Wakes every 3 hours during the night
Hi Maree, I have a 9 month old that wakes every 3 hours during the night = 10pm 1am 4am. I guess I`ve got her into a pattern where she expects a feed to resettle herself in order to go back to sleep. She is eating solids very well during the day and I breast feed her at 9am 1.30pm and 7pm. I second guess myself when I believe I should follow the settling techniques as I worry that my baby simply is thirsty and needs that feed. This is my second child. My first child pretty much slept through at 6months and didn`t seem so demanding. My concern as well is trying not to wake the whole household when I try to resettle at those early morning hours. Could you help me please.
She is definitely waking out of habit for this comfort feed and if you want to make the change you will have to stop the feed From about 6 months on a baby should be able to sleep through the night 7pm to 7am without and overnight feed. It sound like she is feeding well during the day and you could try a 10pm rollover feed which is done more to give you confidence she is not hungry when waking later during the night. When doing the settling techniques you offer a drink of water every hour so no problem there. It is a hard prgram to follow and it will be disruptive for a week or so but so is what you are doing every night already.
22 Nov 2007