Okay ladies. I am ready to pull my hair out. Randy does NOT sleep good at night. It is wearing me out. He has only slept through the night ONE time, and that was from 9-5. I know some babies don't sleep through the night, but waking up 3xs a night wanting to eat at 10+ months....COME ON! The last two nights, I let him cry for 5 minutes, went in an calmed him, waited 5 more minutes, did the same for about 2 hours. Randall was helping. He didn't give in. He wanted his bottle. The night before last, I gave him one jar of baby food, some fruit loops, and crackers, along with an 8 oz bottle. He laid down at 7, woke up at 9- ate 6oz, woke up at 2- 6oz, woke up at 4- 6oz.
Any advice? I don't mind him waking up onces, but 3 times is just crazy in my opinion. I am just worn out. I think he slept better breastfed. He doesn't seem to have reflux anymore, but do you think I should put him back on his medicine? He is on a steriod, but he gets that in the morning. ANY advice is appreciated. I am at my wits end.
I really wish I had some advice for you, but I got lucky with Mason who has been a good sleeper since he was born.
How much food/milk does he eat during the day?
That really seems like he is eating a lot at night. I can barely get Mason (9 months) to eat 3 full 5 ounce bottles during the day, and he eats food 3 times a day.
What is he eating and drinking during the day? What are his daytime sleeping habits? To me, he sounds like he may not be eating enough during the day, but I don't know without more info. I do know that when Journi was that age, she always had equivalent to around 10 oz of food for all meals plus 8 oz before bed at 7 p.m. and she currently sleeps 12+ hrs overnight, totaling around 40 oz of formula and 30 oz of food plus snacks each day. She is on the tall side at 95% and her weight is only at 75%, so she definitely needed the calories.
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Sadie, I'm so sorry...I feel your pain! Ella has recently gone from waking every 45 min. to every 2-3 hours and I am exhausted!
I am clueless too, b/c dd1 was a pretty good sleeper.
If he IS eating an adequate amount during the day (my pedi said 24-30oz of formula at that age, I think + solids), then a couple of things:
1. First, I would probably consider giving him his medicine again. At least you can completely rule that out if it doesn't help. Could he have silent reflux?
2. My grandma said that my uncle used to wake all during the night...she started putting water in his bottle and after a week he stopped waking up for it!
3. I've looked into the "Ferber Method" a little given Ella's sleep patterns. I think 5 minutes is a good time for the first interval, but for each interval after that, maybe stretch it out a little longer.
All that to say, at one year, dd1 just stopped waking up at all. Hang in there!
Here's how his day usually goes starting at 7 am-
7am- drop him off. He eats a package of oatmeal, basically the whole thing- or at least 3/4. Probably about a 4 oz bottle too.
9am- lays down for a quick 1 hour nap.
11 am- eats 1 jar of baby food, plus 4 oz bottle.
12 pm- lays down for nap.
3 pm- wakes up 6 oz bottle.
5 pm- 6 oz bottle
6pm- jar of baby food
7-8pm- 6-8 oz bottle, lay down for the night.
Does that sound about right? He snacks in between with crackers, cheese, cereal, etc.
I think he would be ready for a little more baby food. Mason is 9 months and this is his schedule:
After he wakes up (about 9 am) he eats probably 1/2 cup outmeal...I don't measure...with half container fruit I think its 2 ounces....(half of a 2nd foods jar)
Then about 2 hours later he eats a 5 ounce bottle.
Then he takes a nap. When he gets up in the afternoon I give him 1-2 jars of food or yogurt.
Then a couple hours later another 5 ounce bottle.
Then another nap. When he gets up it is about 6-7 and he eats supper. Which is usually a 3rd foods jar (6oz) + a fruit for desert (3.5-4 oz).
Then between 9-9:30 he has a 5-7 ounce bottle depending on how much he ate last and how long ago and then he goes to bed about 10pm.
I have been worried that he isn't eating enough formula, but he just won't take more than that. Half the time I have to fight to get him to eat that much, he will just push it away.
I'm sorry Sadie. I have no advice, but I will say a prayer for Randy ok?
Kayson 10-9-06 & Cohen 02-08-10
My FIL always swore by a bottle of water when they wake at night I never did it with mine because they were breastfed and I didn't want them having so much water but if he's on formula it'd be okay and you are sure he's getting enough during the day and the waking is becoming a habit it might help. Looking at your schedule I'd try giving him more food and milk during the day, maybe chunkier food too, it seems to sit in their tummies a little longer (and be less likely to cause reflux issues). Could it be something else entirely like teeth bothering him and having the bottle in his mouth makes it feel better? or silent reflux and the milk is soothing his throat? If he had bad reflux that could be a definite possibility. Good luck, I hope you get some sleep soon!
That's got to be so tough!! I would also say he's ready for more food during the days. How's he doing with table food? Maybe you can start offering whatever you're eating in addition to the jar of baby food? Also, how's he doing w/a sippy cup? Can you give him his formula in a sippy with his meals instead of the bottles between feedings? Whatever he doesn't finish in the sippy you could offer in a bottle after his meal so he's still getting plenty of his milk, but won't be too full of milk before his meal.
It looks like he's pretty much used to eating every 2-3 hours during the day so maybe that's why he's thinking he should eat that much at night. I think if you can get him eating a good solid meal at regular meal times (and then maybe offer him a bottle/sippy with a snack before bed to fill him up) he'll be able to go longer at night without eating.
Last edited by AshnBill; 02-25-2010 at 07:33 PM.
I would think he's ready for more food as well. You can try upping another jar or table food (like one meal at 6 oz and one fruit or veggie at 4 oz) per meal for lunch and supper and adding 2 more oz during that time to see if that makes a difference. You may also want to increase his snack bottles another couple of ounces and see if he drinks it. If he doesn't, you'll know he's not ready for a change during those times. But my gut hunch is that he's hungry for more. My rule of thumb is that if they're hungry for more to drink within 2 hours, they're not getting enough in the bottle they got earlier and I up that bottle to see if they drink it all. I hope you're able to get it figured out quickly! Good luck!
DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!