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Well, I have a five month old daughter of my own. She has one tooth half way in and another one that just burst through her gums. Her teeth do bother her at night, and I give her orajel to numb the pain, and sometimes tylenol to help it stay away for a while. I am also breastfeeding my daughter, and she does not sleep through the night at all. There have been times when she has, but those times are rare. I am a single mom, and although I live with my parents, I am the only one who gets up to get my daughter. I am a full time college student, so sleep is very important to me. I normally get in from school around 8:30, and I give my daughter a bath as soon as I get in, if she has not already had one. I give her a little lotion massage and then nurse her to sleep. This has also been our bedtime routine for the past three months, but she continues to wake up during the night. Right now, she wakes up at about 11 to eat again, and I put her back to bed, also going to bed myself by then. She normally sleeps about four or five hours, but after that, I'm well into my sleep, so I put her into bed with me and feed her again. I have figured out that she was waking up from hunger, because I've tried to just put her back to sleep, and she got louder with her crying. Her doctor told me to give her more rice cereal at night, so I've started giving it to her with breastmilk...which she didnt like at all...and then with applesauce...which she likes a bit more. So far it hasn't been helping her stay asleep any longer.

I know it's not "good" to let your baby sleep in the bed with you, but in my case, my only other choice is to stay up getting her to sleep in her crib, and falling asleep myself in class later :rolleyes:

Besides the advice that was already given, my only input is to give him a bottle at night. It might (yeah, might...nothing is ever perfectly written when it comes to babies) might help if your son doesn't like the bottle, as my daughter doesn't. If you offer a bottle with breastmilk or formula, whichever is less appealing to your son, he might (LOL) stop waking up for a feeding, and you should be giving him more to eat during the day at this time. On the other hand, he may get even more upset, and will not calm down until you give him the goods he wants, lol...which is what happened with my daughter. I've also heard that increasing the amount of his feeding right before he goes to sleep might work as well.

My main point, do what works for you. You sound like a wonderful mother, and you aren't going to scar your child for life if you do what you're doing now. You can always work on setting better sleep habits once your son is older and more easy to set boundaries for.

My son is 6 months old and around 5 months began having the same problem. If your son is that big already he probably needs way more food than some fruit and cereal. Try veggies and meat. I make all my own baby food (and work full time) because its cheaper and probably healthier. My son loves to eat. He never liked rice cereal much but chowed the sweet potatos immedietly. HE is 17 pounds and is now doing 3 meals a day with about 3-5 oz of food each meal. I made a plain peice of chicken and pureed it with some low salt broth and I mix it with veggies and he eats it up. The trouble with just fruit and cereal is there is not much protein and protein is what fills their tummy. He also drinks at least 6 bottles in between meals. ANd yes he does sleep pretty well at night. A few weeks ago he was waking at night a lot and it turned out he had a double ear infection (no cold symptoms at first) now he is getting his first tooth so he does still wake 2 x every night but falls back to sleep with a paci or rubbing his back. Also I started giving him a short nap before his old bedtime of 8/8:30like around 6:30 or 7 let him sleep in the swing for about 30 minutes and then let him stay up until 9 or 10. That helps a lot. Good luck just know your not the only one out there suffering from sleep deprivation.

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