Originally Posted by MommyNixon
Have you considered things like his temperature and pj's? My son sleeps from 7pm and wakes between 7 or 8am the next day. Before he started doing that (around 9 weeks), he'd wake up crying but not really wanting to nurse...he's never been a big comfort nurser. I finally figured out that he was too cold. Once I put some thicker jammies on (we keep it like an igloo here), he started to sleep better. Also, we bought a "white noise maker". This has made all the difference in the world. Now when he wakes during his normal "sleep/wake" patterns, he doesn't wake completely and is able to put himself back to bed.
When you LO does wake up, can you give him a minute or two to see if he'll go back to bed on his own? I'm not saying let him scream his guts out, that's killer, but maybe let him fuss for a few minutes when he wakes. Also, I had DH go in and comfort him/rock him back to sleep and he quickly got the message that its time to sleep. Lately I've been having to wake him up in the morning. I walk in and say, "good morning, good morning, good morning my sweet Shiloh" and he pops his head and up gives me the biggest smile you've ever seen.
In the beginning (8 weeks) when we were trying to get him to sleep through the night, when he woke up and it was apparent that he was good and awake, I'd only feed him on one side until he finished. Burp, kiss, hug, and back in bed. Then I started to shorten the time that he nursed on that one side until he just stopped waking up. He still is gaining weight like a hoss (sp?), so I know he's getting what he needs during the day. He was 9.5 at birth and is 15.6 at 4 months.
Today I nursed him at 7, 1030, 2, 4, 545, and he took 9ozs of EBM from DH at 645. Just some ideas...may not work for everyone, but we definitely have a happy and well rested baby...something we worked hard to achieve.