My son is 16 months now and is a good napper and goes down for the night (usually) with no trouble at all.
However, he isn't the best eater and will only have bits and bobs to eat for his dinner, although i know he isn't hungry. I work full time and stay at my parent's house from Monday-Wednesday night (as my mum takes care of him for me), so i'm very conscious of him crying and waking up my mum, dad and brother during the night.
So, he wakes up about 9-10ish, having gone to bed at 7ish; I'll feed him anywhere between a 6-9oz bottle and he'll go back to sleep quite easily. But then he'll wake up at 12am, 2am, 4am and 6am (not all the time, obviously - but he does tend to sleep in pockets of about 2 hours). And to soothe him i generally feed him a couple of ounces of milk, which then settles him enough to go back to sleep.
So, i was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the above, as it seems to have good feedback on Amazon? I am aware that this could seem like a step backwards as he apparently shouldn't still be having milk at night, but if he has a more settled night and i would have a better night, would it not be a positive thing?
I would really appreciate some help/advice, please...
It sounds like habit rather than hunger so I dont think using the Goodnight milk would help. Does he feed to sleep at bedtime? Is he using the bottle to get back off to sleep rather than being able to soothe himself back to sleep? Have you tried settling him without feeding?
I tried the good night milk when DD was younger and it didn't really make much difference to her night wakings.
Whenever DD is having a really bad night and wakes up loads, I'll give her a bottle as I know it's a quick way to get her to sleep. She's not hungry, but the comfort of the bottles helps her to sleep. I know it's bad for her teeth but I work full-time and desperate times...
It does seem like your DS is also using the comfort of the bottle to get himself to sleep rather than being hungry. It might be worth clearing your schedule for a few days (as you will be tired) and not giving him a bottle during the night, but trying any other method of soothing him. My guess would be that after a few nights he'll have stopped needing the bottle to send him off to sleep in the night. Another option is trying to give water in a bottle instead.