What can i do to stop my 15 month old from waking for feeding

Mahalia - posted on 11/10/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old still wakes 2 times at night for feeding, but as soon as the bottle is in his mouth he falls back sleep.
What can i do about this?
Btw he is not a big eater

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Sarah - posted on 11/11/2010

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Don't offer the bottle anymore. He is waking out of habit and the only way to change the waking is to change the habit. If you don't give him the bottle at first you will have to deal with some crying and less sleep, but once he realizes that he is not going to get the bottle anymore then he will stop waking for it. The first week or two without the bottle will be hard, but if you stick to it and don't give in then that is it will take. If you give in it will take longer and the fight will be bigger, so once you decide stick to it....put the headphones on with some favorite music. With my son it was not the bottle but the rocking. At 18 months and a few nights of sleeping in the rocking chair I decided something had to change.

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Christine - posted on 11/17/2010

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Also, to Amber- if you're looking for suggestions, I may have one for you. You mentioned that your son naps for long periods of time no problem- have you tried shortening his nap time to just one 2-3 hour nap per day? I found that when my son was having a hard time falling asleep or waking up at night it was just because he wasn't tired. We starting putting him down for only one nap a day at around noon and he usually naps until 2pm. By the time bedtime rolls around he is ready to go to sleep. He goes to bed between 6pm and 7pm and sleeps until 8am without waking up. You may want to give it a try. Good luck ladies!

Christine - posted on 11/17/2010

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Hi Mahalia, I just posted this in another conversation, but I thought it would help you as well. I would suggest giving him a snack right before bed. I usually give my 16 month old son a cup of milk and a snack to keep him full.

I found this when I was looking for good bedtime snacks for my son:
Bedtime snacks should be high in complex carbohydrates, they should be small, and they should be nutritious. (Complex carbohydrates have a calming effect due to their ability to stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain.)
With these guidelines in mind, a few good snacks that come to mind are a warm cup of milk with any of the following: whole grain crackers, toast with butter or peanut butter, banana, cubes of baked potato or sweet potato, dry cereal, mini muffin, cold pasta, rice cakes, pear chunks, apple slices, apple sauce, leftover rice or other grain from dinner, small piece of a bagel, leftover pancakes spread with a little fruit sweetened jam, etc.

I would suggest trying to cut out the night time feeding. If he's drinking milk in the middle of the night and going right back to sleep, his teeth could start to rot due to the milk sitting in his mouth and breaking down his teeth. I would try just giving him water and he may not be as interested in waking up if he knows he's just going to get some water. Also, have you thought about switching from bottles to sippy cups? The transition may help with your problem. Most doctors and dentists recommend that babies stop using bottles at 12 months old because it can harm their teeth and overall oral development.

I hope you find a solution that works for you! Good luck :)

Amber - posted on 11/17/2010

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My son is 2 and still wakes up during the night. Sometimes he will go right back to sleep or he will stay awake for 2-3 hours. Any suggestions on what to do . At his age he should be sleeping right through the night. He naps for long periods of time no problem. I need to get my sleep at some point too!

Josette - posted on 11/17/2010

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u can try to give him a cup or u can try to give him a snacke befor he gose to bed

Mahalia - posted on 11/15/2010

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HI Moms,
Thank you all for the helpfull hints i will try giving him water and i will let you know if it worked
Greetings Mahalia

Leah - posted on 11/14/2010

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Well when my son was 12 months my doctor told me if he wakes up late at night it's not because he is hungry it's just put of habit, so your child really doesn't need to eat that late as he is already 15 months old. My son sleeps through the night and if he does wake up I know he's not hungry as he's not a newborn anymore and doesn't need to eat every 2 hours. You can just let him fall asleep and when you have your sons next appointment talk to his doctor about it.

Joslyn - posted on 11/13/2010

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im going through this too, and my daughter is 15 months old. She will actually drink her bottle though. What I have been doing is slowly replacing her bottle with water and she is wanting less and has slept through the night a little more than usual. Dont know if that helps...

Vickie - posted on 11/12/2010

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My son was the same way. He didn't eat much and he got hungry at night. It's understandable. I did the "let him cry himself back to sleep" thing for several nights, but I couldn't take it. Finally, I started giving him crackers and milk just before bed. He still wakes up about 5 nights a week, but he only wakes up once now instead of twice. By the way, my son is 2 1/2. I hope you can break out of this routine faster than I am. :-) Good luck

Mahalia - posted on 11/12/2010

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Dear Sarah,
Thank you for your advice, i will give it a try and hope it works.

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