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  1. Kristen says:

    Hi there,

    My daughter turns 5 months old tomorrow and I’ve worked very diligently with her on her sleep habits to try and get us on the right foot from the beginning. She sleeps in her crib, can go down awake, doesn’t need her pacifier to sleep, we have a good night time routine to get her in the night time mindset, etc. So I’m baffled as to why she is still waking frequently at night. She has shown that she can go as long as 7 hours without waking, but then the next night she wakes 4 times in one night. I always feed her because it’s honestly faster to give her a 5 minute feed than to let her cry for longer than that. She feeds quickly and goes back to sleep (still goes down awake, though, not nursed to sleep), But I was kind of hoping that since she has the ability to put herself to sleep, that it would translate to her sleeping through the night (or at least for 6hours minimum!). Does this still sound like a crutch/habit? Or do I need to work on getting her to eat more during the day? Let her cry at night just seems hard because I don’t want to wake up our toddler. Thank you for your help!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Kristen,
      Thank you so much for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! Congratulations on all of the progress you’ve made on your sleep work so far 🙂 I’m sorry to hear you’re still struggling with night feedings. Many babies are still inconsistent feeders at this age, and that can be normal; there are a lot of growth spurts, sleep regressions, and other reasons a baby might need to eat more one night than the next. It can also be normal to see the same baby sleep 7 hours in a stretch one night and only 3-4 the next. None of us are sleep robots! 😀 If your baby is going back to sleep easily after being fed, and is not waking again within the same hour, it is likely she is just hungry and will need to eat at night for a while more. I hope this helps!

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