My son is 5 months old. He has been sleeping through the night for a very long time (he is a big baby). On a typical night, he would go down at 8:30/9pm and not wake up until 6:30 or even 7am. Then we went to Disney World. He did great on the trip and even kept his normal sleep schedule. Then we returned home. We haven't had a good nights sleep since. He now goes down at the same time (8:30/9pm) but wakes up at midnight or 1am, then again around 3:30/4am, and again around 6am. I've tried rubbing his back, singing to him, etc... to avoid taking him out of his crib. But the only thing that works is to nurse him. He eats for just a few minutes and then goes back out, so I can't figure out if he really is hungry, or if it is just a comfort thing. I am still breast feeding him exclusively. But he is a big baby. He was 11 lbs 2 oz at birth. So I'm wondering if maybe now is the time to begin solids. Thoughts?Answer Question
It's normal for babies at night and it isn't a sign the baby needs to start solids. Babies need to eat at night to keep up blood sugar levels up for brain development. I would have suggested waking your baby when your baby was sleeping that long, it's not a good thing.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until 6 mo. Because your baby was big at birth you want to be careful about weight so you aren't setting your baby up for lifelong weight and health problems. We know that these problems can start with big babies. http://www.kellymom.com/ is a good breastfeeding web site that has info on starting solids. The AAP is very concerned about kids and weight and you can find more info on therie site.
Answer by Gailll at 11:31 AM on Jun. 21, 2010
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