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Saying "No!" to midnight snacking

Want your baby to sleep through the night? Curbing nighttime feeding could help make it happen.
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One of the biggest keys to getting your baby to sleep through the night is thought to be stopping the nighttime feedings.

Besides getting junior to sleep at night, stopping the nighttime feedings is important to healthy teeth development. Sugars from breast milk and especially formula will stay in your baby's mouth through the night, and can cause early tooth problems.

Another reason to halt nighttime feedings is that babies shouldn't associate sleep with eating. You want your baby to understand and like other sleepy-time methods like holding, playing soothing music and so forth.

To transition your babe from night feedings, try gradually cutting back the amount of milk he drinks at night — very gradually: about an ounce per feeding over a couple of weeks. Eventually, he'll sleep through the night instead of waking up and expecting food.

By the time he's one year old, he really should have no issues sleeping through the night. If he does, talk to your pediatrician to get some advice.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 6reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I HAVE HEARD AND READ THESE TIPS EVERYWHERE AND I THINK TODAY IS FINALLY THE DAY I TRY TO STOP HIS MIDNIGHT SNACKS. I WANT TO SLEEP FOR ALMOST 8 MONTHS NOW AND CANT, BUT I'M WEAK AS I GIVE IN TOO EASY TO THAT TINY CRY...ITS A TRAP AND I ALWAYS KNEW IT!WISH ME LUCK (; November 18, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My daughter is just about 9 months, and until just recently she was waking up at least once during the night. Sometimes she could make it until 4 am, other times she was up at 1 and then again at 6. My 2 boys started sleeping their nights at 1 month old, so to still be waking up after 8 months was getting tiresome. So I tried what I did with my boys and fed her a bottle of warm water instead of her food. She hasn't woken up during the night for a feeding since, if she does wake up its because she lost her soother and wants it. She goes right back to sleep when we give it to her. Its nice to finally be getting a fuller night's sleep. August 31, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by very useful advice. we're at that stage and it's good to find another opinion February 16, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by this is how we managed to get our daughter to sleep through the night. I'm breastfeeding, and gradually cut down from both sides, to one, and then started cutting down the time I allowed her to eat. We transitioned by going to her when she cried and rocking her until she fell asleep again. Then we prepared ourselves and transitioned to leaving her in her crib and standing beside her while she fell back to sleep. Now we have one last 5:30 feeding to tackle. September 21, 2011
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