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No....he's only 5 months old, if he's still waking up at night than he needs to eat. If he wasn't hungry he'd settle back down with a pacifier or a min or two after nursing. Breast fed babies (in my expience) don't sleep as well through the night as bottle fed babies. I bottle fed my first, he was sleeping through the night by 3 months, my next two i breast fed, my 2nd didn't start sleeping fully through the night untill 2 (although she would only wake up for about 5 minutes after about 1 year. My 2 year old still wakes up quite a bit, i think it's in part because she's a picky eater and is actually hungry. She's geting better now that she's eating more durring the day.
Your son could be teething, i know with my 2 year old when she's getting a tooth (currently getting her molars) she doesn't sleep well at all. Try giving him some advil (better for teething pain than tylenol) before you put him to bed to see if that helps.
Some things you can try to do before putting him down is feed him more (not force it on him), if he's waking up because he's hungry than giving him a little extra before bed may help (try some rice cereal). I don't think it's because he's going to bed too early, otherwise he wouldn't have tired so easily when you tried to keep him up and you'd have to fight with him to get him to sleep. I don't think letting him cry it out at 5 months is good though...he still needs his mommy and is too young to understand why you arne't coming to get him and feed him.

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.

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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