my baby wakes about 4 or 5 times in the night and has to have his bottle to drop back off! How can I make that stop?

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Cindy - posted on 03/27/2009

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We sleep trained our son at 4.5 months. First, we made sure that we stuck to a rigid bathing, feeding, and playing routine every night, and put him down at the same time, asleep or awake. When he woke up crying, we'd go in there to let him know we were still there, but never picked him up unless there was really something wrong. We left again after a few moments. If he was still crying 15 minutes later, we'd go in again to let him know we were there for him, then leave. We did this throughout the night and fed him the same time every morning. Each night, he woke up fewer times and for shorter durations. He was sleeping through the night in about 5 days. It's very tiring and heartwrenching at first, but well worth the effort. Don't worry about the baby starving; they'll adjust eating patterns to get more during the day. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 03/27/2009

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Try offering water instead of milk. The theory is that they'll decide it's not worth waking up. Didn't work for my kids, or maybe I should have persisted? I was BFing though, so found sleep-feeding was ok for me.

Tonia - posted on 03/27/2009

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i would say cruel to be kind, let him cry himself back to sleep... if you know he is not hungrey and he is just doing it because he can not get back to sleep ie habit... it wont be easy but it will work. :-)



good luck

Shanna - posted on 03/26/2009

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LOTS babies neeed night feeds so I wouldn't just take those away from him



 



BUT it sounds like your baby is just eating for comfort. My daughter is breastfed but she was doing the same thing - up every 2-3 hours to eat - just to fall back asleep. In just a few weeks I have gotten her down to only waking ONCE - it is AMAZING!! I highly recommend oredering a book called "The No-Cry Slepp Solution" - worked wonders for us!!

Rosie - posted on 03/26/2009

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stop giving night feeds that might help . my girl slept through the nite since 8 weeks .never had nite feed since then.

Bridget - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter was doing the same thing (but still being breastfed), and it was a horrid week but I just stopped feeding her at night. 1st night no feed between 2am and 5am, just a cuddle and then put backdown. 2nd night 12 - 5am was harder, I ended up with her sleeping on me as she wouldn't go back in the cot without a feed and I wouldn't feed her. Each day her appetite during the day was much hungrier. It's 2 weeks from me starting this, and it's down to half past 10 feed and half 5 feed, both of which I will keep. Once she realised she wouldn't get fed at night, she ate more during the day so she wouldn't need too.

Denise - posted on 03/21/2009

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Wow, that's rough! While my daughter doesn't wake up that much at night she was waking at least once for a bottle. I found the problem to be how we were putting her to sleep. She had to be rocked and feed a bottle to fall asleep, then we had to tiptoe upstairs and gently put her in her crib. if she woke up we had to sart the process all over again. This week I decided she needed to be able to sooth herself back to sleep. I have been doing a modification of the Ferber method, and so far it seems to be working. It's really tough at first but now she is able to fall asleep without having to be rocked! Not everyone agrees with this method, but it has been working for me! Good luck!!!

User - posted on 03/21/2009

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I have four children and my kids were exactly the same! I'm not sure how old your baby is but he may be teething, my kids woke several times at night due to the discomfort of teething. Try giving your baby less & less milk each time, then try to prop up his cot mattress with a pillow, & try to give him a bit of his bottle in bed so he's doesn't get to used to you picking him up. This can also help with teething pain.  Once you have cut down to a few sips, just try to give him a pacifier instead of a bottle.

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