10 month old night feeding(6 Posts)
I have a beautiful healthy 10 month old daughter who wakes up every 2 or 3 hours in the night to bottle feed (formula). She falls asleep straightaway after feeding, but it's enough to wake me up and not have continuous sleep. I've read everywhere that a healthy 10 month old shouldn't get up to feed at night, that their day feeding should be good enough to last through the night, and to be honest, I'm really coming to a point where I need some hours of continuous sleep, 4 hours atleast I think. She goes through periods of good eating in the day, solids and formula but then goes back to mainly formula feeding and very less solids. I'm really confused whether she is really hungry at night or is it a habit that I've got her into? She falls asleep easily at bedtime and nap times, it's mainly the night feeds that have got me really tired. I've tried to dilute her milk but she gets up sooner, say in an hour and wants a bottle again. She doesn't fall asleep at the bottle, because I lift her back to her cot and put her down awake, and she falls asleep on her own. Can somebody please advise, I really would appreciate some help. Thanks in advance.
I suppose it depends how much she is eating during the day. My ds took to weaning very well and at 8 months was eating 3 meals a day and 3 bottles of formula too . But at night he was still waking for a bottle between midnight and 3 am. Common sense told me it was habit so we just kept settling him back to sleep , it only took a couple of nig ts before he slept through. But he does get up mega early now , which I see is quite common on here ! I'm happy with 7 PM to 6 am no wake ups so I just deal with the early mornings.
I guess the answer is, is she getting enough food during the day ?If yes , then maybe you should bite the bullet.
Does she always go to sleep with a tummy full of milk?
What would happen if you gave her the bedtime milk an hour before bedtime? Would she still settle to sleep?
What about not giving her any milk before her daytime nap, give it upon waking instead.
The issue might not be the bottle that is her sleep trigger, but the full tummy. At night she doesn't have a full tummy and her only way of feeling sleepy is when her tummy is full.
we hav just sleep trained 11month ds because he was doing the same (except bf). I spoke to the hv who assured me he wasn't hungry he was just waking thru habit and he likes comfort sucking!
we went down to one feed per night between 12.30 and 1.30am
if he woke between those times I fed him, otherwise we just sush patted him back to sleep. (if he woke later say 3am I would feed him if he hadn't previously woken).
it took about a week and a half then one day he woke at 11.30pm and was sushed back to sleep, no milk. he didn't wake again so had no milk that night.
The next night he slept thru for the first time ever!! that was about 4 weeks ago. now he either sleeps thru or wakes but doesn't need milk to settle.
He eats 3 meals a day has about 3/4 milk feeds during the day. we also started to give him 'supper' about 45 mins before bed to fill him up.
Hi thanks everybody for replying. For some reason the last few times I tried to reply, it wouldn't post it. It might be a full tummy thing, because I gave her diluted milk, more water and quite less formula, she drank it anyway and slept. I'll try patting and shushing her to sleep from tonight. Fingers crossed! I'll come back if I see any improvement. Thanks everyone.
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