Your baby’s sleep has probably has been improving since those newborn days. Close to 3 months of age, you can expect your baby to be waking once or twice at night. Then just when you think you’re getting there, the wheels may fall off – he starts waking increasingly earlier and earlier. Your baby does this between 4 months and 6 months of age because his nutritional needs are changing. Up to this age, milk will be satisfying and but around this time your baby needs a little more to get him sleeping through the night.
There are three possible solutions:
- Your baby needs nutritional support at night, so feed him when he cries if three or more hours have passed. Don’t be tempted to give your baby a dummy at every night waking to put him back to sleep because over-use could impact on sleep later if habits develop
- Give your baby a top up feed of formula or expressed breast milk in the evening. Treat this as a cluster feed just before bedtime.
- Start looking at introducing solids. The Department of Health’s guidelines still recommend that you don’t start weaning until 6 months, though a review of evidence now suggests weaning between 4 months to 6 months could have some benefits.
More sleep advice
- Got a younger baby? Try our article on your newborn baby’s sleep patterns and problems
- Got an older baby? Try our article on sleep patterns and problems for your baby aged 6 months to 12 months