Confused about when your baby should be ready to drop a night feed? It’s a subject many mums are unclear about – is it too soon or is your baby waking habitually rather than needing a feed at night?

The reality is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to dropping a night feed and often it comes down to when you think your baby is ready. While this usually happens when they’re around four to six months, all babies are different: talk to your GP if you’re unsure.

Dropping the night feed, Nurseries in Jumeirah 1, Nursery in Jumeirah 1, Nurseries in Jumeirah, Nursery in Jumeirah, Nurseries in Satwa, Nursery in Satwa, Nurseries near Satwa, Nursery near Satwa, Nursery in Al Wasl, Nurseries in Al Wasl,  Nursery near Al Wasl, Nurseries near Al Wasl, Nurseries in Al Badaa, Nurseries in Al Bada’a, Nursery in Al Bada’a,  Nursery in Al Badaa, Nursery in Al Bada, Nurseries in Al Bada, Nurseries near Al Badaa, Nursery near Al Badaa,  Nurseries near Al Bada’a, Nursery near Al Bada’a, Nurseries near Al Bada, Nursery near Al Bada, Nurseries in Difc,  Nursery in Difc, Nurseries near Difc, Nursery near Difc, Nurseries in Karama, Nursery in Karama,  Nurseries near Karama, Nursery near Karama, Nurseries in Bur Dubai, Nursery in Bur Dubai, Nurseries near Bur Dubai,  Nursery near Bur Dubai, Nurseries in Business Bay, Nursery in Business Bay, Nurseries near Business Bay, Nursery near Business Bay,  Nurseries in Downtown, Nursery in Downtown, Nurseries near Downtown, Nursery near Downtown, Best nurseries in Dubai

Introduction

Going to sleep is a learnt behavior and sometimes little ones develop unhelpful sleep associations such as needing to suck on a bottle or breast, being held, rocked or needing mum or dad close by.

A baby or child will quite naturally increase their food intake in the day to compensate for dropping a night feed. As milk is a food if it is given a night the body becomes conditioned to expecting it and the child will wake for it as long as it is offered. Frequently children quite naturally drop a night time feed when the time is right.

In some night feeds can become a habit that can disrupt the child’s sleep and cause havoc in the household. In these instances help is often needed to help wean them off this nocturnal feed as children need to learn to eat in the day and sleep at night.

You can do this in three ways:

1. Stop giving her milk and offer water only (water is a lot less interesting than milk and they are less likely to wake up for this).

2. Offer less feed each time, give 1 oz less the first night and give them two to three nights to adjust before you reduce it by another oz and so on until you can just stop giving it. If you’re breastfeeding, reduce the feed by a minute and then two to three nights later, reduce by another minute and so on.

3. For babies over one years old you can give one scoop less in their usual feed, as the nights go on dilute the feed a bit more and reduce the volume as well so you gradually reduce the strength and the amount they are taking until it is virtually water. You can also do this with expressed breast milk.

If your baby is having more than one feed you can do the options two and three with each of these feeds or just drop one, the one they take less at or the one you think it will be easier to manage.

It’s important to stay firm and calm, once you have dropped a night feed do not reintroduce one or offer anything else other than water. Water will not harm their teeth and children will drink it if they are thirsty. It is important not to reward night time waking with drinks of juice, milk, snacks or lots of attention.

Reference

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.