11 Hours of Sleep

Krysta - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old daughter slept for 11 hours straight the other night. My husband kept telling me I should wake her up and feed her but she was just too sleepy... I moved her from her crib to her bassinet and she didn't even notice! Is 11 hours too long for her to go without eating? She is formula fed.

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Michelle - posted on 12/20/2009

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I think you're just fine letting her sleep. My son started sleeping through the night when he was 2 weeks old. He is 17 months now and still sleeps around 10 hours a night if not more and he's just fine! He would wake up if he was hungry as an infant and he grew/developed just fine.

Krista - posted on 12/18/2009

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Are you nursing, or formula-feeding? If it's the former, "they" say you should wake her, because it helps establish your supply if you're nursing regularly. If it's the latter, and she's gaining weight and is eating plenty during the day, I'd say not to worry about it. Sam did that a couple of times at that age, but it was only once in awhile, so I didn't worry about it. And the child is anything BUT malnourished. :)

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Lisa - posted on 12/21/2009

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I agree with all of the pespectives, keep an eye out for any potential signs, but also--thank your lucky stars. My baby was up every 2 hours for 4 months (and she wasn't nice about it either). The first time she slept 4 hours my husband and I thought we needed to call the paramedics. I lived like a Zombie (I was nursing and went back to work after 3 months). Now she is 7 and still demanding :) , however she is a sweetie.

Mary Kate - posted on 12/20/2009

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As long as she's gaining weight and wetting the right amount of diapers I wouldn't worry. Just check on her periodically. She'll wake up if she's hungry. I breastfeed and have never had a problem with milk supply with any of my children, other than engorgement when they sleep a long time.

Melissa - posted on 12/19/2009

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no. she will wake up when she is hungry. as long as she eats when she is awake, i wouldnt worry.be thankful. my oldest would get up every two hours.

Olesya - posted on 12/19/2009

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I would not worry unless your daughter is underweight or has issues with feeding. Make sure she's not running a fever and let her sleep.

Lawanda - posted on 12/19/2009

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When my daughter was an infant she slep alot and i honestly never worried or thought nothing of it i guess for you just keep monitoring the pattern ask your doctor to make sure everything is ok.

Amy - posted on 12/19/2009

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Some people might think its too long but I have always let my children sleep when they wanted to at that age. Just make sure you have the bottle/breast ready to go for when she does wake up.

Erin - posted on 12/19/2009

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What is she like during the day? With my youngest, at that age he was nursing (I am breastfeeding) about every 1.5 to 2 hours. His taking nap longer than a half hour during the day was a blessing. With all the nutrition he was taking in during the day, he started sleeping for long stretches at night. Watch her, listen to your maternal instincts. However, if she is going to do that for you, enjoy your sleep. Also, since your daughter is formula fed and your husband wants her to still eat at night, tell him he can get up the 2-3 times, fix the bottle, and wake her. It's then his responsibility to get her back to sleep!

Sara - posted on 12/19/2009

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I would take it as a blessing..My daughter is almost 18 months and still doesn't sleep a whole night, I understand your concern but be thankful for the good sleeping baby..and she will wake up when she is hungry all on her own...

Rhonda - posted on 12/19/2009

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No, it's not too long. Both of my girls started sleeping 12 hours at night at very young ages (Rachel at 10 weeks and Rebecca at 7 weeks). They were both breast fed and my milk supply was more than adequate. As long as your daughter is eating a lot during the day, gaining the right amount of weight, having the right numbers of pees and poops, and is content, count yourself lucky! All your girlfriends will be envious!

Judie - posted on 12/19/2009

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Jaundice??? My baby was sleeping like that too and at her appt the Dr. noticed that she was jaundiced. Had it not been her regular Dr. appt she would have ended up in the hospital. I had to take her home and wake her every two hours for a 24 hr period and feed her. I brought her back the next day and she had gained 5 ounces...the Dr. was hoping for 1/2 an ounce. So she didnt have to go to the hospital. I was just so excited to have an infant who slept thru the night that I didnt ever think there was anything wrong. She wasnt yellowed either. Just sleepy and didnt have very many wet diapers. :(

Kathryn - posted on 12/19/2009

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enjoy the sleep and don't wake her! babies have days where they sleep alot and, unfortunately, days where they sleep alot less! my motto has always been: never wake a sleeping baby!

Erinn - posted on 12/19/2009

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My daughter is now 4 months and has slept 10-12 hours for about 2 months now. She is breastfed and I've not had any problems with supply due to not waking and feeding her. If she is content through the night and happy through the day I wouldn't worry about it. I did notice that once my daughter started sleeping that much she did want to eat more often during the day, but that was fine with me! More feeding during the day was worth the sleeping through the night!

Christi - posted on 12/19/2009

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I agree with all said here; with one exception. If this happens once or once in a while, it should be fine. However, my daughter had issues at 4 weeks and 6 weeks old that we did not know about. She was sleeping very long stretches like this and I thought what a good baby. Finally when it went 15 hours I called the Dr and they said get her in now! When I did they rushed her straight to the hospital and told me if I had waited one more day I would have been bringing a dead baby. She had 2 extended stays in the hospital followed by 2 years of therapies. Therapies for speaking, eating as well as crawling and walking. She is 15 years old now and just fine! But we still do not know if these issues brought on the feeding problems or if the feeding problems brought on these isssues. I don't say this to scare you, but to caution you...please keep a close eye on the baby and if this goes on too much, bring it to the Dr's attention immediately. Now, as a nurse, I can tell you that 11 hours is stretching the amount of time that a child that young can go without eating. Blood sugars can drop with no indication other than the baby gets very sleepy and would be harder to arouse. Please just be careful and cautious as I do not want anyone else to go through what we did with our daughter! God Bless You!

Danielle - posted on 12/19/2009

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Leave her sleep! and get your rest while you are at it! She is probably going through a good sleeping stage and they usually dont last long :) My son is 5 months old and never slept longer then 8 hours.

Karen - posted on 12/19/2009

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gosh thank your lucky stars. The child will wake if hungery, wet or uncomfortable.

Leigh - posted on 12/19/2009

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It's called sleeping through the night, yes...good baby, means Mummy gets to have a good sleep too!!

Tracee - posted on 12/18/2009

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Unless there is an issue such as labored breathing or fever etc, I would not worry too much if you 2 mnth old sleeps 11 hrs.The sleeping pattern usually changes depending on how much sleep the baby's body needs. I have heard doctors and others say that this is when the baby is going through a growth spurt. As long as she is eating fine and seems okay, just check on her ever so often and have that bottle and a diaper ready.

Catrina - posted on 12/18/2009

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"Never wake a sleeping baby." She will let you know if she is hungry. My daughters were good sleepers as well. Enjoy the time alone:)

Nikki - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter started sleeping through the night by about 6 weeks....by 2 months we would put her to bed at 8 & she would sleep until 6:30 or 7, sometimes later. She also was formula fed.

Renae - posted on 12/18/2009

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That's fine. Let her sleep if she wants to sleep. If she is hungry her body will wake her. Younger than 4 weeks they sometimes need to be woken to feed. But at 2 months, count your lucky stars, thank the gods and enjoy it! She will simply eat more during the day to compensate for what she didn't get at night. Babies are naturally able to self-regulate their nutritional needs, let nature take its course.

Jane - posted on 12/18/2009

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My little guy was like that too & I told the Dr & he asked "are you complaining?"LOL Be happy 'cause you need the rest too! (:

Kayliecia - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son now sleeps hes 3 months old and sleeps 10-12 hrs a night. Dont wake her just keep checking on her. I keep a baby monitor in the room to make sure hes okay, he makes noises but Krista is right about breastfeeding and so on. a baby is more apt to start sleeping through the night around 3 months. I think shes fine.

Marie - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter is 2 months and 3 weeks and she slept 10 hrs last night, i got up twice to check on her, but her doctor told me babies will wake when they are hungry....if they are sleeping more then 12 hrs then something might be wrong like teething, sickness and so on.....Dont worry unless you think there is something wrong. Mommy knows best :)

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