I have a lovely little 4 month old who is all smiles and giggles and just wonderful. She is breastfed when I am home and bottles of BM when I am not, maybe 3 max during the day. She used to be a great sleeper - 6-9hr chunk then a feed then another 3-4hr stint (which was amazing!). In the last 3 weeks she waking to feed every 1.5 to 2.5 hrs during the night. I am exhausted!
I have gone back to work so she gets fed at around 7.30am before I go, then a bottle of 150ml at around 10, 12.30, 2.30 then I feed her again once I am home.
She wakes up fussing and whining which soon turns into crying until I pick her up and she is straight looking for the boob. She drinks a lot so she does seem to be hungry then falls asleep on me. I put her back into her next to me crib and it starts again.
I have googled everything and many reasons are coming up,
- reverse cycling
- 4 month regression
- 4 month growth spurt
- bad habits (not going to be drowsy etc)
- bad habits (being fed back to sleep)
During the day, she is bright eyed and bushy tailed. Can nap fine without being fed to sleep, happy to rest in her moses basket if she wakes, is playful and good humoured.
Her bedtime routine is flexible but always includes a walk, bath, story time or music and then I feed her and put her to bed. This has been the same since she was tiny.
Is this normal? Does it get better? Am I doing it all wrong? ANy words of wisdom?
I don't have family nearby and no mum friends so trying to figure it out as we go.