleep. You can also tell a hunger cry from a mantra cry. A hunger cry will increase in volume while a mantra cry is more of a whining cry.

 

MelissaK - November 29

Good advice! Yes, the 3 am feed is usually a small amount - and she is a tiny eater anyway, like averages about 24 ounces a day! (she's gaining weight and thriving so I am not going to make a huge issue out of this, some babies just eat less than others) Seems like food to her is a "chore" so I can't imagine the 2/3 am wake is fun for her anyway since she seems to dislike feeds. We got rid of the 4 am wakes a few weeks ago by using a soother as well and it worked (and fast, within 2 days those wakes stopped). Perhaps now is the time to soothe with the paci at 2/3 am? And move out of her room. What a weekend we'll have!! She did start rolling by the way at about 9w3d, so she is solid little gal hitting her milestones early, ready to take on some independence!

 

suze42 - November 29

DDT, that is a good point about the different cries. We started offering the soothie when dd wakes around 2-3am. She pretty much takes it and goes back to sleep. Except 2 days in a row this week, she woke up happy and wide awake at 230am....UGH...she didnt even want her bottle. SO i just hung out and played w/her for 2 hours until she was hungry and fed her to sleep. Didnt like that a bit!

 

eclectic66 - November 29

Ty ladies. EXCITED- Yes, we have tried to get his bedtime to be earlier, but he just isn't budging from anything earlier than 9pm...I guess I should be thankful that it's that early being that our house is a predominantly night owl house. I work nights and dh works swing shift 2-11p So I guess we are lucky it's 9pm right now..lol After reading some of the replies on here then I do feel a lot better knowing that my ds isn't the only one waking up at 3am to eat. and then turning around to be awake for the day at 6 or 7. I think I might try the dream feed that DDT is talking about. DDT- When doing the DF ...what is the average amount you feed them and do you pick them up to feed them and then burp as well?? I just worry about him eating and then not burping. Thanks for the help.

 

MelissaK - November 29

We do a dream feed since the day we brought her home. You are supposed to dream feed ONLY between 10-11 pm, nothing later. You are not supposed to wake the baby, burp or diaper the baby. The baby is basically sleeping and is so calm and relaxed that burping is not necessary. This is all based on advice out of "Baby Whisperer." Dream Feeds tend to be the largest feed of the day for us. There is no fussing at all and she drains her bottle in like 10 mins. (4-6 ounces, she's a light eater. Recently we started offering her 6 ounces but for her big feeds, she sticks to 4 ounces). I have a very ga__sy baby with mild reflux and I don't need to burp, NOR do I unswaddle her. She goes right back down. Then up at 3 am (boo hoo). By the way, no lights and no talking either. No stimulation whatsoever - just get in there, feed, and get out! lol

 

mommybabyboy21 - November 30

my baby go to bed between 8:30-9 PM and gets up somewhere between 5-6 am for b___b feeding and then goes back down until 8 ish my mom said she put us down at 11 pm (long story but if she didn't we wouldn't have seen our dad) and we would only sleep for 8 hours and then we would take two two hour naps. She thinks my baby sleeps too long without eating. and ALL of my cousins hate me (I have 4 cousins who have babies that are 15 months or younger) and all of their baby still wake up at 1 and 2 in the morning. So your not the only one.

 

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