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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: nicky | 2004/11/03

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11 week old twin not sleeping through

My boy twin is hungry all the time - he wakes up between 2-3 am every night and wants nothing but a bottle. We have tried feeding him solids with a bottle at night but this still does not satisfy him enough to sleep through. He also is very alert and fights to stay awake all day His sister sleeps from 19h30 - 06:00 am and is only on milk. SHe also has 2-3 naps a day.
Any suggestions

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

At this age it cannot be expected of your baby to sleep through and what you describe is perfectly normal behaviour. You may count yourself very lucky that his sister does.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/11/04

Listen to purple!

STOP ALL FORMS OF SOLIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your baby will & must get up for milk feeds!!!

Breastfeed if possible.

Reply to dr anonymous
Posted by: 1st Time Mommy | 2004/11/03

Hi Nicky

I don't have any advice but certainly know how you feel, as my son is 14 months old and still wakes me up 2 to 3 times a night which leaves me more tired through the day than ever before. I long for the night when I can get a good nights rest and sleep right through.

Good luck.

P.S. If you find a solution be a honey and let me know, I'm willing to try anything.

FTM

Reply to 1st Time Mommy
Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/03

Every baby is different - as you can see with your twins.

Feeding solids doesn't make babies sleep better - this is an old wives tale, and there is research to back it up.

Your baby is far too young to be having solids of any type.

Although some babies start sleeping through from about 8 weeks, and lucky the mother when this happens, most babies continue to need two or more night feeds until about 6 months of age for bottle fed babies and about 7 months of age for breast fed babies.

Don't listen to advice to give water in the bottle, or watered down formula, or water with sugar. Your baby needs milk.

Unfortunately, that is part of being a mother - waking up at night and taking care of your babies needs.

Your daughter sleeps the recommended amount of time, but as babies are human beings, not robots, your son is also normal for a baby. Try rocking him to sleep, feeding him to sleep or tiring him out with play. People will tell you not to do this, but I can assure you that you will have a happier baby if you do do this, and you will be more rested.

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