Drinking 3 bottles during the night...every night

Jolene - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My little one has been having on average 3 bottles of formula during the night. He eats well during the day and has a full belly when he goes to bed but I think this habit is just soothing for him

Does anyone else have the same problem? I am going to try him on water, juice or even rooibos tea but the last time I did that he kicked up a fuss.

Any suggestions? His drinking habits are hurting the purse now!

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Shannon - posted on 02/24/2009

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Please don't put cereal in the bottle your child could choke.(you cant put cereal in a mothers breast) Cut down on the bottles at night by 1-2 oz or switch it with water. Sometimes let the baby cry it wont hurt to cry. Other thing with my 1st he would get up all the time till after he was a year. I made sure that there was no light in his room. Good luck!

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Shannon - posted on 02/25/2009

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Starting on rice cereal too early can cause obesity and rice cereal can make baby constepated.

Jolene - posted on 02/25/2009

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I tried him on that rice cereal for two days but he still consumed the same amount in the night so I have stopped that. Last night I gave him water and he moaned during the night, he hardly touched the bottle when I went to him this morning. So we will have to see.



 



I dont want to end up with Mr Chubby cause of these night time feeds!

Andromeda - posted on 02/24/2009

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I forgot to finish what I was saying lol...if you give baby 8oz of milk in all 3 bottles then as each night goes by give your baby 1 to 2 ounces less then the night before...until you are no longer giving baby milk at night...thats how I did it..now she may or may not get a bottle before bed but she stays asleep at night till the morning (around 7am) hope this helps

Andromeda - posted on 02/23/2009

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Actually a way for you to cut baby down on the night time bottles is to try giving baby less formula in each bottle less and less every night for example: If you give baby 8oz of formula in each bottle regularly then give baby only 6oz in bottle.

Ally - posted on 02/23/2009

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my 11 month old still nurses 2-3 times a night every night...each baby is different..is this a new thing or has he always been on this schedule...maybe he is thirsty could you offer water instead?...whatever you decide just don't let your little one cry it out.

Kelly - posted on 02/22/2009

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WE had the same problem and our doctor told us to quit feeding him at night because that is why he will start waking up.  He said it will be tough for a couple days but he'll get used to not having the bottle.  it worked for us and helps him sleep through the night!!!

User - posted on 02/21/2009

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I also did the smaller amounts. My baby was waking once a night for a bottle. Every couple days I would lower the amount by an ounce. Once down to one ounce bottles, she realized they weren't worth waking up for.

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No bottles here, but my 11 month old still nurses in the middle of the night.  He was doing it 3 (or even 4) times, but has recently only been doing 2.  Last night he slept for 7 hours straight.  I was thrilled w/ the sleep!  Just wanted to let you know that your baby isn't the only one not sleeping through the night. :)

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I inadvertently trained my son to be a night-feeder as well. I finally just reduced the amounts that I gave him at night until he was down to 2oz bottles. Then he just stopped on his own. The pediatrician assured me that he didn't need it - it was just comforting and as long as you let him continue to do it he will.

Tina - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi Jolene,



I have the same problem and every other baby I know sleeps through the night without milk. I spoke to my health visitor and she said he needs to drink 24 ounces a day and every baby have different metabolism.



My son Zac is very active so I put it down to his metabolism being high! Just hoping as he gets older he grows out of the milk habit1

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4 bottles a day, and 3 meals should be enough. make sure he is getting plenty of water as well, leave a non-spill cup at his reach, so that he can have water whenever he wants. maybe that will help. weaning him off those bottles will be tough, so good luck, and stay strong!

Tara - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi! My son was the exact same way, we tried the rice cereal at night and it has been the best thing we could have done. He is now falling asleep around 8:30-9:00 at night and sleeping until 6:30-7:00. The first night that he slept all the way through I kept checking on him wondering why he wasn't waking up, now we all are getting a good night sleep! Good Luck!!!!

Crystal - posted on 02/18/2009

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When my oldest was that age I put baby rice cereal in her bottle. My dr. said the formula was absorbing too fast leaving her with and empty stomach. Lily on the other hand hasn't had this problem yet. Just put a small amount of rice cereal into the bottle with the formula. Make sure you cut the nipple a little bit so it won't clog. After I started this my oldest was sleeping through the night. You may have to try it a few times before your baby gets used to the texture and you get the mixture just right.  

Stacy - posted on 02/18/2009

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My little one does the same thing, he has never slept through the night. I wouldn't do the juice, but the water, my son was not having the water. I don't really know what to do either, I guess let em cry it out. Just know your not alone

Maureen - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hello, a few months back my daughter started waking 3 or 4 times a night.  After getting up the 2nd time, I thought maybe she is hungry......so I made her a bottle.  The next night the same thing.  My daughter had not had a night feeding since she was 7 weeks old so it was unusual for her.  I ended up talking with the doctor.  He told me to get out of that habit right away, becasue I was starting a pattern all over again.  It is going to be hard, but do try water (try to avoid juice becasue of the natural sugars in it, and it will sit in your babies mouth for the rest of the night).  I also had to start letting her cry a little then go to her, try not to pick her up.  This took about a week of listening to her cry, go to her with out picking her up....very hard on mommy emotions.  Good luck.  Talk with your doctor, they are a great source of info.

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