I need help with night feeding. My son is 6 months old

Maria - posted on 10/11/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My son still doesnt sleep all night. How do I stop the night feedings

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Aleshia - posted on 10/17/2010

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My son has been sleeping through the night for a while, but I do hear him wake up and cry a little sometimes in the middle of the night. It only lasts a second. It may seem mean, but I think you should just wait it out a few minutes. They get in a routine and it's probably not that he needs to eat, but that he enjoys the comfort. If he keeps crying maybe just try rocking him back to sleep. If he takes a pacifier, I'd give it to him while you rock him. And like everyone said, give him some solid foods in the daytime. It may help him get those extra calories he needs.

Sheri - posted on 10/18/2010

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My 6 mo old daughter is waking up twice during the night for a 4 oz feeding. We've gone from waking up once for a 6 oz - I've cut her back to 4 oz - now she wakes up twice for 4 oz almost every 3 hours! I've tried to rock her back to sleep but she just gets louder. Turned on the tv... still to no avail. I've just accepted this setback for now & she will eventually grow out of it. Even putting cereal in her bottle didn't help...

Stephanie - posted on 10/25/2010

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To drop the night feeding he will have to cry a little bit. It might take 45 minutes to an hour, but he will most likely only cry for 2-3 nights then he will realize he doesn't need the feeding. At 6 months he needs 3 meals a day of real food in addition to his milk feedings. That helps also.

Julia - posted on 10/16/2010

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I was reading an article today about this. It recommended not offering a bottle in the middle of the night as an immediate solution, if it's bearable try to use all other forces of nature, cuddling, swaddling, rocking, or letting them cry for a couple of minutes and then comforting them with cuddles, laying them down and trying again.
Personally I would just let them have the middle of the night feeding, they will grow out of it soon enough.

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Jordan - posted on 11/06/2010

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My doctor said that a baby over 12/13 pounds can sleep through the night and that they wake up out of habit. He suggested giving the baby a bottle with an ounce of water in it each time the baby wakes up. Do not make it a fun time, but very boring. Lay the baby back down, give them the bottle, and let them alone. We did this with our daughter and it worked! The first night she cried a little but then she went to sleep after the first night. When she went through a growth spurt, I got up and fed her once during the night, but I wouldnt bring her back to our bed again. It has worked out great for us. Hope this helps!

Casey - posted on 11/05/2010

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Stop offering him food. By 6th month they are completely capable of sleeping through the night but they have been trained by you to eat. Rather than feeding him try rocking him back to sleep or just letting him cry it out.

Sabine - posted on 11/04/2010

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Read the book "on Becoming Babywise" by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam!!!!

This book really helps. By following the simple logic in the book I had my baba sleeping through from 10pm to 5am from 6 weeks and from 7pm till 5am from 11 weeks.

My sister also achieved this with both of her daughters so it wasn't just luck!

Leah - posted on 10/25/2010

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My Daughter has been sleeping through the night from around 4 months old, i tried loads of different ways to try and get her sleepin through, i found that not nursing her to sleep in my arms helped, if you dont already put your son to bed awake, stay with him until he falls asleep, that way when he wakes up he is in the same place he was when he feel asleep so it wont scare him as much, i also give my daughter a rusk at night as well as her bottle to fill her belly. My daughter generally sleeps from 7pm to 7am. i hope this is of some help x

Christy - posted on 10/25/2010

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I agree with the more feeding during the day. Also, I give Tripp a snack pack right before bed time. It's after the bath, already in pjs and then he gets the snack pack. Even if he's not 'scheduled' to eat yet I'll give 2 - 5 oz. He also falls asleep during this time so all I have to do is lay him down and he's out! Good luck!

Kateryna - posted on 10/24/2010

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I also have a six month old. I have noticed that during the night feeds he is eating less each time. He wakes up at 11pm and then at 4am. I have introduced solids during the day as well as extra water/juice. When he gets all his nourishment during hte daytime feeds he will stop waking up at night. I wouldn't deny him of his nighttime feeds, Maybe you should look into dreamfeeding. I did these for a few nights to get my son from breast to bottle.

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2010

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Hi! My son sleeps 7-7 with 1 feeding around 4am. I suggest gradually reducing the amount you feed him at the feedings you want to remove until eventually you are down to one feeding all night. Once babies reach 6 months they are phycically able to go 8 hours without feeding at night. He is probably waking for comfort and out if habit. Also try soothing when baby wakes, just might need some comfort :) good luck

Melissa - posted on 10/23/2010

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My 6.5 month old used to sleep through the night from 3 months until he got his teeth @ 4.5 months, and since wakes up at least once a nite. It doesn't bother me and I get up and give him a feed and he goes back to sleep happy till the morning. I would like it if he reverts back to sleeping all night but will do whatever he requests, Good Luck and do what makes your household happy.

Jackie - posted on 10/21/2010

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At my doctors, nurses and moms suggestions I put three teaspoons of baby cereal (rice or oat) in my daughters bottle, started doing this at 6 weeks, by 10 weeks she was sleeping through the night every night. Also giving them more for dinner helps too, but like others have said, all babies are different. This is what I found that works hope this helps!

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Have you tried waking your baby about 11.30ish for what they call a "Dream Feed"? I have heard that if you give this feed with a bottle it is easier for them to drink it and it makes them last through untill morning. ( I have not had to use this method myself tho as I was a lucky one an my boy slept 9 hours from 10 wks - I dont know what I did to make him do it though!)

Julie - posted on 10/20/2010

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My 6 month old daughter is waking up for a feeding every night as well! I've been trying to only give her 2 ounces instead of 4. Hopefully eventually she just wont need it anymore & we all can sleep the whole night!!

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If a baby is feeding at night it's because they need something. Either love and attention or food. All babies are different and each one will stop when they are ready. My thought would be just grin and bear it. Yur LO will be STTN soon enough.

Katty_y10 - posted on 10/18/2010

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my baby girl is 6 mnths and she still has up 2 3 nite feeds but im use to it and its just mre time i get to spend with my lil angel im makin the most ov every second

Chantal - posted on 10/17/2010

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well before my lil one went onto solids i use to put a scoop of farex in his bedtime bottle n he would sleep through from bout four months on.

Nicolette - posted on 10/15/2010

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I had the same problem with my baby boy ( now 6.5 months). I started giving him a good amount of solids at dinner time. I then let him cry it out for the first 3 nights (this lasted up to an hour) when he woke during the night. after the 3rd night he got the idea and now sleeps through or puts himself back to sleep if he wakes. I use a dummy, so that helps with getting him back to sleep to.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Kaitlyn - posted on 10/14/2010

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Try feeding him more frequently throughout the day. If he eats every 3 hours right now, try doing every 2 hours instead. Solid foods might help too. Once he is eating 3 regular meals, plus his regular formula/breast milk feedings he might drop the extra nighttime feedings since he is getting more calories. It might be more work for you, but you just have to decide which is more important, a little more work during the day or a little less sleep at night. Good luck!

Maria - posted on 10/13/2010

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Thanks ladies. My lil man loves to eat .. I hoping he start sleeping soon I need more sleep

Viki - posted on 10/11/2010

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They should be able to sleep all night as of 6 months but all babies are different. To get them to stop can be a hard battle & most stop on their own. But if you really want to try offer water instead of milk or just cuddles, they soon get fed up & no longer bother to wake up. Or if that fails you could try the baby whisperers pick up put down method. xxxx

Katy - posted on 10/11/2010

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dnt worry he will stop on his own my lil girl was 3 month he will grow out off it, its coz he still getin hungry bt normally baby's grow out of it when they are ready x

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