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To dream feed or not to dream feed?

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IShallCallYouSquishy Sun 04-May-14 22:07:07

As the title really!

DS is 10 weeks old and I've finally got him falling asleep before 9pm. 8:30 tonight in fact! He's EBF and gaining weight in line with expectations. He will usually wake sometime around 2:00 and again around 5:00 and back to sleep again after a short feed.

With DD I did a dream feed from 7 weeks and she was sttn 10-11 hours by 9.5 weeks.

IShallCallYouSquishy Sun 04-May-14 22:09:02

Oops posted too soon...
But "weaning" her off it was hard work and was still doing it until she was about 8 months.

I know all babies are different but is it worth introducing one for DS? What have everyone else's experience of dream feeds been?

Iwillorderthefood Sun 04-May-14 22:12:28

If you get more sleep, why not?

Thurlow Sun 04-May-14 22:12:44

Dream feeds were amazing for us,.changed that 2am to a 5sm one. Yes it can be a bit of a pain staying up.and doing it, but overall I think we all got a lot more sleep.

nickelbabe Sun 04-May-14 22:15:34

definitely dream feed.
it's good for your supply, good for the baby's sleep pattern, tummy and snuggliness
good for everybody's sleep

NickyEds Tue 06-May-14 13:57:06

DS is 19 weeks and we've dream fed him for weeks-before 12 weeks which was when he stared to sttn. I'm only thinking of stopping now as I'm knackered and often want to go to bed before 10.30 when we normally do it!

McBaby Tue 06-May-14 15:24:42

Never bothered with DD she was going to bed lateish so I wasn't going to elevate het after a couple of hours. The timing of her first feed just got later and later naturally until she was going from 8pm-5am by 12 weeks.

MetellaEstMater Wed 07-May-14 20:31:20

Caused chaos for us. DD2 was sleeping 7 to 7 (12 weeks - so this was four weeks ago smile ) with one wake at 3am. We tried introducing a dream feed in the hope of pushing the 3am feed back and it started a period of her waking every two hours.

DinoSnores Wed 07-May-14 22:20:17

One baby it worked really well and I got extra sleep, one it didn't and he just learned to wake up at that time as well as all the other times! Pregnant again so not sure what I'll do this time! I think your DS's night time routine sounds great, so I probably wouldn't if I were you, but would keep an open mind and think about it again if things changed.

poocatcherchampion Thu 08-May-14 09:04:57

we started it at 6 months and it works for us still at 8 months.

mrswishywashy Thu 08-May-14 09:20:59

I tend not to as a maternity nurse but will if parents want to. The babies that haven't had a dream feed have all slept 10-12 hours at night by 12 weeks. One slept 12 hours at nine weeks and 13 hours by 15 weeks, she was a super sleeper.

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