Just wondering if anyone can tell me a bit more about dream feeds. DS has a feed around 7pm-ish and at the moment we wake him for another feed around 10pm, and then do a nappy change and into bed. He is usually downstairs with us from the 7pm feed and then goes in his bassinet when we go to bed after the 10pm feed. It takes him a while to settle after that feed and we do nappy change, burping, etc.
We now would like to start putting him to bed in his bassinet after his 7.30pm feed and a bath. We did this last night and he woke at 1am and 5am for a feed. I would therefore like to keep the 10pm-ish feed as it means he will sleep a bit later and I will only have to get up once. When we normally do the 10pm feed he wakes between 2-3am and then again at 7am.
So my question is, what is the best way to make the 10pm a "dream feed" so that he does not fully wake and doesn't take as long to re-settle. He is a bit of a lazy feeder so I am not sure it will actually be possible with him. I also always change him after a feed and would feel a bit weird about not doing this as (in my experience) he will at least be wet an I don't want him to be uncomfortable.
Oh, I should add that it is a bottle feed, he is 4 weeks old, and I know I am very lucky that he sleeps so long between feeds at the moment, and that one feed in a night is awesome!
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15-07-2012 14:13 #1
15-07-2012 14:24 #2
My suggestion would be to change nappy half way through giving him a bottle. When doing dream feeds (breast) when my DS was that age I would give one side, change nappy and wrap, give other side (which he would usually fall asleep), burp and then put into bassinet. Hope this helps.
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16-07-2012 07:33 #4
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16-07-2012 07:39 #5
With the dream feed, unless he's done a poo, I wouldn't change him at all. Just rewrap and bottle, burp, bed.
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