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8 month old night feed

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ToastMakesMeHappy Thu 22-Jan-15 13:39:07

I'm after some advice on how to drop the dreaded night feed, DD is 8 months old. She has 3 meals a day plus snacks and is having about 24oz of formula throughout the day.
Her bedtime bottle of 6oz, is at about 5:45pm as she struggles to stay awake past 6:00pm.
The night feed takes place anytime between 3:30am and 5:30am. She then goes back to sleep until 7am.
My thinking is to try and shuffle things around in an attempt to get her to stay up later (7pm for example) and have more than 6oz before bed. However, first baby so no experience if this is even possible! All advice greatly received, thanks in advance.

mrsmugoo Thu 22-Jan-15 17:50:13

My DS dropped his 5am breastfeed (well technically I cold turkey'd it!) at 8 months when it stopped sending him back to sleep and we endured a few weeks of shenanigans getting him back to sleep without it. One day he slept through to 7 by himself and that was that!

beckiebee04 Thu 22-Jan-15 23:10:30

My little one is 8 months too , she wakes at 9, has a bottle and porridge , then lunch and a afternoon bottle then her tea at 4:30/5 and a bath and bottle at 6:30,then straight to bed, she only has 1 or two short naps in the day , she sleeps through, try not feeding and rocking baby or even try ethe controlled crying, should learn that waking doesn't equal feeds

ToastMakesMeHappy Fri 23-Jan-15 08:09:38

Thank you for the replies.
Last night we gave her 8oz before bed and managed to keep her awake til 6:30pm. She did wake up about 5am so I quickly went in to her bedroom and put her dummy back in. She went back to sleep until 7:15am! I am very shocked/pleased! Hopefully she will accept the dummy now instead of expecting milk. Fingers crossed.

Ihavealwaysbeenastorm Fri 23-Jan-15 08:20:02

I have a ds who is Exactly the same OP, right down to the time he goes to bed and wakes. If I put him to bed later he screams the house down and will be up even earlier in the night.
He is my second dc, my dd slept through from 12 weeks which makes this all seem worse, also we're up and down like yoyos putting his dummy in during the night.

Glad you got a good night last night, I'm convinced that ds does it out of habit now because he's not overly interested in drinking the bottle yet screams if he doesn't get it!

ToastMakesMeHappy Fri 23-Jan-15 11:21:12

Oh no! Poor you, I know what you mean when you say he is doing it out of habit. I'm sure that sometimes they just want a cuddle from us in the night.
I'm convinced last night was a one off and that she will refuse the dummy and scream til she gets milk again.
Have you tried a different type of comforter, for example DD has a teddy that she wakes up and finds in the night (apart from when she is expecting that 5am feed) and that seems to really settle her.

ToastMakesMeHappy Fri 23-Jan-15 11:23:20

This might sound excessive but I put a few dummies in the cot at night so DD can find them in the night if she needs to! Have you tried playing games during the day with the dummies so that your DS can become familiar with putting it in his mouth by himself? That worked wonders for us!

Ihavealwaysbeenastorm Sun 25-Jan-15 06:58:09

He has a wee jelly cat teddy that he loves, and he's very capable of putting a dummy in, he's just a complete rascal.
You know he is actually worse if we put him to bed later, last night he didn't go down until 7 and was up most of the night!

ToastMakesMeHappy Sun 25-Jan-15 08:06:18

I feel for you I really do. And I hope he learns to settle by himself soon so you can get some much needed rest!

fionnthedog Mon 26-Jan-15 08:05:18

I dropped my DS's night feed at 8 months just a month ago now. I was pretty sure he was feeding just for comfort so used my dh's Xmas hols as the chance to wean. I was bf so switched the night feed to a bottle which meant he seriously cut down how much he was taking (not so much comfort for him I guess?) After the third night of only taking like 2oz I knew he didn't need it so went cold turkey. Took a further two nights...

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