Is it normal to feed 1 year at 2am?

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old was sleeping thru the night most nights if he did wake up he would usually cry for about 10 min then go back to sleep. The past two nights he has woke up at 2am and won't go back to sleep until he has had a bottle. I don't want to start that habit now. Any suggestions? He goes to bed at 830 we put him to bed awake in his crib and he falls asleep on his own. I'm not opposed to cry it out but my husband thinks he needs a bottle or he wouldn't be waking up that's what he thinks. His doctor said he shouldn't need to eat at this age in the middle of the night. But maybe he is going thru a growth spurt. Any ideas ?

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Lise - posted on 01/03/2012

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I remember how incredibly hungry I was when pregnant. Kids grow at incredible rates (I can't imagine doubling my body weight in SIX MONTHS), or growing an inch a month (being only 20 in to begin with). I imagine that must make you pretty hungry.



No one better tell me when I can/cannot be hungry. I'm 30 and *should* be able to STTN without eating/drinking, but I rarely make it.

User - posted on 01/03/2012

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My son did this till he turned 3, but he was always genuinely hungry. We never fought against it, as he is behind the growth curve and needs all the food he can!

Heather - posted on 01/01/2012

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Totally normal for a 2 year old to wake up for a bottle till they are around 15 to 18 months old. Your ped. isn't 100 percent right. If giving your son a bottle in at 2am helps him to go back to sleep, then do it for now. You can worry about breaking him of it in a few months. He is only 12 months old, and still, very much, a baby. Totally sounds like a growth spurt to me. Give him the bottle till he sleeps through the night and doesn't need it anymore. Trust me, it will happen.

Terra - posted on 12/27/2011

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It sounds like a growth spurt and I honestly side with your husband on this one. Saying that infants don't need to eat at night is actually very old and archaic advice. It has no basis in any kind of medical fact. Small children have such different metabolisms then adults and their calorie needs fluctuate so much with growth spurts and brain development. If he is waking up and not being satisfied with water and desperate for food then I say give it to him! It won't be long before he'll be back to sleeping through the night.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/21/2011

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Yay!



(I always perch a sippycup of water at the end of my son's crib so he can drink if he's thirsty, that way I feel more confident letting him put himself back to sleep if he wakes up.)

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Melissa - posted on 01/20/2012

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my son started doing that but instead of milk i gave him water, he soon went back to sleeping through again

RANELL - posted on 01/08/2012

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i say if the baby wuts a bottle in that will help put him to sleep then thats wut i will do . my twins whos 15 months wake up as soon as they get they milk they go back to sleep i either give them breast milk or the bottle in they be just fine in it will give you sum rest

Bonnie - posted on 01/05/2012

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Yes, he could be going through a growth spurt. Does he seem like he is eating enough during the day? Sometimes if they don't eat enough during the day that can effect them at night. Perhaps he is going through a bit of separation anxiety at this point as well. It is normal at this age.

Talitha - posted on 01/04/2012

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I would try giving him something just before bed. My son is two and we still give him a bowl of baby cereal just before bed. Only started doing this again a few months ago when he was having a similar issue. It helped.

Katherine - posted on 01/03/2012

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My little guy is almost one- not yet a toddler but almost!!! He is however sleeping through the nights and has been since he was 3 weeks old (other then when he is ill). I say it's a growth spurt, they have them ALL the time, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 3, 6 and 9 months, I'm sure it also falls into other months/years!!

If he wakes and cant be settled as he's hungry, feed him!!! I am almost 30 and I wake up and am hungry in the night.

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2012

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My suggestion would be to let him eat a little more at his last feeding, or even let him have some milk right before he goes to bed, to help keep him happy and fulfilled throughout the night. It is a bit abnormal, to me, that a 1 year old would want to eat at 2 am. However he may just be going through a phase where he gets hungry at night.

Tina - posted on 01/01/2012

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My son normally sleeps through but there have been occasions where he has woken up through the night for a bottle. Even at his age this body his growing and goingt through changes and it is perfectly normal behaviour. And he could simply be thirsty. Even adults wake up dry and thirsty. It might also be a good idea if you haven't already to go for a bigger size nappy. I found that helped with my son.

Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2011

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Ladies thanks for all the thoughts. So I have decided he is just waking up to wake up he didn't go to bed until 10 tonight and a bottle at 945 and he woke at 2 so I really doubt he is Hungary after only 4 hours so I let him fuss and gave myself 5 min before I would go in to comfort him and he put himself back to sleep for now anyway. So maybe we have made a progress. Thanks again

Lise - posted on 12/20/2011

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Eh, maybe he's hungry or thirsty? I'm 30 and still sometimes go through weeks of needing to eat/drink at night.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/19/2011

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I agree with the others. Feed him a filling snack before bed (like sweet potatoes) and maybe keep feeding him when he wakes up. If it goes longer than 4 or 5 nights I think he's probably in a bad habit, rather than actually needing it. My son easily falls into that, too. He wakes up in the night three nights in a row because he has a fever and stuffy nose, and then suddenly he wants to play every morning at 3 am, fever or not!

I just go with it while he feels bad, and then when he's better I cut him off, and go in and tell him it's time to sleep and then let him cry. It doesn't take long to get back to normal. I think if a child falls into a habit easily, it's also easier to break him of it.

I'd wait until I was sure that he didn't need it, and then take measures to get him back to a full-night's sleep.

Brianna - posted on 12/19/2011

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when i wanted to be my daughter to stop having a middle of the night bottle i started offering her a sippy cup with water in it at night.. she wasnt happy with it but then she realized she wouldnt get milk so she stopped waking up at night. just make sure you give him a filling night time snack before bed

Sharon - posted on 12/19/2011

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I always have to give my eldest (25mth) a cup of milk not long before bedtime. It's not much....maybe 100ml. He gets hungry otherwise, sometimes waking up for food, other times when he'd wake in the morning you could hear his tummy grumbling from being so hungry. So now it's just part of our routine, a slightly warm cup of milk, brush teeth, read book, sleep time.
i always get worried when my boys do something new for 2 nights, as my child health nurse has always told me, 3 times in a row is a new routine for babies/infants. Seems to hold true in our household anyway.

Shawna - posted on 12/19/2011

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My son had a huge appetite from birth and I found that feeding something filling before bed like oatmeal or something that will stick with him. It helped a ton. You know your child and I have never been one to deny food. If this is uncommon behavior it very well may be a growth spurt. It sounds like your instincts are right on track. Don't doubt yourself, you will know whats best for your child. You also need to remember that your child has limited vocabulary...and no one wants to go to sleep hungry. He will cue you in on what he needs and when he needs it...sounds like your husband is on the right track as well imo. Hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2011

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Thanks I know two nights isn't a habit but I was just worried it would start to be a habit. Thanks for the response your probably right he may just need it right now

Vicki - posted on 12/19/2011

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Two nights is hardly a habit. I'd just feed/comfort him as he wants/needs. It won't be forever.

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