Sleep will go back and forth as the baby grows and develops. Sometimes they are going through growth spurts or developmental spurts and just plain hungry. I would attempt another form of soothing first, but if that fails after a few minutes I'd give the bottle. After all, a baby has no way to "insist" to you that he/she is hungry or thirsty aside from crying. I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt.
FTR, my DD1 went through a phase in her twos of waking for several hours in the wee hours of the night. She'd just lay awake in bed tossing and turning. This went on for weeks. One night it occurred the me to give her a snack and she ate a small amount then dropped right into a sound sleep. Just to show, night time hunger can be real, even in toddlers.
Last edited by newmamalizzy; 12-05-2016 at 12:19 PM.