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Offline Aria2010

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Waking at the same time each night
« on: January 08, 2016, 02:01:59 am »
My son is 5 months old and breastfed. I have him on the 4 hour EASY. He used to wake generally once a night for a feed. He'd wake at different times anywhere between 1am and 3.30am. If he woke earlier he's usually wake again for a second feed around 5.30 - 6.00am but mostly he woke a bit later and just slept until morning. Recently he's been waking up at 1.30am exactly every night. This now means he usually wakes for a second feed. I'm not sure what's changed and why he's waking up at the exact same time each night? I'm wondering if it's become a habit rather than hunger? For example, tonight I tried putting his crib flat after having it on an incline since he was a newborn. It obviously didn't suit him and he was waking up a lot after I put him down. About one and half hours after I put him down he really woke up and was crying - I comforted him as much as possible but in the end gave have him a little feed just to calm him and he fed for about 7 minute and then went to sleep. I was expecting him to wake later for his feed because of this 'extra' little feed but he's woken up bang on 1.30am again. I tried to get him back to sleep but he wasn't having it so I've fed him. Any advice would be appreciated.

Ps. I follow the baby whisperer routine generally but don't dreamfeed so I don't expect him to go all night without a feed. Just want to establish why he's waking at the same time each night now?

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Re: Waking at the same time each night
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2016, 04:30:44 am »
It's possible it's becoming habitual, especially if the precise night waking time has been going on for quite a while.  Personally, my boys were always very 'punctual' on their NW's, until they just suddenly stopped and STTN.  Is 7 mins the norm, or is that a fast feed for him? (based on the day time feeds)


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Re: Waking at the same time each night
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2016, 14:26:25 pm »
Thanks for the reply. 7 minutes is a short feed as he usually feeds for about 12 - 15 mins. I just thought having had that bit extra that he doesn't usually have that he'd sleep a bit longer? This 1.30am time has been for about 10 days. Not sure if it has anything to do with it but he did have a bit of a cold but he's over it now and still waking at 1.30am.

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Re: Waking at the same time each night
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2016, 21:54:22 pm »
Hmmm, I'd probably give it a while longer, particularly if he was sick.  It takes an adult 7-10 to recover from a cold so assume it will take a smidge longer for your LO to feel 100%.  If he needs that extra bit of feed, go for it.