how do i get my little girl to go from eating every 3 hrs to every 4 hrs


Alison - posted on 02/02/2010




I can't go 4 hours without eating. Are we talking day or night??? How old is your lo? If it is nighttime and she is 6 months or older, I've got advice for you.


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It will be over before you know it really and you will wonder how your baby grew up so fast.....

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Why do you feel the need to stretch out the time in between feedings? She's eating that often because she needs to. Eventually she may start to go longer in between feedings but even my 13 month old didn't start going more than 3 hours in between feeds on a regular basis up until recently. Please don't try to fill her up with cereal, juice, or water in order to make her go longer. She needs the nutrients that are in breast milk/formula. If you fill her up on say, rice cereal, she won't want to eat as often and therefore she won't be getting all the nutrients that her body requires to grow and develop properly.

Amber - posted on 02/02/2010




my baby was waking up every 2 hours to eat. she is almost 2 months old. i do put a lil bit of cereal in her bottle for night time only. i make about 3 ounces of water with just 1 scoop of formula and 1 scoop of rice cereal. it's very contraveersal on when it's ok to start doing this, but she's doing great, the doctor okayed it and not shell do a 6 hour stretch of sleep and a 4 hour stretch of sleep. she's on this amazing schedule! every1 is different on when they start to give their baby cereal in a bottle and some wont at all. it's all up to u and what works best for baby. good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/02/2010




it depends on how old she is, but you could just try to hold her off or try using the cereal ... we were having the same thing going on with my daughter, and we're still trying to get her to go longer periods of time without eating but it works a few times a day .

Becca - posted on 02/02/2010




I wouldn't be in a hurry to add solids unless your child is over 6 months. 3hour feedings are normal for a lot of babies and giving juice or water just to make her stick to a schedule can be dangerous as it may reduce the amount of milk she eats and starve her of some of the nutrician she needs from milk to be healthy.

Even on solids my son has never gone more than 3 hours without a feeding during the day and seems more contented if he eats every 2 1/2 hours. So adding solids early (before 6 months, which is the recommended age according to the World Health Organization) may not have the desired effect either and if she is not ready for them could cause more harm than good as she would be at higher risk of choking or developing allergies.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/02/2010




Stacy Porter
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Keep something in her mouth. Such as a pacifier or give her some water or juice.

Wow are you serious?! That's horrible "advice"! If her child is hungry then it needs food! Not a soother, not water. That's being a lazy parent and putting your own convenience before your baby's basic needs.

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My first ate every 2 hours day and night for six months. IF you have an over supply or very large supply of breastmilk try not switching sides during a feeding. Just be sure to use the other side for the next feeding. Want to make sure baby gets all the fat she can from one breast. This isn't a problem if you have a low supply but with a very large milk supply it can cause issues. is my fave site for information on feeding babies.

Dorothea - posted on 02/02/2010




I give my 5 week old a little rice just half a teaspoon in his bottle. Hunny he sleeps all night long. I put him to bed at about 10 and he sleeps till 8 or 9 in the morning. I don't care what other people say because if he can handle it then he can have it. I just gave him a teaspoon and waited till he pooped again to make sure he could handle it. Now I give it to him everynight at bed time. His dr know's she don't like it but it''s really on what you want to do. After all it is your child. Good luck

Raysha - posted on 02/02/2010




I agree with some of the advice. I don't agree with the pacifier thing. Give her some cereal about twice a day for about a week. Then everything should be better.

Kristi - posted on 02/02/2010




Try feeding her more in one feeding. Do you breastfeed or bottle feed? Bottle fed babies usually go longer between feedings because breast milk is so easily digested. Not that I'm telling you to stop breastfeeding if that's what you've been doing!!! But I gave my son a mixture of breast milk and formula. After I started doing that, I noticed he could go longer between feedings. But again...that doesn't mean you should mix formula and breast milk if you don't want to!

Nikki - posted on 02/02/2010




I son't know how old she is from the pic she looks very young, you really should be feeding on demand, give her more milk each feeding, my son at every two hours so be thankful you get the extra hour. If she is over four months you can start solids, but if you give her rice cereal , spoon feed her, don't mix it in the bottle it's a choking hazard

Carrie - posted on 02/02/2010




play and keep the baby awake...just recently, my little girl has been sleeping between 6-8 hours and she is 2 months and 3 weeks old. Try moving her arms and her legs and talking to her...the more you do it, the more she'll get tired.

Bagya - posted on 02/02/2010




how old is she? if she is 4 months, you can give her some baby cereal which will keep her full, longer!

HANNAH - posted on 02/02/2010




If she is old enough you can mix a little rice cereal with her formula or your breast milk not a lot, just a tiny bit and this makes it "stick to her ribs" a bit better. I started giving my boys a little cereal when they were 3 months old.

Ronda - posted on 02/02/2010




You can't set up a schedule for your child until they are ready. It can be unhealthy. She will grow out of it sooner or later!

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