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    Question getting a 7mth old to sleep through

    Just after some advice. DS2 is almost 7 months and I'm looking for ways to get him to sleep through. He goes to bed at 7pm after a feed, usually wakes up at about midnight and 5am for more feeds and then (if I'm lucky) goes back to sleep until 7am. Surely by now he should be able to get by with less milk during the night? Should I try reducing the amount I give him during his night feeds in the hope of cutting at least one out completely?

    What else could I try to get him to sleep through?

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    Is he b/f or f/f? I think at that age DS was still waking 3-4 times a night - he was b/f.
    I have no advice sorry, he sounds like a normal 7mo IMO

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    Sorry, forgot to mention he is FF.

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    Is he bottle or bf? My DD was waking every 2-3 hours at 6 months for a feed, I was bf'ing and had had enough so expressed and went on strike one weekend, was DHs job to feed that night whilst I slept. She'd have less than 50ml a time so decided it was just for comfort and went cold turkey between 10pm-5am. Took about 5 nights of patting/shhh'ing when she'd wake then she'd not wake until 5ish and I'd feed then. Good luck

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    Default getting a 7mth old to sleep through

    By 6 months most bubs don't physically need night feeds.

    It is probably a good idea to get bub checked out by a doc to rule out medical issues.

    If there are no medical problems your bub could either be genuinely hungry in which case upping solids/protein should help.

    Or bub could be waking for a feed simply out of habit. I would recommend slowly cutting night feeds back. Eg hold off the first and second feeds for 30 minutes for a few nights. Then an hour. At the same time cut the volume of each feed by a little every few nights. Or you could go cold turkey.

    Good luck.

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    Have you thought or tried to introduce a dream feed? I would wake my DD at 10:30pm and give her a bottle then and re settle her. The first few nights she slept through to 5am, then she just kept sleeping through to 7am.

    After a while I started to reduce the amount in the 10:30pm feed until it was only 60mls then I stopped it all together. First few nights she made it to 5:30am, in which I would feed and resettle. Now she sleeps from 7pm till 7am with no feeds. She is 7 months today.

    On the odd nights that my DD wakes now anytime before 6am- I will resettle with a bit of water. Unless it is a wonder week and she is starving.

    Another thing is to up their solid intake or do a double feed before bedtime, say 150mls around 5:30pm, then a play and bath then another 200mls when you put down to bed.

    Good Luck Every baby is different, which makes it hard- you just gotta find something that works for you and baby.

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    All babies are different - it is very normal for babies to need/want a night feed well into toddlerhood. I let my DD and DS lead the way, they were very different babies but my DD still wanted night feeds at 18 months. She has only just started sleeping through the night now (occasionally) at 2 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    By 6 months most bubs don't physically need night feeds.
    On what evidence are you basing this? Just because your babies didn't (or even none that you know of) doesn't equate to 'most' babies. Some babies do, some babies don't. By stating that most babies don't need night feeds may well be adding to false expectations by already stressed out parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    On what evidence are you basing this? Just because your babies didn't (or even none that you know of) doesn't equate to 'most' babies. Some babies do, some babies don't. By stating that most babies don't need night feeds may well be adding to false expectations by already stressed out parents.
    Most paraphenalia I have read have referenced the majority of bubs do not physically need night feeds from 6 months onwards. Many babies that night feed do so out of habit, some for medical reasons. It doesn't mean they are bad bubs.

    By stating that it isn't the norm for 6month+ babies to sleep through..... I think that is also adding to false expectations. Parents need to know that in many cases night wakenings in older bubs are preventable if they have the right support and techniques. Misleading them on this could lead to them giving up too early and not fully exploring the options that may give bubba and them a full nights sleep.

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    You could give dropping the night feed/s a try, it might work or it might not, but it's probably worth trying at least.

    I can see in your signature that you have 2 littlies very close in age and I can completely understand your desire to get a good sleep at night!

    However, I do think a lot of babies will still wake at that age. For many reasons too, not just to feed.

    I have a 4.5 year old and just turned 3 year old and I am only just getting to the point of not spending time with either or both of them overnight.... I'm not trying to freak you out, most kids sleep through well before that, but don't feel you are doing anything wrong if not.

    Hope you get some undisturbed sleep soon!!


 

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