How to Keep My Baby From Waking to Eat All Night

By Dan Richter
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If you're the parent of a baby who is less than 1 year old, chances are you're stressed out and sleep deprived. When a baby is first born, it's important to feed him regularly, day and night, so that that he stays healthy and can grow. After the 6-month mark, however, the baby should be used to a set feeding schedule that stops at bedtime. There are a few different ways to prevent your baby from waking up at night to eat, including feeding him one last time before bed and refusing to feed him at all when he wakes up in the night.

Feed your baby on a consistent schedule several times throughout each day. Feed your baby one last time right before bedtime so that he is full. Feeding him consistently and right before bed will ensure that his caloric intake is heightened and he will not wake up in the night due to hunger. Make sure your baby consumes his entire feeding before bed and that he doesn't fall asleep before finishing.

Keep a semi-strict bedtime routine. Do the same things every night around the same time, including giving the baby a bath, reading him a story or rocking him, and giving him his final bedtime feeding. If you change things up and are erratic with your baby's bedtime routine, it will throw off his sleep cycle and may cause him to wake up for various reasons throughout the night. Doing this will also help you get a full night's rest so that you are not so tired and exhausted.

Refrain from feeding the baby if he wakes up crying in the night. Doing so will only get your baby used to waking up in the night for a feeding, which can be a hard habit to break. If possible, let the baby cry for several minutes until he soothes himself back to sleep. An alternative is to have the father of the baby go comfort and sooth the baby, if possible. If the baby is breastfed, having the father comfort the baby will help break the association if "mommy" and "feeding time." Do not take the baby out of the crib to rock him or carry him around as that will just create another nighttime habit that will be hard to break.