What is going on?! Harry hasn't ever been one to sleep through the night - he's done it about 3/4 times in total. We have come to accept this, and were happy with him waking once between 11-12, and sometimes (not always) between 2-3am.
The last 2 weeks though Harry has been waking up every 2-3 hours and is hungry. He's been drinking 6oz each time. This is amazing, as he has NEVER liked milk, and certainly won't drink much at all during the day. For this reason, he's well and truly weaned and has breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between with milk offered regularly.
WHY is he waking up so much? We're absolutely shattered and haven't got a clue what this is all about. I'm hoping someone has a suggestion/similar experience
Because Harry hasn't ever drank enough formula, he was sent to a dietician who took him off good night or hungrier baby milks because apparently they turn to a cottage cheese type consistency in baby's tummy and make it harder for their systems to digest (which is how they work). The dietician thought Harry might not be drinking much milk because he felt full quickly. This hasn't been the case. We've been using stage 1 milk and he still drinks just as much... but i'm reluctant to go back to hungrier baby/good night milk because of the way the dietician described it. She said that if she had her way, those kind of formulas would be banned!
I had this problem when Ben was 5 months old and my health visitor suggested porrdige before bed to fill him up a bit. So we did half his bottle as porridge and the rest as a bottle and he started sleeping through again.
however now he has porridge and fruit before bed because he no longer wants his bottles!
Although babies do not have an internal calendar to tell them when it is time to have a growth spurt, there are typical ages to watch for them. These growth spurts will have the greatest impact on a nursing mom, but will effect every infant feeding schedule. These ages are approximate and a growth spurt at anytime should be considered normal.
The first growth spurt occurs between 7 and 10 days old. Babies come home from the hospital weighing up to 10% less than their birth weight. When mom’s milk comes in, for those who are nursing, the baby will begin to gain back the lost weight.
Three weeks is the next typical age for a growth spurt, followed by 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months. These ages, once again, are all approximate, and babies may have a growth spurt at other times as well. As long as baby is growing appropriately and is healthy, a growth spurt at any age should not be cause for concern.
Signs of a Growth Spurt
How do you know if your baby is going through a growth spurt? Cluster feeding, where the baby is feeding more often is the first sign. If your infant feeding schedule was a regular 3 hour schedule, and suddenly baby wants to eat more frequently, your baby is most likely going through a growth spurt and needs more food.
Baby may no longer sleep through the night if she was previously. Your baby may have finally started sleeping through the night, only to start waking again several times, seemingly ravenous for food. Newborn baby sleep habits are varied, but any changes in the pattern may indicate a growth spurt.
Waking early from naps is another baby sleep pattern that may change during a growth spurt. If your baby previously napped 1-2 hours or longer at a stretch and is suddenly waking up after only 30-45 minutes and seems hungry, she is most likely going through a growth spurt.
Thanks for that - it's really interesting. I hope it is a growth spurt... and that he grows out of it! He was much better last night. He went to bed at 7pm, woke at about 10... then at 4am and finally for good at 6am which is almost back to normal. Put him to bed at 7pm tonight and he guzzled his bottle down, so i'm hoping now that he has a full tummy, it'll be the same as last night if not better! Keep your fingers crossed for me and hubby!!!
Because Harry hasn't ever drank enough formula, he was sent to a dietician who took him off good night or hungrier baby milks because apparently they turn to a cottage cheese type consistency in baby's tummy and make it harder for their systems to digest (which is how they work).
thanks for that, didnt realise that about the hungry baby and comfort milk's, it doesnt sound good. will keep jacob on his normal milk.
could be a growth spurt but i never noticed anything quite like that with my lo, growth spurt wise. are you sure he isnt teething and waking becasue of that and drinks the milk for comfort or something ? have you tried givinghim some calpol before bed , or when he wakes up the first time ( may be worth trying to see if it helps him sleep longer) mostly the only sign of teething i had from my son was broken nights, he always seemed fine during the day if a little dribbly.. but some teething powders or calpol/ calprofen helps him sleep soundly when teething is the cause...
or could he be coming down with a cold or something that is making him thirsty even, will he take water instead of milk ?
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