So my LO turned 5 months about 10 days ago. We weren't planning to introduce solids to him until 6 months. He is breastfed (no formula) from the breast and from bottles. (I work full-time.)
The past two weeks, he has been waking up every single hour after bedtime (8:30PM) SCREAMING. I try to nurse him back to sleep and he's just PISSED and he won't take the nipple. Last week, we made a bit of progress by introducing a good routine, which included music, rocking, nursing for a few minutes, feeding a 4 ounce bottle and then nursing again (he's a distracted nurser and he's not getting a full 4 ounces before bed so we're bottle feeding him. I pump immediately after he drifts off to sleep.). This put him to sleep for at least 4 hours and then he'd wake up one more time before morning. Perfect! Or so I thought...Saturday comes and we're right back to the same situation...despite the full routine....last night I slept a total of 1 hour if you add all my "naps" between wakings up .... It's killing me. I can't function on 1 hour of sleep at a full-time job.
In an act of desperation, my husband thinks we should try to introduce solids to him tonight to see if the fullness helps him to sleep through most of the night. My lack of sleep is becoming life threatening now since I find myself falling asleep behind the wheel often...and nodding off at my desk at work...and he just wants to get him to sleep so I have some relief and get some sleep.
My question is: Will the introduction of solids really help him sleep longer? Or is that a young wives tale???
For the record, I've tried side-laying position and he screams everytime I lay him on the bed. (He seems partial to inclined surfaces and seems to HATE laying down flat.)