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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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hiya everyone, my baby boy is now just over 14 weeks, and for the past month he has started waking again during the night, every two hours for something to eat, im pretty sure that he's ready for food but all the health people around here say to wait until babies are 6 months before giving food, (dd was started on food at 4 months, shes fine and has no food allergies whatsoever)
i dont know if i should start putting something in his milk at night to try and make him go longer or if i should just try and wait it out, he used to be a great sleeper but this has been going on for a while. during the day he has full 7 oz bottles but at night when he wake he will have about 4-5oz, ,
if i put something in his bottle what should i put in there?

the lack of sleep is starting to take its toll on me, i cant nap during the day cause i have a hectic 3 yr old, and dh cant do the nights on the weekends cause he wont settle for anyone but me, he'll just cry and that keeps me awake anyway lol
How are you putting him down at night? Gradually start trying to put him down drowsy, but awake. When he wakes in the middle of the night, perhaps if you give him a minute or so, he'll fall back to sleep. Babies need to learn to fall asleep on their own so they are able to go back to sleep when they wake in the middle of the night.

14 weeks is still very young and he very well may need to eat. Growth spurts happen often. But I would also try letting him settle back down on his own before rushing in to feed every time. It's the easiest solution to get them back to sleep, but in the long run, it's best to teach them to fall asleep on his own. Remember, babies will look to fall back to sleep the same way they went to sleep in the first place.

As far as your sleep. If your three year old doesn't nap still, there's nothing wrong with putting on a short video while your baby naps and closing your eyes for a power nap while your three old is occupied. I've done that when needed and I don't feel guilty about it either. In fact, I still do that and my kids are older. My 7 and 5 year old have a tv time each day which I very conveniently plan around my 14 month old's afternoon nap. It's my down time and I often will close my eyes for a short while. Some times those 5 - 10 minutes of snooze time for me makes a much more pleasant day for all of us!!!!

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