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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 08:34 AM   1
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Can 10 week old wake out of habit?


LO wakes up at 1am & 4am every night. It doesn't matter how good or bad his naps are, how much he eats (even if it's 5oz at 1am), he *always* wakes up at the exact same times.

Today he was fussy at 1am (which was rare) and didn't go back down until 2:30am (after eating 5oz), he still woke at 4am!

Can they do it out of habit at only 10 weeks? If so, how can we help this? He has slept through the 1am feeding about 4 times now, only waking at 4am, but that's pretty rare.

I know he's quite young - but he does have colic, so the night is really the only time we get a "break". Just looking for advice.



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 10:45 AM   2
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1 and 4 isn't so bad



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 11:23 AM   3
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At 10 weeks its not habbit. That is still young. its just routine for feeding. Your LO will eventually drop the feeds. My daugter was fed at 11 and 3 and she dropped the 11 1st and then the 3.



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 12:21 PM   4
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I think 1am and 4 am is pretty good!



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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 12:25 PM   5
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My ds is 10 weeks 2 and was waking at 1.30 and 4.30 up until 3 nights ago when he dropped the 1.30 feed and now wakes at 4am only so hopefully it won't be long and ur lo will drop to one night feed xx



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 14:50 PM   6
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I think it's possible that he's waking because he's used to waking at that time for a feed even if he doesn't need it.

As for dropping the feeds if you think he doesn't need them then that's a bit more of a challenge and at 10 weeks I personally wouldn't be in too much of a rush because they go through so many changes and sometimes actually do need the feed and sometimes don't so I could never be sure!

If Ronan woke truly fussing for the feed when he wakes then I would feed him. If he was just awake and chirping or having a little fuss but not for food then I would leave him and often he will settle himself back to sleep but if he's still awake and chirping after 15 mins, or his fussing escalates before then I'll go in to settle him. When he was around your LO's age I would check his diaper/change his bum etc. just to waste a few minutes to help break the association between waking/feeding and likewise I would try to put him back down to sleep while he was still awake (though drowsy).

I find if he gets into the 'habit' of waking at the same time every night even though I don't think he's hungry, after a few nights of delaying the feed he tends to stop waking at that time.



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 20:47 PM   7
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Shockingly my LO does this Aliss!

Does Alex take a pacifier? Nolan kept waking at midnight and when I would offer the bottle, he would take 1/2 ounce and be done (lots of wasted formula!). When he wakes at midnight I give him his pacifier and he goes right back to sleep then wakes up around 3:00 and takes a decent bottle (although i do 'dreamfeed' him if he did not take a good bottle before going to sleep). I may be starting a bad habit but its better for me to reach over and put his "snooze button" in then waste the formula



 
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 20:56 PM   8
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Thanks so much for the info!!!!

And yes mrsthomas, just add that one to the list! If I lived in Ohio and not Canada, I would've wondered if OH was sneaking around making other babies! There's gotta be some connection...

Although, he won't take a pacifier!



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 03:02 AM   9
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Ours has been the same Aliss. Hers were 2am and 5am. She dropped the 2am about 2 weeks ago and the 5am moved to 4am and then wake for the day at 6.30am. She only ever takes an oz at the night feeds and so I do think its habit rather than hunger, and ours are the same age. All went to pot though this week as she has been ill and so waking every hour. Although last night she went back to just 4am again, took an oz and back down. Ours won't take a dummy either.
I know it's early days to be honest but once she is better I'm going to offer her water instead at 4am and see what happens. I just can't see it being hunger - she takes a good 32oz in the day! xx



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 11:20 AM   10
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^ That must be frustrating!

And no sooner did I post this that I think the 12 week growth spurt started! Bed at 7, feed at 745,12,2,230,430!!Eeek



 
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