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waking up at 4am Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
20th Jun '13

once lo hit 3 1/2 months he slept through the night like a champ. now after turning 5 months almost 6 hes waking up often. this past week has been complete hell :( ALWAYS wakes up at 4am and either wants to "hang out" for an hour or 2 or like last night, start his day that early being super fussy and upset. i tried talking to my mother about it and all she could say was welcome to being a parent. i understand being a parent is hard, but i'd like to know if im doing something wrong. i cant keep starting my day at 4am and deal with lo screaming on and off pretty much till noon.
he has been teething and we've tried everything to help, its just sometimes like last night he seemed upset about more than just that. me getting super frustrated and wanting to pull my hair out didn't help lo very much either.

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
20th Jun '13

Unfortunately that sounds pretty normal. My baby is 9 months and slept through the night for awhile. Then she would wake up and not wany to go back to sleep for like a week. Then she would sleep all night again. Then she would wake up at 5am eat and go back to sleep. Their sleeping patterns change a lot. Just gotta wait it out. Yes it sucks but that's just what happens with some babies.

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 74343 posts
20th Jun '13

Are you sure he's not just hungry? is he eating solids?



Sometimes my 6mo old will do that too (wake up at some crazy hour) but not to play, just for a bottle then she's back off to sleep.



I don't think you're doing anything wrong, some kids are just like that...

*Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3601 posts
20th Jun '13

Two reasons my son awoke that early. His diaper was too wet, and while he Hadn't peed through it wasn't wicking moisture enough. Another was hunger, a fresh bottle and a fresh diaper in a dark room with no stimulation had him back to bed 10-15 min later, and slept till 7:30-8am.
Otherwise, I hate to agree with your mom but she may be right. On that note, you probably aren't doing anything wrong. Babies are weirdos.

Quintina Due July 31 (boy); 2 kids; Ohio 8 posts
20th Jun '13

I had similar issues with my now two year old.
The first thing I can say is Teething is a pain!! I woke up many a nights at similar hours and was extremely frustrated with the new behavior. A couple of things to try would be baby Orajel (a numbing gel that is rubbed onto the gums and can numb the pain/discomfort baby is experiencing) or you could try teething rings so that they can chew on those to massage their irritated gums.
One of my favorites that worked pretty well was just getting a washcloth with cool water on it (damp, not soaked) and letting your LO play with/suck on that. The fabric does wonders and the rag keeps them entertained for a bit. Baby gums can not only be pained, but also very itchy when they are getting those new chompers in and sadly we can't take any of that unpleasant feeling away from them. Don't feel bad that your LO is going through this milestone and definitely don't kick yourself for it. :)

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
20th Jun '13

he's been on solids for almost 2 months now, he pedi told us to start early since formula doesnt keep him full. i give him solids twice a day and he'll eat about 2.5-3 oz of it total. we've tried the teething gel, teething toys, gripe water and just got him a mesh one to put cold fruit in. i should try the cold wash cloth tonight when he gets fussy again. some of the times when he wakes up he is super hungry and we'll try to eat 6-8 oz of formula. i try not to feed him solids 2-3 hours before his bed time. lately i have noticed giving him a warm bath with lavender soap/ lotion does help, but it only puts him to sleep quicker.

Quintina Due July 31 (boy); 2 kids; Ohio 8 posts
20th Jun '13

Well if at the end of the day if nothing works, all you can do is just wait it out. Then, at his first birthday party, you can just laugh about it. :D

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
20th Jun '13

lol that is very true. i know some of me feeling extra crazy is this depo shot, its been horrible since the first week i was on it. cant wait for mid july so it can be done with.

Quintina Due July 31 (boy); 2 kids; Ohio 8 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting Hikaru Katsu:" lol that is very true. i know some of me feeling extra crazy is this depo shot, its been horrible since the first week i was on it. cant wait for mid july so it can be done with. "


I have some friends who were on the depo shot and they despised it. I myself have never been on it but from what I've seen the mood swings are pretty intense at times.
Just a thought, you could always use the early wake up calls as an excuse to catch up on any good shows. I know I have some catching up to do on True Blood 8)

JulieBarns Due May 7 (girl); 3 kids; Japan 70 posts
20th Jun '13

Hmmm I have always had this problem as well :P

RosieTheRed Japan 2 posts
20th Jun '13

Like most everybody else has said, it sounds pretty normal to me. I do think that after saying "welcome to being a parent" she could have given you some advice that is useful, but it's not my place to judge that. Anyway the best thing and only thing you really can do is wait it out. And like Quintina has already said, when she gets over it you can just laugh about it. Best of luck!
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