My baby keeps waking up at night... help!

Philippines
May 17, 2007 9:31am CST
My baby's turning 5month old this coming june 4, I read in a book that she should be sleeping through the night at her age. But my baby's not doing it. She kept waking every 4 hours asking for her milk. I would try to ignore her but I just can't do it when she cries histerically. What should I do?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
17 May 07
Are you feeding her cereal before she goes to bed. This seems to help keep them feeling full throughout the night. I would substitute the milk in the night for water. Babies don't seem to enjoy water as much as milk. Once she realizes that she is only going to get water when she wakes up, she might start sleeping threw the night. Good luck.
• Singapore
18 May 07
if ur baby''s usual bed time is 7-8pm, do not feed solids to ur baby later then 6pm otherwise their body will be working to digest the food n thus making baby too alert to fall asleep.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
18 May 07
Really? I always fed my kids cereal at 7 and put them to bed at 8 and they slept all night.
@nurhoney (1123)
• Philippines
17 May 07
there are some cases that all babies are the same...my son also does that when he was just about 6-7 months...usually the boy babies can drink to much milk in a day...when they cry, it means they are hungry so you have to really give them their milk...do you follow the proper milk and water solution for your baby? what I did was, when I see my son still wants to drink after I just gave him his milk, I tend to add more milk for him until he is full...with this, he tends to sleep longer and not ask for milk again. I dont know if this works for your baby but it worked for my son, just try it.
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• United States
18 May 07
Throw away the book. If she only wakes once per night for a feeding, that's not extremely disruptive to the family and she'll outgrow it eventually. If she were a year old or more and still waking, I might encourage her to sleep through by giving her only water at night. A 5 month old, though, might still really need that feeding in the night. Kids grow at different rates.
@AugBoyz (79)
• Singapore
18 May 07
If u have been reading books on taking care of babies, they shld have given u tips on making ur baby sleep thru the nite ya? It takes time to wean bb off their nite feed, so be patient. Try giving her the pacifier, sometimes its de sucking motion tt puts them back to sleep.
• United States
17 May 07
My son is the same age. He doesn't sleep through the night either. Every pediatrician says something different. Don't stress. I was told by my son's doctor that baby's don't really start sleeping through until about 6 months. I was getting him to sleep for 7 hours straight, but then my doctor said I put him to bed too late. (like 10PM) She actually said he should be in bed by 7PM. So now I have him in bed at 9, and for some reason changed his sleep pattern. Now, he wakes up to eat at 3AM, then up for the day at 5:30 AM. If she doesn't go back to sleep with a pacifier, if you use one, then feed her. They are growing so quickly that they get hungry. She start pushing her feedings back on her own, dont worry
@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
17 May 07
I hate to tell you this, but my second daughter did not sleep through the night until she was three years old! I believe, however, the yellow paint on her walls was a mistake that caused this. Yellow is an energy, creative colour. It should not be used for bedrooms. All children are different. You can't really go by the books, but as someone said, giving her cereal before she goes to bed is the best thing. Something that should keep her from waking up hungry.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
17 May 07
It sounds like your daughter is going through a growth spurt. I suggest doing what the others have suggested and adding rice cereal to her bottle. Try it with the one before bed time and it should keep her tummy full enough for her to sleep through the night.