10 month old still night feeding. Help

Hi everyone,

My son just turned 10 months and he still wakes up every 3-4 hours for a bottle. I try to get him to eat his food throughout the day hoping he will sleep longer at night but most of the time he refuses and only eats twice a day. Even if I get him to eat more he still wakes for bottles. I brought it up at his 9 Mo dr visit and they didn’t seem to concerned because he’s meeting all his milestones and is already walking. But I’m honestly so tired during the day because of all the times I have to wake for feedings. Has anyone experienced this? Or have advise on what I can do?

This is sooo tough! Hopefully some of our sleep training professionals have some advice!
Would any of you be able to help this mom!?!!
@Jennifer_babich @ViaGraces @SleepSoundly

Hi!
Amanda, my name is Johanna and I am a certified child sleep consultant and owner of Sleep Soundly Consulting. I am sure you are exhausted! If a baby is waking for true hunger, it is important to feed him. However, at this age, my guess is he is waking to eat because he is used to doing it or he is relying on the bottle to get back to sleep, and less because of true hunger. Some babies at this age will wake once in the night to eat and some are not eating at all. It sounds like you would need to handle the waking differently (not giving him a bottle), to help him learn to self-soothe. This means you might need to do some sleep training to help him learn to out himself back to sleep. There are lots of ways to sleep train and you should choose a method that meets his needs and temperament and your parenting style. Also, whatever method you choose, make sure to be consistent with each wake, handling it the same way each time. Often times, when babies stop having bottles at night, their bodies naturally begin to eat more during the day. I would be happy to talk to you more about this and about different sleep training methods. Please feel free to email me: johanna@sleepsoundlyconsulting.com or text/call 917-558-3488.

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I’ve absolutely experienced this! It’s actually the reason I became a sleep consultant. My now toddler was up all night long to nurse until she was 10 months old and I just couldn’t do it any longer.

He’s likely refuses food during the day because he’s getting so many calories at night.

This is the perfect time to teach him those independent sleep skills! When you put him to bed at night, do you feed him to sleep, or rock him, or does he use a pacifier? Once he learns to fall asleep on his own at bedtime he’ll start making that connection when he experiences natural wake-ups at night (like we all do!). Right now, however, he’s having those natural wake-ups but rather than falling back to sleep, he’s looking for the same thing that got him to sleep. Does that make sense?

If you’d like to talk more Iet me know!

We found some great tips in this podcast (:podcast: Listen to episode 2: Sleep Training Tips from Sleep Coach Jen).

There have been some great discussions here :tots: that have helped us. It’s hard for me to say what exactly got it done for us… We tried soothing, structure and even rice cereal in the bottle before bed (“full bellies” help?). It wasn’t perfect but a little bit of patience, hard work and our little one is sleeping great.

Hang in there :hugs:!

Ps. let us know how it goes! I’m sure you will be saying how amazing it is once he’s sleeping through the night. Now if only I can get mine to sleep later :tired_face:!

Hello everyone,

Thank you for all the great advice. My son is officially One and has been sleeping through the night. I think he was honestly just hungry. He started getting teeth so I was able to feed him more solid food, soon as I did that he was sleeping through the night. I was so worried to start him on foods to early but I’m glad I did💕

Thanks for updating up! That’s great news

@Amandarenee that’s so awesome! Yeah I’m no expert but I definitely feel like sleep and food are key.

It seems as if I’m constantly learning and engaging my kids on and about food.

I just binged :podcast: Listen to Episode 8: Transitioning to Solids Through Baby Led Weaning with Kacie Barnes MCN, RDN, LD and :podcast: Listen to Episode 11: Mommy, Can I have a Snack? with Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN and I’m trying all sorts of things…

Thanks :tots: for being such an incredible resource :hugs: