Im in need of some tips to do the dream feed. I have done it once before and it did the opposite affect on my little guy, he actually woke 2 more times than he usually does so ever since then i have been scared to try again. But i am willing to give it a go tonight. So those of you who do the dream feed, how do YOU do it? When is the best time to do it? and is it just a matter of persistence? I have heard it works for some babies, and then doesn't for others. Did any of you have a rocky start with the dream feed like i have and it eventually worked? Sorry for all the questions! If anyone could help that would be fantastic!
Thankyou in advance! xx
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20-03-2012 16:28 #1Senior Member
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20-03-2012 16:33 #2
Dream feeds were never a success for ds1 and I never tried with ds2.
I don't see the point really now I think about it, bubs will wake for a feed when hungry.
20-03-2012 16:34 #3Senior Member
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I did it a few times with DD, but all it seemed to do is give her wind (which she was already prone to) and she would wake up a few hours later screaming to be burped.
I tried burping her just after feeding but she would never wake up enough.
Gave up after a few days and she slept through the night
20-03-2012 16:57 #4Senior Member
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20-03-2012 19:16 #5
I tried the dream feed when DD was 9mths old to drop or push back the 3am feed
Epic failure. She then kept waking for the 11pm feed for the next 7mths.... Plus the 3am one.
20-03-2012 19:46 #6
We never had any success with dream feeds either - it was the same experience you had OP. It set DS into the pattern of wanting a feed every two hours where usually he'd sleep for 6 or 7 hours straight up before settling into two hour feeds for the rest of the night.
20-03-2012 20:05 #7Senior Member
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I had great success. I fed my DD @ 9-10pm and would sleep till 5ish. The times I didn't do it she was up @ 12 wanting a feed.
I just fed her then changed bum all while she slept
20-03-2012 20:08 #8
Opposite responses with my 2. Neither was successful.
With ds it would just wake him up & he'd up be thinking it was play time!
With dd she knew it was night time and would be so deeply asleep that she'd have a suck or two, but nothing more for 3 attempts. Another time she did feed well but stayed asleep ... but then still woke at 3am for a feed anyway!
I think bubs will sleep through when they want to. Focus on making sure they know the difference between day & night (my ds didn't get that for a LONG time!) and keep your overnight feeds as short & interaction free as possible.
20-03-2012 21:11 #9Junior Member
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We've had great success with dream feeds... we're using the Save Our Sleep Routine by Tizzie Hall but it was moving abit too slowly for us as our 10wk old is the size and has the development milestones of a 4mth old so we've kicked it up a bit and it's still working well.
We do a dinner feed at 6.30pm, bed at 7pm then dreamfeed between 11.30/12 depending on if my husband hears his alarm go off!! Our lil man is now sleeping through until 6.30am.
Up until last week though he was waking anywhere between 3 - 5am wanting a feed.
Going on my experiences over the past 10wks I would say if it's something you're interesting in doing give bubs (and yourself) a chance to get used to the idea. When we first started it, I was still waking him up every 2hrs for a feed but when I got used to the idea that he would wake me when he was hungry (and he got used to having a bigger time between cuddles with Mummy!) we started to see the dreamfeed work its magic!
20-03-2012 21:13 #10
We feed at 11pm and DS 6mths now sleeps through to 7-7.30am which I love. Sometimes he wakes on his own for the feed anyway, otherwise I feed before going to bed.
I don't bother changing his nappy (unless pooey) now and I find this helps keep him sleepy. I figure once he's sleeping through then you don't wake him just for the nappy anyway.
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