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Ds is 4 months this week. He has always had a hearty appetite and has been sleeping through the night for a couple of months.

I normally would feed DS 6 oz. bottles but last week he was clearly still hungry after his bottles, so I increased his formula to 7 oz. and he was happy with that.

Now, the past couple of days, he isn't finishing his bottles. Infact, he seems to only want about 5 oz. at each feeding - even after sleeping 8 hours at night!

My question is - why would he suddenly stop eating as much? He doesn't have a fever and seems happy. I was worried he wasn't feeling well but it doesn't seem to be the case.

Oh, he is also taking longer naps during the day - something he never really did before. He used to cat nap here and there, but now he sleep for 2 hours in the morning and a couple hours throughout the afternoon.

Another question - Do they loose their appetite when they begin to teeth?

Any advice is appreciated.

I have been through the same thing, DD is 8 1/2 months now. You DS is very likely teething and/or going through a growth spurt. My DD would suddenly be really hungry after eating her normal bottle and want 2-3 more ounces at night and even during the day, it would last a few days and she was back to normal so that was definitely a growth spurt. The naps, I have never had a good napper but she went through a phase a couple of months ago where she took a couple of 1 1/2 - 2 hour naps during the day and that again only lasted a few days. Babies are very unpredictable. It's hard to accept sometimes but it's true and if he seems to be feeling fine otherwise then it is likely one of those 2 things or he is just changing and developing a new routine. My DD is my first and I swear I learn something new everyday. But I have learned babies love to keep us on our toes :) Good luck!
Umm...DS is 4 months - see the first post.

Well, it appears DS is coming down with a cold. I guess that explains the eating habits. Poor dear. He is rather happy, but he is congested and has a cough. I will call the doctor just to be safe.

This is the first time DS has been sick so I have no idea what to expect!

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