How do you stop night feeds??

Lauren - posted on 05/08/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little one turned one just yesterday and i thought it should be time that he is no longer waking up for bottle during the night. I have lessened the amount in his bottle, and have tried to let him go when he wakes up but he works himself up too much, and then will wake up and not want to go to sleep again. Does anyone have any tips to stop the waking during the night as i'd love a few pointers from mums with bubs the same age!!

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Tyneisha - posted on 05/11/2010

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Alot of the time they wake up and fuss alittle and will go back to sleep if you don't respond because they are not fully awake. Instead of milk, leave a bottle of water. Make sure he's full when he goes to bed at night and he may sleep. I just stopped laying him down with bottles and he stopped looking for them. He does it out of habit. At this age he can sleep through the night without a bottle

Linda - posted on 05/11/2010

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Hi Lauren,
My daughter will be one on May 21st and by 6 or 7 months I stopped nursing her in the middle of the night. I was told that since she had started solids, she does not need to feed though the night. What has happened now is that your son is now formed a habit of waking up for a bottle.
My pediatrician told me to let her cry if she wakes at night. At first I thought, no way, so instead of letting her cry, I would pick her up and rock her to sleep, but not feed her.
She has given me a few nights rest on and off, but now we're going through the teething stage and she wakes every so often. And sometimes is up for an hour and a half in the middle of the night.

Rebecca - posted on 05/10/2010

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I broke my son of getting a bottle during the night when he was about 8mos. old. I would give him some fruit with a little bit of cereal in it so that it would hold longer in him and I put him down for the night at about 8:30-9pm. How I broke him of getting a bottle at night was that if he did wake up for about the first week is that I would go and pick him up and cuddle with him. We would sit in the living room in a rocker and I would hold him and rock him back to sleep. It was not easy but It did eventually work. Good luck !!

Zoe - posted on 05/09/2010

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my son stopped his night feeds when he was around 7months so it was probably easier for me as he was younger. but i started to give him his last bottle of 7oz around 7.30pm and then put him to bed. he would sleep through untill 6am but if he woke up then i would cuddle him bk to sleep. as long as you are giving your son plenty of food and drink during the day then he wont be hungry during the night but a case of routine of waking up that you need to break. my son then weened himself off his last bottle at night (7pm) so instead i gave him weetabix as i knew it would fill him up and was easy on his stomach. its just a case of getting him out of his routine of waking up during the night. goodluck. :)

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