Another Question To See If We Can Maybe Get Some Sleep Lol

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denimbluez - September 16

my little one is on a kinda-sorta schedule lol. i guess considering midnight is the start of a new "day", this is how it goes: (my ds is 5 months old and weighs about 20 lbs) --he wakes up at 2:00 or 2:30 am every morning and we give him a bottle. he's drinking 7 oz --he usually wakes up at about 6:00 and lately has not been wanting to eat. --around 10:30 he is getting hungry again, and he gets about 3 tsps of cereal mixed with about 2 oz formula, and the remaining formula (about 4-5 oz) is fed thru a bottle --around 3:00 another bottle, 7 oz --around 5:00 a 4 oz bottle of juice --around 8:00 or 8:30 another 7 oz bottle we throw a few spoons of cereal in each of his bottles by the way. we are getting ready to start solid foods and for his supper feeding we have been giving him cereal with a spoon instead of in the bottle. however, i am hoping to try and fix the 2:30 wake up call if possible. do you guys think if i switch out the 2:30 formula feeding with juice, that maybe when he gets up at 6 he may be hungry for cereal or something and that way he can have more of a breakfast, and hopefully stop waking up for that bottle?? just looking for opinions/suggestions.........


Buffi R. - September 17

What worked for me to eliminate the 2 AM-ish feedings was to switch the formula to water and gradually decrease the amount offered until we were down to just a couple ounces. This took about a week. I think DD wasn't as impressed with the water which made her not want to bother with it as much (and that would also help with your non-hunger issue in the morning) and the smaller quant_ty helped wean her rather than going cold turkey. If I remember right, she was about 5 months old when we did this. She's 9 mos old now, and if she does wake up at night (which is rare), I wait a few moments to see if she calms herself down or finds her pacifier, and if not, I help her find the pacifier, plug her, and we all go right back to bed.


Pearl - September 17

I have 3 children. My daughter is 8 years old, son that is 5 years old and an (almost) 11month old. All of mine slept through the night without feedings by 3 months old. I was a little concerned with my youngest because at 4 weeks old, he stopped waking up to eat in the middle of the night. I have NO IDEA how I got this to work out, but the thing that I think worked for us was changing our bed routine. I put ALL of the kids to bed at 6pm. That is bed time every night. We have dinner, family time, bath, reading, then bed. I make sure that I am just about ready for bed as well. I arranged my sleep schedule around their sleeping habits. I am sure to be in bed by 8pm (have to wake up at 3am for work). That way (even if the baby was to wake up to eat in the middle of the night) I can get a full 6-7 hours of sleep. If you wanted to eliminate the 2am feeding, I would try to make a schedule like that fit your life. Make sure you feed him (his mashed up supper) around 6:30pm, go through the bath and cuddling routine, follow it up with a full bottle or b___st feeding (if he will eat and he's not too full-let him drink as much of it as possible) then put your boy down by 8pm (a more normal bedtime for those who don't have to get up as early as me-lol). Then make sure you are in bed before 9pm. He should sleep for at least 6 hours. Honestly, that's how I have ALWAYS done it and all three of my kids still sleep for 12 hours per night! We never struggle at bed time. Even taking the bottle away (on their first birthdays) was a breeze! That's the routine I used with all of them. Hope that helps.


Astra - September 17

My little guy goes down between 7 and 8 and is usually up around 2 to eat. If we do a "dream feed" at 10 it usually holds him off for a little longer. You might want to try that. He never wakes up just sucks away at the bottle allows us to burp him and back to sleep.


amyh - September 18

He's still pretty young. Our first, we weaned off the night feeding at around 10 months. Our second one didn't want anymore night feedings at 6 months- her own choice! They are all different and one feeding isn't too bad! Another thing we did wtih teh second was cluster feedings before bed- she would eat/drink a bottle at 5pm, then again around 6:30-7pm before going to bed. This kept her going until 5-6am...then we would just make a bottle, give it to her and put her back down to sleep for another hour or 2. For night weaning of our first, we just started diluting the milk with water until she started giving it up and not having interest anymore.



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