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4 1/2 months old - night waking

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    Unhappy 4 1/2 months old - night waking

    My 4 1/2 months old is having "night waking" for almost 2 months. His routine schedule:
    wake up at 6am, 5 times feed during the day
    1 short nap (45 mins - 1hr) in the morning and 1 longer nap for 2-3 hrs after his 2pm feed
    hit the crib between 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    last feed between 11:30pm - 12midnight

    His night waking happens between 4am - 4:30am. On a good day, takes me less than 15 mins to tuck him back to bed but recently, it takes over one hour to put him back to sleep. I have ruled out all the possibilities from heat, cold, wet, hunger, lighting, illness but the crying is quite persistent even padding or rocking won't do any good. He will cry until exhausted, then hit the bed..

    Does it sound familiar to any of the parents? I am considering to visit a baby sleeping disorder specialists. Any recommendation from clinics or hospitals? Thanks.

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    could be starting to get some teeth. my son had 6 teeth by the time he turned 6 months.

    honestly, i think you are REALLY getting ahead of yourself looking for a sleep disorder clinic for a 4.5 month old baby.

    both of my kids slept beautifully until they got to about 5-6 months, then they woke every single night until they were 2.5 years. that's just the way it goes. they still occasionally wake up & they are 3&5 years old now.

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    agree with Cara.... he is very young. take it easy - their sleep pattern changes quite often till they are 1ish. we need to adapt.

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    teething could be a possibility. sleeping disorder consultancy is my last resort as I am quite worry about his growth development with consistent lack of sleep (only 12 hours of sleep) at this young age.

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    how much does he sleep during the day? it is NOT expected that the baby sleep for 12 hours consecutively & consistantly every night. it's a TOTAL amount of sleep rather than the actual length of sleep at any one time...

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    his total napping time during the day is about 3 hours and around 9 hours of night time sleep which comes to about 12 hours in total per day

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    I agree that one night waking in a 4.5 month old probably isn't enough of a problem to call in the sleep disorders but I think most experts would agree that on average 12 hours sleep a day is not enough for a baby of that age (recognising that some babies survive on less sleep than others).
    Maybe the afternoon sleep is too long and too late in the day for a good night time sleep. Could you try having your baby go to bed earlier for the afternoon nap (around 12.30 or 1 at the latest).

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    If it's really bothering you and affecting your quality of life (which it might be...1 hour of crying at 4am would get old fast after awhile), you could just have a chat with one of these sleep specialists to put you more at ease. I think if you go to Annerley Midwives (located in LKF) on a Monday or Tuesday morning they have a play group for something like 160 for 2 hours. Moms and babies gather there, but there is one lady, Deborah, who is supposed to be a sleep specialist, and you could mention the issue to her and see if she thinks you need to do a one-on-one consultation with her. The one-on-one is 860, and you can just pay for a one time consultation (they have you fill out a sleeping and eating chart for a few days before the session). It might be premature, but again, if it really if bothering you at the least charting it all out and talking to a midwife might help you figure out what is going on. Good luck! I am still struggling with my own sleep issues but my baby is just shy of 4 months so I know it's too early for me to expect much from her!

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