I was also given similar advice so as not to encourage them to wake and want a bottle at night, similar to a previous poster, it forms a pattern.
However,I was given this advice at 8mth, and so I think 6.5 mths still a bit young and yes I would give a bottle. Well, that was worked for us, a bottle would get her back to sleep.
But you could try offering water first?
I think this advice makes sense, but more when the baby is eating 3 decent meals a day and food should take up most of thier nutritional requirements, around 10 / 11 mths in my case.
DD is now 14 mths and when she wakes in the night, doesnt really want either water or milk, so something else causes her to wake.
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IT really depends on how much the baby is eating/drinking. With DS 1 I ended up at a sleep school at 10mo as he would wake frequently at night and would be an hour resettling with water or until I gave in and gave him the boob. He was genuinely hungry as a week before I went he had more formula during the day and before bed he slept for a 4 hours stretch. Needless to stay I pretty much started weaning straight away. I had been 'topping him up with formula' but he never seemed interested and it never seemed to make that much difference to his sleep habits until this one time. The sleep school was good and once we had his bottles and routine sorted out he was only waking once a night with a quick resettle with water.
do you do a dream feed at all? Feed before you go to bed?
It also depends on how often your child is waking. If it is 2 hourly, then no, if it is at 2 or 3am I would consider offering a bottle. At some point you will need to break the habit but see what works for you and your family.
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10-01-2012 19:17 #14
Thankyou everyone for your replies. I really hadn't heard much about it and then suddenly 3 separate people brought it up. He is really good at self settling though and he does so quite often during the night.
The only reason I thought he may possibly be doing it out of routine is because in a 24 hr period he has 6x200 ml bottles plus 1-2 feeds, so it seems like he is getting plenty of milk!
Anyway, will just have to go with the flow I guess. I'm not used to the broken sleep though, my dd was sleeping through by now!
Thanks again for your replies
10-01-2012 19:29 #15
I never actually gave water overnight so I dont have any experience, just wanted to tell you that if it you are happy to continue feeding him, then by all means go for it.
For the record, I fed DD1 overnight (usually around 3am) until she was 15 months old. She started sleeping through 2 weeks after she started walking, so she must have been tired out.
DD2 and I went to sleep school when she was 8 m/o because she was waking every couple of hours for a feed and I was too exhausted to keep going.
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10-01-2012 19:29 #16
There are MANY ways of mothering and no one should be made to feel they are wrong for sharing..
I too believe that a happy healthy thriving 6 month old should be sleeping through the night without feeds :-)
Maybe a growth spurt too.. Try to settle with water.. If he is taking his milk/food requirements during the day then you know he is not waking out of hunger rather habit or something else...
Fabulous book called the sleep easy solution goes into detail on how to correctly ween those night feeds to make sure baby is taking requirements during the day!
Water at 6 months old is fine as long as you boil it.. Offer it after meal time too.. It's very good for them xxx
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