The Good is Nat went back to sleeping on his own last night after we left him there at 945pm with no fussing or swaddling needed (pls do it again tonight so I can binge watch my shows!)
The Bad but still manageable is that Nat will suddenly stir at 330/4am but is able to be soothed back to sleep after some patting and then there’s the Strange – he will wake up again ard 530am hungry so we give 60ml to last until his proper 7am wake up feed. So now instead of a MOTN feed, we’ve got these “early morning awakenings”, and it’s always 1-2hrs before his wake up feed. Even with a dreamfeed ard 1030/11pm, he’ll sleep for about 5hrs+ and then wake up.
Possible reasons for Nat’s early awakenings, based on what I’ve managed to read thus far is as such:
- He’s not getting enough calories in the day time, which can affect night sleep – erm 150ml on average per feed not enough? Apparently if baby is not sleeping through the night consistently yet, the intervals between feeds should not be longer than 3.5hrs, this is to ensure baby gets sufficient calories in daytime.
- He’s napping too much in the day – his longest nap is usually 2.5 to 3 hrs in the afternoon while the naps before that and after that are shorter cat naps so it’s not as if Nat is sleeping the whole day.
- Going to bed too late – sometimes we can be guilty of this as he will take a short nap ard 6/7pm but wake up at 8pm for his feed. After that he only falls asleep properly nearer to 9/930pm.
Well that’s why it’s strange, because I can’t pinpoint a clear cause for his 4/5am awakenings.
So we’ll just have to keep observing on a day-to-day basis what happens.
In other news…. we’ve incorporated regular tummytime 2x a day for 5-10min each and it’s hilarious! Esp. his faces.