Hi, not sure if this a sleep or feeding issue but some advice would be appreciated please.
My DS (one week away from 10 months) has always been an early waker and riser but in the last two weeks he has woken around 5am as usual but instead of wanting to get up, wants his breakfast milk and then to go back to sleep. I've let him do this as around 8 1/2 months he suddenly started waking in the night again for a full feed. I've managed to eradicate that over the last three weeks and he doesn't have a dream feed either. He's down to three bottles starting with this first one at 5am, a post lunch/pre nap one and then a bedtime bottle. He is also eating three meals a day although his appetite isn't consistent.
I wake him at 7am and we start our day then and he generally has 3 1/2 hours of A time before his naps which tend to last between 1hr 15 and 1hr 30mins. He wakes naturally from his naps. But, he is now pushing his bedtime to around 8pm as he doesn't wake from his last nap until between 4.30 and 5pm. Ideally I would like him in bed for 7/7.30 but don't want him waking any earlier or wanting to actually get up again at 5am.
I would like him to have his breakfast bottle when he is actually ready to get up but I am a bit scarred by his unexpected night feeding and am reluctant to potentially open that can of worms again! If I shorten his morning nap, do you think it would encourage him to bridge that 5am gap eventually? And should I start reducing the lunchtime bottle to encourage a better bottle at bedtime? At the moment he tends to drink around 200ml in all three bottles but occasionally either the lunch or bedtime bottle will be much shorter. I also feel he might not be eating enough - breakfast is okay, he's ravenous at lunchtime because he feeds up to an hour after he wakes but then is not really bothered about dinner, probably because he has had a bottle only two/ two and half hours before.
I hope this isn't too confusing for you to read! Our EASY may help.....
5AM - breakfast bottle usually around 200ml - Back to sleep
7AM Wake up
8.30AM Breakfast (cereal and fruit)
10.30 Nap (usually 1hr 30)
Midday - Awake
12.45PM Lunch (spoonfed main meal and yoghurt)
3PM Bottle (anthing between 180ml - 200ml)
3.30PM Nap (usually 1hr 30)
5.50PM Dinner (spoonfed usually but also BLW - only takes an ounce or two and never pudding)
7PM - anytime from 7PM he will start shouting for his bottle and sometimes have it in two stages before and after bath/wash etc. Again, up to 200ml but not consistently.
He has never been a consistent milk drinker though and I had to teach him to sleep when he was younger so everything - feeding, sleeping, eating feels like a hard won victory with him
He self settles at nap and bedtime but if I misread his cues and put him down too early, he will get frustrated and cross if he stays awake in his cot for too long.