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Night time feeding, when to stop?

My son who is now 8 months old, has always ate 3 to 4 bottles a night. I read something on google about night weaning and how I should start at 6 months. Anyone have any suggestions? He usually only goes back to sleep with a bottle. I’ve tried feeding him more throughout the day but every night he wakes up at the same time to eat. More of a routine then hunger. Is he old enough to sleep without feeding?

  • Andrea
    Sep 24, 2018

    Yes, he doesn’t need the food at this point. But obviously likes the comfort. Best way to break the “habit “ is to stop feeding him to sleep to go to bed (hard, i know!). If you get passed that im pretty sure he will wake much less at night for feedings (my first son went down to one, maybe two feedings at night doing this). Then (or even before working on going to bed without bottle) is to use less formula. So use half a scoop less for a week maybe. Then another half a scoop next week etc. we did this with our soon cause i really did t want him getting tooth rot from eating at night. Once he went down to just water he kinda stopped waking for it on his own after awhile.

  • Tiffany
    Sep 25, 2018

    In the sleeping 12 hours by 12 weeks book there is a section about Weaning night feedings. They recommending giving a half ounce less over 3 nights and then another half ounce. So if you’re giving 6 ounces do 5.5 for 3 nights, then 5 for 3 nights, then 4.5 and so on. Even down to a .5 ounce if necessary. But a lot of times kids kick the habit on their own before they get there. Also, maybe try to develop a new sleep association like a small breathable blanket or paci with small stuffed animal attached. Also try not to feed right before bed or naps anymore. Keep baby awake for at least 15 mins after and then put him to sleep.

  • Xandi
    Sep 25, 2018

    With my nephew we are giving him half of what we usually give him and cutting it down more next week

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 25, 2018

    Just sit up with him and pat is back try and do that every night and just leave the room after a little while...maybe he will go back to sleep on his own. It worked for my LO

  • Michelle
    Sep 25, 2018

    Yeah our pediatrician said my daughter didn’t need to eat at night at 8 months but I still fed her until about 10 months 😆. I would #1 check with your sons pediatrician first before starting anything. Good luck!