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I am a new mom of 5 month old Mason. I really don't know where to start so I am just going to jump into it. Mason is a VERY good baby. He never really cries or fusses (I don't let him). We have had this same bedtime routine since he was about 3 months old. Here goes: I get home around 3:30 - 4:00 pm. Mason takes 2 naps a day. He stays at my mother-in-laws house (she lives right next door) :rolleyes: So when I get home he is on his 2nd nap sometimes. I usually nurse him when I get home because he is due for another feeding. Around 6 or 6:30 - I feed him his dinner and around 7 pm I give the bath. After his bath I nurse him to sleep. I put him in his crib right after that. So he is in his room sleeping anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30. My first question is, Am I putting my son to bed too early? My sister said that I am but like last night - I gave him his bath at 7:00 and I usually nurse him after that to sleep but I kept him up and played with him but he was so fussy. He kept buring his head in my DH chest and whinning. I think he knows when it is bed time because of how long we have had this routine. When he does go down - he usually sleeps until about 10:30 or 11:00. I have tried to give him his pacifier when he starts to wake up and he will take it for about 10 min - but will wake back up again. After trying to give the pacifier several times I finally give up and just get him out of bed and put him in my bed to nurse. I am so tired in the middle of the night to keep getting up and down nursing him and putting him back in his crib that I just leave him in my bed the rest of the night. My dh works all the time and sometimes doesn't get home until real late so I feel bad asking him to help. My second question is - What do I do about the night nursing. Do I continue to keep on or do I just let him cry it out? I don't have the heart to let him cry - so is there some other alternative? I don't want Mason to get used to sleeping in the bed with mommy - I would love to get back in my own bed sometime SOON. What do I do?
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)...it 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.
Mason is eating cereal around 6 or 6:30. I have been giving him some peaches and some prunes (he has been going a couple of days without going #2) but mostly oatmeal (rice makes him constipated) mixed with some applesauce. He eats, god, so much. He is a big baby also. He was 9 lbs 15 oz when he was born and he currently weighs 23 lbs. He eats pretty good during the day and almost always doesn't drink all 6 oz. He is getting oatmeal and some peaches or prunes mid morning. (with my mother-in-law) Maybe it is just a comfort thing with him. Maybe he isn't really hungry. I just need to jump in and commit to it.

He shows some sign of teething, I think. He loves to bite on a cloth diaper and bites the nipples on the bottle I give at dinner time. Sometimes I he will bite down on my finger. He isn't really drooling. His gums aren't red or swollen. And he isn't fussy at all.

I really appreciate all of the advice I have gotten. I never thought about registering on one of these things. With me being a new mommy - this is so informative.
You may want to try some more cereal just before bed, or you could try uing a bottle with formula for the feeding just before bed which may be heavier in his stomach and may last longer for a longer sleep. I did not nurse myself (had problems) but I have heard it can take longer for a nursed infant to sleep through but usually once the baby gets to a certain weight they no longer need the feedings at night and your guy is a big guy already. Mine son started to sleep through at 5 months and my daughter slpt through a 5 weeks. Good luck Sandra
[QUOTE=brandiworth;1317232]I am a new mom of 5 month old Mason. I really don't know where to start so I am just going to jump into it. Mason is a VERY good baby. He never really cries or fusses (I don't let him). We have had this same bedtime routine since he was about 3 months old. Here goes: I get home around 3:30 - 4:00 pm. Mason takes 2 naps a day. He stays at my mother-in-laws house (she lives right next door) :rolleyes: So when I get home he is on his 2nd nap sometimes. I usually nurse him when I get home because he is due for another feeding. Around 6 or 6:30 - I feed him his dinner and around 7 pm I give the bath. After his bath I nurse him to sleep. I put him in his crib right after that. So he is in his room sleeping anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30. My first question is, Am I putting my son to bed too early? My sister said that I am but like last night - I gave him his bath at 7:00 and I usually nurse him after that to sleep but I kept him up and played with him but he was so fussy. He kept buring his head in my DH chest and whinning. I think he knows when it is bed time because of how long we have had this routine. When he does go down - he usually sleeps until about 10:30 or 11:00. I have tried to give him his pacifier when he starts to wake up and he will take it for about 10 min - but will wake back up again. After trying to give the pacifier several times I finally give up and just get him out of bed and put him in my bed to nurse. I am so tired in the middle of the night to keep getting up and down nursing him and putting him back in his crib that I just leave him in my bed the rest of the night. My dh works all the time and sometimes doesn't get home until real late so I feel bad asking him to help. My second question is - What do I do about the night nursing. Do I continue to keep on or do I just let him cry it out? I don't have the heart to let him cry - so is there some other alternative? I don't want Mason to get used to sleeping in the bed with mommy - I would love to get back in my own bed sometime SOON. What do I do?[/QUOTE]
Hi,

This is my first time on this site and I was reading your message and I have the same problem, my son is a great baby but is fussy at night when I put him down to sleep. He sleeps good from around 8 to 1 and then I feed him and he goes back down in his crib but he is still fussing every hour so I have to go into his room and stroke his head and calm him down a bit. It's hard because you don't know if you are doing it right, you hear everyone talk about how their babies sleep through the night but I am not sure what exactly that means. As for the solids, I feed my son oatmeal cereal 3 times a day and some carrots at dinner and even though his belly is full he sill wakes up so I just assume some babies are more of a light sleeper than others. I know how you feel though as I am sure every mother goes through the thought of am I doing this right. Anyways I just wanted to let you know that you are not the only one out there going through this I totally understand.
HI

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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