Do you want more sleep?   Yes! I need more sleep.

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  1. Laura says

    How do you burp your baby after a dream feed?

    • Debbye says

      Hi Laura,
      You can gently burp your baby without too much stimulation by laying her on her side, and rubbing her back instead of patting, or gently laying her on her stomach with pressure on her belly and rub gently.

  2. Simon says

    As a rough guide how much you can take your baby probably will be during the day by taking an average of 70 g a formula for every 450 g of weight of your baby. For example, babies 4500 g heavy will eat about 700 g formula for 24 hours. Keep in mind that this will not apply to smaller babies, premature babies or babies over 6 months of age.
    It is also important to remember that all babies are different, some have a greater appetite than others bearing in mind that your baby is still physically progressing and if your pediatrician is satisfied with his / her progress, then why you do not have to worry about.
    You will notice that generally baby taking less milk you do not feel good, and more milk when you grow faster (this typically occurs between 2.3. and 6 weeks and 3 and 6 months of age), and this is completely normal.

  3. Melanie says

    I have an 11 week old who was sleeping fine (waking up just once a night and around 6:30-7 in the morning) but I thought I would just try the dream feeding just for fun. I guess I thought it might somehow help him sleep the entire night through. I’ve done it for 3 nights now and he hasn’t slept better. Actually, he’s waking up more often and earlier in the morning. Also, he’s been really cranky during the day–he was never like that before I tried dream feeding. I wonder if it’s related. After reading people’s comments, I think I’ll just stop and hope he goes back to his old routine and his happy self. I kind of wish I wouldn’t have tried it because he was doing just fine before.

  4. Alyssa says

    My baby, thank goodness, sleeps for 6 or more hrs. a night (from 7pm to anywhere from 1-3am) and goes right back to sleep. Unfortunately, he then wakes at 4:30 or 5am bright-eyed and ready for the day – way too early for mom and pop. Could dream feeding fix this?

  5. Casey says

    My son is almost 7 months and I dream feed him and it works great. He would get a bottle at 7-8 pm and go to sleep at 8:30-9pm, his dad or me would get up and feed him at 12-1am and he would continue to sleep throughout the night until 6:30 am and would want another bottle. Then he would play for an hour or so and then fall asleep once again for another hour or two.

  6. Shannon says

    My 3rd son is 4.5 months old. We have used the dream feed with all of our children and with our first two it worked great. By this point my older two would have their dream feed around 11pm (provided by my husband) and then sleep until 7-7:30 in the morning. Our 3rd child however isn’t on board with this plan. He has his dream feed and then will wake anytime from 2:30am – 5:30am to eat again and then sleep until morning. There is no rhyme or reason to when he wakes and his disorganization is making it difficult to maintain an eating schedule for him in the daytime (if he eats later he’s not hungry in the morning). We tested dropping the dream feed this past week and at first it looked great – only waking 1x to eat overnight, but by mid-week he was waking at least twice between midnight and morning. If he needs to eat twice I’d rather my husband keep feeding him before bedtime and then I take the middle of the night waking. Any idea what would be causing the random overnight eating pattern post dream feed (going 3.5 hours one night and then 6.5 the next)? Also, on a separate issue, any suggests for weaning baby from the swing? He has reflux and we got into a pattern of sleeping 1/2 the night and each nap in his swing early on and now we’re stuck.

  7. Jonathan says

    my baby son is about a week old have been waking up every 2 hours to feed
    A. is this normal and
    B. do you think dream feeding will help.
    At the moment i dont really mind the every 2 hours but when i go back to work this will leave a lot of strain on my wife.
    thanks for your help

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Jonathan,
      Newborn definitely need to feed on demand for about the first 3-4 months. At this age, dream feeding won’t really make much difference since he’s still to young to have any kind of schedule or pattern down for his eating and sleeping. As an infant, he’s still sorting just being out in the world. We don’t really recommend much in the way of sleep training or working extending their sleep until they are at least 4 months old.

  8. Sally says

    thanks for this article about dream feed – now i have a question. How do you correct it if you started the problem? should i let him cry through the old dream feed, since apparently it wasn’t a “necessary” feeding anyway?

    we tried the dream feed for about a week with our 4 mo old son, who goes to bed at 6pm. I would wake him at 9:30pm for a dream feed, reasoning that would get us about 6 hours of continuous sleep from 9:30p on. (the longest he has ever gone is 6 hours). but, that’s not the case – instead he would wake after only 4 hours or less and then every 2 to 3 hours after that. I’ve stopped dream feeding, but he seems stuck in the 9:30pm wake up – crying for a feeding now. So now i have even more feedings in the night. What’s the best way to eliminate this wake up (that i caused!) Should i let him cry through this feeding in order to eliminate it?
    Thank you for your help!

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Sally,
      Cry it out is a personal choice but a hungry baby cries a lot more than if it’s an issue of self-soothing. You might look at doing a slower night weaning plan. Nicole covers this in her book ( or you might consider contacting her for some sleep consultation services.

  9. Ali says

    I have been dreamfeeding my son since he was 2 weeks old. He is now three months. He is still waking up at 1 to 2 times a night to eat and its always at different times. Should I try skipping the dream feed and seeing if he sleeps better?

  10. Mike says

    Are you a doctor? If not, why would anyone care what you recommend (or not) as a solution to their child’s sleeping habits?

    • Nicole says

      @Mike No, I am not a doctor and don’t pretend to be. People care about what I recommend or not because I am a mom who has gone through a lot sleep-wise and can give practical and realistic advice. Most doctors tend to have a “Do it my way or you will fail.” mentality and one way doesn’t work for all kids. I have now helped countless parents overcome very difficult obstacles even when their doctor wasn’t able to help them. Helping other parents has given me a wealth of knowledge and experience with a wide range of personality types that you can’t read in a book or get from a doctor in your 15-minute well-baby visit. You can read parent stories here: Good luck in your sleep journey (if you have one) and thanks for commenting!