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    Default Water to get baby to sleep through?

    So I've had a few people tell me to give my 6.5 months old ds a bottle of water rather than a bottle of formula when he wakes for it at night.
    My first reaction is that it couldn't be good for bubs but just wondering what other peoples experiences are?

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    Personally I feed my baby whenever they are hungry not just when it suits me.

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    Not at 6.5 months. I think that's too young to be refusing milk when they want it.

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    DD was sleeping through by this age so I don't have any personally experience but 6 months seems young for water over night, could it just be a growth spurt.

    But tbh I don't know so I guess my post is pointless. sorry!

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    It's a myth, pretty much. Your baby will sleep through when she is ready. If she wakes up hungry, feed her

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    In my experience, babies wake when they are hungry... and therefore need nutrition.

    When they are finally at an age where they are eating enough in the evenings that their stomachs are full... they sleep.

    Maybe the water instead of milk thing could be introduced when baby is over 12months, and therefore eating a proper amount of food... but I certainly wouldn't be doing it before then.

    Children DON'T sleep through, it's a myth. They don't, and neither do we, we just have taught ourselves to a0 not wake up fully, and b) return to sleep.

    Once they stop waking because of hunger, they wake because of teething, or anxiety, or bad dreams, or because their body tells them they need to urinate, or because they just wake and then can't get themselves back to sleep...

    At THIS stage until I believe about 14months, children still should be fed if they wake during the night unless you know for sure they've woken for a different reason.

    I've always followed this pattern.

    0-12 months- offer feed first, cuddle, (pat rock whatever) back to sleep.
    12-14 months- offer water in a sippy cup first, then a feed, then cuddle/pat/rock back to sleep.
    14-18 months- offer water first, then cuddle.. if still unsettled, a feed.

    I co-sleep though, so I just kept feeding as long as they kept waking at night. and once they started 'sleeping through' for that phase (before separation anxiety kicks in at around 20months)

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    I guess if I woke up hungry, water wouldn't cut it. I would need some nutrition to take away the hunger. If baby is hungry get him a feed. You're getting up to give him the water so you may as well give him the formula.

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    A thriving 6mth old baby shouldn't need a feed through the night, we just assume they do and feed them to just get them back to sleep but then a habit is formed before you know it and baby will continue to wake. Same if you have to rock your bub to sleep, they then expect it all the time. If my bubs wakes during the night i wait 10mins before going to him, its usually a whingey cry than an upsetting distressing one. In this time he usually gets himself back to sleep. If hes still not settled after the 10mins i then go to him and talk to him to soothe him. He sleeps through now though and has been since 8mths. Bubs need to learn to get themselves back to sleep. I've been following the "sleep sense program" with ds2, everything makes more sense and life is much easier, I wish I had had it for ds1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    A thriving 6mth old baby shouldn't need a feed through the night, we just assume they do and feed them to just get them back to sleep but then a habit is formed before you know it and baby will continue to wake. Bubs need to learn to get themselves back to sleep. I've been following the "sleep sense program" with ds2, everything makes more sense and life is much easier, I wish I had had it for ds1.
    In your eyes it seems a thriving baby is one that suits the parents' routine, making life easier. In actual fact, a baby will wake if it needs a bottle. They act on instinct.
    A thriving baby will be fed when it needs to, regardless of when that is.

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    Does he drink most/all of the formula when you offer it? If he does then I would assume he's hungry and feed him! If he's only having a couple of sucks for comfort then maybe you could try offering water.

    I think 6.5months is pretty young to be refusing a feed if he wakes wanting it.

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