Re: Fed On Demand 5 Month Old NOT SLEEPI
There is no point at which feeding on demand is no longer recommended. However, at a certain point nighttime on-demand feeding does become more a matter of personal choice and less a matter of nutritional necessity. The point at which this transition occurs is not something that people agree on: some people say it happens very early, at only a few months old, whereas others say it doesn't roll around until the baby is about a year old, if not more.
One thing you can be sure of is that responsive nighttime parenting and night-nursing does not "spoil" babies. It can be an inconvenient style for the parent(s), but it is not bad for the baby.
Changes in infant sleep patterns are textbook normal. Many babies will sleep through the night for a period of time, and then revert of frequent night waking. Often increased night waking coincides with illness, teething, or new developmental milestones. I suggest taking a look at Elizabeth Pantley's book " The No Cry Sleep Solution" for a realistic look at infant sleep and some techniques for encouraging longer and more independent sleep without resorting to harsh cry-it-out methods.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"