Do You Feed Baby When  Sleep Training? (Plus 11 Tips)

By Sleep Training Kids

Have you ever wondered if you needed to feed  your child during  sleep training?

Keep reading  for  tips  and  things to know  when  considering feeding  and  sleep training!


Your baby is at least 5-6 months Your baby weighs at least 13-15 pounds Your child gets all of their nutritional needs met during the day Your pediatrician has given their approval

How to know if your baby can go all night without a nighttime feed:

– Babies have tiny tummies that need frequent feeds – Getting daily nutritional & caloric intake is a lot of work for babies – Babies like eating at night to have more cuddle time with you.

- Why most babies aren’t going to be able to quit nighttime feeds:

You Can Wean While Sleep Training

– Nighttime weaning should be separately done from daytime weaning – Nighttime weaning may trigger sleep regressions – Use dream feedings to ease weaning while sleep training – It's easier to slowly do weaning while sleep training


Use Dream Feeding  to Your Advantage

Sleep feeding is a parent-initiated feed that starts when the baby is still asleep. Your baby will wake up a little bit, but the immediate feed should help them doze off to sleep.


Sleep Training Method

Nighttime Feeding Recommendations

Graduated Extinction

Up to the parents’ discretion.

Bedtime Fading

Parents decide on feeding frequency at night.

Controlled Comforting

Recommends feeds on demand.

Stressing About Feeding Baby During Sleep Training Will Backfire!

Either way, it’s important to take a step back. Remember your plan. Trust that it will work. And if need be, do some deep breathing to keep the stress under control.