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How do I handle night-time wakings and feedings while co-sleeping with my baby?

Hi everyone,

I need some advice on how to handle night-time wakings and feedings while co-sleeping with my baby. My baby is three months old and we have been co-sleeping since birth. While I love the closeness and convenience of co-sleeping, I am finding it difficult to manage the night-time wakings and feedings.

My baby wakes up every two to three hours to nurse and sometimes it takes a while for him to fall back asleep. I am finding it hard to get enough rest and also worried that this may not be sustainable for the long run. I have tried different positions and nursing techniques but nothing seems to work consistently.

I would love to hear from other parents who have co-slept with their babies and how they managed night-time wakings and feedings. Any tips or advice on how to make this process smoother would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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ylubowitz

Hello everyone,

I co-sleep with my 13-month-old baby and night-time wakings and feedings are still a regular part of our routine. However, I have found some effective ways to make it work for us.

Firstly, I established a safe sleep environment by using a firm mattress without any pillows, blankets, or toys that could pose a suffocation hazard. I also placed my baby on his back to reduce the risk of SIDS. By establishing a safe sleeping arrangement, I found it was easier to focus on feeding him without worrying about potential hazards.

Secondly, I started to introduce solid foods to my baby after he turned six months. This gave him more fullness and kept him satisfied for a longer period of time. I also started to scale back on nighttime feedings and instead offer water or a small snack during the night when he woke up. This helped him associate feeding time with daylight hours rather than nighttime hours.

Lastly, I tried to minimize the amount of light exposure during nighttime wakings to avoid fully waking him up. I used a dim light or a nightlight and kept him swaddled or in a sleeping sack to make it easy to soothe him back to sleep.

In conclusion, co-sleeping can be a wonderful arrangement, and with a little patience and some strategies, nighttime wakings and feedings won't be as challenging as it seems. Remember to tune in to your baby's cues and trust your instincts to find what works best for your family.

Wishing you all the best!

fahey.delphia

Hello everyone,

I've been co-sleeping with my 8-month-old son since he was born, and we've been facing similar issues with night-time wakings and feedings. However, I've found some ways to make things work for us.

One thing that has helped me is learning to recognize my son's different cries. I found that he sometimes woke up and cried in the middle of the night not because he was hungry, but because he needed to be soothed back to sleep. So, instead of offering him a feed, I rocked him gently or rubbed his back until he was calm and able to fall asleep on his own.

I also tried to keep a consistent schedule of naps and bedtimes so that my son's body would become accustomed to sleeping at those times. This helped him sleep for longer stretches at night, and in turn, made night-time feedings less frequent.

Another tip that helped us was implementing a "dream feed". This is a feed where you gently lift your baby and offer them a small feed while they are still asleep. This helped my son sleep for longer stretches, meaning that we both got more sleep.

In conclusion, co-sleeping can be a wonderful arrangement that offers a lot of comfort and closeness for both the baby and parents. There may be some challenges with night-time wakings and feedings, but with patience and perseverance, you will find what works best for you and your baby.

I hope these tips help, and good luck to all the co-sleeping parents out there!

pauline45

Hi there,

I have co-slept with my baby since she was born and we also experienced similar struggles with night-time wakings and feedings. One thing that helped me was to establish a consistent bedtime routine that includes a bath, a short massage, and then nursing in a calm and dark environment. This signaled to my baby that it was time to sleep and helped her fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer periods.

I also found it helpful to have a small bedside table with some water, snacks, and a dim light for nighttime feedings. This way, I didn't have to get out of bed and disturb my baby's sleep too much.

Lastly, I would suggest trying different feeding positions, such as lying down on your side facing your baby or propping yourself up with pillows. Sometimes, just changing positions can make it easier for both you and your baby to fall back asleep quickly.

I hope these tips help! Remember, every baby is different, so it may take some trial and error to find what works best for you and your little one. Good luck!

moriah71

Hello there,

Co-sleeping with my 7-month-old has been a rollercoaster experience for me. We both love the comfort and closeness it provides but managing the night feedings was definitely a challenge. However, I found that having a bit of structure helped us both.

Firstly, I make sure to feed my baby a good amount right before our bedtime, so she usually sleeps for three to four hours before she wakes up craving more milk. While feeding, I make sure that we lie on our sides so that I can doze off while she feeds. I found this to be less strenuous than breastfeeding with my back fully supported.

Moreover, I make sure my baby sleeps in comfy pajamas in a sleeping sack or a light swaddle to prevent her from moving around too much and avoid the risk of suffocation. Additionally, I keep some burp cloths, diapers, wipes, and a bottle of water near our bed so that I can easily take care of my baby's needs without walking aimlessly around the house in the middle of the night while half-asleep.

In summary, co-sleeping with a baby is a beautiful experience. It may take some time to establish a consistent routine, but once you both figure it out, it's worth it. Just remember that every baby is different, and what worked for me may not work for you.

Cheers!

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