NIGHT TIME FEEDING STILL AT 8 MONTH!!!

Belkys - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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MY SON IS 8-1/2 MONTHS OLD AND HE STILL WAKES UP ONCE DURING THE NIGHT AROUND 3AM-4AM - I GIVE HIM A BOTTLE AND HE GOES BACK TO SLEEP WITHIN A HALF HOUR AFTERWARDS. HE THEN WAKES UP AGAIN FOR THE DAY BETWEEN 7AM AND 730AM. ANY ADVICE ON HOW I CAN HELP HIM SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT COMPLETELY?

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Belkys - posted on 07/18/2009

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Thanks ladies for all your help. I was hearing from all these other moms that their babies were sleeping through the night and they are younger than my son but at least now I know that I am not alone!!! It is hard on my boyfriend and I because we both work full time jobs, but I guess my son will sleep through the night when he is ready =) Tania - My son does not eat too many solids either - but he loves his bottle!!! He is going for his next wellness visit on September 1st so I am sure his doctor will tell me the same!!! Hopefully I can get him to start eating some more solids before then!!

Tania - posted on 07/17/2009

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My son is the same. He's 10 months old and still take 6-8 ounces at around 3-4am. His doctor said I need to take that bottle away because he eats very little solids. It's been hard but I've been reducing the amount I put in his night bottle and mixing it with water. He also has reflux and still wakes up 3-4 times a night. I guess they will just start sleeping thru the night when they are ready too. It's just really hard on us.

Deidre - posted on 07/17/2009

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I finally stopped middle of the night feedings around 11-12mo old. I was really convinced my daughter was just plain hungry when she woke up at night. I would sometimes hear her stomach growling! Try feeding more about 1hr before bedtime (I recommend this to make sure they aren't too full when going to sleep, b/c that can hurt their tummy too) and see if that helps. Also, what I did to help break my daughter of that bottle is I started giving her less.

It got to the point where I was giving her about 9oz of formula for that nighttime feed. So then I brought it to 8oz for about 5 days, then 7oz for a few days, then 6oz, then 5oz, then 4oz. Once she was down to 4oz I stopped giving it to her. She didn't seem to mind too much. I guess in total that probably took about a month to go through all those changes. It got to the point where she would only drink 2 of the 4oz I had made which was when I decided to stop giving her the bottle. Do realize though, my daughter was almost one when this happened. Your little guy may still really need that middle of the night feed to hold him over till morning. I know that now when my daughter wakes up in the morning I have to feed her asap (she has a waffle, 14mo) because I know she's starving (I hear her tummy growl a lot of mornings when I pick her up).

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hi my son is 18 months old and i still have the same problem. I tried not giving him the bottle when he wakes up but then he just screams for a couple of hours so i just give it to him so he will go back to sleep (selfish on my part i guess). My daughter did the same thing but she finally started sleeping through the night at 19 months. My doctor said not to fight it, he will grow out of it. (that is the only time he takes a bottle) He also has acid reflux pretty bad so the doctor said it may be because of that. The acid irritates his stomach when it is empty so he wants to take the bottle to ease the burning. Well i hope this helped you, if nothing more than let you know your not alone! good luck!

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