my son is 2 weeks old. when it's night time, is it okay for him to sleep for 7 hours without a feed?

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Carrie - posted on 10/05/2009

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If your little one is sleeping leave hime alone. The only time you are told to wake a baby every 3-4 hours is if you are breastfeeding. When I had my 4th child I asked the doctor about waking him and he said no. They will let you know when they are hungry. If you feed a child when they are not hungry they could wind up spitting it all up or get used to it and never sleep or even put on more weight than they are supposed to. Let him sleep and you get some sleep while they sleep. My son has been sleeping through the night since he was 6 weeks old and I never woke him up to feed.

Jenny - posted on 10/05/2009

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I let my baby girl sleep. There isnt anything wrong with it. we feed her within 30 minutes before putting her to bed and right after she wake up in the morning. Put alot of baby powder in his diaper, thats good to keep the diaper rash away. Thats what i do with my little girl and (knock on wood) she hasnt had a diaper rash yet and she is 3 months. Ive been doing this since she was 2 weeks old.

Mojojojo - posted on 10/05/2009

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At 1 day old my Son slept through for 7 hours, being a first time Mum I assumed he'd get me up! But he didn't lol. By the time he was 2 weeks he was sleeping a full 7 hours every night, I took the advice from my grandmothers to just let him sleep at night. Afterall, they're the best people to go to for baby advice! I think this is why my Son sleeps like a dream every night, he has never given me trouble, he goes into his cot and lights out he's asleep. He's now 9 months. I'll say what I say to everyone, trust your own instincts, I did and my son is very advanced. Midwives and health visitors tend to dumb everything down with complication. Do what feels right for your baby :)

Saskia - posted on 09/29/2009

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In germany they recommend a feed every 2-4 hours and no longer than 6 hours once a day. My now 3 months old daughter was the same from day 3 she slept from around 12 pm till 8 am and I just left her I worried at first but I spoke to my health visitor and it's all fine as long as they feed in regular intervals during the day! She is a healthy baby and piling on weight like there is no tomorrow. Now she sleeps from 10 pm till 8 am and I am very grateful as my first born woke up every 3 hours for 9 months!

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Christie - posted on 08/24/2012

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I would never wake a sleeping baby. How else do you get them to learn to sleep through the night? Without a doubt, you baby is getting enough milk through the day.

Jenny - posted on 08/23/2012

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your lucky my 2 week old wakes every 2-3 hours to eat. She is a breast feed baby. Formula feed babies sleep longer.

User - posted on 08/21/2012

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Yes! from what ive heard, babies sleep patterns vary DRAMATICALLY from baby to baby....for instance, my daughter has slept for 6hrs straight since the day she was born, but my niece wakes up every hour and a half. ive also heard it depends on how much they weigh too and how much they eat at each feeding.

Julie - posted on 08/20/2012

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babies will not starve them self .. my mom always told me never wake a sleeping baby ur son will wake up when hes well and rdy to eat . it will not hurt him to go 7 hr at night without food . !! i think its okay to let him sleep and he will tell u when he is rdy

Amanda - posted on 10/05/2009

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I only have 2 children but I think if he was hungry he would be up. Enjoy the sllep and when he wakes up feed him!

Jennifer - posted on 10/05/2009

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IT'S FIND, MY MOM USED TO TELL ME BIRDS ARE LITTLE AND THEY DON'T DIE, SO IF UR BABY DOESN'T CRY FOR FOOD, DON'T GIVE IT.

XOXOXO

Brittney - posted on 10/05/2009

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as long as he is back to his birth weight it is 100% fine... my little guy has slept through the night since birth and the pediatrician said enjoy it :)

Charlotte - posted on 10/05/2009

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yes he will wake up if he is hungry and count yourself lucky to get that much sleep.

Francine - posted on 10/05/2009

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that would be sleeping through the night wich is sometimes normal but baby should be woke up about every 4 hours, or let them sleep an extra hour between feeding times duing the night but shouldnt be done more then twice during the night.

Mary - posted on 10/05/2009

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My daughter was born 5 weeks early so our hospital taught us some things. Nevr wake a baby up to feed it. Your baby will let you know when it is hungry.

Tiffanye - posted on 10/05/2009

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Of course, let him sleep!! As long as he is drinking and staying hydrated!! Some kiddos enjoy their sleep more than others. Consider yourself blessed.....

P.S. I am a mother of 4 and you will learn what works for you!!!

Jennie - posted on 10/05/2009

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Absolutely!!! He'll let you know when he's hungry. Both of my boys slept almost all night right at first also and they are both healthy, beautiful children in the higher end ratios of their growth. If you're really concerned ask your doctor, they know best!! :)

T_cjones108 - posted on 10/05/2009

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if babe is sleeping let him sleep! he will wake up when hes hungery! just make sure ur ready for when he does wake up cause he will be hungery and want "food" asap :) my boy slept throught the night since he was born! in the hospital the nurse told me to wake him up to feed him, so i did and he wouldnt eat so i have a tired cranky newborn to deal with! when we got home i feed him when he wanted to be feed! oh and my boy was off the growth chart since day 1 :)

MaryTheresa - posted on 10/05/2009

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Babies know when their hungry. If he is hungry he will wake up for a bottle. As long as he is growing in the right percentile for his age then you shouldn't worry.

Amy - posted on 10/05/2009

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my son sleep through the night as soon as he got home. he slept atleast 6 hours and i didnt wake him and hes 4 now and theres nothing wrong with him

Danielle - posted on 10/05/2009

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Yes! your baby will let you know when hungry! enjoy this time and get some sleep youself!

Mel - posted on 10/05/2009

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whenver you like babies can sleep 12 hours from birth if they want, as long as they dont wake and are making up feeds in the day plus gaining weight

Kelina - posted on 10/05/2009

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It depends on the size of your baby...smaller babies often find it hard to wake themselves up and the more sleep they get the more they need. Also take a look at his weight gain, if he is gaining an adequate amount of weight then don't worry about it and take the extra sleep. It's generally said however that newborns should be fed every 2-3 hrs if they're breastfed and 3-4hrs if they're formula fed with one stint overnight of 5hrs. However, every baby is different and i would consult with a doctor.

Kelina - posted on 10/05/2009

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It depends on the size of your baby...smaller babies often find it hard to wake themselves up and the more sleep they get the more they need. Also take a look at his weight gain, if he is gaining an adequate amount of weight then don't worry about it and take the extra sleep. It's generally said however that newborns should be fed every 2-3 hrs if they're breastfed and 3-4hrs if they're formula fed with one stint overnight of 5hrs. However, every baby is different and i would consult with a doctor.

Jolleen - posted on 10/05/2009

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i wouldn't wake him up i never did with my daughter, they will let you know when they are hungry and in the meantime enjoy your 7-8 hours!! later on down the road he may not sleep all night anymore!

Crystal - posted on 10/05/2009

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Hey your a lucky one!

Both of my daughters slept for about 6 to 7 hours straight every night after we came home from the hospital. After speaking to thier doctors they said it was ok... they will let you know when they are hungry.

Carly - posted on 10/05/2009

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Don't wake a sleeping baby!!!!! Honestly if he is hungry he will wake, my little girl slept from her last feed at night (about 10pm) thro to 6amish (this was from 3 days old), my health visitor said this was fine as long as she was putting on weight and feeding in the day! hope this helps. xx

Amanda - posted on 10/05/2009

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I wouldnt worry....babies grow in there sleep, so that might be why he sleeps that long. If he was starving for food I'm sure he would wake up.

Bee - posted on 10/05/2009

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my son did the same thing, i spoke to the health nurse and his weight and growth were and still are fine. He made up for it during the day with an extra feed, personally if a baby needs to sleep let it sleep as that is when the do all there growing and developing, baby will wake up when its hungrey and my son never suffered fromm diaper rash as a result of missing a night feed. his turning 2 next month and is very smart for his age and taller than most kids his age too

Manon Alexe - posted on 10/05/2009

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my baby girl's a year old now and has never in her live had a night feed. she's been sleeping thru the night since day one and I actually started waking her and a friend told me not to. They WILL let you know if they hungry. so let him sleep so you can also enjoy a full nights rest

Suenette - posted on 10/04/2009

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I never wake my baby fot feeding. He let me know when he was hungry, but I always at night checked to see if he is still breathing, because he slept through, i was always afraid of him not breathing and me not knowing about it because I was sleeping to.

Teresa - posted on 10/04/2009

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Honestly, I always had this problem with my son (now 9 months), he had always been a fantastic sleeper and now sleeps 12 hours a night. Even while still in the hospital, he would want to go 4-6 hours without eating. At first, I was so nervous he wasn't eating enough so I would even set my cell phone alarm to wake me up every 2 hours. BUT, my doctor even let me know that he will wake when he is hungry. As long as they are eating enough during the day, he will wake up. I mean if it's been 8 hours and he hasn't... maybe wake him, but thats your call. Mommy knows best! He will eventually wake up to eat. And eventually will start doing it alot more and you will wish he slept more hehe. So... go with your gut!

Sabrina - posted on 10/04/2009

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First off congratulations, I wish my girls would have slept for seven hours @ 2weeks old. The way I see is the baby will most definitely let you know when it's time for a feeding if he's still sleeping then let hime sleep. When he gets hungry he will definitely let you know.

Michelle - posted on 10/04/2009

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my daughter is just about a month old, but when she was a week adn a half she slept nearly 12 hrs without a feed. i tried waking her up but she kept pushing the bottle out of her mouth, and she'd fall rigth back to sleep. it was weird. but when she finally woke up she downed 3 oz, the most she had and now the longest she goes is 6 hrs. we're slowly starting to get her to 4 hrs, like drs want. we found that if you give them a good stretching before you feed them they'll be fully awake. i just get her to grip my finger and pull her up slightly, just enough to stretch her arms. i do it till she let out a lil cry of annoyance and then she'll take her bottle no problem. :) give it a try good luck!

Mellissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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no that is not okay girl at 2 weeks old they need to be eating at least 2 to every 3 hours wake the baby up if he or she dont want to wake tickle their feet kiss on them at 2 weeks old honey they need to eat to grow and get stronger letting them sleep that long without food will cause them to be very fussy during the day

Megan - posted on 10/04/2009

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I work in the medical feild take it from me and wake your son every three to four hours for a feeding or in life you will have problems with him eating and is health when a chil is that young they need the dha

Megan - posted on 10/04/2009

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I was told by my doc that you should feed your baby every three to four hours until they are a month old and then you can let them sleep through the night

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my lot did from day one which I thought was scary but was told by my doctor that some babies will do this as long as they are eating well during the day & last feed before bed & putting on weight then there shouldn't be a problem there only it is

when he is missing too many feeds & not putting on weight then wake him if not enjoy it cause babies change their patterns so quickly that you want to enjoy the sleep before you don't get it... I know I did before my bubble was burst by a crying baby all night around 6 weeks!

Rebecca - posted on 10/04/2009

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I think if your baby sleeps let them sleep and you sleep to. Unless it is during the day and you want to switch them to sleeping 7 hrs at night. He will let you know when he is hungry.

Cassidy - posted on 10/04/2009

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Your wanting your sleep too. They'll tll you when they're hungry so let them sleep and get your too!!

Kathryn - posted on 10/04/2009

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My son did the same thing. his doctors told me to wake him every 2-3 hours but we let him sleep. They will tell you when they are hungry and it help prevent the over eating or comfort eating. my son is now 2 years old and healthy as can be. i would get concerned if he wasnt eating when he did wake up.

Jody - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

my son is 2 weeks old. when it's night time, is it okay for him to sleep for 7 hours without a feed?



my first son done the same thing, thru the day he was having regular feeds and night time he enjoyed his sleep, if hes feeding normaly thru the day is a healthy weight etc let him sleep i rekon, he will wake if hes hungry, babies dont starve themselves. but do whats best for you and ur baby, hope this is helpful

Jennifer - posted on 10/04/2009

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Yes, Infants do learn to sleep through the night some easier than others! They will be extremely hungry when they wake! I would go ahead and have the bottle prepared and ready for feeding when he awakes! It is perfectly fine!

Natasha - posted on 10/04/2009

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I wouldnt worry bout it he will wake you up when he gets hungry an you can believe that but you also have to fallow your own feeling.

Elissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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My daughter was the same way. She was sleeping through the night almost from the beginning and she was just fine. He'll let you know when he's hungry. If you are nursing and have issues with milk supply however, missing just 1 feeding can hurt your supply.

Renee - posted on 10/04/2009

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YES! Be happy that you have a lil one that sleeps through the night! Other mom's would be jealous!

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I have heard both, wake them, and let them sleep...that they will wake if they are hungry. I have an 8 yr old, 5 yr old, and 2 yr old....my 2 yr old came home from the hospital sleeping 5-6 hrs a night. After two sleepless babies, I felt blessed! I did not wake her to feed her, I did wake up and check to see if she needed changed, but I did not wake her to feed her. If she had slept longer than 6 hrs, I may have. I would say to contact your Dr and see what they say, but I would let him sleep for up to 5 hrs, and then wake him to feed him. My daughter wouldn't wake to eat...I tried a couple of times, she just wanted to sleep....good luck!

Shery - posted on 10/04/2009

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I think it would be ok! Take the sleep while he is giving it to you. He will eat when he is hungry!

Amanda - posted on 10/04/2009

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babies have a way of knowing when they need to eat and when they dont. People always told me "never wake a sleeping baby" it is true...but always use your intutution....mothers intuition should be followed.....my daughter would wake up alot to eat but at 3 days old she slept through the night and it freaked me out cuz i woke up and it was 7 hours later and i was rested! lol when babies sleep longer they tend to make up for lost time, like my nephew would not eat when his mom was at work when she was breastfeeding and he was fine and would make up for lost feedings in the evening.

Amanda - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

My oldest did the same. My doctor recommended waking him up, but we let him sleep until he was hungry. They are going to let you know when they are hungry and they too need sleep. I wouldn't worry about it.



My oldest did the same as well and he is now 6 1/2 and doing just fine:) Yup they will deff let you know when they want to eat,and my youngest who is 5weeks has only slept for like 6 hrs two nights since he has been home...so not every child sleeps so enjoy it while you can...lol

Miranda - posted on 10/04/2009

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As long as he is going through 6 diapers a day, the baby is getting enough milk. Yes, let the baby sleep. I agree with the other moms that say he'll let you know when he's hungry. But, don't expect his sleeping pattern to stay the same. He may be sleeping 7 hours one night, but next week he will be waking up every 2-3. Just go with his flow, and listen to your momma instincts!

Jacqueline - posted on 10/04/2009

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My daughter started sleeping through the night at two weeks too. I asked my doctor about it and she said if she doesn't wake herself up, let her sleep. So if he is sleeping through the night and not waking himself up, let him. It should be ok. Just be sure to feed him before he lays down and when he does wake up (or when you wake him in the morning)

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