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2006-01-26
Name: Swati Hi,
My ds is 4 months old. At night he wakes up every hr and will not sleep till i feed him. If i try to rock him or ignore him he cries very hard and wakes up completely. Then, making him sleep is more difficlt.

During day time, he feeds every 2 hrs. He does'nt take bottle , so can't give him formula also. He naps 2 -3 times a day for 45 mins each. Am tired, as am not able to sleep for even 2 hrs at a strech. Pls help.
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2006-02-02
#1
Name: taruna
Subject:  it happens at this stage
hey , when my daughter was 4 mts old she used to never sleep the whole day , she used to sleep only for mere 20 min after a bath!
i was so preplexed.... anyway some childern do alter their sleeping plan even on monthly basis.
so try not lettin ur baby sleep in the evening after 7 pm, if really cranky try giving him a nice massage , n den a good bath , he will be off to sleep in no time. sometimes childern also get scared at night , so it could be one reason he gets calm only after drinkin milk. dont worry dis stage shall pass, in infants i ve realised no stage good or bad is permanent, just be patient n try diff things ,one will be right for u n for him.
best of luck
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2006-01-30
#2
Name: ash
Subject:  dont worry
swati
read ur msg..i hv a 4 month old daughter too, who doesnt sleep at all during daytime, but sleeps for at least 8-10 hrs at night....
try giving ur baby something heavy (cerelac or veg soup..if ped permits) around 9.30 pm...also try not to let ur baby sleep after 7.00 pm...keep him awake till 10-10.30m, and then see hw peacefully the baby sleeps...
some kids get all themore energetic afer a bath...as my daughter....who doesnt sleep after a bath at all...
also what i generally did is tht i make my baby lie beside me around bedtime, when she used to see us getting ready to sleep then she too demanded to be rocked to sleep...no w she knows that the moment mommy is in bed...it is bedtime...now i m trying tht she sould get used to seeping on her own without being rocked by somebody....and its working!
also v imp tht baby shld sleep next to u and nt in cradle....tht way he will feel secure and will sleep for longer....i told the same thing to my cousin who hs a 3 month old baby...it worked for her...hope this works for u too
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2006-01-30
#3
Name: ritoo
Subject:  hi swati
first of all I would like to tell you that never give honey to your baby. it has a germ named Botulism which can kill babies . it is proven and ask your peds first.
whay=t my suggestion is in day time when you want baby to sleep take him for a little walk as it works better than lullabies. once baby sleeps keep him in a peaceful room. try to get a rocker or bouncer with vibrator which helps babies a lot .
and in the evening if possible give him a warm water bath or at least wipe his body , massage him with lotion and put him in bed. it really helps and i have tried it for my older one.

take care
ritoo
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2006-01-29
#4
Name: Rekha
Subject:  Honey no problem
Giving honey is no problem, as it is u need just a drop.

Rekha
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2006-01-29
#5
Name: Swati
Subject:  Trying hard
Thanks, Padma/Aug mom/Rekha for your replies. Will try ur advise. From past 2 days,
1. Trying to increase the time gap between feeds in the day time (though, not always successful !)
2. Trying not to feed him every time he gets up at night. I am trying to pat him / rock him to sleep.
Sometimes, he does goes back to sleep without nursing but at times he has to be fed.
Aug mom, will try cup/spoon method. Even his Ped. said, he must be getting hungry as BM is easily digestible. Also he wants us to try Cry It Out methos,which we are not able to do. Its so heart wrenching to see him cry, that too middle of the night.

Padma, If i don't feed him , he starts crying inconsolably. Then, its very difficult to clam him. You were lucky to start at 2 months.

Rekha, Can we give honey to babies ? Heard its not good.

Anyways , i'll keep trying. Also, other thoughts are welcome. Just need some help.

Thanks all
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2006-01-29
#6
Name: Rekha
Subject:  Try home remedies
Try giving him nutmeg and honey at night and then feed him properly. U can give nutmeg (Jaifal)rubed on a stone and then mix a drop of honey and milk.

Sure this will work for your son, as it did to my daughter... good luck

rekha
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2006-01-28
#7
Name: August Mom
Subject:  Re: Does'nt sleep more than an hr !
Hi Swati,
When my son turned 4 months old, my ped told me that he 'may' start waking up in the middle of the night for a feed (up until then he was sleeping thru the night). He was of the opinion that after a certain age/weight breast milk alone is not sufficient to satiate the baby's hunger...it may provide whatever nutriion ur baby needs but may still leave him with a feeling of hunger.

My suggestion is that first u try and get him to accept formula...if he doesnt accept the bottle keep trying but in the meanwhile you can feed him with cup and spoon.
Give him formula an hour before his bedtime (so that you can also breast feed before he finally sleeps).

Hopefully this will get him to sleep for a longer stretch. (it may not happen overnight as he is used the the 2 hour cycle)
As far as the 45 naps during the day...this varies widely for kid to kid..my son also sleeps for exactly 40 minutes per nap!, some kids sleep less than than even!!!

Hope this helps
August Mom
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2006-01-27
#8
Name: Padma
Subject:  Does'nt sleep more than an hr
Hello Swati,

When he wakes up every hour in the night... he is really hungry and cries for milk or he must be feeling too cold or too hot...or his stomach is upset you have to check everything.

Please do not feed him after 12.00 in the night. As per the pediatrician advice i never feed him after 12.00, this i started when my son was 2 months.. now he is 8 months.

When he wakes up in the night put your son on your lap and try to make him sleep or you can give him water.Try this.

Cheers

Padma
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