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Offline melloyello

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Should I try the dreamfeed at 12 weeks?
« on: January 06, 2016, 18:17:01 pm »
Just popping on to see if anyone thinks starting the  dreamfeed now at 12 weeks might be worth a try. For the last few weeks my DS has been consistently waking 2x in the night and the first waking has been getting earlier, now at around 12:30am (last night it was 11:45pm!) when he used to sleep a 7 hour stretch (sometimes more) every night and only wake once.. At first I figured it was a growth spurt as he was eating more during the day too but now it's been a couple weeks so I'm not sure what's going on? I feed him both times he wakes and he will eat for a bit but doesn't seem starving or anything and then is not really hungry in the morning. I wonder if doing the dreamfeed at 10:30 or so might encourage a longer stretch? We tried it initially but it made no difference and he still woke a couple hours later but when we let him wake on his own he WAS doing a much longer stretch of first sleep, however not anymore. I'm hesitant to try it this late in the game for fear it could just encourage him to wake more and earlier in the night...

Here is our current EASY:

Wake and eat 7:15
Activity 7:15-8:30
Sleep 8:30-10:30
Eat 10:30
Activity 10:30-11:45
Sleep 11:45-1:15 (this nap is often disrupted as we usually are out and about here with toddler so he sleeps in his car seat normally)
Eat 1:30
Activity 1:15-2:30
Sleep 2:30-4:30
Eat 4:30
Activity 4:30-6
Sleep 6-6:45
E 7
Activity 6:45-8
Eat 8
Sleep 8:15

Then waking around 12:30, then again somewhere between 3:30-4:30am

Thanks for any advice!

*I should add he goes into his bed awake and falls asleep independently at bedtime

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Re: Should I try the dreamfeed at 12 weeks?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 18:36:20 pm »
I was doing dreamfeeds with both my LOs at that age...I think 12 weeks is a growth spurt too but I could be wrong. I found the dreamfeed to be SUPER helpful. I tell everyone about it!!





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Re: Should I try the dreamfeed at 12 weeks?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2016, 20:06:55 pm »
Thanks. Yes, I did it with my first son and it worked great. With DS2 we tried it for awhile but he still just woke a couple hours later... He would sleep 6+ hours though if we let him wake on his own. I guess I'm wondering if it will be more disruptive to him at this age since we haven't done it till now?

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Re: Should I try the dreamfeed at 12 weeks?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2016, 02:59:55 am »
You aren't waking him up when you do the feed correct?





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Re: Should I try the dreamfeed at 12 weeks?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2016, 03:07:58 am »
No, not waking him.

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Re: Should I try the dreamfeed at 12 weeks?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2016, 18:13:13 pm »
Personally if he sleeps better without it I'd leave him be.





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