I recommend to dream feed baby until at least 5 months old, and possibly all the way up to 12 months old depending on your child’s growth and development. In fact, we use the dream feed as a way to help baby SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT in our 5-18 month baby sleep training class, where we also address night weaning, and have printables to track your child’s daily caloric intake. Our methods are never cry-it-out and completely modern, science-backed, and work backwards from nights to naps so that baby AND Mom don’t become overwhelmed (or overtired!) in the process. Results can be seen as early as three nights, and typically most issues are solved within 2-3 weeks! Check it out here.
Can you burp a baby after a dream feed?
Yep! You can try burping baby more than once during this feed, too. Even if your baby falls asleep, try burping them for a few minutes before placing them back down to sleep. Otherwise, it’s possible that they make wake up in pain with trapped gas within the hour. Two common ways to burp your baby are over your shoulder, or leaning baby forward in your lap, resting their chin in the palm of your hand, and tapping their backs from top to bottom 5-10 times. However, not all babies burp after every feed, though, no matter if it’s on their own or with your help.
“I want to drop the dream feed — help!”
If you’re looking to completely night wean, and your doctor has given you the go-ahead to do so, visit this blog post here to get started.