is it safe for my baby to sleep through the night for eight hours without food should i wake him

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Kathy - posted on 11/18/2009

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My doctor and one of my best friends who is a nurse both say to never wake a sleeping baby!! If baby is hungry they will wake up to eat, otherwise enjoy your uninterrupted sleep!! Of course if the dr says to wake baby cause its not gaining then you might want to. My baby girl has slept through the night most nights since she was born, I feel very blessed. The only time we woke her was at the hospital when she was in photo therapy for jaundice because they want more frequent feedings to try and get her to poop the biliribbon out faster. People have told me to enjoy it, but don't get used to it, she could change her schedule AND you could be up lots when she starts teething.

Paige - posted on 11/19/2009

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I think it is still safe to leave your baby sleeping. My son has slept throught every single night since he was 2 weeks old, now he is 6 & a half months old. His regular routine is he normally goes to bed around 11 or 12 every night and sleeps until atleast 9 am. Usually he sleeps in for longer than that.. When he wakes up he gets his bum changed and his bottle.. That is absolutley fine to let your baby enjoy their sleep.. =]

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Kelly - posted on 11/19/2009

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Dont wake a sleeping baby lol u will regret it! my little girl slept through from 6 days!!! we never woke her is done her no harm and we get a really good nights sleep. when we asked the health worker she said no way, its brilliant that she is sleeping through and enjoy the sleep!

Jenelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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I wouldnt wake your baby just to feed him, let him sleep and he will wake when he wants a feed, i also find that if my son wakes up for a feed i change his nappy aswell that way he has a dry, and i also found that if i woke him up that he would only be grumpy and wouldnt go back to sleep for a couple of hours

Donalyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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is not really necessary to wake up the baby;its for him as well to gained weight and favorable for u because u can make another stuff or get sleep for 8hrs long!me i have a baby boy of 2months and three weeks and i never ever awake him as long as he demand,but u will consider his weihgt as well

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

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they say to wake your baby ater 5 hours but i dont my son is one month old and sleeps all night and has since i brought him home sometimes he gets up but with him sleeping more he is more awake during the day!

Tiffanee - posted on 11/18/2009

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Let the baby sleep. If your pedi says he/she is gaining weight fine, then it is ok. Be happy! :) I was waking my baby, and doc told me to let him sleep.

Samantha - posted on 11/18/2009

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babies will eat when they are hungry! trust me! no need for you to decide when he eats, sleep when he sleeps!

Tiffany - posted on 11/18/2009

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I really don't believe in waking baby either! Get your sleep missy!!! You'll wish you did if your baby decides to switch up his/her schedule:)

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2009

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We woke our baby for the first 3-4 weeks every 3-4 hours for a feed (although she normally woke up herself) after that we stopped waking her. She's now 8 weeks and slept through the night for the first time last night! So long as your baby is gaining enough weight you shouldn't have to wake them after the first month or so. Part of the reason they tell you to wake them is if your breastfeeding you need to feed at least every 3-4 hours for the first 4-6weeks to get your supply established.

Heather - posted on 11/16/2009

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you could try a dream feed, pick a time that works for you 10 or 11pm and try not to wake the baby but feed him and burp him and straight back to bed. Just make sure he doesn't get stimulated by the tv or anything else. Hopefully then he willbe adding another feed and getting enough calories to sleep the whole night. A scheduled baby can sleep 8-9 or even 12hours depending on age and weight.

Desarae - posted on 11/16/2009

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I wouldn't wake him. He will wake up when he is hungry. Now is a good time to start a schedule. Like feeding him dinner a bath and cuddling before bed time. then when he wakes up after his bed time its breakfast time! and the day can begin.

Iysha - posted on 11/16/2009

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It should be ok not to wake him. It depends on his age. I was told to wake my daughter up every 3 hours to eat for the first month. I was then told that my daughter shouldn't go more than 6 hours without eating when she was a month old, but she was a preemie, so I am sure it would be different than a term baby. At 2 months, I was told to just let her sleep and feed her when she was hungry. I have follwed that advice happily...I hated waking up every 3 hours to make my daughter eat...I love the sleep I am getting =]

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2009

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Of course hun. If baby is sleeping through then baby is happy to go without food for that period. I don't agree with waking a baby to feed them. Be assured baby will wake up when baby is hungry - just thank your lucky stars and get some sleep for yourself. Congratulations lol xx

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