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Baby ready to party at 4am, I am not
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 09:20 AM
Looking for some tips as to how to feed my DD 9 months later in the night. Her pattern is a great stretch at the start of the night from bedtime (7/730ish) until she wakes for a feed (she's fully breastfed). She then goes back down for another 2.5 - 3 hours. So this is all fine when her feed is at 3am or so because then she won't get up until 630/7ish. But the last week or so she's been wanting a feed at 1am so then when she wakes again it's only 4! I can get another hour or so out of her after sitting with her for a while but she's wide awake for a while and ready for action.
Any ideas how to get her to feed later again, say 3 or 4am? I don't mind feeding her at night, but not keen on this new pattern she's come up with. She's on solids and eats a good amount at dinner, not heaps over the day though (I offer but she's not often interested). She has about 4 feeds over the day including the bedtime one. She's warm enough and has lots of layers on. No teething or illnesses going on either. Day sleeps are good approx 1.5 - 2 hours twice a day.
Posted 02 June 2018 - 05:16 PM
Could you try a 10 or 11pm feed before you go to bed? I’ve done this on and off with my second when he has needed it (most notably when he decided he didn’t want a bedtime feed for a few weeks) and it really helped stretch out his sleep. He’s breastfed so I didn’t know how my supply would go, but it adjusted almost straight away (so much so, it was kind of painful to drop it again when he sorted out his bedtime issues). He’s a pretty heavy sleeper so for me this is really a dreamfeed - so long as I kept it dark he didn’t wake, just stirred enough to latch on - so it might be trickier with a more wakeful baby, but perhaps worth a shot?
Posted 02 June 2018 - 09:38 PM
Is she eating plenty of protein at dinner? I found by feeding my Dd2 dinners with plenty of meats (usually puréed or lumpy stews) she slept longer
Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:13 PM
Dinner at 5pm then supper at 7pm (porridge or such)? Then boob at 730pm
Posted 03 June 2018 - 12:25 AM
Feed her again at 4. I coslept at this age with early morning wakeups.i wouldn't drop her to one sleep a day. Few babies are ready for that at this age. Actually, imo opinion no baby is ready for one sleep at 9 months, although some might think they are and it's the only option left. You've got a few things to try first... Feed her, leave her to play for a while in her cot (sometimes mine would go back to sleep if left alone), get her up but do quiet stuff, lights dim, sing, just sit with her until she's realised it's stupid o'clock and calms down again. Just don't let her know it's ok to play at 4am. 4am is boring. It's time to be calm and sleep.
Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:58 AM
Thanks everyone, will try shoveling some extra food into her and see how that goes. There's no way she's ready for 1 nap - she can't last longer than 3.5 hours awake poor love. I've inadvertently done a feed when she's woken anyway at 11ish a few times and she still woke at 2 anyway, so I don't think a dream feed will do the trick unfortunately.
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