Okay, so in a previous blog, I mentioned other babies John Luke’s age are sleeping through the night. Well, two babies are his age, the other baby is a month or so older. But still, they are all sleeping through the night.
Ughhh! Sleep apparently crimps my little man’s style. I feed on demand. Mostly bottle. He only likes to breastfeed when he is really tired such as before a nap, or in the middle of the night. I’ve had people say their child was sleeping through the night at two months, and others say their child didn’t sleep through the night until two years of age. Every child is different.
My friend suggested I try feeding at 3:00, 7:00, and 11:00. I thought this would help me get him on a schedule. Wank, wank wank. He would either be too hungry to wait until the next feeding time and be inconsolable, or would only eat about 2-3 oz and be hungry two hours later. I am not a big fan of the cry-out method, so I would usually cave, although it was not time for a full feeding.
For that reason I am trying to feed him every four hours, whatever time that may be. Keep him awake, as long as possible, and then put him down for a nap. During the night, he will occasionally sleep five hours before time for the next feeding.
Typically, he is ready for a bottle around 8:30pm, and falls to sleep around 9:30 or 10:00pm. Up again sometime between 12:30-2:30am, and again around 6:30am, depending on when he had his bottle during the night. Then, he wakes up for the duration around 8:30am. He takes 20-30 minute power naps during the day every 2-3 hours, but sometimes they last as few as 15 minutes.
I am hoping to get him on a regular feeding and sleeping schedule soon. My lactation consultant advised against putting him on a regimented schedule. She said that he will tell you when he is ready to eat. However, it will be sweet to have some regularity in our day.
Otherwise, life is good in the Foster household. BTW, the baby is finally sleeping! Life is real good.