How can I wean my son from formula at night?

My son is turning the big one! He still gets a bottle or two in the middle of the night. I have been tossing the idea of cutting out the formula in the middle of the night for water. Any advice on a good age for this and how to go about it would be greatly appreciated.

7 Likes

Switch to water and don’t give a bottle after you brush teeth. Look for other comfort. Most likely not hungry. I drop the night feeds at 6 months. I also switch to a cup at straw around that time so we wean from the bottle at the same time

5 Likes

I gave very watery diluted juice at that age during the night, I know before I’m attacked juice from a bottle not great but wouldnt drink water

2 Likes

For me personally I switched to a sippy cup before switching to water. It was easier to get him on a sippy at night with almond/coconut milk

1 Like

Give only water at night, no juice

1 Like

My daughter is 8 months and still screams for a bottle every two hours. I don’t know what to do!!!

2 Likes

Cut down the milk at night so if you give 8oz just give 4oz then do that for like a week cut down to 2oz an then nothing you can give regular milk thats how I did it

1 Like

I give my daughter a bottle and dinner we eat around 5 then after she’s all done I brush her teeth and she’s good for the night. Wait till it’s closer to bedtime and give him food also.

Um may be the odd one out but, feed him. Give him regular milk if your ok with it. My oldest was well over a year before he slept though the night. Their belly are so tiny and needs multiple meals a day. That why they seem to eat all day at that age.

5 Likes

Feed him. Food before one is just for fun. That’s why they recommend you breastfeed until the age of 2. Just keep giving him his bottle getting nutrients from milk is better then nothing from water.

3 Likes

I did water with mine around 1 they are 2&4 and still get a sippy with water when they go to bed however my oldest got a bottle with warm milk before bed until she was about 2 and pushed her bottle back at me and said no.

Even at 1 some babies need a midnight feeding. Is he hungry or is it habit? If it’s the same time every night it is probably habitual but if it’s at different times at night throughout the week it’s probably hunger. If he is an pretty solid feeding schedule during the day I would start recording the times he wakes up to feed at night. He might need to be fed a little more before bed.

You will have to let him cry it out. When he realizes you are not giving in he will get it.

3 Likes

If a mom is unable to breastfeed she should still try to imitate breastfeeding as closely as possible. Human babies are born way too soon because of our large heads–they need to be nurtured and held close, and fed every 2-3 hours. Hold your baby like you are nursing, never prop bottles, carry them as much as possible, have them sleep close to you. Their primary food should be breast milk or formula for a minimum of the first year, preferably for the second year also. Toddler formulas are available for bottle feeding parents–breast milk changes as your baby gets older so that is the closest you can get. Goat milk formula is another good option. Your baby still needs milk and you during the night–parenting does not go by the clock!

As a mother if 6, I nurse each child until they wanted and left the breast on thier own, the longest nurse 3 1/2 years and bottle until they left it longest at 5 but only at nite with formula or goat milk we live on a ranch all have great teeth 3 of them no cavities and onl6 two had braces seot threw the nite at about any where from 4 to 6 weeks and one didnt use her bottle after her choice at 7 mons but nursed til 2 1/2 years so maybe the 8 mons old needs more solid food cause babies sleep thur the nit,e, and the first question do what you need to do but make sure yr child is heathly and thraving, and I did work about 60 to 70 a week or more I was a manger of a resturant so thats why I did what I did for my childern health the oldest is now 28, 25, 24, 21, 20, and 14 thank you and sorry for the long post

Look at total calorie intake during the day. What solids are they eating? If they are waking up hungry then maybe do the last meal later or do toast fingers.

Maybe give solids before bed. If that isn’t an option, add some rice or oatmeal to the bottle. Definitely don’t deny your child like some people have commented. It’s an infant for Gods sake. We weened off the bottles on the first birthday. At 11 months, we weened off formula a little at a time with milk. About a year and a half, we gave a sippy cup at night for bedtime, and then that was it for the night. We soothed in other ways whether it be sitting with her until she fell asleep or even getting up to play for a couple minutes if she was wide awake. At one, we did a breakfast solid, a lunch solid and a dinner solid, so we never really had the issue of ours being hungry at night. Routine. However growth spurts do happen, so if you notice your baby waking up more and being hungry, definitely feed them.

Nightime bottles are bad for teeth. Milk rots them from sitting in baby’s mouth.

1 Like

I did the switch and added water in a bottle. He would take it at night, drink a tiny bit and then sleep with it. In a week he no longer wanted the bottle. Usually when they’re getting older yet still want a bottle at night… they just need it for comfort. If your baby at one is eating/drinking properly during the day… definitely no need for formula thru the night.

Good time to break the bottle thing. Get baby friendly sippy cups and offer water at bed time. Better for their teeth…

4 Likes