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my baby is 3.5 months old and I feel like we are moving backwards and am too tired to figure out how to fix it! around 6 weeks old I would feed him at 10pm, and he would wake at 3ish to eat and then wake for the day around 6. about a month ago it was waking at 1ish and 3ish to eat and up for the day around 6. now for the past week or two it is every 2-3 hours all night long and he won't sleep on his own past 4am!


I am having a heck of a time getting him to take naps during the day - he'll sleep while nursing if I let him or if I have him wrapped on me, but it takes a monumental effort to get him to nap by himself at all.


I've got two other kids so I try desperately to get a nap but if I can't get the baby down the same time as the toddler, I'm up the creek without any sleep...


my eldest was a poor napper but a good night sleeper and my second was a good sleeper all around, so I don't know what to do anymore!!! And I feel so tired that while I function, I feel like my brain just isn't working properly anymore!

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I feel your pain!!


If at all possible, I *strongly* recommend co-sleeping with your little guy, so that when he wants to nurse at night all you have to do is hug him and roll over and plug him in on the other side. Neither of you needs to wake up completely to do this. He may be going through a growth spurt and needs the extra nursing.


Although I'm not generally a proponent of letting little babies cry it out, I am a proponent of naps. :-) Sometimes babies need some help in figuring out naps. Which is to say that when it's time for him to nap, you might consider putting him in his bed and walking away. Can you put him in your room and close the door? (Leave it open just a crack.)

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Sleep regression! Can't link on my phone, but the blog Ask Moxie has a lot of information on the normal phases when baby sleep goes to crap. Both my kids hit the stages a little earlier, so 3.5 months is about right for the 4 month regression.


I'm due in August, and sleep issues are the one thing I'm dreading more than anything. Forget labor classes, I needed sleep issue therapy before having kids!

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