How old should my baby be before i let him sleep through the night.he feeds every 4 hours.10,2 and 6,10,2 and 6 but hes not wakin up for his night time feeds at 2 and 6.i find i hav to wake him to feed him

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Michelle - posted on 02/18/2009

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my daughter was 5 weeks when she started sleeping through my doctor said as long as she is putting on weight not to wake her. if he is hungry he will let you know but while they are sleeping they are not burning up energy so just let him sleep



 

Alice - posted on 02/18/2009

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If hes healthy and has gained weight and is not loosing it.....LEAVE HIM!

Enjoy the sleep and nice rountine! :)

Go see your GP or midwife and have a chat if it makes you feel better. :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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When my son was born, he was only waking up maybe twice a night. I was really lucky because he was sleeping through the night when he was 10 weeks old. My Ped told me to just let him sleep and that he would wake up if he was hungy....Voice your concerns to your pediatrician, but I would just let him sleep!!! It is REALLY hard the first couple of nights to just let them sleep...i know I was up every few hours and checking his breathing, temperature, etc, but it makes for a healthy sleeping pattern early on if you let their internal clocks work themselves out without getting them into the habit of being woken up every few hours! Good luck!!!

Tanya - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have to agree with Julie...my pediatrician told me that really the only reason they should be waken by you during the night for a feeding is if they are under weight..so if your baby isn't under weight then , if I was you I would let him sleep, as long as it isn't for 10 or 12 hours, hope that is helpful ;)

Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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My 2 daughters starting sleeping through the night at 6 and 8 weeks i definitly wouldnt be waking them in the night for a feed x

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Glendeen - posted on 02/18/2009

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At about the 7-8 week mark my daughter started to sleep through the night and I let her. As long as they are at a stable weight they can sleep all the way through! Its great! :)

Catherine - posted on 02/18/2009

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Do not wake your babe. The doc told me never to wake a sleeping baby, so i would let it be.

Jenna - posted on 02/18/2009

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If your baby is sleeping...let him sleep!!! We trained out baby to sleep through the night at 7 weeks. Once they hit about 9 lbs they have enough fat to get them through the night. It is a blessing to have them sleep early on and through the night. Be grateful and let you baby sleep, day or night. I woke up my baby in the day from naps, but found that he is much happier once he has slept all that he wants and wakes up when he is ready and hungry. A schedule is good, I follow mine too, but a happier and rested baby is best!

Marlene - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Shana:

How old should my baby be before i let him sleep through the night.he feeds every 4 hours.10,2 and 6,10,2 and 6 but hes not wakin up for his night time feeds at 2 and 6.i find i hav to wake him to feed him



Get your sleep!!!  Check with your doctor and feed on demand.  You're one of the lucky ones. 

Toni - posted on 02/18/2009

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I believe in feeding on demand. We don't eat and drink to a regimented routine and neither do babies. In the beginning they will to encourage milk flow if you're breastfeeding but once that is established they will let you know when they're hungry.



I used to try and give my daughter a feed at about 7 and put her down to sleep, I'd give her another feed at 11 ish and then she would sleep right through to 7am and that was from about 7/8 weeks. My nephew on the other hand demanded a feed every 2-4 hours right up until he was about 5 months. My sister was exhausted. Let your baby set the pace not you, he'll let you know when he's hungry and like others have said, unless he's under weight, leave him sleep.

Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Jolene:

If he wants to sleep, let him sleep! He will wake up when he needs to eat more. 8 weeks is old enough for this. My daughter started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. Just make sure he is eating enough throughout the day. This is how babies slowly start to learn to go through the night without any feeds.


AMEN!! I have 2 and both liked to sleep through the night at an early age. If they are hungry, they'll let you know!

Alicia - posted on 02/18/2009

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Don't wake him!!! If he is hungry, he will wake you up! lol! Just cherish the extra hours of sleep :)

Brooke - posted on 02/18/2009

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If you baby sleeps through the night feedings let him. There is an old saying an i find it to be true, never wake a sleeping baby. They are sleeping for a reason and he will wake when he is hungry. They are born with those instincts.

Annette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Let your baby sleep no longer than 8 hours at a time at 8 weeks of age. Since babies respond to low blood sugar by sleeping, it is unlikely you will be aware if your baby is having problems if you do not check to be sure your baby can be awakened. This also is dependent upon your baby being healthy. Preemies, small, or sick infants need to be fed more frequently. Be sure to check with your baby'l doctor to be sure your child is doing well with his weight, and that the doctor has no major health concerns for him.

Jessica - posted on 02/18/2009

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i agree. definitely let him sleep. my 16 month old still doesn't sleep through the night. she wakes around 4 wanting her bottle.

Brandy - posted on 02/18/2009

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my daughter is 9 weeks, the doctor said that since she's gaining the proper weight, not to wake her for night feedings. She now sleeps til 2:30 am from her 7:30 feeding.  Then she'll wake up about 7 am every morning.  Im finally getting some rest.  Check with the doctor first, but if his weight is fine, I'm sure she'll say the same.

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A baby as young as 8 weeks shouldn't be allowed to sleep longer than 8 to 9 hours without waking for food.  Their blood sugars can get low and they might not be able to wake themselves.  Happened to me as a baby!!  If you wake your baby every 4 hours then you will create a routine that you don't want!  You should consider shifting your babies times 8-4-12 and try and cut out the 4am feed.   Happy and well rested mummys make for happy babies!!!

Liz - posted on 02/18/2009

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I'd say just let him sleep. He'll get up if he is hungry.  The hospital told us to feed our twins every 3-4 hours and we woke them up, but they wouldn't eat the formula we made and waisted a lot of it. My twins are almost eight and a half months and fine.

Ann-marie - posted on 02/18/2009

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well i would say leave the child to sleep as some times they keep this going as they grow up and can get very tiring for you.best time for a baby is wen they are a sleep.

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi Shana having 4 children of my own I know how distressing it can be when your baby does'nt wake up for their nightly feed. When I had my first child I was 17 and very nervous about being a mum, so I listened to everything the midwifes and health visitors told me too. I used to wake my son up during the night for his feed and biggest half of the time he couldn't be bothered or was going back to sleep. Due to this I ended up extremely exhausted, as he was very narky during the day, and took ages to settle. So when it came to my second son, and night feeds I just let him wake himself, and he slept through the night from the age of 2 months. If your baby is hungry during the night then he/she will certainly let you know. I hope that this has helped from lisa denwood xx

Jolene - posted on 02/18/2009

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If he wants to sleep, let him sleep! He will wake up when he needs to eat more. 8 weeks is old enough for this. My daughter started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. Just make sure he is eating enough throughout the day. This is how babies slowly start to learn to go through the night without any feeds.

Wendy - posted on 02/18/2009

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if your baby is thriving, don't wake him.....they always say, "never wake a sleeping baby". I would definetly check with your doctor first, but when I was struggling to wake my daughter in the middle of the night when she was an infant, my doctor thought i was nuts!!! :)



Of course, make sure he is awake for his daily feeds though....you don't want him missing those.

Kristin - posted on 02/18/2009

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how old is he?  at about 6 months he should be able to sleep 9-12 hours at night.

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