Waking up in the middle of the night

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Waking up in the middle of the night

Starting at about 10 weeks, Andrew started sleeping through the night (from about 9pm until 5am-7am). Lately, he has been waking up again about 4 nights out of the week. He wakes up almost the exact same time (around 3:00am). Some nights, I hear him fussing around that time but he puts himself back to sleep. Most of the time, he wakes up completely. My question is, how do I know when he is waking up because he is hungry or just waking up? Should I just assume he is hungry and feed him? Now that he is older he displays less hunger cues (rooting, etc). Since I have to get up for work at around 5am, I have just been feeding him when he gets up at 3am because it is the quickest way to get him back to sleep. Should I try to get him back to sleep without feeding him? I'm afraid he is waking up out of habit and me feeding him with only make the problem worse. At the same time, if he is waking up because he is actually hungry then I really want to feed him...

nori_garsi's picture
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99% of the time when CJ wakes at night, he's hungry and will only go back down once he's fed. He was STTN too but started waking more frequently again and I'm pretty sure he's going through a growth spurt of some sort. I would think he's waking up because he's hungry but have you tried putting him back down without feeding?

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one quick test is if he falls back asleep without being fed, but wakes again shortly after that, then he's probably hungry. At least that's what I assume with Evie.

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Around 4 months, alot of babies go through a sleep regression. Jacob also was STTN starting around 9 weeks, but the last two weeks have been bad with him waking up at 2-3am almost every night, as well as some time between 4 and 6. I looked it up, and what happens is that around 4 months, babies go through a change in their sleep cycle, to become much more like adults. In most cases, its short lived, and will last around 2 weeks. Personally we've had good and bad nights. Bad nights he's up every hour from midnight - 6am. That was awful. Most nights, though, its just up 2 times. I usually will go in and give him a paci, fix up his swaddle if its getting lose (he's still swaddled and prefers it), and leave. Half the time, he'll go back to sleep. The other half he'll be fussing before I even reach the door, and I know he wants food. It is SO exhausting, and I get the luxury of daytime naps if I need, I can't imagine having to deal with it while going to work too!

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Maybe that's what's going on with kaylee. She went from sleeping most of the might to up almost every hr. we are going on two weeks so hopefully this will end soon. Every time she wakes I have to feed even when know she's not hungry. It's the only that will soothe her enough to fall back asleep.

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I've read on Kelly mom that a reason for sleep regression (for bfing babies) at 4 months is b/c they have become more social and are not eating as well during the day so they pick up the missing calories at night. It happens more with bf babies b/c when fed from a bottle they can still look around.

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My rule of thumb is that if I put the binki back (she's in a bassinette right by me) more than 2-3 times, she's hungry and I feed her. Otherwise, if she goes back to sleep, she was just fussy.

Many times, I've put it back in, turned over for "just a second" and when I turn back over because she gets fussy again it's magically 1.5 hours later.

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"Starflyr" wrote:

My rule of thumb is that if I put the binki back (she's in a bassinette right by me) more than 2-3 times, she's hungry and I feed her. Otherwise, if she goes back to sleep, she was just fussy.

Many times, I've put it back in, turned over for "just a second" and when I turn back over because she gets fussy again it's magically 1.5 hours later.

STar

That happens all too often. I think i still have a few hrs to sleep and then the alarms goes off to get DD1 up for school. How I hate that alarm:(

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Carter has been STTN pretty well finally. Sometimes he wakes up around 3-4am but I put his paci in his mouth and he usually goes back to sleep. Hope the sleeping gets better for you guys soon.

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Ronan had about a week and a half back in December where he slept amazingly well. After that, teething started to really bother him, so he'll wake up fussing in the night. Now add to that rolling around and getting stuck in weird positions and we're up several times a night. A couple of times I've strapped him into his bouncy seat just so that he'll hold still and I can get a little sleep. He usually wants to eat once during the night, and the other times he's just fussy from teething or he's gotten himself into a position that he then decides he doesn't like. I'm REALLY ready to get a good night's sleep at this point, but I know it will all sort itself out eventually.