Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. download says

    Thanks for another informative website. Where else could I am getting that kind of information written in such a perfect means?
    I’ve a challenge that I am simply now running on, and I’ve been on the look out for
    such info.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Glad our info has been helpful! Good luck!

  2. Pat says

    I do! It came naturally to us. One thing brought the other one and now we sleep together all night with some boob here and there. He is 8 months now only breastfeeding at night and morning and any time in between if he wants.
    This was the only way I found so we could sleep better and actually get some hours of solid rest. Plus is the must amorous thing In the world.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Pat,
      Thanks so much for your comment! It is great to hear that dream feeding worked so well for your family, and that you are all sleeping well!

  3. cristal says

    Wow I didn’t know there was a name for this. My baby starting at 2 months old would sleep through the night. His last feeding would be around 10pm and he slept until 6 or 7 am. I remember feeling terrible that I wouldn’t feed him in so long but my husband reminded me that if he were hungry he would wake up and let us know. As 3 1/2 months old now he’s starting to get ready for bed earlier at around 6 or 7 pm. I feel bad going to bed at 10 or 11 and him still asleep and havent eaten so I fix him a bottle and give it to him before I go to bed. He usually is half asleep drinking it, i still burp him like normal sometimes he burps right away other times it takes a while. But he usually passed out instantly after laying him back down. And will stay asleep until 5am or even later! Interesting read thanks!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Cristal,

      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m so glad to hear the article was helpful for you 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience, and please let us know if you ever have any questions!

  4. Bobbye says

    Great article. I am experiencing some of these issues as well..

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Thanks for reading @Bobbye!

  5. Calix says

    I give a dream feed to my host child who is 8 months old, I’m currently an au pair in Italy. He goes to bed around half 9, 10 o’clock and I give him a dream feed around 1.30-2 am to make see he is sure to sleep until around 8, otherwise he can be up multiple times during the night, top fussy to take a full bottle or just just playing with it. My host family have now started doing dream feeds when I don’t have the baby and his quality of sleep is improving, he is less fussy in the morning and is generally just easier through the day!

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Calix, thanks for sharing what’s working for your host child and family!

  6. Joanne says

    I had no idea there was a name for this! I’ve been bringing bottles to my sleeping baby ever since he was two months old, and still do it now at 11 months. I just quietly ask “hey want some milk?”, and that wakes him enough to open his mouth as he smells the bottle. When he’s done he rolls on his side and that’s that. We do it during his afternoon nap if I know he’ll be due for a feed halfway through, and at night before our bedtime if he didn’t eat or drink much for dinner. He’s always been a great sleeper (falls asleep by himself if put down when tired), but unfortunately still wakes twice at night if I don’t feed him as explained… which is frustrating because he’d sleep in chunks of six-eight hours from birth up to three months. Still, I count my blessings as his waking is as easy as ‘go to crib, insert bottle, wait, insert pacifier, go back to bed’. He just drinks and drifts straight back to sleep.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Joanne, thanks for sharing! I’m sorry your little guy has still been waking up for you at night if you don’t do the dream feed. Here is a link to download our free guide with some tips for sleeping through the night if you are interested:
      Thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site!

  7. Ashley says

    My baby is now a year old but I remember seeing this when she was a newborn and trying it. Dream feeding worked for me! Obviously, after the sleep regressions, mental leaps, etc…, she grew out of the dream feeding schedule. I worked hard to get her on a nap/sleep routine early on and thank God, she has been sleeping through the night since she was 6 months. Like I said, there have been exceptions (teething is the worst!) but 9 times out of 10 she sleeps the night. And it all started with dream feeding.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Ashley, Thank you for your comment! I am so glad you found something that worked so well for your baby!

  8. Meg says

    Hi, my baby is 7 weeks old and was going for 9-4 then feed and back to bed till 7:30/8 but some one said to try getting him down earlier and he will sleep better but now he goes 8-2 awake for an hour then till 6!! Was my routine better for him? How do I get him in a better routine? I don’t really want to dream feed…

    • Jovanna says

      Mine did that too when I did the 8pm thing! So I stick with 10/11pm sleep and I dream feed him at 4 and then he lasts till 7-8. So basically it’s not through the night but it works for me!