My 5 month old is still up 1-2 times per night. He wants to eat and then goes right back to bed. He has started rice cereal, as well as fruits. He is bottle-fed breastmilk during the day and has 1-2 bottles of formula before bed. I breastfeed him when he wakes up during the night. I know he is capable of sleeping straight through the night because he has done it once before. Any suggestions?
asked 15 Feb '11, 10:28
Can your baby fall asleep on his own, or might he be using the breastfeeding as a way to fall back to sleep after he wakes?
If he really is hungry, you should decrease the amount of time he's feeding a little every night to see if that works at eliminating the wakings.
HOWEVER, unfortunately (I learned this one the hard way), this is just one of those things you learn as a parent that you might not be able to control, no matter how badly you want it!
Even though there are many babies at five months of age who do not need to wake up and be fed in the night AND even if your baby has slept through the night without feeding once before, it's is not an indication that he is able to do so every night at this point in time. Just like walking, talking, potty training, etc., it doesn't matter HOW ready the parent is, the child will do it at his own pace.
My son woke up in the night for a bottle until he was one year old(!!)- FINALLY at that age, I had to cut out the bottle by force because I KNEW he was old enough and was eating enough in a day that he didn't need it. At around four or five months old I, too, was eagerly awaiting the time when he would sleep through the night- I waited and waited and waited and was so jealous of my friends who had babies who could sleep 12 hours straight without eating. And then I finally gave into the fact that, as far as babies go, you simply get what you get :)
answered 15 Feb '11, 14:16
I read that for babies 6 months and older it could help to give your baby a bottle of water instead of milk. He will not wake up at night anymore, 'cause he'll know it's not worth to wake up for some water.
If he's really hungry, see DazedandConfused's response: