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  1. Christine says

    Hi my baby slept ‘through the night’ from birth from 11.30 – 5.30 ish We used to keep him downstairs with him feeding on demand and cuddling etc i didn’t really notice how often he slept. Went to bed around 11 -12 fed and then he would sleep for 5-6hrs straight through. Then around 3 weeks he became colicky it was a nightmare from 6.30-10pm with him getting grumpy at 4.30. He is a lovely baby in the day. I decided to do a relaxing routine around his worst colic time, bath, massage feed etc and this cured the colic. Only problem is now he sleeps from 7.30ish – 1am and once he wakes he has a feed ( sometimes very frantic which can be upsetting) he then doesn’t settle well at all and wakes every 1 1/2 -2hrs. It’s a bit like his colic hs moved to the nighttime I can hear him struggling with wind 9 altough I spend much more time trying to wind him than he feeds). It’s like he’s having his deep sleep early and then light sleep when we want our deep sleep! I tried a ‘dream feed’ at 11pm ( as this is close to when he previosly got a feed) this didn’t make any difference. I am considering going back to keeping him with us in the evening rather than putting him to bed but I suspect he’ll just sleep (that had started to happen around 9pm previous to us starting the bath thing) and I’m afraid his colic will return. Shall I try to do his bath routine later so he gets his 5 hrs later? Or shall I try dream feeding again? Or shall I just get on with being woken every 2 hours. He is 5 1/2 weeks old and his sleeping at night is getting worse! He sleeps tonnes in the morning I don’t want to impose heavy routines on him in the day but I can’t believe he used to sleep through and now doesn’t! Evil child LOL Any advise? I’m getting so little sleep I am becoming physically wobbly in the day!

  2. lisha says

    Hi,
    I did dream feed with my eldest who is now 4 yrs and she used to sleep through the night from when she was 4 months old. I gradually stopped it around 7 months when she had established solids. My second one who is now 5 months old, doesn’t drink much milk during the day or night. She seems to be in deep sleep for her dream feed at 10Pm and drinks little. . She now sleeps through the night. However when I tried to stop the dream feed, she would wake up at erratic times during the night hungry. So I guess for my kids they seem to help.

    • Nicole says

      @Lisha Thank you for sharing your dream-feed story! All kids are truly different. 🙂

  3. Jason says

    Here’s one for the masses. My wife and I have a 13month old daughter who will only take a bottle when sleeping period. She will only pick at solids and will not take a bottle awake at all. Milk in a sippy no way put water in yes. A doctor told us only feed her when she’s awake.4 day’s 6oz a day and a fight to get that. has anyone heard of this.

    • Nicole says

      @Jason I have heard other parents with this particular issue before. I don’t think it will be as simple as not feeding her except at daytime. That sounds like it will be a lot of tears at night!! I would try something more gradual, but would try to get her more on milk during the day (in a sippie). Good luck!

  4. Claire says

    I am doing dream feeding slightly differently and it seems to be working. My 6 week old daughter began to wake at 4 every morning and it was taking me 2 hours to get her back down.

    Instead of making the last feed before bed a dream feed, i am getting up quickly as soon as i hear her stir at around 4am and giving her a dream feed. It means that instead of a 2 hour ordeal, its only taking me 25 minutes or so and i can get back to bed quickly.

    • Nicole says

      @Claire Sounds like it’s working for you. That’s great! Good luck!

  5. Meghan says

    I was just recommended to dream sleep by a friend. I’m going to try it, my 3 month old wakes up every 2-3 hours during the night. I’m hoping dreamfeeding may elongate her sleep so that I can get some rest, I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Nicole says

      @Meghan Let us know how it goes! Good luck!

  6. wasen says

    Hi all

    I tried the dream feed over a week and I had the same result as Emma above wrote!
    Think it disrupted his sleep and now I’m stuck! How long will it take to get back to his past sleep cycle?

    • Nicole says

      @wasen Some people do get stuck for quite awhile, but I think on average it takes about a week or two. Good luck!

  7. Emma says

    I tried the dream-feed, but it was a disaster. My daughter is 4 months old. She was sleeping from 9pm to 5am (continuously, without waking up). Then she would have a feed at 5am and sleep again until 8:30 am. That was fine for us, but a friend of mine told me about the dream-feed so I decided to try it (it sounded so good).

    I followed the recomendation: put the baby to bed at 7pm, give the dream-feed at 11pm, and feed again at 7am. Well, my daughter started sleeping worse! I would give her the dream-feed at 11pm, and at 3am she would wake up… I would make her sleep again using a dummy, but at 4am she would wake up again…. And the same at 5am and 6am… This happened for several days, until I gave up and went back to our old routine. Now she is sleeping well, without interruptions. My impression is that the dream-feed was actually disrupting her sleep cycle. This is why she was waking up so many times during the night.

    Anyway, it didn’t work for her. I think the dream-feed doesn’t work for all babies. It might be a difference in sleep cycles.

    • Nicole says

      @Emma Having my second child, I think it’s also the baby’s ability to slip back into sleep mode and how they sleep. My 2nd son can be playing super happy and hard and then sleep soundly 5 minutes later. My first needs 30+ minutes of down time before he can really slip into sleep mode, so disruptions for him are just that much “bigger”. I agree with you that the dream feed works great for some and not others just because of their uniqueness. Thanks for commenting!

  8. Gina says

    I am a huge advocate of the dream-feed! I didn’t even know that it didn’t work for some babies! I tell everyone about the dream-feed hoping they too can have their babies sleeping completely through the night by 4 months.

    In my case I had to dream-feed both my boys because they go to bed at 5pm and do not wake up until 7am. My oldest one slept from 5-7 from 4 months to 16 months. For being so little I needed to feed them some how. After 12 months I stopped the dream-feed and my oldest still slept that long, my little one is still 9 months…

    • Nicole says

      @Gina Thanks for sharing your story. I have heard many times how it’s a God-send for many families. I’m glad it worked for you!

  9. Aruni says

    I am certainly guilty of dream feeding…mostly our son because he seemed to wake up more often. I would occasionally due it with my daughter. However, often when I was breastfeeding both of my babies would fall asleep half way through. 🙂

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  10. Wendy says

    Hi Nicole,
    The dream feed seemed to work with my first child, but my second child who is now 11 weeks old wakes up all the time regardless if we fed him at 10. Now he is actually waking himself up before 10 and he seems hungry so we feed him. I guess it might work for some babies, but now for my 11 week old, he wakes almost every hour sometimes or every 2-3 hours at night. We have stopped the dream feed for the last week now.

    • Nicole says

      @Wendy Just goes to show all babies are indeed different! Thanks for sharing.

      @Aruni No need to feed “guilty”. 😀 If it works, it works!