I am new to this site and just need some advice on what to do about the following....
My 5 month old baby boy is having a hard time going down at night for me since the beginning of this month. First off, he has never really slept through for more than 3 days in a row. The last time he gave me a full 8 hours of sleep was Christmas Eve. I nurse him every 3 1/2 hours and just recently his nursing times went from 40 mins to 6-7 minutes...guess he's more efficient?
Anywho, we are having a really hard time getting him to stay asleep at night w/o waking up due to burps or gas. We try burping him for 10 mins and sometimes to no avail. We do give him gas drops which do not seem to work either...he sometimes is in pain with gas when he wakes up at night. Since Jan. 8th, Keegan has gotten up around 11:30pm, only 3 1/2 hours after his bedtime. Within that time frame though, he gets up roughly 3-6 more times sometimes due to gas other times we have no clue. I do not know if he is hungry but after the 4 hour mark from his last feed, I nurse him b/c that seems to be the only way to get him back to sleep. I am not sure if I am creating the habit of him getting up to eat at 11:30, but I have no idea what else to do b/c he just screams and screams! I never had this issue with my 2 1/2 year old who slepr through at 6 weeks. She never had any gas or burp issues either, so this is all new to me. Keegan used to sleep from 8pm to 2am but has not slept that long in a while. It seems like he is just all over the charts when it comes to bedtime.
During the day, Keegan does very well! His naps are great and he is still swaddled for naps and at night. We tried to not swaddle him but he would not have it. He does fight being swaddled sometimes but once he is wrapped up, he naps very well. Is this normal for a 5 month old to be swaddled? My 2 1/2 year old did not anything to do with swaddling after 12 weeks and took to it perfectly. Keegan is the total opposite.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated b/c we are so exhausted when it comes to bedtime...it takes a lot out of us.