DS is 16mo, we have made a lot of progress with his sleep (self settles for his day sleep and at bedtime) but he still demands a bottle overnight. I just spent an hour trying to resettle him but he just ended up hysterical until we finally gave him a bottle. We did manage to drop the night feed for a few weeks and he'd go back to sleep after a quick drink of water or a cuddle, or sometimes with no help at all. But now we've gone backwards again.
In the last few weeks he's had a cold, gastro, surgery (grommets & adenoids), then another bout of gastro with a mild cold, plus his first 2 molars came through. Not the best run, but it's not unusual for him to be frequently unwell.
I feel like I've tried everything to get rid of this night feeding business but it's just not happening.
Am I stressing about this for no reason? I feel like giving up!!
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06-12-2015 22:14 #1
Night feed!! (Bottle)
07-12-2015 06:25 #2
Some kids still need a night feed till 2yo.
Otherwise I'd reduce the volumes slowly over time. 200ml to 180etc
07-12-2015 07:01 #3
Night feed!! (Bottle)
DS is 18 months and sleeps in our bed. He doesn't have a bottle before naps or sleep only at daycare 3 days a week. Maybe once a week he might wake during the night and it's usually around 4am. We try and give him water first (which we keep next to the bed). If that fails then 100mls of milk.
His sleep got significantly better when we didn't give him a bottle before bed
It'll happen when it happens :-) try not to stress (easier said than done!)
07-12-2015 07:08 #4
I weaned my son off of his night bottle by reducing the amount and watering it down, only took about a week for him to stop waking for it. I would be tentative to make any changes when he's been so unwell though and would wait until he's been well for a few weeks or so. Being sick often may mean he needs extra hydration/calories.
07-12-2015 10:12 #5Senior Member
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Just give him the bottle and save yourself the frustration. He's been through a lot of stuff lately and he might just need the extra comfort.
If it makes you feel any better, my son was still having night bottles until he was 2. We just made sure to brush his teeth in the morning. One day he just stopped asking for them.
I don't see the point trying to stop him from having them if it gets him back to sleep. I just think we should do whatever we need to to get as much sleep as we can
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07-12-2015 12:48 #6Senior Member
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Both my sons nursed over night til 20 ish months, if it doesn't bother you I'd still do it
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