My daughter is 7mo and still takes a bottle in the middle of the night. What can i do to cut it out?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2009

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My pediatrician taught me that if the kids wake up in the middle of the night, eat and go back to sleep. Feed them because they are hungry.  They are babies, they need it.  If they eat and then want to play, then it is time to start the 5 -10-15 minute thing and with that they have to learn how to put themselves to sleep.  Bonding is a huge issue for your kids, and so is the idea that you will be there when they need you. 



You have to also remember that every 2-3 months, your child is going to hit a growth spurt.  I always found that mine (the 4 of them) would increase the numbers of feedings when they were growth spurting.  It might take us a couple of days to recognize it, because they were agitated, up through the night and feeding more. Over and over, for a reason I cannot fathom, we would start thinking they were getting sick or had ear infections, then the lightbulb would go off. 



Another suggestion: I had a friend, that would wake her daughters up around 1030 pm and give them a bottle.  They would end up sleeping through the night that way. 



I hope this helps and that you get some sleep. 

Dana - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son is 13 months now and up until a month ago he still woke up twice during the night to nurse. A friend told me that it was the humidity level in my house. So I got a humidity level checker-gadget thing and I was at 15%!!! The healthy range is 30-50%. We bought a $200 'whole house humidifier' and the humidity is now at 55% and he sleeps from 8-5, wakes up to nurse, then goes back to sleep until 7. I'll take it!

Gia - posted on 03/12/2009

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I'm having the same problem and i'm going bonkers because I am so sleep deprived. The dr. told me not to feed him...don't pick him up at all, it's a habit. If I continue he may start getting up more...he is getting worse. He's in the room with us so right now we are sleeping in the living room until he gets it straight...it is painful to listen to. I check to make sure that he isn't stinky or nothing else is wrong then leave out of the room...Good Luck to you!

Jolynn - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son is 6 months and for a while he would randomly wake up in the middle of the night crying. At first I would wake up and get him to go back to sleep, but my pediatrician said the best thing to do is let him cry himself back to sleep. It was the HARDEST thing to listen to him crying his little heart out, but after 3 nights he totally stopped and now he sleeps through the night. It's hard to do because you want to run in there and help your baby, but it's good to let them know that they need to go to sleep and eventually it'll break their habit. Good luck!!!

Louise - posted on 03/12/2009

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My Son, Daniel who has just turned 4 had a bottle on being put to bed from 6 weeks old and would wake up up to 5 times a night for 16 months......it was hell!! After 16 months he managed to have the bottle at bedtime and only wake up once in the night which was a great improvement! I have only now stopped the bottle at bed time as he is now old enough to understand that the bottle fairy has taken them away for all the new baby's being born and within 2 weeks he has adopted the idea well and manages to fall asleep by himself. I don't think you should worry or stress about the night bottle and trying to stop it. Many children use things as a comfort being it a dummy, bottle, cuddly toy or blanket.

Lesli - posted on 03/11/2009

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get the book "Baby Wise" Both of my kids slept through the night at 4 months!!

Linh - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter started sleeping through the night at 7 1/2 months. Before I would give her milk whenever she woke up which was probably once or twice a night.

Paulette - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Mandy, I agree with Robin about your daughters' sleep and sleep schedule. But I also think that if she is waking up then she is hungry and not so much a habit. If she is sleeping a six-eight hour stretch then I would recommend making a bottle with mixed grain cereal and fruit or veggies, then give it to her before bed. I feel a full tummy is a content baby who should sleep the whole night. My daughter is 17 months and there are still a few nights when she will wake at night and it could be teething for her or even your daughter. That could be why she wants the bottle, to help sooth her gums. Just a thought! Take care.

Robin - posted on 03/11/2009

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What time do you put your daughter to bed?  What time is she getting up?  My first daughter  slept 8 hours from 7 weeks to 10 months- but she slept from 8PM to 4AM.  Therefore, I had to get up in the night to feed her.  However, she was technically sleeping through the night (8 hours).  This worked for me and my schedule until she got older and slept longer. If your  daughter is getting 8 hours of sleep in her 1st stretch, this isn't a problem.  If you want, you could modify her nightime sleep schedule to 10PM-6AM in order to fit your lifestyle.

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2009

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Have you tried giving her water when she wakes up.  She will not be happy at first but, soon enough she will she will realize it's not worth waking up for.  As Jennifer said it is more a habit than hunger now.  Good luck I know it is tough.

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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At 7 months your daughter should be sleeping through the night without a snack. Waking for a feeding at this age means she has developed a habit. Try slowing reducing the amount of milk you are giving her at that middle of the night feeding by an ounce or so each night. Also try giving her a bottle just before bed, even if she had one an hour before that.  Good luck and stick to your guns, she will oon be sleeping through the night.

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