Our son is now for months old. His weight has always been good (though he is being weighed for the first time in 6/7 weeks next Tues so this may have changed), and nappy output is fine. He's exclusively breastfed.
Until 6/7 weeks old he had settled into a fairly consistent sleep pattern- sleep by 9.30pm, wake between 2.30-3.00 for 1st feed, between 5.30-6.00 for 2nd feed, then up at 8am. Since then, his sleep has got gradually worse, and now we are waking on average 5 times each night, though not always for feeds.
We started co-sleeping when he was about 10 weeks old- after reading 'The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding' we felt this matched how we wanted to parent best. At first this was great as he would only wake me to latch, then we'd both fall asleep peacefully, but more recently he won't latch on that easily.
The biggest problem is his night kicking/hitting/fidgeting, which wakes him and us up, whether he's co-sleeping or in his cot. He acts windy and passes some wind before settling again, but nothing we've tried has helped. Sometimes he will cry, but mostly he's unsettled for anything from a couple of minutes to 30 minutes.
Infacol before bed and winding after his bedtime feed.
Winding after night feeds- he resists this and cries.
Baby massage close to bed time.
Leg pumping/bicycle legs before bed and in the night.
Sleeping next to Dad in case the my milk smell wakes him. Dad could sleep through the kicking, etc., but now our baby cries if he sleeps anywhere but next to me.
I've reduced dairy in my diet, but with no noticeable effect.
He has also now started waking at 6.30 and refusing to go back to sleep.
He is so tired in the day that he needs really frequent naps, but will rarely nap for longer than 30 mins. By the evenings he is really fractious, and during the day he needs more and more contact (e.g. won't be put down to play, or for a change of nappy).
He has also been feeding fussily for the last couple of weeks, and will rarely stay latched on unless i feed lying down. he comes on and off the breast a lot, so it's hard to tell when he's finished feeding.
Friends keep telling me we should stop co-sleeping and that a formula bottle before bed will help him sleep, but we don't want to stop co-sleeping or to introduce formula. other people say he's ready for weaning.
I don't clock watch at night, and he isn't on a feeding or nap schedule.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as we're all so tired.