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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board


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Hi, my baby is the same age and sleeps through the night, sometimes she would wake up once.
After reading different books (my favorite is the baby whisperer), asking the pediatrician, etc, this is what I did, maybe it will work for you too.
Night sleep is influenced by what happens during the day. At 5 1/2 months a baby should eat every 4 hours, my baby eats at 8, 12, 4, 8 and she has a dream feed at around 11 before I go to bed (she should be off that once she eats more solids). You can adjust the times, it shouldn't be rigid.
Do you have a routine? The one I follow is based on e.a.s.y concept, eat, activity, sleep, your choice. So there are 3 long naps and one catnap in the afternoon, no too long or she won't go to sleep. From what I understand the 3 naps go up to 9 months.
When is bedtime we give her a bath to relax followed by a bottle of formula and she falls asleep with that.
Now, your daughter might be getting up at night because of hunger, or because of habit. First you should make sure she eats enough during the day, increase the intake during the day with the amount you notice she eats at night (don't add a feeding, put extra oz in each bottle) it might be also a sign that she needs solid food. My baby slept a lot better after we started giving her food at 5 months. But we started with fruits, they are easy to digest. I can tell you about that as well, but don't want to make the reply too long.
Second once you are sure she had enough during the day don't feed her anymore at night, but offer water. You can tell that she doesn't need to feed at night if she isn't hungry for breakfast.
My daughter doesn't like plain water so I have a little trick, I give her warm water with very little formula in it and she would drink that and go back to sleep in 10 min.
Good luck, it will work eventually, don't worry. My baby was a preemie, so I know what lack of sleep means :)
Ivana





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