Newborn sleeping

Eyra - posted on 09/27/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 4 weeks baby have been sleeping for 5 hours straight. as far as im concerned theh're not suppose to go over 4 hrs. i tried waking him up for feeding. he kept sleeping no matter what i do. and he doesnt seem hungry. is this normal or should i be concerned? or maybe im just lucky?

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Jodi - posted on 09/27/2014

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Don't worry too much. My children were both breastfed at this age and both were good sleepers, sleeping 5-6 hours a night. Every child is different.

Sarah - posted on 09/27/2014

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Typically newborns that are bottle fed can go four to five hours between feedings. Breastfed babies eat more often, as often as 90 minutes between. I suspect he is just content and as long as he is gaining weight, don't worry. For my eldest, 18 now, I was breastfeeding and I was told to let him sleep as long as he wanted at night, but to wake him after three hours during the day. He was the fussiest, loudest baby and after I would finally get him down there was no way I was going to wake him after 3 hours! It might not happen for long, especially as he gets more active, so enjoy the peace and quiet and get some rest yourself.

Ev - posted on 09/27/2014

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Yeah, he is growing. He does a lot of his growing as he sleeps and at his aqe he won't be doing a lot of anything else but sleep, eat, and get changed. My daughter (25 almost) slept a lot when she was newborn. She got to the point of sleeping 8 hours a night from 11 pm to 7 am. We were told then to wake them to feed but I felt awful doing so and since she was not fussing otherwise, my mom told me to just let her sleep and feed her when she woke up. As long as they seem to be getting what they need, it should not be a problem.

Eyra - posted on 09/27/2014

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Thank you evelyn for the reply. A first time mom here. Every little things got me worried and exited. Thank goodness to hear that it's normal. He did have plenty before he dozed off earlier. I take it that he's growing.

Ev - posted on 09/27/2014

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A baby will know when he or she is hungry. If they are sleeping good then you should let baby sleep. Its normal for some to sleep longer, its normal for others to sleep less, and some in between. If your baby sleeps for a long time and does not cry to be held, changed, or fed, then its fine. Just keep a close watch. And there is no set time limit for a child to sleep. Never was when I had kids and never has been since.

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