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Do you dream feed?

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PopcornFiend Sat 20-Feb-16 21:12:41

DD is 15 weeks and goes to bed at 7pm, generally no issues. I dream feed when I go up to bed around 10.30pm. She still wakes at 3 ish for a feed, then it's hit and miss how well she'll settle back down til morning. Last night was utterly brutal, with wakings at 2.30, 4, 5, 6 and 7am. She has a cold so perhaps why is more unsettled.

I don't necessarily expect her to go through the night yet but there seem to be a lot of anecdotal opinions that dream feed means baby sleeps 11-6/7am - not in DD's case!

Did/do you dream feed at 3 months plus? Did it work? Am worried about stopping it in case she starts more frequent night wakings. Just seems everyone I talk to has their baby sleeping through already and it seems so far away for us. Back to work soon as well so desperate to crack sleeping through.

Yarpyarp Sat 20-Feb-16 21:50:55

I feed when I go up at about 10pm but baby isn't asleep, she wakes up. I've never got the hang of feeding without waking them, even a bit. And no, feeding her then makes no difference at all to sleeping through - although I know lots of people that it's worked for. I guess it just depends on the baby. Every night is different in our house!

KW89 Sat 20-Feb-16 21:52:58

I dreamfed DS1 now 2.5y, at 12 weeks he would go to bed at 7.30, have feed at 10.30, then sleep til sometime between 7-9!! Those were the days!!
He then dropped the dreamfeed on his own (started refusing it) at around 6 months, and carried on sleeping through, he only normally wakes now if he's ill, or very occasionally for the toilet. Didn't know how lucky I was then!

I now dreamfeed DS2 almost 7months old, he goes to bed at 7.15, will sometimes (quite often recently, but has been ill..?) wake up around 9.30, we settle him with dummy, then dreamfeed at 10.30, we usually now have one wake up through the night, but it is random and can be any time between 1 and 5, then he goes back down until between 5.30 and 7. We do still get bad nights though where he will get up 3+ times sad

So both completely different! Seemed to work with DS1, not sure what would happen if I stopped with DS2, too scared to try!

peggyundercrackers Sat 20-Feb-16 23:53:17

We done a dream feed with DD and ds, it stopped between 4 and 5 months, as pp said they just refused the feed. DD stopped sooner than DS.

seriouslywhat Sun 21-Feb-16 09:47:38

With #1 I did it and he went through from dream feed til 6:39/7ish from 4.5 months, and then dropped it at 6 months ish when weaned and he slept 7-7 ish.

With #2 even when weaned at 6 months ish was still waking at 4:30ish with dream feed. I dropped it as an experiment at 7 months ish and he still woke at same time. Took til about 8 months before he was reliably going through 11 or 12 hours.

Number 3 is 10 weeks and I am not yet doing a dream feed but debating it...

My dream feeds were done with EBM in a bottle. Not sure if that makes any diff or not...

thenewaveragebear1983 Sun 21-Feb-16 09:51:02

We feed ds age 18 weeks at 10.30 ish. Sometimes he wakes for it, sometimes he is asleep. Wakes 4am ish but that is gradually pulling later to 6 ish these days. It didn't work with my other 2 though, and I suppose some babies need more winding whereas mine just goes straight back to sleep.

Skiptonlass Sun 21-Feb-16 11:31:03

Ds goes down at 6:30 ish and usually wakes up about 11. I feed him then and put him back in his cot. He doesn't sleep through from then on.
Last night he was awake on and off all night. sad

Nottalotta Mon 22-Feb-16 18:59:55

Ds wakes for a feed at about 10.30. He slept through (11.30-6) for the first time last night. He's 7mo. He has a short phase of feeding at 10 + 2/3am but then reverted to approx every 1-2 hrs all night. We co sleep. He wakes mire often in a cot.

So yes he feeds at that time but it makes sod all difference to sleeping through!

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