Infants need to continue to feed at night. Children are not all the same when considering feeding patterns therefore some may feed more frequently and others may sleep longer. The overall goal recognized in research is that children should be sleeping a long sleep trajectory (6 hours of sleep) by 5 months of age. This is not to say they should not feed at all during the night, but that they are sleeping for a longer stretch and then feeding and sleeping, feeding etc… Babies may continue to need to feed at night past the age of six months. Contact us to ensure you are meeting your baby’s nutritional needs before changing feeds as part of sleep training.
It is critical in the early months for a child’s normal growth and development to get the nutritional intake that they need. Before 6 months of age you should be responding to your child's needs - they need you and its possible they are hungry! The fatty (hind milk) in breastmilk is key to brain development. Feeding plays such an important role in the healthy development of your child and is important when addressing sleep goals. Trust in a professional paediatric health expert at SleepdreamsTM to get the appropriate advice around feeding and sleep.
Help your child get to sleep by keeping bedtime the same as the body’s natural release of melatonin (a hormone produced by the body to signal bedtime to the brain). This is around 7 to 7:30 pm. Waiting too long after this may make it more difficult for your child to get to sleep.
Keep your bedtime routine consistent so that your child understands that bedtime is coming. They won’t understand your words just yet but this helps to establish the cues for bedtime.