Your 3-7 month olds: how much/how often are they eating?

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Your 3-7 month olds: how much/how often are they eating?
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 10:36am

So this post stems from perusing through the nap survey thread and realizing that many of you with 3-7 or 8 month olds are having them down for 12 hour nights (8pm-8am) or so. I'd really like to get the girls on that schedule (right now they typically go down for the night around 9:30 or 10 and get up around 7:30). I actually think at night they are ready to go to bed sooner, but they still have a feeding left to have in the evenings so we have to wait for that. I guess I'm just wondering what your feeding schedules look like and how you manage to get them fed enough during a 12 hour day so you can have them down for a 12 hour night.

RIght now my girls are eating every 3-4 hours, 5 times a day (a typical day might be eating at 7:30a/11a/3p/6:15p/9:15p). They're eating 4-7oz per feeding for a total of about 25-30oz per day (entirely bottle fed at this point). The only way I can put them down earlier for the night is if I get them to eat more at each feeding and can drop a feeding, right? So I'm just curious for comparison's sake what your LO's eating schedule looks like (and amounts if you are bottle feeding).

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Andi, even though BFing might not have totally worked out, it might have something to do with the ability to regulate their fullness--even when I give James a bottle he takes it almost exactly like he would the breast--popping on and off, drinking an oz or two and then taking a break and then having more . . .

And yes I'm in the same boat as everyone else.

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Thanks so much ladies! You've given me tons of perspective. I'm going to try dropping the last feeding and seeing if they'll compensate by eating more at their other feedings. And if not, I'll add a dream feed. Thanks!
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Juliet pretty much sleeps 10-11 hours straight each night, although some nights she wakes up hungry earlier, will nurse, and go back to sleep until her usual time or later.






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Brycen is now eating baby food, so his schedule is probably a little different. He usually wakes up for good between 8-9, then he has a bowl of oatmeal cereal with some sort of fruit in it, and a 4 oz bottle, around 12 he will have another bottle usually a little more, maybe 5 oz. Sometimes he will eat lunch (Meat, fruit, and veggie) before nap and sometimes after.Naps from around noon-2. After he gets up from his nap I usually give him a little "snack:" if he didn't eat lunch before he went down for his nap. Then another 5-6 oz bottle around 3, then Dinner about 5-6. He has his last bottle before I lay him down around 7:30. It is usually around 7.5 oz.

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Just a quick word about dreamfeeds: you don't have to wake them! They will automatically eat when you hold the boob/ bottle up to their lips. When Bo was really little (or young, I should say) I'd have to press his hands and feet a bit just to get him from super deep sleep to a lighter sleep so he would nurse.
I love this method as it means he will have his long stretch of sleep when I'm asleep too, and not 7pm - 1am or something.

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Andi, it's been a while for me, but I'll still answer! :) I think you could set an earlier bedtime for the girls, and then see how it goes... maybe they will go the 12 hours stretch, and then wake up really hungry, and so you can regulate their feedings by adding a little more into each bottle. But keep in mind that most babies won't do a 12 hour stretch... remember that with babies, you can say they "sleep through the night" when in fact they are only doing a 6, maybe 8 hour stretch. So you could put them in bed at 8, and then offer a bottle at midnight (or whenever it's your regular bedtime), and see if they sleep the remaining time. Since it's two babies, you and DH can feed one of them, right before going to bed yourselves. Oh! and you don't need to wake them to do that last feed. Most babies will eat happily while sleeping. (I used to co-sleep with Fede, and we would do late night nursings where neither of us was properly awake!)

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My understanding of a dream feed is they are still pretty much zonked but you try to feed. Some will eat some won't.

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Ooooooooohhhhh.... okay, when so many of you put a "bedtime" and a "wake up" time in the nap thread, I thought that meant no wake ups in the middle of the night! So I was thinking all your LO's were sleeping straight on through! Okay, whoah, I don't know if I feel better, or worse for all of you not getting much sleep!

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We don't have a 12 hour night either lol. He goes down anywhere from 7-12 (lately he's been going down early then thinking needs back up). But he'll sleep 6-9 hours that way. Then does off and on naps through the day. More sleep would be good, but I'll take what he does now! :-)

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