My LO is still feeding at 2am & 5am, on solids & milk, Hes a big eater, 4 homemade solid meals a day & 4 bottles during day/night, 2 bottles early morning (150ml) he is 8.5kg.
Bed at 8pm up for the day at 6am. Dreamfeed does not get him through to 3/4/5am.
has anyone night weaned or tried sleep school? Or is it normal for him to still be hungry early morning or just a habit to get back to sleep? as i was told they now consume enough calories during the day to go without a feed early morning. Was hoping to just drop the 2am feed, Opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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18-10-2012 16:54 #1
what is your 6month old food/sleep/bath routine & is LO still feeding through night?
18-10-2012 17:19 #2
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18-10-2012 19:23 #3
DD is 8mo and still has an early morning bottle (anywhere between 3 and 5.30am). When we went through sleep training we were told she wouldn't need one before 6.30 but she is genuinely hungry and I don't mind the one wake up. We give breakfast solids when she wakes for the day and her next bottle is before her morning nap.
If you want to drop one of the feeds then go for it, maybe try offering water for his 2am bottle instead, this works for us when DD has a small sleep regression occasionally.
18-10-2012 20:45 #4
Hi there! Is it possible he's waking out of habit, rather than genuine hunger? My DS is nearly 6m and he's been sleeping through from about 7pm to 5am/6am for almost two months now (not bragging, just saying! ) - right about when he started solids. I started him on one meal in the late afternoon/early evening, so I wonder if having a fuller belly helped him sleep through...I used to think it was an old wives' tale until it happened to my child!
Anyway, it's all moot now as he seems to be cutting his first tooth and is WAKING.EVERY.HOUR!!
ETA: To be honest, I think the reason my DS is such a good sleeper (not at the moment, obviously) is because he's a second child and he learned to self-settle much earlier than his big sister, simply because I'm not always able to get to him right away when he cries (because I've got my hands full with his sister, who'll be in the middle of a HUGE meltdown...). That said, I did the controlled crying thing with DD when she was 5m old because she didn't know how to self-settle and was dependent on her dummy. Wasn't easy but I was consistent and it only took her three days. Maybe read up on some controlled crying techniques or other methods if you're not comfortable with letting DS cry. Good luck!
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18-10-2012 21:10 #5
It is completely normal for a 6 month old to need 2 feeds at night. Some babies just take longer then others before they are able to sleep through. I would not (and did not) night wean before 1 year once solid food is their main source of nutrition.
You could try putting him down awake after the feed to check that he is not dependent on it to get back to sleep...
19-10-2012 16:55 #6
DS will be 6 months on Sunday. We use the SOS routine, but without the dream feed. Occasionally he will sleep from 7pm until 5/6am without waking. He does still often wake at 3.30am. If I put the dummy in, he'll usually go back to sleep until 5.30am.
So, to answer your question, he's on 4 or 5 milk feeds (BF) a day, and a tiny bit of rice cereal 3 times a day. We only started solids last weekend, and he hasn't got the hang of it yet.
Milk feeds at 7am, 11am, 3pm, 6pm; solids at 8am, 12pm, 5pm; and bed at 7pm.
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