i have a 6 month old and he is still eating in the middle of the night (1 and 5). will he grow out of this?


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Sarah - posted on 04/18/2009




My daughter is 11 months old & still wakes up a couple of times at night. I think it's more out of habit than hunger for her though. Around 6 months, your son may be going through a growth spurt & he needs to eat at night. Make sure he's getting enough to eat during the day as well. This may help. Also, some babies just like to wake up at night. Nobody really knows why =]

January - posted on 04/18/2009




My daughter is 6 months old and is waking up in the middle of the night but I also just started her in her crib on Sunday, I know I know, horrible! :) She also gets up anywhere between 12-1 and 3-5. The other night I gave her Oatmeal before she went to bed and she did alot better, I think it was a little bit heavier on her stomach which made her sleep longer. I was told to comfort her as well instead of automatically assuming she is hungry. My opinion I would not put cereal in the bottle, at 6 months they should be eating cereal from a bowl and spoon, which you can give them before bedtime, cereal in a bottle is a hard habit to stop. Some people say putting a radio in their room and playing lullabys help as well, although my daughter is not to fond of it! :) Good luck, I know how tough it is!

Jeannette - posted on 04/18/2009




I just took my daughter in for her 6 month checkup. Dr said she should be able to sleep through the night, and I should start training her, by waiting a while and just comforting her before I nurse. You can also watch a clock, and slowly decrease the amount of time you feed him a few nights at a time (by minutes if your nursing, by ounces if formula). Also, my friend just started giving hedr son water at night as a small comfort, and then you can gradually decrease that as well.

Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2009




I have had the same issue with my daughter. She was 10 months old on April 12 and until April 14 was waking twice a night for feedings. Now she sleeps through. I am still breastfeeding but I have tried formula at night. I tried rice in the bottle. I tried limiting her naps, feeding closer to bedtime, feeding then playing, and bathing before bed.

They will sleep through when they are ready. The best thing I can say is give a bed time routine so they know its bed time. Maybe bath then a story then diaper then bed.

Next i would recommend not talking to much to the baby when he wakes in the night. Maybe play some soft music in the backround.

At 8 months I even made sure to put her down and leave the room. My daughter cryed for a few minutes but put herself to sleep. It seemed to help with putting her down when she woke at night.

So I guess my point is - Yes, he will grow out of this. It may take a while, but he will. You can try any of these ideas people have posted, but it might not work. If your child is as difficult as mine, it's up to them when they want to sleep through.

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2009




I'm not sure if you baby takes a paci or not but my son's ped told us to just go over and give him his paci and pat his bottom for a sec and see what he does and he started going right back to sleep and was fine, so maybe you can try this and see what your baby does. Also how much food does your babe eat during the day? My son is 5 and a half months and eats a jar of stage 2 food for bfast, lunch, and then dinner and drinks 4 ounces with each and then has a 11 ounce bottle before bed and we do that trick from above and it works for him. Hope this helps, good luck.

Robyn - posted on 04/16/2009




i gave my lil boy more food in the dya. i found that at 3 and half months he wasnt gettin enough from his milk, so started him on solids. worked a treat, he slept 12 hours thru the nite, and has done since.x

Pamela - posted on 04/15/2009




I think  some of it is  habit.  My  now 15 month old slept through a few times at 8 weeks and then never did it again so I knew he was capable so at 12 weeks when he woke I would just go pat him on the back and he went back to sleep after 3 nights of this he never woke up again unless he was teething  or unless he missed out on naps during the day.

I have a 4 weeks old and he feeds  6:30 pm ( for an hour and half) and then sleeps until 2 - 3am and then feeds for an hour and back to sleep until 7:30 - 8am.  We will see how long it takes him but Im hoping he will be sleeping through at 12 weeks like his brother.

also I think it helps if they can't smell mummy's milk  so   if they are in there own room its helps. 

Marissa - posted on 04/15/2009




Try giving water in the middle of the night only and see he is really hungry or just wanting you to feed him. This worked for my son, as he did the same thing. My daughter on the other hand would drink 1 - 2 bottles a night. I couldn't tell if she was really thirsty, or just wanted it for comfort. More fluids during the day and just before bed eventually helped with this.

Breann - posted on 04/15/2009




I have a 13 month old daughter who until the last 2 nights was still waking up in the middle of the night for a bottle. Now instead of waking up for a bottle she wakes up to come into my bed. I think it has something to do with her crib because as soon as she is out of it and not "confined" she is fine. Going to be switing her into a big girl bed soon and hopefully that'll do the trick. But up until a few nights ago she was always waking up once or twice a night to have a bottle. I think they just eventually outgrow it.. I tried putting cereal  into her bottle as well but that didnt work. She still woke up in the middle of the night.

Heather - posted on 04/15/2009




My almost nine month old still eats its just a security thing. My daughter that is two was also like that and she grew out of it before she turned one.

Adrienne - posted on 04/15/2009




My son is going to be 10 months at the end of the month and he has finally out grew getting up in the middle of the night. I did breastfeeding til 6 months and bottle feeding now since my milk decreased. But he was still getting up for a bottle. I know make sure he gets a bath, rub him with lotion, and feed him an 8 ounce bottle and he sleeps no problem through the night. My soon to be 22 month old was still getting up in the middle of the night as well for drinks or to be cuddled but we did the same thing, bath, rub with lotion, a little bit of milk. And I'm happy to say they sleep through the night! =) I hope this might make you feel better. Most babies do out grow it.

Manda - posted on 04/15/2009




I started mixing in cereal with my daughter's formula and modified the bottle in order to allow it to come out. I made sure she was nice and full at bedtime and, once I did so, she slept through the night every night. Unless, of course, she was sick. She was three weeks when I put her on cereal. Some people freak out when I say this, but you can certainly tell if your child is ready. I was told that if doctor, parent, and child are all in agreement, then all is well. This seemed to be the case since it suppressed her little belly! She woke up a very happy baby after that!!!

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2009




my son is 18 months old and wakes up 1-5 times every night... my 21 month old baby sister and 9 month old baby brother have slept through the night since they were born. It really depends on the baby.

Elaine - posted on 04/15/2009




have u tried putting a little bit of rice cereal in his last bottle before bedtime?  that might help keep him full through the night.  But always ask his doc first.

Mellissa - posted on 04/15/2009




Quoting Jamie:

i have a 6 month old and he is still eating in the middle of the night (1 and 5). will he grow out of this?

I have 3 kids who all still ate in the middle of the night till I stopped breastfeeding. Which lasted anywheres between 10 months and 12 months. Then I gave them a drink of milk from a cup whenever they woke.

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