It is considered safe to dream feed your baby and it’s often used as a sleep tool to help mums get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
As a newborn, your baby will wake up every two to three hours for a feed but occasionally might sleep a bit longer. A dream feed can help your baby get this longer stretch of sleep at night when you sleep as well. But this only works well for young babies. By about six months old, if your baby is still waking up multiple times a night, it might be more out of habit than hunger.
To dream feed your baby, lift him out of bed in the late evening, just before you go to bed, when he’s still fast asleep. Dream feeding can be done whether you breastfeed your baby or you give him the bottle with formula or expressed milk. Feed him and change his nappy, and then place him back in bed. Try to do all this without waking him up too much.
Ensure his previous feed was about two hours before you dream feed him so there’s room in your baby’s tummy for more milk. It might take a few days before your baby settles into this new routine but if it works, you’ll be able to get four to five hours of sleep before your baby wakes you up again for the next feed.