When is your baby's last meal, bedtime and how long does he/she sleep?

Kate - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I ask this because I need ideas! I've tried everything in the book for my daughter to sleep through the night - everything. I think her biggest issue is that she gets ridiculously hungry in the middle of the night and once given a teeny bottle, can go right back to sleep. I'm sure half of its habit and I've consistently lowered the amount of formula so I can ween her off but recently she's been going through serious teething and I just can't let her cry it out while she's going through this so I'm waiting for the two front teeth to fully pop out (they're both coming) and then I will try something else. She eats at around 7:30 pm - a bottle and food and then will go down at about 8 or so. She then wakes up at around 2:30 for a teeny bottle and then (usually) sleeps until about 7. Do you folks feed your babies earlier? Later? What time do they go to bed and do they sleep through the night? I want to see what's working for everyone. Thanks!

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Janean - posted on 03/28/2009

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My son eats half finger foods (soft veggies and well cooked pasta or rice) and half baby food (meat and fruit) for a total of about 6 oz. of solid food at 7:00pm. He is usually finished by about 7:30. He then drinks a 6 oz. bottle. After that we do bath, pj's, and rock in the rocking chair for less than 5 minutes. He is in his bed by 8:00, if not earlier each night. He usually moves around for 5-10 minutes and then drifts off to sleep. We have to wake him up at 7:00am to leave for the day but on weekends he usually sleeps until 7:45-8:00. He eats breakfast at 8:30. This has worked for us since he was about 6 months old. I think the main reason it works is that we have him on a good schedule that works for our family.



Here is our schedule:

8:30-breakfast

12:30-lunch

4:45-snack

7:00-dinner

8:00-bed



We let him nap when he is tired, but it is usually a mid morning nap and a nap around 3:00pm. Sometimes he skips the afternoon or morning nap and just has the other for the day.

Mel - posted on 03/26/2009

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My little munchkin has always been a great sleeper, but I've had several friends that have had the same problem with their kids. What seems to work best (from what I've heard) is to wake your baby up for a bottle before they'd wake up on their own and then gradually shift the time earlier and earlier until they don't need the middle of the night bottle at all anymore. For example, wake up your little girl at midnight or so for a bottle tonight. Tomorrow night try 11:30, the next night 11:00, etc etc. Bit of work on your part, but supposedly works. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 03/27/2009

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My daughter will be 1 on April 23rd. We stopped giving my daughter a night time bottle almost 4 months ago. She eats dinner at 6:30, usually meat, vegetables, cheese, and a fruit. She then gets a bath at 8:00 and is in bed at 8:30. She usually wakes up at around 7:00 am. She gets a bottle and then breakfast at 8:00 am.

Ashleigh - posted on 03/27/2009

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My son has his last meal at about 4:30pm or 5pm, and maybe a snack later on if he's hungry.  He has his last nurse before 7pm and sleeps 12-13hours a night.  I used the book The Sleep Sense Program, and it worked miracles!! (My son use to wake up to nurse every hour until he was about 8 months when I did the sleep training!)

Ange - posted on 03/27/2009

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My April 2nd daughter has her dinner in between 6pm and 6.30pm then a bottle of cows milk (just finished weaning formula the other day) at about 7ish.. she will go down to bed for the night at about 7.30-8.00pm and will sleep right through till about 7.30am.. She's a very good baby.. I think its all in the routine.. You just gotta find what works best for you.. Good luck

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Munazza - posted on 05/16/2017

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@Ashleigh Pierce What sleeo training methid did you use ? I have tried about everything , but my 7months old wakes up every hour or halfandwill goback to sleep after just few minutes of nursing .

Stephanie - posted on 03/28/2009

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My son will be 1 on the 30th April, we have had problems too! Only this week he has started to sleep better, we are now getting roughly a full nights sleep every other night. He had terrible problems teething, Ashtons and Parsons worked wonders for us.

As for a routine, i have found he sleeps better when he has dinner and a youghurt at 16:45, then bath and changed for bed at half 6. i let him feed himself in his cot whilst i read him a story, then turn the lights out, say goodnight.... and it worked!!! He slept till 6:30!!!! good luck!

User - posted on 03/27/2009

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Kate--I'm glad you asked this question. My son is also 11 mo's and still wakes up to nurse around 2am EVERY NIGHT.  I'm not actually out of bed very long (15 min), but I totally agree, it is time to stop.  If we put him back to sleep without a feeding, he'll go back to sleep no problem, but then he just wakes up 20-30 minutes later and want to eat.  This leads me to believe he really is hungry, but I also think it is completely a habit and he should be able to sleep through some mild hunger.  (I know I wake up hungry every morning).  I have started shortening his feed time, as you are giving your daughter less formula.



So I cannot tell you what works!  I feed him solid food at 5 and nurse him before bed at 6:30.  He eats a HUGE dinner (for example, a whole banana, half of a turkey cutlet, and some mashed potatoes)-- which I really think should be able to get him past 2am. Maybe I will try the suggestion for scheduled wake-ups.

Mel - posted on 03/27/2009

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my littlr girl will be 1 on april 8, she has her food at 7.30 last meal bottle at 8 and i wake her a bit before 8 for her yogurt then bottle. I feel lucky! apart from alwats hitting the snooze on my alarm, i dont think your daughter needs this overnight bottle she is jst in a habit of it

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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I usually feed her a little milk with cereal around 6ish then she gets sleepy around 7:30 and will sleep until 8 in the morning.  It sounds like her teething is bothering her.  Have you tried Teething Tablets by Hyland's?  I used them with both my daughters and it helps calm them and relax there mouth so they are not in so much discomfort.  It is a100% natural, they dissolve instantly in the babies mouth.  I brought the bottle to my doctor to see if it was alright to give them and she said yes.

Gemma - posted on 03/25/2009

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hi, i feed my little man at 5pm, a normal meal (meat, potato, veg) followed by a yoghurt, he goes in bath at 6, half a beaker of cows milk  and in bed for 7 latest.  its very rare that he wakes befor 7am the next morning and this has been the routine since he was fully weaned at 6 mnths.

Bret - posted on 03/25/2009

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I found with my son, during the weening from the mid-night feeding, it helped to feed the solid food at dinner, and hold the bottle till bedtime. I also mixed infant cereal into the liquid (1tsp/4oz). My son goes down at 8 PM and I usually don't hear from him till 9-9:30 AM. He used to wake up with his sister at 7:45, but hasn't even been doing that lately!
Try just holding that nighttime bottle till you put him down and maybe mixing in some cereal (just make sure you use a fast flow nipple on the bottle!), and see if it helps.

Kate - posted on 03/25/2009

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Wow, now YOUR situation is IDEAL!!  See my daughter has no issue falling asleep.. she's great like that but this middle of the night feeding HAS to go!

Ereni - posted on 03/25/2009

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My April 15th daughter has her last formula bottle at around 8.15pm. It takes her 5mins to finish her bottle and then literally after 2 mins l put her in her bed in her own bedroom. She usually sleeps within 15mins. Her next bottle is always after 12hours. I have never fed her earlier as l like her to be in her bed for 12 hours. However, she does not sleep for 12hours. She wakes up usually 10 1/2 to 11 hours later but plays in her bed. Then l lift her out of bed usually around 8.30am.

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