October 1, 2013 1:30 PM Subscribe
I want to eliminate some of my son's nighttime feedings and start sleep training him. Am I going about this right?
posted by Kitty Stardust to health & fitness (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We've started using Cry It Out with my four-month-old baby. It's only been one night so far. I know that he is capable of sleeping at least 7 hours at a time because he has done it several times in the past. Usually, however, he's up every 2-3 hours all night. We were feeding him and letting him nurse back to sleep at each waking, but since we started him on solid foods two weeks ago, we've noticed that he only drinks a few sips of formula at night, then falls asleep again. I'm aware that we've let nursing to sleep be too much of a crutch and we haven't let him figure out how to fall asleep on his own.
His schedule is normally like this: First down to bed between 7:30 and 8, waking again at 10, 12, 4 and 6, finally up for good around 8am.
With CIO, I was thinking his schedule would be more like this: First in bed by 7, dream feed between 10:30 and 11, top-off feeding at 6 so that he'll go back to sleep until 8am.
Does this seem right? Will it be too confusing for him to not be fed all night and then fed in the early morning and put back to bed? I was thinking that from 10 or 11 to 8am is too long for him to go with no feeding, but am I wrong? FWIW, he's been getting a hearty feeding of baby oatmeal mixed with formula before bed (6-8tbsp mixed in 4oz of formula).