5 week old sleeping through the night

Monica - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )

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Is it normal for a 5 week old to sleep through the night?

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Robin - posted on 04/03/2010

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My daughter started sleeping through the night the night she was born and yhe nurses and doctors told me I should be waking her up every four hours to feed. So I did and , worst mistake I made as a new mom. They get used to it and now at 6 and a half months old she has only slept through the night six or seven times. If your 5 week old is sleeping through the night, let him. They will tell you when they are hungry. Go in and check on them, but let them sleep. You might regret it in the long run. Good luck

Bethany - posted on 03/31/2010

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My six-week-old started sleeping through the night (7 hours) at around four weeks. I asked my midwife, and she said that, as long as your baby has plenty of wet and dirty diapers, is gaining weight, and has quiet alert time every day, then (s)he's healthy and can sleep as long as needed.

Karen - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son started sleeping through the night at 5 weeks (10pm- 630am), now at 6 months he sleeps fm 8pm - 7am...he'll wake up if he needs to eat, don't worry and enjoy your sleep!

Megan - posted on 04/05/2010

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I think you should calculate how much your baby needs to be eating a day (I think it's about 150ml (5oz?) times the weight of your baby and if they're already having all of that during the day then they can sleep all night. For example, my 6 week baby weighs about 5kg, so 150x5= 750ml per day. My baby has four 200ml bottles a day so he's taking a little more than he needs during the day time and can sleep all night. As long as your baby is gaining enough weight and isn't waking up for a feed then they should be fine. I read in a baby sleep book that hunger does not actually wake your baby up, if your baby naturally wakes up and is hungry, they will cry, but most of the time they just want a cuddle and a pat to go back to sleep. My boy used to wake up at 3 in the morning, I'd try to feed him but he'd only have a quarter of his bottle, so that was a huge waste of milk when he wasn't even hungry!

Misty - posted on 04/05/2010

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Like they all said, gaining weight is the goal for the first year! If your babe is, then consider yourself lucky that your 5 week old is sleeping through the night and you're getting some rest right now!!

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Stephanie - posted on 07/23/2012

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My little boy has been sleeping through the night and lifting up his head since the day he was born hes now 3 months and weighs 18 pounds and hes teething, all babys are different :) all i have to say is your one of the lucky people !

Angie - posted on 07/23/2012

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Make sure the baby is gaining weight. But jaundice could also be a cause for baby being so sleepy. So it wouldn't be a bad idea to have pediatrician check the baby out. But if everything is fine, sleep.

Mary - posted on 07/23/2012

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My son started sleeping through the night at about 3 days old and he has gained weight beautifully. Just keep an eye on his weight gain and his level of energy.

Lelititia - posted on 07/17/2012

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Lord i have two 1/2 wek old twins I wld not complain if they slept through the nite but I will take my 4 hrs

Dawn - posted on 08/19/2011

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My oldest slept through the night at 8 weeks and my middle child slept through the night at 6 weeks, and neither ever woke again for a night feeding. It was awesome!! Now, my youngest is a different story. He's a year old and still occasionally wants a night feeding!! As long as baby's healthy and gaining weight, I wouldn't worry about your 5 week old sleeping through the night.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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from the day my little boy was born he sleeped thro the night the first 2 nights i set an alarm so i would wake up every 4 hours 2 give him a feed but he didnt want it so i left him 2 sleep he only lost 40grams. if your 5 week old wants to sleep through the night let them.

Ez - posted on 04/05/2010

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Generally 'sleeping through the night' for an infant that age would refer to a 6-7hr stretch, which I personally think is totally fine. My daughter slept 6hrs in hospital, 8hrs by the second week, and 12hrs by 2 months. It wasn't anything I 'did', it was just her natural body clock (she was a terrible catnapper). As everyone has said, if your baby is gaining weight and still has some alert wake times through the day I wouldn't worry. The only thing to consider though is that if you are breastfeeding, not feeding at regular intervals with inhibit your milk production (I learned this the hard way). So even if your baby is sleeping, get up and pump at least once through the night to ensure your supply establishes.

Deborah - posted on 04/04/2010

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As it has already been stated, as long as your baby is gaining weight and filling the nappy as required, enjoy your sleep. It is said that a baby will not allow themselves to go hungry. If they need feeding, they will let you know.

Michelle - posted on 04/04/2010

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My 2 youngest children both slept through the night at this stage so I wouldn't worry. Yes do keep an eye on weight and how much milk they drinking but i think the prof expect them to drink too much!! My 2 never drank as much as they expected and they put weight on fine and are healthy and it never changed. They are 2 and 6 months now and still sleep fine through the night so see your 5 week old sleeping through the night as a blessing!!

Kathy - posted on 04/03/2010

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My 6 month old has been sleeping through the night since 2-3 days after we brought her home. The baby nurse tried to tell me to wake her every 3 hours, her doctor said to never wake a sleeping baby, if she's hungry she'll wake up and let you know. When she went through a stint of not gaining weight though I was told to wake her up to feed her... that lasted a night, I couldn't get her to stay awake to eat, she wanted to sleep.

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My son slept through from about 6 weeks, but then stopped at 3 months where he started having 2 hourly feeds up until he turned 8 months old at which point I got a sleep consultant who taught me how to get him to sleep through again.

Elsa - posted on 04/03/2010

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i think, you have to check if your baby is gaining wait and I think your baby should be awake during the night to be fed, at least every 3 hours at least the first 2 months. consult your doctor.

Nikki - posted on 04/03/2010

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my son started sleeping through the night @ 4 weeks 10:30pm-7:30am now at 10 months he sleeps 9pm-9am( he is formula fed so it's much more common b/c he'll eat more in one serving then a breastfed baby) As long as your baby is gaining weight there is no problem with your 5 week old sleeping through the night, just be thankful, many babies take months and months before that happens

Michele - posted on 04/02/2010

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Our daughter has done it since week 2 she started sleeping 11pm-6am. At about 10 weeks she started sleeping from 9-6or 7. Our Dr told us that as long as she was getting enough food, gaining weight, and having good bowel movements, it was not a problem. In fact he told us it was great for us and not to tell other parents or they would be jealous! ;-) I wouldn't worry about your 5 week old sleeping through the night as long as they are gaining weight no worries!

Sicily - posted on 04/02/2010

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my newborn slept about 8 hours at night... durin the day he was eatin every 2 hours... he was just fine.. and it was great for me

Carly - posted on 04/02/2010

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Of course it is. Not all babies wake up through the night! My son slept from 3 weeks and thrived through all his goals and targets! Some babies are just content and get into a routine quicker than others!

Karen - posted on 04/02/2010

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the hospital told me to never wake a sleeping baby - they'll wake when they're hungry...but like everything else different dr's have different opinions...i never woke mine and he's a very healthy 6 month old now

Laura - posted on 04/02/2010

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your supposed to wake your baby up every 3 to 4 hours to eat because baby's forget to eat. it is normal that they do want to sleep through the night that's actually a good thing =) but if your baby's still under 1 month or even 2 months you should wake them up every 3 to 4 hours that's what my doctor and even the hospital told me.

Sarah - posted on 04/02/2010

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my eldest slept through from 6 weeks old. my sister-in-law's eldest was 3 weeks old when he 1st slept through the night. if your baby is hungry then he/she will wake up. just take advantage of your 5 week old sleeping through the night and get some sleep yourself.

Jaimee - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter started sleeping through from about 6 weeks and she was feeding fine plus gaining weight. I think as long as bub is gaining and feeding ok then there's no worries. Plus they will let you know during the night if they do need that feed.

Leah - posted on 04/01/2010

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My first child slept through from 5 weeks as well, and that was 9 years ago. She gained weight okay and was a wonderfully happy little person first thing in the morning.
My son was a little different, he had trouble gaining weight for a while and needed the extra feeds ( which he woke for himself) up until nearly 8 weeks. He starting sleeping through then and only recently, now that he is going through another growth spurt, has he started waking up again, once throughout the night for a feed. He is also a happy and contented baby.
You know your child best and if you feel they need the extra feed then wake them, but at the same time, if all is okay and bubs happy and healthy with good development, then the extra sleep will help you both. Goodluck and hopefully everyone's contributions will help you find a way to peace of mind.

Colleen - posted on 04/01/2010

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Our Dr. told me to wake my baby every 2-3 hours duing the night until she was 3 months old.. then we could go up to every 5 hours... now that she's almost 5 months old and gaining weight, she's allowed to sleep thru the night.

Rachelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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ummm well i say yes its normal that your 5 week old is sleeping through the night. my daughter shocked the nurses because she slept through the nights from day one...they'll wake up when there hungry dont worry enjoy your sleep

Lindsay - posted on 04/01/2010

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My first daughter slept through the night for the first time at 5 1/2 weeks. She was gaining weight beautifully. She was off the charts with her weight and was completely healthy. My 8 week old on the other hand is not even close to sleeping through the night.

Amy - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son started sleeping through the night (8 hrs) at 4 weeks he's now 4 months and sleeps 12-13 hours a night

Tracey - posted on 04/01/2010

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My baby boy has been sleeping 8 hours a night since he was about 5 weeks old.If it happens your one of the lucky ones too!

Jillian - posted on 04/01/2010

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I say if your 5 week old is sleeping through the night don't wake them up. Both of my daughter were sleeping through by 6 weeks without night feedings.

Krystal - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son slept through the night at 2 weeks old totally by himself, he was eating enough throughout the day and putting on weight. my doctor wasnt worried either, i have always gone by the saying you should never wake a sleeping baby, unless medically they need to be woken up. he slept from 10pm-7am every night, and he now sleeps from 7:30-7:30-8:00am. he just loves his sleep. if he was hungry he would wake up. babys know when they are hungry and will let you know when they want feeding, if baby is sleeping they obviously are not hungry so why wake them, you cant force a feed down a baby if they dont want it. it is normal there are some babies that can sleep through the night at birth,it all depends on the baby i think and how much they like to feed and sleep. hope this helps :)

Jenny - posted on 03/31/2010

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My baby girl is almost 1 and still won't sleep through the night so I advise you to stop worrying and enjoy! Babies are little people and we always say if we need sleep the body will do it. You baby is just doing what he/she needs to do. I'm jealous your 5 week old is sleeping through the night!

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i think it's normal for a 5 month old to be sleeping through the night... both of my daughters slept through the night between 10 days and 2 weeks... they're just fine, both in 95 %-tile for ht and wt and head size throughout infancy

Leigh - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son started sleeping through the night at about 6 weeks - from 9pm to 7am. By 8-10 weeks he was going from 7pm-7am. I was told by his Pediatrician that if he needed to eat, he would wake up (I am breastfeeding). He still sleeps 11-12 hours each night and he is 4 1/2 months old and in the 90% for size. He doesn't nap long during the day though - only 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon.

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2010

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my 5 week old did the same thing from the time she was newborn till she was about 3 months old she slept all night long and the doctor said that was fine because she was still gaining enough weight and such

Kirsty - posted on 03/31/2010

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but having said that miy son was allways putting on weight and u should never wake a sleeping baby

Kirsty - posted on 03/31/2010

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i have a 6 month old baby and he did and has onl;y woken up 4 times at night

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As long as its gaining weight i dont see any problem with it it and i doubt any Dr would either. But then again the "rules" had changed in the 20 months between my children with my 1st i was told wake every 4 hours for a feed and with my 2nd 20 months later i was told they will wake when they are hungry. So it all depends on if the 5week old is gaining weight. I know babies that slep for 8 hrs each night from the day they were born and they are healthy so if your happy and baby is happy then it is probably allg ood! :)

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I was told by my doctor that a baby that you should not be allowed to sleep through the night - they need feeding regularly and are likely to not gain weight properly if they aren't fed during the night. Basically as long as your little one is gaining weight it's fine but don't be surprised if he/she starts waking during the night later on as it's very common.

Nikki - posted on 03/31/2010

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I think it depends, what do you consider sleeping through the night? Are they putting on weight, eating enough, enough wet nappies? Maybe talk to your doctor just to check.

Dawn - posted on 08/19/2011

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My oldest slept through the night at 8 weeks and my middle child slept through the night at 6 weeks, and neither ever woke again for a night feeding. It was awesome!! Now, my youngest is a different story. He's a year old and still occasionally wants a night feeding!! As long as baby's healthy and gaining weight, I wouldn't worry about your 5 week old sleeping through the night.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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from the day my little boy was born he sleeped thro the night the first 2 nights i set an alarm so i would wake up every 4 hours 2 give him a feed but he didnt want it so i left him 2 sleep he only lost 40grams. if your 5 week old wants to sleep through the night let them.

Michelle - posted on 04/04/2010

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My 2 youngest children both slept through the night at this stage so I wouldn't worry. Yes do keep an eye on weight and how much milk they drinking but i think the prof expect them to drink too much!! My 2 never drank as much as they expected and they put weight on fine and are healthy and it never changed. They are 2 and 6 months now and still sleep fine through the night so see your 5 week old sleeping through the night as a blessing!!

Nikki - posted on 04/03/2010

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my son started sleeping through the night @ 4 weeks 10:30pm-7:30am now at 10 months he sleeps 9pm-9am( he is formula fed so it's much more common b/c he'll eat more in one serving then a breastfed baby) As long as your baby is gaining weight there is no problem with your 5 week old sleeping through the night, just be thankful, many babies take months and months before that happens

Michele - posted on 04/02/2010

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Our daughter has done it since week 2 she started sleeping 11pm-6am. At about 10 weeks she started sleeping from 9-6or 7. Our Dr told us that as long as she was getting enough food, gaining weight, and having good bowel movements, it was not a problem. In fact he told us it was great for us and not to tell other parents or they would be jealous! ;-) I wouldn't worry about your 5 week old sleeping through the night as long as they are gaining weight no worries!

Sarah - posted on 04/02/2010

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my eldest slept through from 6 weeks old. my sister-in-law's eldest was 3 weeks old when he 1st slept through the night. if your baby is hungry then he/she will wake up. just take advantage of your 5 week old sleeping through the night and get some sleep yourself.

Rachelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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ummm well i say yes its normal that your 5 week old is sleeping through the night. my daughter shocked the nurses because she slept through the nights from day one...they'll wake up when there hungry dont worry enjoy your sleep

Jillian - posted on 04/01/2010

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I say if your 5 week old is sleeping through the night don't wake them up. Both of my daughter were sleeping through by 6 weeks without night feedings.

Jenny - posted on 03/31/2010

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My baby girl is almost 1 and still won't sleep through the night so I advise you to stop worrying and enjoy! Babies are little people and we always say if we need sleep the body will do it. You baby is just doing what he/she needs to do. I'm jealous your 5 week old is sleeping through the night!

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i think it's normal for a 5 month old to be sleeping through the night... both of my daughters slept through the night between 10 days and 2 weeks... they're just fine, both in 95 %-tile for ht and wt and head size throughout infancy

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