Posted in Bottle Feeding, Sleep, Babies

Night Weaning

My eight-month-old son has been waking nonstop in the middle of the night. The only thing that will get him back to sleep most of the time is the bottle. I know he doesn’t need the calories because he is eating three meals a day plus a snack, and he is also drinking 25 to 30 ounces of milk a day. Any advice on how to stop the bottle at night? I feel like I am just reinforcing him waking up by giving in and giving him the bottle. Please help! I am one tired mama.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 27

    You’re gonna lose some sleep, but just pat him back to sleep. He’ll fight it but eventually he’ll know that when he wakes he won’t receive a bottle.

  • Marisa
    Nov 27

    I’m wondering if it’s a sleep regression. If so, it’s just something that has to run its course.

  • Haley
    Nov 27

    We're going through this as well right now with our 8 month old. I'm pretty sure it's sleep regression combined with teething (she has 2 top teeth that just pushed through). She is learning to walk and just started clapping...so when she wakes, she wants to play or walk around and it is a HUGE fight to get her back down. I'm hoping it will pass soon because she was up every 2 hours last night.

  • Aje
    Nov 27

    My son goes through this for a few weeks every time he has teeth coming in then he goes back to falling back asleep on his own once they break the gums.

  • Elle
    Nov 27

    Second first commenter (anonymous). Just pat him and shush him back to sleep. There is no such thing as a sleep "regression" - theyre babies, not addicts in rehab. But there are few things worse for development than sleep deprivation. Your insticts are right (bravo, mama!) - feeding him is just reinforcing the sleep pattern - by feeding him, you are signaling to him that its time to eat! Im sorry youre exhausted! Sleep deprivation is hard on EVERYONE! Suggest fixing baby's schedule over a thurs/fri/sat night so you can hopefully start the following week off on the right foot. And not have to be at work followong most of those nights! *hugs*