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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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I'm a proud member of the CIO Club. I'm in complete agreement with Najbia and are not starving your baby at that age if you dont' feed at night. It's so far from being the truth. Don't let other's opinions make you feel like you are neglecting your baby if you choose to not feed at night at that age.

My baby is small like yours. She's 7 months and weighs maybe 15 lbs. If she has passed 15lbs, it's definitely only by a couple oz. She's short, and even at that weight...she's a chubby little baby.

Do you know what percentile you baby is in?

I stopped feeding DD in the middle of the night right at 4 months at the direction of the Ped. She was over 10 lbs. Ped said at that age & weight, DD can be sleeping 8-10 hours before needing to be fed. Anytime she was waking up, I would feed had become a HABIT. DD would wake up at 2am & 4am like clockwork.

I started not feeding her in the middle of the night cold turkey and it only took 2 nights before she didn't care about eating anymore. In fact, she started to sleep longer and better.

By teaching your baby to put themselves to sleep on their own (CIO or however you do it) at bedtime, the added bonus is they also know how to put themselves back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. Instead of crying because they NEED someone or something to get back to sleep...they just know how to do it on their own.

Our Ped also says 6 months is the age where babies learn Action=Reaction. Everytime you go in to baby in the middle of the night when he/she cries, the baby knows that you WILL come, and you've got a bottle.

You could try slowly weaning the baby over time if you can't stop feedings altogether. Figure out how many hours baby generally sleeps before crying for a bottle/visit from mom and each night add 15 or 20 minutes before you go in. Of course, you'll most likely have to hear baby cry while you wait out that time. I personally didn't want to drag it out for long, that's why I did it cold turkey & was done in 2 nights.

Good luck with whatever you do.

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