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He has developed an odd cluster pattern of crying and unsettledness

Hi Maree. William is 10.5 weeks old and has developed an odd cluster pattern of crying and unsettledness in the morning and in the evening over the past 10 days. Prior to this he had been sleeping for 3-4 hours day and night. His pattern now is to go to bed at 7 pm after his bath and night feed and he will sleep til 1 am. He is then fed burped and back to bed ok at this time and at 3.30-4am his next feed. He then wakes around 6-6.30 am and I try and do the same feed change back to bed routine however he has developed a pattern where he is unsettled and starts crying from about 6.45 onward and no matter what I do- eg topping up with more BM, cuddling etc he wont really settle til his next big feed at 8.30-9am. He is also unsettled like this from 4.30-5 through til bathtime. I personally have had some major sleep problems and have been taking sleeping pills up til 1 week ago and like all parents am exhausted (although my sleep is getting better thankfully hence no longer taking pills). I have however just finished a week long course of antibiotics for mastitis and all my problems with him seemed to start within 24 hours of the mastitis beginning. Any suggestions??

Maree...
Answer: Hi, Continue you to work with your GP to fix any issues you are personally having, you need to be well to cope with all the day to day stresses of a young family. You may expect baby to stay awake for longer periods now. Get William up and start your day at 6.45 amget your chores done and go to bed earlier or take a nap when William naps. Try following our settling program and implement a feed/play/sleep routine so you feed, play, watch for tired signs and settle him into his cot using our settling techniques as soon as you see tired signs. An overtired baby is harder to settle. Cheers, Maree
Answered: 29 Apr 2009