water at night

Paulab71 - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my little boy is still up every 4 hours during the night im giving him a feed is it ok to give him water and is it true that this can stop them eventually from wakening up ???

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Bronwyn - posted on 01/30/2010

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my child health nurse said only on thursday that at 6 months, it is perfectly acceptable for them to wake hungry at night and need a feed, after all, they are only 6 months and still growing sooo much.

Heidi - posted on 01/29/2010

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How old is your baby? Night waking is totally normal for babies. This notion that babies should be sleeping through the night a 6 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, or whenever goes against a baby's normal rhythms. Babies that sleep long stretches early on are the EXCEPTION, not the rule. If your baby wakes and is hungry, by all means, FEED them! Giving straight water in place of a feeding can be harmful to young babies. Supplementing with extra fluids when a baby is ill or giving a baby a cup of water at 6 months+ to learn how to drink from a cup is alright, but giving them water INSTEAD of the breast or bottle should be avoided.

Here is a link to some good sleep info:
http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/...

Louise - posted on 01/28/2010

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I've just started trying it. I was convinced my little one needed feeding everytime but she didn't. She drinks water and goes back to sleep. Her sleeping has improved too. Give it a whirl! He might cry a bit at first but you'll be able to tell whether it's because he's really hungry or not. All the best....

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Robyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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My doctor told me to give my daughter water during that night because he thinks that she is big so I should stop feeding during the night. I talked to a nurse after that and she had never heard that and said that I should still feed her during the night. I do give her a sippy cup with boiled water during the day and she can drink it if she wants but I think she likes chewing on the straw. The nurse told me that she needs to be fed, she is growing and not to worry about her weight because she will thin out once she is moving more.

Shalaina - posted on 02/02/2010

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You have to definitely limit the amount of water you give your little one because it can deplete the nutrients in their body that they receive from their formula. My doctor said that we should also not feed him every time he wakes up, but to give him his binki. This has helped. He usually doesn't wake up during the night. Give that a try, it has worked great for us!

Allison - posted on 02/01/2010

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I have heard that giving a baby water (more than 2oz in a 24 hour period) is very dangerous for a baby. I never give my baby water. He is 6 months now. I guess it can cause seizures or just make the sick. Same with diluting the formula. If you do it like once every few days i'm sure it's fine, but not EVERY bottle. There body cannot handle so much water until they are 1 year old is what i have read. My son still wakes up in the middle of the night.. about twice. He will eat almost a full 6 oz in the middle of the night. So I am thinking about upping his feedings during the day.. I think that might help. But who knows.. I just cannot wait until he sleeps through the night.

Amanda - posted on 01/31/2010

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If he's eating/drinking in the middle of the night a significant amount, he's not getting enough calories during the day. You should up the amount of calories he gets by adding more formula per feed or if he's not on solids, start him on solids! DON'T put rice in his bottle... our moms and moms moms all did that, but recent studies show that to be dangerous. If he's NOT taking in a lot when he wakes, then he is waking out of habit. Is he waking at a certain time each time? Like is it ALWAYS 2 AM and 6 AM? or is it sporadic? If it's clockwork then it's definitely a habit. If he's always waking at 2, then set your alarm for 1... go in his room and gently wake him. But ONLY wake him enough that he jolts his eyes and drifts to sleep. Do that 3 nights in a row then wait a week before breaking him of his next time. THIS WORKS!!! I did it with my 6 month old. Every month to 2 months she gets into a habitual wake time, so I do that for three nights and she'll sleep through. My daughter sleeps from 7:30 PM to 8 AM (give or take 30 mins on both sleep and wake times) I hope I've helped! Get the book "Baby Whisperer!" It's a LIFE SAVER!!!

Iysha - posted on 01/31/2010

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Maybe he just wants to suck on something. Don't give too much water. An ounce here and there is fine, even one bottle, now that your baby is over 6 months but enough to replace all the night feeds for every 4 hours can be dangerous. Diluting formula is also dangerous...ther are instructions on the can for a reason.

Water doesn't make babies not wake up at night though. Your son may even be waking out of habbit and not hunger...some babies do. You should be able to tell if he keeps crying even though you gave him his binky.

The way I found out that my daughter was waking out of habit was when she was 3 months old and I was too lazy to make a bottle so I just stuck her binky in her mouth for 5 more minutes of sleep. She didn't wake until morning so I did that for a couple more nights and she was over it.

Jessica - posted on 01/31/2010

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thats what we did for both my sons to get them to stop waking up during hte night. neither one had interest to stay up just to drink a bottle of water. if it wasnt food they werent interested, and went back to sleep! mine only took about 3 days of doing this, yours may be longer, if it even works for you. good luck and hopefully baby starts giving you a fuller nights sleep soon! :)

Sam - posted on 01/31/2010

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We did that - our little one was waking up at night although we knew she wasn't hungry it was just what she was used to!! We started offering her a bottle of cooled boiled water which she took some of and after a week or so she eventually stopped waking up or only needed a cuddle to get her back off to sleep. Now at 6 months old she is sleeping through the night and normally if she wakes up she can get herself back to sleep!! We got told never to water down formula milk and that formula fed babies are supposed to have extra water which breast fed babies wont need.

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2010

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Babies have normal sleep/wake cycles that vary from infant to infant...as a previous post stated: " Babies that sleep long stretches early on are the EXCEPTION, not the rule." If baby is hungry, feed them. Sometimes babies, especially in around 6-7 months, start having seperation anxiety and they just want to know you are still there. Giving water to try to wean off the night feeds is safe especially if baby is starting to eat solid foods during the day, BUT it could take many weeks before baby is ready to give up that last night feed altogether. Never dilute formulas down...they weren't meant to be used that way. It's better to just give plain water in that case.
My 6 month old sleeps through some nights and doesn't others...both my daughters were like that too. And as a peadiatric nurse and ill infant nursery nurse I see babes all the time who wake at night for feeds and comfort right up in to toddlerhood.
Good luck to all the sleep deprived moms out there. :)

Monique - posted on 01/29/2010

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I've read to give the baby a bottle with watered down formula. So, instead of putting the exact amount of formula to the water, put a little less. I have been trying it for about a week now, I put 3 oz water and 1 scoop formula. He eats and goes
right back to sleep. It's easier on the midnight diapers and he doesn't wake up as much. This is only recommended for 6+ months though. Good luck!!

Nykee - posted on 01/29/2010

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How old is your little boy? Giving a baby plain water is very dangerous - it can flush the sodium out of their kidneys and cause them to have seizures... please be careful!

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