Do you wake your baby for feedings at night?

Umu - posted on 09/08/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My son eats 7oz every 3 hrs plus cereal in the morning, fruits/vegetable at lunch and cereal + 7 ozs of milk just before bed. he goes to bed between 8:30 usually. So I wake him up for feed about every 4 hours ( one at 12 am, 4 am, 8 am), literally every 3-4 hrs in 24 hrs. He Never cries at night or wake up on his won for food. Am wondering if its ok to feed him at night. I heard some people say it is not good. What do you ladies do? advice

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Nicola - posted on 09/26/2010

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your son would wake up on his own if he was hungry there's no need to wake him, leave him to sleep and get yourself a good nights rest

Sheri - posted on 09/23/2010

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Your lucky he sleeps through the night my son is 6 months old and still wakes up at least once during the night for a feed but I feed him between 9pm and 10pm then I go to bed by 11pm and he doesn't wake up till 4am but when we give him the bottle he goes right back to sleep with it most of the time. Enjoy the time he is sleeping through the night while you can my daughter did sleep throught the night right from the beginning then around 12months to 24 months she started waking up around 2am and not going back to sleep she wanted to play till 4 or 5am then go back to sleep so be warned that it doesn't always last especially once they start teething.
Unless he was premature or low birth weight you dont need to keep feeding him during the night unless they wake up for a feed. I am bottle feeding so its easier for us than nursing would be.

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Marissa - posted on 09/30/2010

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good rule of thumb....NEVER wake a sleeping baby...they'll let you know when they are hungry

Anjali - posted on 09/23/2010

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I did this in the first week when she had jaundice but other than that I have never woken her up for feeding.

Stacy - posted on 09/23/2010

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Its funny you said growth spurt. That was my first thought after the 3rd night of his waking up for a bottle. He was 14lbs at his 6 month visit. He had only gained 1 pound in 2 months, I asked the doc & he said I wasnt feeding him enough. I didint know how much I should have been feeding him, being a first time mom. He said feed him 3x a day, plus whatever formula he's drinking in between. I'm a bit releaved that he is going through a growth spurt. He was born at 6lbs 3oz. A little peanut. Lol. Thank you so much for responding to my post. It put me at ease a bit.

Farrah - posted on 09/23/2010

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My take is if they are hungry they will get up and let you know.... I don't wake up my son. some nights he sleeps from about 9pm to 5am other nights he wakes up once for a feeding. I noticed tha tthe more he eats before bed the longer he stays asleep... if it was a long day and he has knocked out or stopped eating before he was really "full" that's when he gets up in the middle of the night... enjoy the beginnings of a full nights rest, he will let you know when he is hungry!

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Stacy....6 Months is a known time for growth spurts (Think 3 and 6). If I'm remembering correctly, I think it goes it goes something like: 3 & 6 Days old - 1 day growth spurt, 3 & 6 Weeks old - 1 week growth spurt, 3 & 6 Months old - 1 month growth spurt. I'm not positive on that though.



ETA: My daughter Kylie has been sleeping through the night since about 6 weeks old. As long as they are eating enough during the day, there is no need to feed them during the night if they don't wake up (Check with your medical practitioner on how much he should be eating). My daughter was born 9lbs 3ozs, and at her 6 month checkup she weighed in at 18lbs. 1oz. She averages between 24-26oz. of formula a day. Occasionally she will fuss a bit in the middle of the night but if we just giver her her pacifier and don't pick her up she usually settles right back down.

Charissa - posted on 09/22/2010

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My son (nearly 7mths) has been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks with only the occasional wake up call. Whilst he was having a growth spurt a month ago he would wake me up at 4.30am every morning for a feed and then go back to sleep until 6.30am.
I think it's pretty safe to say that your son will wake you up if he's hungry and it might be a good idea to let him do that. Just monitor his growth and make sure he's not falling below the 50% line and I'm sure both of you will be fine (maybe even happy with the new arrangement??)
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Stacy - posted on 09/22/2010

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My son will be 6 months & 2 weeks old tomorrow (9/23). He has been sleeping through the night since about a month & a half. The past week, he has been waking up between 3-5am. I give him 6 oz & he goes back down. He has never done that. He eats 6oz, cereal, & a fruit or veggie for breakfast. Lunch is 6oz & a fruit or a veggie. Dinner is 6oz, a jar of Stage 2 mixed dinners, & a fruit or veggie. Plus, whatever bottles he drinks in between all of that. He goes down about 930. I don't understand why he has been waking up...HELP!!!!

Katie - posted on 09/22/2010

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I personally say its probably not a good idea. Your baby should wake you up for night feedings. If he doesn't wake up it means he isn't hungry. My 6 month old goes to bed around 8pm and wakes around 6am to eat and sometimes goes back to sleep. He does not eat solids yet..

In my own opinion if you keep waking him up you will have problems in the long run. He might wake up in the middle of the night wondering where you are or have sleeping problems. Heck he might gain too much wight but I am not a doctor. Good Luck with your choices.

Tamara - posted on 09/21/2010

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why do you wake him? If he wants food he will wake on his own. of couse he never cries he has no reason to. Babies should be able to sleep through by 6 months with put a feed

Kimberlee - posted on 09/21/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping through the night since 2 months old. She goes to bed at 8:30pm, asleep by 9pm and wakes up at 7:30..I have never woken her to feed in the night. My doctor also told me not to wake her..by not waking them you are helping them learn to sleep through the night...and if they do wake they can learn to put themselves back to sleep by entertaining themselves..now if she was to wake up crying I would get up and feed her..but she eats oatmeal and fruit for breakfast...and 6oz every 2-3 hours.. snack time is cheerios right now..and for dinner she gets rice cereal and a veggie..then a bottle before bed.

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I have never woken mine. They will let you know when they are hungry. Mine has a bottle before she goes down and i offer her the dummy first to settle if not then i feed her. She will only wake 1 time so i can't really complain. If he wants to sleep i say leave him sleep and enjoy sleeping longer yourself.

Soraya - posted on 09/19/2010

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my daughter started sleeping through the night by 3mnths, as she is picking up heaps of weight i do not wake her during the night as she is very restless the next day if she doesnt get a full nights sleep. she will have 2 bowls of ceriel for breaky, veges and a custard for lunch and some ceriel for dinner. she is still breastfed so does have milk feeds during the day when she is thirsty. she goes to bed between 7 and 7,30pm and wakes between 6 and 7 the next morning. in saying that she does sometimes wake at about 5 for some milk and then back to sleep

Vicki - posted on 09/19/2010

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At this age they should be sleeping in a 6 hr stretch if not completely through the night. They don't need to eat as often.

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My son (he is the 4th one) is sleeping tru the night since 2 months.
In never woke him up to feed him and he is almost 10kilo's.
So he get enough during the day.
they must learn to sleep the hole night.
I'ts better for you also....to sleep trou the night.
Good luck!!!!!!!(sorry if my English isn't good....i'm from the Netherlands)

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2010

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My personal advice is to never wake a sleeping baby. If he's not waking you at night to eat, it's because he's not hungry! Just because he eats every 3-4 hours during the day doesn't mean he needs to eat every 3-4 hours at night. Let him sleep and get your own sleep!

Loren - posted on 09/17/2010

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i don't wake up my daughter and she sleeps through the night ! She is 6 months old.

Toni - posted on 09/17/2010

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I don't, unless he wakes up and won't go back to sleep, but that is rare. Let baby sleep, and get some sleep yourself! If he gets hungry, he'll let you know! ;)

Jenn - posted on 09/17/2010

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There is no reason to wake a 6 month old baby to feed at night. Get some sleep!! :)

Shontelle - posted on 09/16/2010

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i have never woken my daughter up 4 a feed and shes slept thru the night since she was 2weeks old and wakes up when shes hungry 4 a big feed in the morning at the moment she goes 2 sleep at 9pm and wakes up at 630am

Leslie - posted on 09/15/2010

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If your son is hungry he will let you know, we used to sleep all nite on 5 oz and now we are going through a growth spurt at 6 months and we get up once in the nite to eat and back to bed. The doctor told us, if he is not fussing for food dont feed them. If you feed them on the hour they will never know what it is like to be hungry. Enjoy your sleep your baby will let you know when they are hungry.

Rachael - posted on 09/15/2010

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No, if Elliot was sleeping through I would leave him to lol
At the min he has
6.30am 9oz
8.30am half a jar of baby food
10.30am 9oz
12.30pm half a jar of baby food
2.30pm 9oz
4.30pm half a jar of baby food
6.30pm 9oz
Bed at 7pm
1am 9oz which he wakes for himself, some nights I can give him his dummy and he doesnt want his bottle

Maria - posted on 09/14/2010

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Ba babies who are older than 2 months AND weigh more than 13 lb's should go a min. of 8 hours at night without eating. Feeding formula all night long can lead to obesity problems down the road.

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It sounds like your baby is eating plenty during the day, especially if it's 7 oz of milk. If you're baby is eating enough during the day it's not necessary to wake him up at night. Besides, you need your sleep too. If he's able to sleep through the night, let him. He'll make it during the day.

Chelsee - posted on 09/11/2010

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I was waking Billee(she's a girl) up at first but then my sister said to let her sleep and so I did and now her last feeding that I wake her up for is at 10pm and then she sleeps till 5:30 or 6am. So I would just let your little guy sleep, he'll wake up when he's hungry!

Umu - posted on 09/10/2010

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Thanks Ladies! I actually don't wake him up from sleep. He would eat while sleeping and he even wont wake up. I would put him back to sleep then. He sleeps from 8:30 to 7 or sometimes depending on how late/early he went to bed.

Alicia - posted on 09/10/2010

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my situation is a little diff. my son is 6 mths & he was a preemie, so he is not at the level of a normal 6 mth old. he is not on any kind of schedule yet & he doesnt sleep thru the nite :( he usually goes down for a nap at about 7 & will get back up at 11 to eat again...but if he doesn't get up at 11, i usually wake him up to feed him b/c then i can go to bed when he's done :) in my opinion of your situation, i would just let him sleep as long as he can...not b/c its not good to feed him at nite, but just let him wake up on his own.

Shauna - posted on 09/09/2010

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at this age there is no reason at all to be waking your baby up to be fed!!!! .... SLEEP ... and let your baby sleep to!!!! they get all there nutrition they need during the day and are growing and resting at night!

Melissa - posted on 09/09/2010

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I would deff, let him sleep!!!...he will prob. wake a few nights out of habit....so u have to let him go back to sleep! this is the age were the develop adult like habits..ie sleep, eating...so if u stop now he will learn to eat during the day and sleep through the night!! talk to ur doc for more info!

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2010

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My son sleeps through the night and has since he was about 8 weeks. I don't wake him up to feed because i know he is getting enough food during the day. If he gets hungry he lets me know but we have him on a schedule for feedings and have since he was born.

Michelle - posted on 09/09/2010

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At this age it is not necessary for you to wake up your baby for feeding. It's actually encouraged to let them sleep cause you want them to be on the sleep schedule like you. I have 5 kids and my youngest is 7 mo's old now and he is still waking up 1 to 2 times during the night. I sooo miss my uninterrupted sleep!! It's great that your son is wanting to sleep through out the night. I would let him sleep and only feed him if he wakes up.

Amy - posted on 09/09/2010

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The only reason I wake my daughter up sometimes is if I am leaving for work in the morning. I'll wake her up after the alarm goes off feed her and put her right back to sleep, that way she'll sleep longer for my husband who gets home from work at 3 am. My daughter started sleeping through the night when she was a month old and I love it, I have a 4 yr old I have to get up with in the morning so I need my sleep. If she does on some rare occassion wake up in the middle of the night to eat I'll feed her but it doesn't happen very often maybe once or twice a month. Besides she's a very healthy little girl at 80% for weight so she certainly doesn't need the extra milk.

As far as answering your question I don't know if it's good or bad to wake them up if he's sleeping I dont know why you would wake him to feed him, he'll wake up when he's hungry, imo. However if he's struggled to put on weight then I understand why you would wake him to feed him.

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