Is it normal for a 3 month old to still wake up every few hours during the night?

He eats almost each time he wakes. He naps no more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time. I try to let him fuss a bit to see if he will go back to sleep on his own but he just gets all worked up and starts screaming. I don't think CIO is appropriate yet. So what do I do? also he sleeps on his belly...I know I know but he sleeps even less on his back which is not something I can handle. I just need some sleep..


Asked by missv66 at 8:26 AM on Jan. 14, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I know how you feel... my 6 month old still wakes that often! He was up 6 times last night in an 8 hour period! I think you just have to wait until they outgrow it.... we have tried EVERYTHING!

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:44 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • I would reading the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block". It gives a lot of great advice on helping babies sleep and stay asleep. Swaddling (tightly) helped my baby sleep for longer stretches. It does get easier....but you need to start now in "sleep training" him. Also, "Healthy Sleep Habits" by Marc Weissenbluth was really helpful.

    Answer by steph2013 at 8:32 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • You're not doing anything wrong. If he's waking and eating...he still needs to eat when he wakes. Not all babies sleep through the night before 6 months...heck, some don't sleep through until they are on table foods, are toddlers or even older. (I've heard of some toddlers still waking at night, yes...rare, but does happen) On the other hand, some sleep through quite early.

    If he wakes at night, try to let him fuss as you've done....but if he's hungry, he's not going to go back to sleep. You might try to work towards combining a couple of night feedings, but I wouldn't think he's quite ready to go without just yet based on what you've wrote.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:47 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • It is completely normal... If you are breastfeeding he will continue to wake at night for quite a while... BF babies eat more at night than FF babies since the formula will fill them up more. The above poster is right on.. a lot of babies don't sleep through the night for a long time...
    Swaddling is also a great idea... we have just begun to stop swaddling our 5 month old. She still wakes up at night on occasion. He could also be colicky...try keeping him upright for about 30 minutes after a feeding and the gas will work itself out and he may sleep longer.. shrug..just a thought! GL

    Answer by mcginnisc at 8:55 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • my baby started doing that at 1month old .iwent and bought some gripe water and haven't had a problem since. i also give her cereal with her bedtime bottle.

    Answer by kb24 at 10:02 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • is this something new or has he always done this?
    if it's new behavior then it's probably just the 3 month growth spurt.
    even if it's not new behavior, babies that age still need to eat through the night.

    i would not advise adding cereal to your baby's bottle--it is a choking hazard.

    Answer by heatherama at 10:31 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • i stopped swalding 1 month after wwe left the hospital then he was waking up every1-3 hours so i started swaddling again at 3 months that night he slept 8 hours in a row niw hes4.5 months old and i have to stop swalding because he breaks ot of them so now i just rap it tight with his arms out and he sleeps pretty good but it always varysthe first time he wakes i give a pacifer and he fall asleep for about 2 more hours on average he wakes 1 time at night the 1 in early morning and usually gets up around 8 or so

    Answer by blakie123 at 6:08 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

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  • good luck ladies

    Answer by blakie123 at 6:09 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

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  • What's wrong with some people, at 3 months they are still BABIES, BABIES aren't suppose to sleep through the night, or be on a schedule (like adults want them to be). SOME lucky few do BUT it's rare. Don't like it, don't have a baby.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:23 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • Wow, I am not looking for him to sleep through the night, but awake every hour all night is not normal or healthy for me or for him. That is no exageration either, he doesn't sleep. You can't tell me that this is how babies are...he is now almost 5 months old

    Answer by missv66 at 7:07 AM on Feb. 19, 2009

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