New (completely terrified) Mommy at 42!

Stefanie - posted on 07/01/2013 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I tend to ask some questions that probably seem silly, but hopefully I'm not the first new mommy to do so.

Is it okay for my baby to sleep through the night at 7 weeks? Last night he ate at 11:30, then was still asleep at 5:30a, until I woke him to eat because I was worried. Should I have just let him sleep?

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Brandi - posted on 07/08/2013

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My pediatrician has always been told the magic number is 10 lbs to let infants sleep without waking them for a feeding. Before they are 10lbs wake baby every 3 to 4 hours anything more is too long. After they hit 10 lbs let them sleep. Babies need the calories to grow and develop skipping a feed is lost calories for them and takes them longer to reach 10lbs.

Lisa - posted on 07/06/2013

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My first slept for a straight 14hours when she was 2 days old (it was a one off then )and my midwife went crazy at me, telling me I should not leave any more than 5 hours at the most between her feeds, but she's always been a heavy sleeper, if she needs sleep, she sleeps till she's done, very hard to wake her, and she started sleeping 11-6 at 3 weeks. She's 3 now ans is happy and healthy. My son on the other hand started off sleeping maybe 2 hours at a time (if I was lucky) and has only gone all night since he was about 8 months. Every baby is different, as long as he is happy and healthy, I wouldn't worry about him sleeping all night, just count yourself lucky and hope it lasts :-)

Mary - posted on 07/02/2013

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babies can be so scary!!!
My firstborn was a clock. She woke up at exactly every 4 hours at night to eat, and quickly extended to no more than 6 hours of night sleep. My second one...she could sleep, I'm not lying I swear, up to 8 hours without interruption by the first month!
I was freaking out, I tried and sometimes she wouldn't even take the breast. I had to pump because I was at the point where it hurt but she wouldn't eat. I tried with formula and nothing. My granma told me then never to wake up a baby even if it's for a feeding. She said she'll eat when she's hungry. Now, she almost 4 months old. She usually has the last bottle at 8pm and I wake her up at 6am, if I don't she'll sleep until 8 or 9am. She's a healthy baby, I was going nuts with the "she needs to eat at least 7 times a day" There are days when she only eats 5 times. She's growing up normally, she's happy, she's heavy!! and she spits out a lot because sometimes I still try to over feed her. She'll eat when she's hungry

Kate - posted on 07/01/2013

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Just one other thought- IF you are breastfeeding and worried about supply- your hormone levels peak in the middle of the night. So that middle of the night feeding can be helpful in establishing supply. I wouldn't wake baby up. But if you feel like your supply is low maybe wake up and pump once a night for a week or so. If your supply is good or you're using formula your just damn lucky!! :)

Barbara - posted on 07/01/2013

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my one son never had a night time feeding,the Nurse's at the hospital told me he was such a good baby and not to expect him to wake up for a night time feeding and he never did,consider urself lucky,not all babies need a middle of the night feeding,they just do that at the hospital,that's what gets them up at night,and my son is 6ft. tall and weights in around 175 pounds,hope ur baby keeps it up for u,btw,he went 6 hours between feeding during the day also

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Melynda - posted on 07/15/2013

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Hey new mommy! Follow ur instincts they tend to be right on when it comes to ur new baby. Congrats on the newest and biggest adventure of ur life!

Lisa - posted on 07/13/2013

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You will know your baby. My son now a happy 8 year old. started sleeping for 8 hour a night from the age of 6 weeks old, he would wake at 5.30am just before his Dad left for work. It worried me so I talked to the plunket nurse and my Mum and sister. And was told by all that if he is health (and the doctor and plumket nurse said he was) that he was fine. He would know when he needed to wake up. So trust yourself and have a few people to talk to that you trust.

Csacsa - posted on 07/12/2013

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I become a third and fourth time mother at 42 and 43. Have someone whose judgement you trust (to bounce ideas with). Trust your motherly instict and read baby magazines a lot (some facts for guidance) Congratulations!

Stefanie - posted on 07/10/2013

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I appreciate all the responses, thank you so much! He has gone back to his routine of waking every three hours for his 4 oz, so I think it was just a fluke. I'm even starting to notice a pattern that he'll eat all of his 12-1am bottle, and all of his 3-4am bottle, but the 6-7am bottle he only eats about half of it, and the next ones up to the 12am he only eats 3 oz. That's kind of odd, but he's just turned 2 months and is going through some changes. We'll see what happens.

You guys are all very helpful!

Julie - posted on 07/10/2013

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Perfectly normal!
I was a new mom at 40 and at 8 weeks my son started sleeping from 10:30pm to 6:30am after nursing. It was great! He nursed every 3 hours during the daytime though!

Mariya - posted on 07/09/2013

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I am a new mom, too and my baby is 8.5 weeks now!
The same story here: he started sleeping for 6.5 hours around 6.5 weeks, and a week later he started sleeping for 7 hours! (sometimes there are exceptions, but rarely). Then he wakes up (not being too loud), feed him, sometimes change him, and he goes back to sleep for 3-4.5 more hours (there are times when we would just put him in his crib while he is still awake and we would just go to bed [the crib is in our bedroom], and he would fall asleep on his own in about 20 minutes without being unhappy!). He sleeps during daytime no problems when my husband is at work (however, when there are two of us at home, he has much harder times to sleep during days [read: we have much harder times to make him sleep;) ] - it usually happens in the evenings and during weekends (the weekends are very tough for us: our baby does not sleep during daytime as much as when there is only one of us at home, lol).

As they say: all babies are different and as long as the baby put on weight and does not appear sick - it's all good. So, consider yourself and your family lucky!! (I heard stories when babies scream 4-6am every night - imagine having that...)

Congratulations on such an awesome, considerate, smart baby! :)

Pattie - posted on 07/09/2013

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Depends on how much the baby ate and if he is growing. As long as your baby is growing at a good rate and eating well all day, sleeping through the 2:30 am feeding is NOT cause for alarm. I am assuming, of course that the baby isn't getting anything that might make him drousey (like medications through mother's milk--I was on pain meds after my c-section and MY baby slept through feedings because of that, and I had to wake her). But if he gets a good feeding at 11 and then sleeps through to 5am, be thankful and enjoy the sleep. After all, it might be short lived once he hits a growth spurt and starts waking up and wanting to be fed every hour! (This is common with breastfed babies, until the breast production "catches up" to the new requirements). However, if the baby starts to show no interest in eating or is lethargic, or is LOSING weight, that is a sign that something is wrong. I wouldn't let him sleep through more than 1 feeding (based on a schedule of every 3 hours). So waking in up at 5:30 was probably good. As they get older they will sleep longer and nurse longer, but less frequently. At 7 weeks, they should be nursing at least every 3 hours, (but, as I said, YOUR baby might nurse so well at one feeding that he doesn't NEED to eat again in 3 hours and would prefer the sleep!) I am no doctor, but I have some HEALTHY kids who all thrived as babies and were rarely sick. And one of the reasons was that I STOPPED listening to everyone else, and let instinct (mine and my babys') take over and we worked out our own routines together. But I do get it--my biggest fear when my 1st was born was about feeding her. She slept for EIGHT hours once and I FREAKED! She was fine. She just preferred to sleep that night instead of eat. Good luck!

Krystal - posted on 07/08/2013

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All of my kids slept through the night from the time I had them. Count your blessings, and don't worry to much! Let him sleep he will wake up when he gets hungry. God Bless you guys...

User - posted on 07/07/2013

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It's perfectly normal to be concerned. Whatever you are doing is obviously working well. It's all about calories. Your baby must be getting enough during the day. Let him eat on his own schedule (especially since he is so new AND establishing a nice night time sleep pattern). Rest while you can Mommy and go to him when he calls you. (of course go put your hand on him or use a baby monitor when you want to be sure he is okay) Congratulations on your little bundle of joy. ♥

User - posted on 07/06/2013

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My first, now 37, slept all night at 7 weeks. I freaked out the next morning thinking she'd passed on in the night, but she did just fine after that, only occasionally waking in the night for a feed. Many seasoned moms will tell you they've had babes who slept all night at early ages, and survived very nicely..

Tanya - posted on 07/05/2013

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Both my boys slept from about 8 weeks, but I mean from 7pm - 7am or even 8am straight through with out a peep. It is a blessing to us. Our 1st son is nearly 6yrs old & still a fantastic sleeper, our 2nd is now 14months & also perfectly strong, healthy & happy.

Kerre - posted on 07/05/2013

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When I had my first I was a nervous wreck - but it's okay if they sleep through the night. My youngest daughter is 4 months old and sleeps through the night.

Janessa - posted on 07/05/2013

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That's when all my kids start to do that, is between 6 weeks and 8. In fact we have the rule that when they do it once, we are not going back. If they wake up in the early morning hours after that I won't nurse them unless its at least 4. That doesn't mean I ignore them completely, I just don't take them out of bed, and I don't nurse them until its at least 4. Their stomachs expand and can hold more from what I understand, so it is natural for them to start doing that. Its part of the normal process. It is also better for them and for you to get more solid sleep, that is what they start needing more than anything. Anyways, hope that helps. : )

Helen - posted on 07/05/2013

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if he's well fed and not ill, then certainly let him sleep! Believe me, there will be nights when you pray for him to sleep, so don't knock it when it happens :)

Staci - posted on 07/05/2013

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Let your baby sleep through the night. As long as baby is fed, dry etc. let that child sleep. Catch up on your sleep, chores, a good movie, whatever your heart desires.

My two boys (now ages 20 and 12) were fabulous as babies. When they got older they played possum. Fell asleep on my bed. I would gently pick them up, carry them to their beds and just as I was going to lay them down (inch away from mattress) they would look at me and say "hey what you doing"! Drove me bananas!!! LOL!! I can laugh now.

But my daughter (now 10).....was an extremely different child!!! I swear she had a timer in her body. Once the weekend rolled around I cried because she didn't sleep. She took 10-15 minute cat naps from Friday - Sunday and she had to be touching me somehow as she slept. I was held hostage by an infant. By the time Sunday rolled around I was delirious. This nonsense lasted for a few months. Now they all sleep like logs!!! LOL!!

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2013

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You are very fortunate, he'll probably always sleep well. My daughter was prem, fed every four hours and was 6 and a half before she slept thru the night, was not cool!

Rosaleen - posted on 07/05/2013

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'never wake a sleeping baby" that's what we were always told ! my daughter was sleeping through the night at 9 weeks.. my son however was awake every 4 hours until 16 weeks.. every child is different.. as long as baby is taking in enough nutrition the rest of the time......enjoy your baby and your sleep.. lucky girl !

Debbie - posted on 07/03/2013

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You are one lucky mother. Go with it and stop worrying. And by the way there are NO stupid question. it is how we all learn at times.

Enjoy that baby!

Tammy-jo - posted on 07/03/2013

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its completly fine. my little girl slept thru from 7 weeks too. count it as a blessing. good luck. xx

Tina - posted on 07/02/2013

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Ourfirst daughter went to sleep through the night at 6Weeks. We were glad for it. Each baby has its own schedule so don't worry be glad instead. Our second daughter was different as was our son.

Sally - posted on 07/02/2013

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It's not normal, but if he does it on his own and looks healthy in all other ways enjoy the rest.

Erica - posted on 07/01/2013

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Yes my third child is 8 months old and she's been sleeping through the night since birth but so did my other kids..
Let him sleep he'll wake if he gets hungry

Katy - posted on 07/01/2013

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My daughter is the same age. She is eating at about 7:30pm and doesn't get up to eat for 6-8 hours after going to bed at about 9pm. I love it! She is my third one and I need all the sleep I can get. He will wake up when he is hungry. Get the sleep while you can because it can change when he gets older.

Lilla - posted on 07/01/2013

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My dd started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks (from 10 at night until 7-8 in the morning). I think we are the lucky ones, as I know so many mums who are struggling at night even after a year. I remember it took me a while to stop checking on her all the time (slept in the same room) and just sleep :). Some health visitors do say to wake them, but please don't listen to them: they suggested to wake my dd every 3 hours at night to feed as she wasn't putting on much weight, and later we found out the problem was that she had a lip tie! I never wake her and now at 31 months she is still a good sleeper, sleeps 12 hours at night and plays for an hour before I'm allowed in her room! lol

Bethany - posted on 07/01/2013

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I had the exact same feelings when my little girl did this and that was at 4 weeks I was checking on her constantly, I've now learnt to let her sleep, your LO will wake if he's hungry and he'll let you know! Enjoy the sleep while you can get it :)

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