at what age don't babies need a bottle through the night?

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Shayna - posted on 09/16/2009

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Their is no real answer to this question, because EVERY child is different. Once your child is eating alot of solid foods their hunger should be more satisfied for longer amounts of time including all through the night. I think it is crucial to put babies on a bedtime routine as young as possible and stick to it no matter what!

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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he's only 5 weeks old, so i'm sure he will still want feeds through the night for a while yet?! he is currently having 2 night feeds a the moment, i was just wondering if its an individual baby thing or as he gets older he wont need to drink through the night?? I guess i'm looking for a time frame for when i will be able to have a good nights sleep, lol

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Lenora - posted on 09/29/2009

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I would as a mother, never take the bottle from a child at night until they were a year old. Are you asking when they dont need a night feeding? I think every child is different and you would need to feel it out as to what will work for your child. If he/she is crying at night and seems hungry, then obviously he/she needs to be fed. that being said, if your child sleeps soundsly through the night after say 6-8 weeks and YOU feel the child is not hungry and getting enough food, then remove the bottle. Its really up to you and whats best for your child in the end. I do think after a year there is no need for a child to have a bottle at all, but again up to you. Just my thoughts. :)

Lena - posted on 09/17/2009

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if he gets constipated with the rice cereal the pediatrition told me to use brown caro syrup about a tablespoon in a 8 oz bottle. I gave my girls about an ounce of ceareal in an 8 oz bottl when they were 2 weeks old. If it is to thik i would get a hot safty pin and make the hole in the nipple just a little bit bigger so the mixture wouldn't get stuck anymore. then they finally slept all night. Now they are 7 and 4 and they still sleep all night.

Nikki - posted on 09/16/2009

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every baby is different, my baby girl used to wake up 2-3 times a night when she was born, over a couple of months she started to wake up less and less, by about 5months old she was sleeping through the night. then wen she started teething she started waking every now and then, now she is 15months old, and she wakes up once a night sometimes even twice a night i just cant wait for the teething stage to be over.

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2009

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I agree, increase the number of feedings during the day. My daughter is 11 weeks old and I am breastfeeding. I found that replacing the feeding right before bed with formula really helped. The most she slept was 8 hours straight! At 5 weeks she was about every 4 hours, and it slowly increased.One night when she ws about 8 weeks old I woke up and saw it had been 6 hours and I freaked, thinking something was wrong. Of course it wasn't. If you are breastfeeding, pump after you feed him formula then have your significant other wake up for one of the nighttime feedings so you can get more rest! I found there is a huge difference between sleeping for just 4 hours straight as opposed to 3 hours!

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2009

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my first son slept threw the night since he was born never woke up for a bottle. now my second son totally different, he didnt start sleepin threw the night without a bottle till about 2 months old. i thought id never get any sleep lol

Willmarie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I just make sure I feed my daughter before I go to bed no matter what time she ate last... so if she's sleep at 8 and I go to bed at 11-12 then I will feed her again before I go to bed even sleep and that helps her sleep all through the night... I tried the cereal and it worked great but it gets her constipated so I just had to stop and do the before I sleep feeding and she'll sleep until 7-8 in the am!

Maria - posted on 09/15/2009

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My son Marc stopped waking up during the night for feedings at about 7 weeks and has been sleeping through the night ever since. He takes his last bottle around 10:30pm and wakes around 6:00am for the morning. I am bottle feeding. Good luck!

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i'm very needing my sleep!! lol.. i had both my boys off the night feedings by 3-4 months, now it did mean sleep training also, crying a bit by me and them lol. but my husband was great support throught it

Amanda - posted on 09/15/2009

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my daughter stopped having night time feedings at about 4 months... i was lucky, i am not sure if this is an average... she drank a lot at once, like 7 ounces before bed and then again in the morning

Victoria - posted on 09/15/2009

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My eldest was 6 weeks old (he is now 3) the middle one was 10 months (he is now 14 months) and the youngest was 7 weeks (he now 11 weeks) he is now sleeping 12 hours or so at night, so it just depends on the child.

Brooke - posted on 09/15/2009

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My son wasnt sleeping through the night at 6 months and my Dr. Told me to stop feeding him at night. Give him his last bottle before you lay him down to sleep and dont give him another one until morning. Of course, he still would get up at night wanting the bottle, but i'd just change his diaper and replace his pacifier and he'd fall right back to sleep.

Kayla - posted on 09/15/2009

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it really does depend on the child my son is 18months old and only recently started sleeping all the way through and even know once aa week he still wants a bottle. but i try to avoid milk/formular and see if he will go to sleep with warm water, its what my doctor suggested

Tanya - posted on 09/14/2009

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i have four kids and two are twins so feeding time did get hard. every child is different. i know they say that if you give you child any rice cereal or baby cereal of any form even in a bottle before they are (6months is what they told me with my twins 3 1/2 yrs ago) can cause food allergies. So i would talk to your Doctor before feeding him cereal.I stopped nursing my first one in the middle of the night after he was one, but i thought it would help by giving him a sippy cup. Not Good! lol i found out though if i got up and gave him a piece of bread he went back to sleep. so with my second i skipped the sippy cup and just made sure she was fed good before she went to bed. But if you are having a hard time to get him to sleep the bath time before bed works for some babies all babies are different what works for one of my children wont work for the next and sometimes it does. do any pampering to him that you feel might work. for an example give him a bath, comb his hair, put lotion on him and take a clean wet wash cloth and wash his gum's anything you think that could relax him more to have better nights sleep babies are one experiment after another. You'll do just fine.

Brooke - posted on 09/14/2009

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By 7-9 weeks he should be able to go 7-8 hours at night. By three months 9-11 hours. As long as he's getting enough food throughout the day. Get him on some what of a routine. At his age every three hours is plenty. You can tell if every three hours is too much food because he won't feed well at his feedings, then you know it's time to go to an every four hour routine. This really helps you to monitor how much he's eating and how well. End result, full belly throughout the day makes for a full belly through the night! I highly recommend the Baby Wise books! I followed them and have had sooo much success, people cannot believe how well behaved my 15 month old is! I swear by those books, they will have him sleeping through the night in no time, saying please and thank you by 13 months, understanding what no means, etc. They will answer every question you have! Good luck! =)

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2009

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Quoting Jenny:

i started giving my daughter a little bit of rice cereal in her bottle at 2 weeks and she has been sleeping thru the night ever since. 8-10 hrs!!! shes now 10 weeks old and i add a little baby food to her bottle and she is still doing the same thing. There isnt anything wrong with giving them rice cereal. All it does is keep them full and they sleep better!



i tried that the other night i put 1 tsp of rice cereal in his bottle but it didnt make a difference he still woke up after 3 hours. he is having 120ml bottle (4oz) should i put more than a tsp? i;m just worried it might get too think for him to suck. how much were you putting in your baby's bottle at 5 weeks old?

Andrea - posted on 09/14/2009

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Every baby is different and has different needs. It also depends on if ure baby is premature or not. My first baby dropped her night time bottles earlier than my second baby. So my advice is just go with what ure baby wants and feed on demand and as they get older they will start to drink more during the day and eventually drop the night feeds but dont worry it wont take long.

Sierra - posted on 09/14/2009

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Depends on when you want to take your baby off the bottle.. I stopped my twins at 11 mos and the first night was pure hell. Once you take all the bottles and offer the cup your baby will get the hang of it.. Now that my twins are 1 they get one cup when they go to bed and they sleep all night now..

User - posted on 09/14/2009

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My son is 8 months old and he still has 1 or 2 bottles through the night every baby is different so just go with wot u think is rite xx

Jenny - posted on 09/14/2009

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i started giving my daughter a little bit of rice cereal in her bottle at 2 weeks and she has been sleeping thru the night ever since. 8-10 hrs!!! shes now 10 weeks old and i add a little baby food to her bottle and she is still doing the same thing. There isnt anything wrong with giving them rice cereal. All it does is keep them full and they sleep better!

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2009

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i must have been lucky with my first, he started to sleep through ( 6 - 7 hours a night) from 2 1/2 weeks, however im finding with my 2nd child he is completely different, waking up every 3 - 4 hours, both during the day and at night, i agree every child is different and i guess we just have to wait until they are ready to sleep through, no matter how tired and exhausted we are!!!! it isnt easy especially with a 2 year old toddler and a new born to look after!!!!

Denise - posted on 09/13/2009

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With both my daughters around 6-8 months i would start watering down their milk or offer water first if they carry on to much then offer milk. I found they would get used to it quickly and just take a drink of water and go back to sleep. My 1 yearold still wakes for a drink of water.

Lisa - posted on 09/13/2009

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from about 3 months old, they physically dont need a feed over the night anymore, but most babies will still wake for one as they get conditioned to doing that. ur bub will naturally let u know when he will be able to go without a comfort feed during the night :)

Amy - posted on 09/13/2009

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somewhere around the 2 month mark, my baby started sleeping 6 hours straight, waking up to eat, then sleeping 4-6 more hours. though before that she did not want to go to sleep! i'd rock her, feed her, walk her around, etc she'd fall asleep but the second her head hit the bed she'd wake up and scream bloody murder!! one day i got so frustrated with her crying i just laid her down in her bassinet and sat down at the computer in the room. hubby came in, swaddled her fairly tight, laid her down, and with in 2 mins she was dead asleep!!! and that night she slept 6+ hours straight and kept doing that! by 6 months she was sleeping 9+ hours, waking up to eat, then sleeping another 3-4 hours!! now, she's almost 14 months and she sleeps 12-14 hours straight, with no drink for 1-2 hours before bed or else she wakes up soaked through her nighttime diaper!

Ashley - posted on 09/13/2009

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a 5 wk old baby isnt meant to sleep through the night. my son is 10 wks and still gets up. for a baby, sleeping 5 hrs is a night for them. my 16 month old will still get up some nights.my 10 wk old will go 6 hrs if i'm lucky. my sisters 7 wk old still gets up every 3 hrs. you may get lucky and he might start sleeping his nights soon. some babies do start at 6 wks. mine never did but every baby is different

Sandy - posted on 09/13/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

he's only 5 weeks old, so i'm sure he will still want feeds through the night for a while yet?! he is currently having 2 night feeds a the moment, i was just wondering if its an individual baby thing or as he gets older he wont need to drink through the night?? I guess i'm looking for a time frame for when i will be able to have a good nights sleep, lol


A good night sleep... whats that??? My daughter is 2 in a few weeks and still wakes up through the night, all kids are different tho. My little girl slept through the night when she was younger but as she got older she now wakes up 1 - 2 times a night.

Sabrina - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

he's only 5 weeks old, so i'm sure he will still want feeds through the night for a while yet?! he is currently having 2 night feeds a the moment, i was just wondering if its an individual baby thing or as he gets older he wont need to drink through the night?? I guess i'm looking for a time frame for when i will be able to have a good nights sleep, lol



I think its based on the individual baby, my daughter is 13mos and still wakes up around 5am to eat, I dont mind at all & shes a growing girl so of course I feed her and she goes back to bed for another 4 hours :]

Danae - posted on 09/12/2009

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I would also try dropping his feedings back to 2 1/2 or 3 hours in the daytime. I he needs to get a certain amount throughout the day so if you give him more in the daytime it will help him last longer at night. I never increase the legnth inbetween feedings until they are sleeping through the night. It also helps them to distinguish between day and night.

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Danae:

My lactition and dr both said that as soon as the gain their initial weight back and are gaining that you do NOT need to wake them up to feed them at night. Let them wake up naturally. At 5 wks mine was sleeping 6-7 hours a night and now at 11 wks he sleeps 8-10 a night.



my baby is waking every 3-4 hours at night for a feed so depending what time i go to bed i can be up 3 times a night feeding him, he is nearly 6 weeks old, and i'm not letting him sleep any longer than 3 1/2 hours at a time through the day, hoping he will sleep longer at night, but it seems to be the fact that he is hungry cos once he eats he will go back to sleep with minimal fuss. maybe i need to find a formula to keep him fuller for longer?!

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Danae:

My lactition and dr both said that as soon as the gain their initial weight back and are gaining that you do NOT need to wake them up to feed them at night. Let them wake up naturally. At 5 wks mine was sleeping 6-7 hours a night and now at 11 wks he sleeps 8-10 a night.



my baby is waking every 3-4 hours at night for a feed so depending what time i go to bed i can be up 3 times a night feeding him, he is nearly 6 weeks old, and i'm not letting him sleep any longer than 3 1/2 hours at a time through the day, hoping he will sleep longer at night, but it seems to be the fact that he is hungry cos once he eats he will go back to sleep with minimal fuss. maybe i need to find a formula to keep him fuller for longer?!

Kelly - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Danae:

My lactition and dr both said that as soon as the gain their initial weight back and are gaining that you do NOT need to wake them up to feed them at night. Let them wake up naturally. At 5 wks mine was sleeping 6-7 hours a night and now at 11 wks he sleeps 8-10 a night.



I totally agree with Danae that after they are gaining weight then you don't have to wake them up....after my son was born he was in the hospital for about 5 days and when i took him home they told me that i didn't have to wake him for feeds in the middle of the night.....just when he woke to eat......

Danae - posted on 09/12/2009

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My lactition and dr both said that as soon as the gain their initial weight back and are gaining that you do NOT need to wake them up to feed them at night. Let them wake up naturally. At 5 wks mine was sleeping 6-7 hours a night and now at 11 wks he sleeps 8-10 a night.

Hayden - posted on 09/12/2009

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My baby is 17 months old n he is still on a bottle. They are kids they are babies n I think there is nothing wrong with lettin have it unless it starts to hurt there teeth my dr said give him water at night instead of milk n there is no problem with him on it.

Heather - posted on 09/12/2009

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every child is different i have four and none of them have been the same. my twins are nine and sometimes wake up not for a bottle of course, my one year old sleeps alnight but has a cup before bed, i try to get them off the bottle at one

Kelly - posted on 09/12/2009

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My son has been on the Similac Sensitive with RS since he was about 4 weeks old, it is just a heavier formula because it has rice starch in it, my son spit up alot when he was a newborn, so my sons doctor suggested that kind of formula....it does make them not spit up as much, but it also made the time between feedings longer....but he would still wake up in the middle of the night for a feed....they say that by 6 months a baby, with no medical complications, should be able to go all night without a feeding.....my son started to sleep through at about 5 months old.......good luck.....

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

My daughter is allergic to lactose so we had to start her on Similac sensitive RS and that has rice starch and her pediatrician is the one that recommended that and she started on it when she was 6 weeks old so i cant see that it would be a problem at five....a good bath def does the trick also. Maddison loves the bedtime bath from johnsons!


my little one is on soy formula which was a decision i made as i was lactose intolorant when i was a baby that bad i had to have goats milk, and all my brothers kids were lactose i havent had him tested but i thought i should just go with soy to be safe.  Although i did buy a lactose free formula yesterday to give it a try to see how he goes as he seems to have a few symptoms of reflux and is always popping off, lol.



I have yet to try the bedtime bath from johnsons i keep forgetting to grab some at the supermarket! i'll be sure to put in on the shopping list this week!

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

My daughter is allergic to lactose so we had to start her on Similac sensitive RS and that has rice starch and her pediatrician is the one that recommended that and she started on it when she was 6 weeks old so i cant see that it would be a problem at five....a good bath def does the trick also. Maddison loves the bedtime bath from johnsons!


my little one is on soy formula which was a decision i made as i was lactose intolorant when i was a baby that bad i had to have goats milk, and all my brothers kids were lactose i havent had him tested but i thought i should just go with soy to be safe.  Although i did buy a lactose free formula yesterday to give it a try to see how he goes as he seems to have a few symptoms of reflux and is always popping off, lol.



I have yet to try the bedtime bath from johnsons i keep forgetting to grab some at the supermarket! i'll be sure to put in on the shopping list this week!

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

I think it all depends on your baby. He will just out of the blue stop needing them...at least that is what Maddison did. One day she was eating every 3 hours consistantly and then the next night she slept a whole 7 hours straight!! I don't know how you feel about feeding him with formula with rice starch but it helps! It's not as potent as cereal but gives them a little bit more to hold onto!



can i do that when he's just 5 weeks old?

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daughter is allergic to lactose so we had to start her on Similac sensitive RS and that has rice starch and her pediatrician is the one that recommended that and she started on it when she was 6 weeks old so i cant see that it would be a problem at five....a good bath def does the trick also. Maddison loves the bedtime bath from johnsons!

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

I think it all depends on your baby. He will just out of the blue stop needing them...at least that is what Maddison did. One day she was eating every 3 hours consistantly and then the next night she slept a whole 7 hours straight!! I don't know how you feel about feeding him with formula with rice starch but it helps! It's not as potent as cereal but gives them a little bit more to hold onto!



can i do that when he's just 5 weeks old?

Cat - posted on 09/12/2009

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it all depends on the baby but with mine i gave them a good bottel before bed and a bath and they started sleeping through at like five to 6 months but ive heard stories of some getting off night feeddings sooner but their lil bellies need food through the night sometimes going for 8 hrs straight is hard for them still. hpe that helps some :)

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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I think it all depends on your baby. He will just out of the blue stop needing them...at least that is what Maddison did. One day she was eating every 3 hours consistantly and then the next night she slept a whole 7 hours straight!! I don't know how you feel about feeding him with formula with rice starch but it helps! It's not as potent as cereal but gives them a little bit more to hold onto!

Inga - posted on 09/12/2009

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well with my son i started weaning him off 4 bottles a day just until naptime and if your child can fall asleep without a bottle then start taking it off it every seccond day. or give the baby a bottle just before u put him/her to bed and they should be fine

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daughter stopped drinking bottles through the night at 6 weeks old! She has been really good about sleeping through the night since then!

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