Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lissie | 2011/10/07


4 month old and routine

Hi there, my 4 month old seems to have switched her day and night time routine around. She is breastfed only and will go 4-5 hours during the day between feedings but after midnight she seems to be ''awake"  every 1-2 hours. she cannot sleep if I do not hold her and rock her. please if you have some advice, I am exausted!!!

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Posted by: Lissie | 2011/10/07

@R: It must be, it seems like 4 months is a time of a lot of changes...I just do not understand why she would suddenly change her whole routine and it has been going so well! I also agree that a baby should be held and I also enjoy it while she is so young. everyone tells me that I am spoiling her by holding her all the time but the problem is mostly at night time because I literally cannot put her down in her bed without her waking and crying again...but I cannot sleep while holding her!

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/10/07

Hi Lissie

I can''t say much about fixing the day/night switch, but the parenting forum will definately help you with that. About the holding rocking her to sleep - I believe these little people absolutely need that comfort and that it must be given to them. They need their parents warm body and heartbeat for comfort and feeling safe. Only from 8 months to a year can one start helping them to sleep by themselves. Of my 3 sons, the eldest was placed into routine and he only slept through from 4 years...the second boy was given more holding and rocking and he wakes only twice a night. With the baby (now 1 yo) I did attachment parenting, and he is sleeping through the night and is very independent. I can recommend attachment parenting as it is very satisfying to the baby and parents. A baby who feels safe will sleep better??

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Posted by: R | 2011/10/07

I wonder if it is a 4 month thing, mine is doing the same suddenly.

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Posted by: Nini | 2011/10/07

I suggest you also post your question under the Parenting Forum, lots of mommies with fantastic advice about this kind of thing!

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