Did you try tummy down? I notice that for my two kids, they sleep better tummy down.
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My 5.5 months old baby wakes up many times at night. He usually sleep at 7pm plus. Me and my hubby usually sleep at around 1030pm so we will feed him at around 10pm. During the night he will wake up a few times as follow:
11pm plus - drink around 80-90 ml of milk
1am - drink drink around 70-80 ml of milk (sometimes only 30 or 40 ml)
245am - sometimes drink abit sometimes dont drink
4am - sometimes drink sometimes dont drink
430-6plus am- make noise and sometime wanna carry
We are swaddling him to sleep but seems like he wants us to open him. We did try letting him sleep without swaddling but still the same and somemore need us to carry him longer before he gets back to his sleep.
We are very very very tired about these and would like to seek advice from mummies here what can we do about it? How to get our baby sleep longer at night? What's wrong with him?
Did you try tummy down? I notice that for my two kids, they sleep better tummy down.
hi mummy floramay... baby got good instinct... they tummy down.. they also know how to turn their head sideway... haha.. that was what my baby did...
you latch on or bottle feed?
My son is actually on EBM. Me and hubby will take turn to feed him the breastmilk . We suspect two reasons:
1. He get too used to be swaddled (the feeling of being carried when sleep) but he has grown up wanna moves his hands freely. Therefore, he makes noise wanna freedom.
2. He is not satisfied with only breastmilk? Everytime he wakes up for milk he will drink the most 80-90ml the fall asleep again :S Obviously it's not enough to last long.
I going to start work in 2 week's time. Sigh.
oh.. breastmilk cannot last long... you might want to consider giving formula at night... in between formula has nutritional value on it own.. dont worry about formula and breast milk... breast milk has its own nutritional value more importantly its can build immunity system.. with both your baby might benefit more.. you might want to consider...
you might want to consider giving him more space in sleeping... so that he can move his hand freely... a mattress you can consider
hi floramay! yup,can try tummy dwn,did that for my boy cuz his neck is strong enuf to lift up by himself as i give him 'tummy time' everyday to strengthen his neck. you want to try yaolan? i call it the unbeatable sarong... i believe most babies love it n sleep longer in it... my boy also had prob sleepin until now he is about 4mnths old n his drinking time is 5hrs interval so during midnite its easier for me,his record was 8hrs without waking up for feed. i believe the rite time to tummy dwn is wen your baby's neck is strong enuf that he can lift up his head n turn frm side to side.
Actuali 1st few mnths my boy sleep ON me,tummy dwn. im a veri light sleeper so i let him sleep that way so he can sleep longer n help him fart cuz his stomach got alot of air. tis way my boy also got used to it n slowly he can turn his head left n rite during sleep without my help.
[QUOTE=star_star;495861]hi floramay! yup,can try tummy dwn,did that for my boy cuz his neck is strong enuf to lift up by himself as i give him 'tummy time' everyday to strengthen his neck. you want to try yaolan? i call it the unbeatable sarong... i believe most babies love it n sleep longer in it... my boy also had prob sleepin until now he is about 4mnths old n his drinking time is 5hrs interval so during midnite its easier for me,his record was 8hrs without waking up for feed. i believe the rite time to tummy dwn is wen your baby's neck is strong enuf that he can lift up his head n turn frm side to side.
Actuali 1st few mnths my boy sleep ON me,tummy dwn. im a veri light sleeper so i let him sleep that way so he can sleep longer n help him fart cuz his stomach got alot of air. tis way my boy also got used to it n slowly he can turn his head left n rite during sleep without my help.[/QUOTE
We just tried putting him on tummy but he become very fussy. He is tired but he couldnt fall asleep. We didnt swaddle him, so his hand is free and he become very tense when we put him on bed straight without carrying him. Tense as in he will straighten his hands and legs. After a period of struggling, we put him on tummy and he become more tense. His head is lifted all the way up without touching the bed!... he kept crying and struggling.
After fighting for around 20 min, we gave up and I carry him up. In less then 3 mins, he fall asleep (think he is too tired ).
I would like to ask, how do you guys put your babies on tummy? you put her straight on tummy when she is awake or when she has already fall alseep? Do you carry her to sleep?
sigh... is it consider a failure to us? We gave up after seeing him struggling for so long :S
http://www.mummysg.com/forums/f106/w...-months-47293/. based on your posts, i think your son's neck is pretty strong and can hold up on his own... Anyway, you are his caregiver, you have a better judgement. hang in there, we have to trial and error when it comes to our kids.
Last edited by banner82; 07-02-2011 at 09:15 PM.
i put him on tummy after he falls asleep. i also went tru all his 'fuss' wen he was about 1 to 2 mnths old... that was cuz his stomach trap alot of air,he didnt feel well. n also my breastmilk affected him. i ate ginger which made his stomach gasy. i drank chicken soup (for energy),he cldnt fall asleep. he will fall asleep afew seconds then sudenly wake up with eyes wide open then start crying. i stopped having confinement food. if you still breastfeeding,maybe its what you take that is affecting him. i tried new bottles that prevent colic n found 1 suitable for him. i apply yu yee oil for him,babies love it. n let him drink woodward's syrup once a day.
At nite,i had to shake him to sleep,he will also scream if i put him on bed tats y i carry him sleep throughout the nite. i sacrifice my comfort for him cuz its unhealthy for baby to sleep so little. mani mummies wld disagree with the way i did it but it helped alot. 1st i give him his pacifier (he oni needs it wen he want to sleep,wen he fall asleep,he will let it go by himself) and his beansprout pillow,he like to use it to cover his face. then i will walk around,shake n pat him. he was veri sensitive,if i sit dwn,he will knw n will start his 'engine'. then wen he falls aleep,i will also go to sleep,still carrying him in same position,i lie dwn,one pillow under each arm to support. another pattern is after his milk he will fall asleep while i put him over my shoulder to brup him. i will slowly lie dwn while i slowly slide him dwn to my body,his head on my chest n tats how i get him to sleep on tummy,on me. that also got 2 pillows on each side to support incase he moves. tats for the 1st 2 mnths where he got good sleep n i had sleep but minus the comfort,woke up with aches but managable.
now i still have to shake him to sleep n we go to sleep the same way but in the middle of the nite he will struggle to b let dwn to bed n lie there sleep. 1st,dwn either the carried position or tummy,i will slide him to my side wen he is in deep sleep,still carrying him in my arms which means he is half touching the bed but he can still feel me carrying him n close to me. frm there you can easily release him n he will me lying on bed but your arm is still under his head. then again slowly you can remove your hands frm under his head. i tried it with 1 step a week. now my boy almost 4 mnths ,he can sleep by himself on his tummy or on his back. of cuz still have to shake him till he sleep 1st... or like what my mum does,she just put him in sarong n let the magic hapen. haha...
now my boy will fuss alittle cuz he is teeting n he gets cranky in the middle of the nite or he will scream louder then usual... i use teething gel n toys to sooth him...
My boy is about 4 months old and he also wakes up many times a night, the interval quite close to you. He is on total breast milk, latched on. He is a twin. His sister is sleeping through the night - 8pm to 8am. She is also on total breast milk. Thus I can tell you NOT to think baby is not getting enough EBM and that you need to supplement with FM. If you do that you will only allow your supply to dip.
My boy is in a worse situation. He got very bad eczema and we bundle his hands up so that he cannot scratch his face. He is fussy because he is feeling itchy and cannot scratch.
How often does your boy feed in the daytime? You may want to increase his feeding interval in the daytime so that he gets more milk in the day, then there is a chance he will sleep longer between feeds at night.
I personally feel that perhaps your baby just wants to suck on something or be carried to sleep. Have you tried to offer a pacifier? I find it works with mine. For example, mine feed at 11am. Sometimes 1am he wants milk but I will offer the pacifier first. He usually falls back to sleep after about 20 minutes, which means he just wants to suck and can actually go without a feed at that time. Maybe around 3am he will wake up again. I try the pacifier but he cries, and he cries even louder. That is my cue that maybe he is really hungry and I will feed him.
Another thing is, do you go to him immediately when he cries or do you allow some time to see if he goes back to sleep? It'll be good to allow about 5-10minutes to cry first. This gives him a chance to learn how to self-soothe and comfort himself back to sleep, which is a skill that babies who sleep through the night develop. Perhaps you can try these when the feeding interval is too short.
By right at about 5.5 months, most babies should start sleeping 9-10 hours already, if not 5-6 hours, whether on FM or breast milk.
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It's maybe the teeths. My 2 kids had their first teeth at about 6 mo. So your's is very close to 6 mo. Have you tried to put teething gel?
He drinks every 3 hourly, each feed average 120 ml. However I notice when it comes to evening he will want milk more often. Hmmm... I also notice this problem that he doesnt know how to soothe himself to sleep. We actually attend to him quite promptly at night cause we dont want baby to wake each other up, trying to let each other to sleep more. For my son, if he waited too long and cant sleep back he will make alot of noise then start to cry and open his eyes. So we always attend to him quickly once we hear him move around. We did give him pacifier, sometimes work and he will fall asleep but these two weeks he will just push it out and start crying if we keep pushing it in his mouth.
When mine started teething, she became slightly feverish. I only know mine was teething when she bite my finger really hard. Could feel the sharpness of her teeth beneath her gums.
I usually put her tummy down after she fall asleep, but its usually for her afternoon naps, so that I can easily monitor her. For the evenings, if she wants more milk, we usually prepare more milk for her, for example; if normally she drinks 120ml, I'll increase it to 150ml before her bedtime. If she wakes up in the middle of the night and its not her milktime yet, I'll give her the pacifier and pat her back to sleep.
okok, I will take note of that.. been opening his mouth and checking his gum quite often and he always shake his head when I am trying to open his mouth... haha.
I will try whatever method that is suggested by all kind mummies here. But one glad thing is I have finally stop swaddling him and he can go to sleep quite quite smoothly with some patting. My mom ask me to train my boy to sleep abit side way with a bolster. So my mother in law quickly go made a bolster stuffed with cotton. Still trying out this method for the past two nights, he still wake up a few times and move here and there but slowly can soothe himself to sleep. Sometimes still will move until become awake though.
Thanx!! Please share your experience if you have any effective way. Thanx again
Is your baby sleeping alot in the day?If so then he might have problem at night.Another thing you can try switch off light ,give some light music,put him sleep side way,add rice cereal to breast milk,increase milk maybe x-tra 20ml.My niece under my care,I train her to sleep through the night.She is 5+mths drinking 200mls+rice cereal,give her a bolster n pet her to bed.Last feeding is 9pm,sleep till next morning about 6am.JIA you JIA you..........
It's possible that he relies on sucking to fall back to sleep again. If so, try to unlatch or remove the bottle teat or pacifier before he falls asleep fully. Then burp him and put him on the bed to sleep with little or no patting. After some time, they'd learn.
My boy is a very fussy sleeper and we tried many gentle ways to help him sleep better. He finally slept through the night at 18 months old (previously fussed to latch on every hour!) Great that I finally broke his sucking-to-sleep association. (I know 2-3 year old toddlers who still wake up for bottle feeds 1-2 times a night. Milk becomes a comfort drink.)
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