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Getting rid of the dream feed
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#1 j-gray

Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:37 AM

DS is now 9.5 months old, and with another one on the way we're trying to get ourselves a few months of good sleep original.gif

How did everyone else wean their bubs from the dream feed ? How old was your LO when you did it ?

#2 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:46 AM

Honestly? I just didn't give it to her one night. Turns out she didn't need it by then anyway lol. She was 4 months old at the time, and just went to waking once around 4-5am for a small feed after bed time of around 7-8.

Pick a night you are rested, and give it a miss, baby will either be fine and sleep, or wake up a little earlier for the next feed :-)

#3 PurpleChicken

Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

I never did the dream feed because it only served to wake DD up again and took me forever to get her back to sleep rolleyes.gif.

I guess as far as I see it, you've got 2 options.  Go cold turkey and see how he goes or try shortening the DF by timing it (if your BFing) and giving him less time each night on the boob or giving him less each night in his bottle until you stop altogether.

#4 2girlsraising2boys

Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:17 PM

Both ds were about that age.

We used to df at 10pm. I just gradually moved it forward (9:30 then 9:00 then 8:30 etc) i changed the time weekly. Wuthin a couple of weeks they no longer needed it.

Hope that helps

#5 j-gray

Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:56 PM

Thanks all. I might try making it earlier every week and see how we go !

#6 Emfren

Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

With DD we just went cold turkey. I had started to feel like I was disrupting her sleep (not that she woke up really, just a feeling she didn't need it). She woke up at her normal time the next morning and has never looked back. She was about 4 months at the time I think.

Good luck  biggrin.gif

#7 katrina24

Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:58 PM

With my first I just gradually reduced the length of the BF until it was under 5 mins and then dropped it. With my second I think I just went cold turkey. They were both about 5/6 months and were having solids regularly.

#8 Klinkalink

Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:59 PM

When DS was about 3 months I found that he was more and more sleepy during the dream feed and would drink less and less. So one night I just didn't give it to him and he slept through until 5am, which after a week or so was 6am.




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