How to Night Wean: Bottle fed & Breastfed Baby

hi I'm Julie from baby sleep made simple

the video you are about to watch is me

answering a question sent in by a tired

mom on our Facebook live queue a call I

hope you enjoy it all of this advice is

assuming that your baby's gaining weight

and growing as he should be and that

nobody's worried about your baby's

nutrition if your doctor's worried about

your baby's weight gain and growth if

you're worried your baby's not taking in

enough food then let's not talk about

weaning the feeds instead let's focus on

nutrition and then you can revisit this

in a few months when your baby's growth

and weight gain are going well so the

first thing that we need to go over is

when our baby's ready at what age our

baby's ready because that's the first

indicator of if your baby if we should

even be having this conversation is how

hold your baby is it how would your baby

is so if your baby is newborn up to 5

months old then the majority of them

need to continue eating at night your

newborn one month old and 2 month old

need to eat quite often and it really

just depends on your unique baby some

babies need eat every two hours during

the night some are able to go long

stretches right away maybe up to four or

five hours that's something for you to

discuss with your baby's doctor and to

make sure you're feeding your baby often

enough at night by the time your baby

reaches 4 to 5 months old for a lot of

babies we can expect to have anywhere

between a four hour or even up to a six

hour stretch at night without feeding

which is great that means you're waking

up only once or twice to feed your baby

and if we can get that down to a short

and sweet night feed like less than 15

minutes most parents are happy with that

but suffice it to say that the majority

of nine to twelve month olds can work on

night weaning and if your baby is six to

eight month old we can definitely get

them down to one night feed and then we

might just need to hold on to that for a

night or two so that kind of gives you

an idea of your baby's age and whether

or not he or she is ready the second

thing you wanna do is you just want to

talk about it with your doctor so even

if you're completely you think your

baby's ready but you just want to get

that doctor stamp of approval then I

recommend you just talk to your baby's

doctor and say hey I'm thinking about

waiting down my feeds how long do you

think baby can go overnight so let's say

your doctor says Oh

yeah you know he's completely fine he's

eight or nine months old he's completely

fat and happy baby go for it you know

it's fine told me off all night beats

the next thing that you want to do

doesn't even happen at night it happens

during the day if we want to decrease

the amount of milk that your baby takes

in at night then we need to make sure

that we account for those calories

during the day so the first thing you

want to do is you want to start feeding

your baby more during the day you want

to make sure your baby is eating every 2

to 3 hours during the day and be really

mindful of your baby's daytime nutrition

okay so now you're prioritizing daytime

feeds now you want to begin the actual

night waning there are several different

ways that you can do this the ways that

I'm gonna go over are not necessarily

the only ways but these are the ways

that we usually find success with the

first thing you can do which is pretty

simple is you just want to reduce the

volume that you're giving your baby

every night so if you're feeding your

baby with a bottle and your baby takes

let's say 6 ounces which is about 180

milliliters then what you can do is

starting on night 1 just reduce it by

about 30 or reduce it by one ounce so

one night one you're gonna give 150 mils

or 5 ounces the next night and that's

for all feeds the next night you're

gonna go down to four ounces or hundred

and twenty-four all feeds the following

night you're gonna go down to 90 worth 3

ounces and then the following out you're

gonna go down to 60 or 2 ounces and then

once you get to 60 or 2 ounces that's

really the stopping point because you're

not gonna give your baby just a tiny

like a shot no good midnight and he's

not he's not gonna be ok with it he's

gonna get quite frustrated if you give

him just a small amount and then take it

away so at that point I would switch and

I was her offering water if you're

breastfeeding it can be a little bit

trickier a lot of people will reduce the

amount of time on the breast so if you

normally you're feeding your little one

about if reham for 15 minutes or so you

could try to then only feed for 10

minutes on night 1 and then then or

eight minutes on night 2 if that works

for your baby then that's fantast

that is a completely great way to

nightwing so often for breastfeeding

moms what we find more success is

actually in increasing the hours between

feeds overnight so if your baby is

getting fed every two hours let's say

all night long but then on night one

push it to three hours so if your baby

wakes up and it's been three hours since

he last anything go ahead and give him a

nice proper big feed give him a big burp

put him back in his bed to fall asleep

but if it's been less than three hours

then ideally you wouldn't feed and you

would instead get him to fall asleep in

a different way so you're trying to rock

him to sleep or cuddle him to sleep or

hold his hand or you know Pat his head

whatever whatever works and then you

just slowly increase the amount of time

between feeds until you get to where

you're happy whether it's one night feed

or you've faced it all the way out you

kind of push those feeds to happening

during the day and as soon as your baby

wakes up in the morning so let's say

that you ended up weaning down the

amount of milk your baby got you ended

up rocking him to sleep instead that's

up that's completely fine

so you've leaned down your knife either

you've wound off your knife feeds but

now you're rocking your baby to sleep

and your babies kind of still waking in

the night of having to rock him then

that's the perfect time for us to work

on your baby learning to fall asleep on

his own this is exactly what I hope

parents do every single day and my 21

days to be some quiet program