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10 month old waking for 3 9oz bottles a night!

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kayleigh2304 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:45:41

Hi,
My little boy has just turned 10 months old, and he still wakes up from 1am every night for 3 9oz bottles (sma red top) he goes to bed at 7 and falls straight asleep without a bottle. He eats lots through out the day, I give him a rusk and cereal for breckfast, for dinner he has a big baby jar & pudding, for tea he has the same or I make him things whatever i am having, if its healthy though! & he has snacks like goodies through out the day.
As soon as I go to bed 9 times out of 10 he will wake up, no matter if I haven't made a sound, the only way he will sleep is if he has a bottle. Then he wakes every few hours for more! sad
Hes going in his own room soon, but I would really like him to settle down before then as I dont want to be in and out all night.
My health visitor said stop giving him them and let him cry he will get used to it, but his first bottle at 1am I can tell he is hungry I can hear his belly making sounds.
He is a big baby too, I got induced and had him 15 days early he weighed 8lb 7oz, he now weighs 26lb 1oz but he isn't fat he is very tall.
Any help will be very apreciated.
Thanks in advance xxxxx

fuckwittery Mon 03-Mar-14 21:47:10

How much milk does he drink in the day?

crispyporkbelly Mon 03-Mar-14 21:48:10

He has 26 ounces a night?

My ds would have a bottle at night at that age too and he's a big boy too. I wouldn't let him cry hungry personally. He's 14 months now and doesn't wake for one anymore

kayleigh2304 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:48:48

Nothing, he has juice he won't drink milk in the day I think its a comfort thing sad

kayleigh2304 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:49:39

I dont know what to do everyone is so shocked when i tell them, I'm a zombie haha

fuckwittery Mon 03-Mar-14 21:50:22

Sorry, should say if I'm right in thinking he doesn't drink any milk in the day then I am not surprised he wants milk in the night, milk is still the main source of nutrition until 1 year old

www.babycentre.co.uk/a9136/how-much-formula-milk-does-my-baby-need
A baby over 6 months well established on solids should be having about 600ml a day, which is roughly 3 x 9oz bottles.

kayleigh2304 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:51:42

He just wont drink milk in the day anymore, it is so strange it was all of a sudden

BillyAndBamBam Mon 03-Mar-14 21:52:21

Have you tried getting milk into him during the day, using a different cup maybe if he won't take a bottle? Use formula in his cereal or porridge in the morning?

ilovepowerhoop Mon 03-Mar-14 21:52:39

maybe he needs more substantial foods than jars during the day e.g. pasta, meats, dairy, etc. I would cut the amount of milk in the night bottles and try to get him to take milk in the day - maybe try a cup instead of a bottle

fuckwittery Mon 03-Mar-14 21:53:11

He is drinking the right amount of milk and eating the right amount of solids, just at the wrong time for you! Think you might need to gradually push him back later for the last bottle, or reduce the amount, and give the remainder later on, with the aim to try and make it a 7am feed. At the same time can you bring the first night time bottle forward so it becomes a bedtime feed, I don't know what you should do about the other bottle except keep offering milk in the day after his lunch sleep probably, and gradually reduce the amount in the night bottle at the same time.

Glitterkitten24 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:54:31

Do you think he is actually hungry at night, or waking for comfort?
Could you try water in his nighttime bottle instead of milk?

loveisagirlnameddaisy Mon 03-Mar-14 21:54:49

I think your HV has acted irresponsibly to just tell you not to offer him milk. He is clearly hungry at night because he is not getting enough calories during the day.

From the details you've given, I'd recommend that you stop giving him shop bought food (is that what you mean by 'jars'?). It's notoriously low in calories and is full of bulking agents. I'd also cut out the juice and only offer water, ideally getting him to take some milk. He needs three good home cooked meals a day, a good balance of food groups, esp protein and lots of calories! And milk, ideally most of it in the day but realistically he may still want a night feed as he's only little.

kayleigh2304 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:56:08

I just bought him loads of new types of cups today so i will try it tomorrow and see if it helps smile for his tea most nights he has things like that, I am going to try giving him a dummy tonight, he has never liked them and I haven't tried him with one since he was a few months old, if it is a comfort thing I will find out tonight then maybe he will start having milk in the day

Glitterkitten24 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:57:11

Oh sorry just saw he's not taking milk during the day, so that probably won't help.

My lo took milk from a cow cup eventually after turning up his nose at milk during day- we made a huge fuss about his fancy new big boy cup, worth a try if you haven't already?

kayleigh2304 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:58:51

Can he have cows milk now? I have been worried to try ! Can anyone recommend any good recipes for him? Didn't know that about baby food! Going to stop giving him it

Crossemployer Mon 03-Mar-14 21:59:37

My son was just the same at 10 months. The only thing I did differently to you was wake him before I went to bed for his dream feed. He would then wake at 1ush, 4ush and then 7.

He slowly moved the 1am feed to 3ish and would then sleep til 6:30/7

He is now 14m and still has 7pm and dream feed, but then sleeps through til about 7am.

I think as they get older not only do they get more tired in the day, so need to sleep at night; but also they get used to eating good food at mealtimes.

I often give ds his evening meal with some finger food; followed by a yoghurt, followed by 'pudding'. Because there's a variety of foods for him, he eats much more which I think helps later on.

Ds likes milk in the day from a straw not a cup smile

Good luck, it does pass, though it feels like forever!

loveisagirlnameddaisy Mon 03-Mar-14 22:11:07

He doesn't need to eat special food, just give him a portion of your food, assuming its healthy enough. I fed my DC on spag bol, jacket pots, fish pie, homemade soups, chicken and veg etc from the word go. I'd chop up small to start but at 10 months he should be ok with lumpy food. And it's so much cheaper that way than buying processed jars!

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