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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 15:48 PM   1
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When is it safe to let baby sleep through the night?


So my little girl is almost 2 weeks old and she is a champion sleeper. She never wakes me up at night and so I set alarms to wake me up every 3 hours so I can wake her up to feed her. All my books and Dr.'s say to feed baby ever 2-3 hours and not to let them go over 4 without eating.

Just because I like my sleep I would like to know, when can I look forward to sleeping through the entire night? I suspect my little girl would sleep the entire night if I let her sleep. When is it safe to go 8 hours without feeding?



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 16:19 PM   2
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Hi Cooney

As a first time mum I could be completely wrong here; but I was under the opinion that you don't wake a baby for a feed. They will wake you when they want fed. As I said I could be wrong, but if my wee man was sleeping through the night I definitely would not be waking him for a bottle.

Can I ask when you wake her for a fed is she taking the whole bottle? I know when Samuel is sleepy and has a bottle he hardly takes what he normaly does.

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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 16:20 PM   3
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I have no idea unfortunately but I'm interested in other people's experiences. I had to wake Euan up the other night to feed him for the first time ever, it had been 8 hours since his last feed and he could quite easily have slept longer.



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 16:23 PM   4
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I want to also say that Samuel is almost 7 hours since his last bottle and I will not be waking him up for a feed. He is obviously happy sleeping away and I know he will wake up when he wants his bottle.

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I've been told 5 hours is the cut off. The midwives here say if baby goes 5 hours without a feed, wake them up and offer them one but they might refuse it. It's to do with their glucose levels or something.



 
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My midwife told me that it's best to offer a feed every 3 or 4 hours during the day regardless of whether baby is sleeping. The thinking behind it apparently is that they need to get in a certain amount of calories each day and better for us tired mums if this happens during the day instead of at night! If this is happening, baby is having enough wet and dirty nappies and continues to put on weight well then it's ok to leave baby to sleep through at night - lets face it, it's the holy grail that most of us are dying to achieve! Obviously you'd need to reassess if there were problems with weight gain etc.

Maybe check with your MW or HV but certainly my impression was that waking them was restricted to daytime...



 
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I don't wake Halen for a feed ever, day or night, he goes 2-3 hours in the day and 4-5 at night in between feeds



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i was always told never wake a sleeping baby!!!! unless he/she is not gaining weight.

if you do wake the baby up they will get into a routine of waking for a feed during the night and then not sleep through again!!!!!

but this is what i was told and i stuck to it and now my little has been sleeping straight throught from about 2 weeks old and has never woke in the night for a feed she now sleeps from 10.30 pm to around 10 am



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 19:28 PM   9
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Hi Cooney

As a first time mum I could be completely wrong here; but I was under the opinion that you don't wake a baby for a feed. They will wake you when they want fed. As I said I could be wrong, but if my wee man was sleeping through the night I definitely would not be waking him for a bottle.

Can I ask when you wake her for a fed is she taking the whole bottle? I know when Samuel is sleepy and has a bottle he hardly takes what he normaly does.

Cx
She takes the whole bottle when I wake her up to eat, but honestly even during the day she sleeps almost all day long. If i wasn't waking her to eat I don't know if she would eat more than once or twice a day!



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 19:44 PM   10
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When Megan was in hospital the first week of her life for first couple of days they woke her every 3 hours for a feed then the last few days they had her on feed on demand but if she slept for 6 hours thats when they would wake her.

It was the first or second night she went 7 hours through the night - I mentioned it to the MW/HV who does new Mummy visits who had a fit and said no more thaan 6 but you know what if she wants to sleep I'm going to let her. Has slept through since day one! She wakes for a bottle any time from midnight to 3am and then sleeps until any time up to noon ...tried changing that is all so she'll have a bottle earlier and be up earlier but her problem is from up time to Caitlins bed time she does not have quality naps like babies usually would at this age so she catches up on it when Caitlins in bed I think

Hope all that makes sense ... Short answer whatever your comfy with if they sleep through up to you if you let them.

We have the breathing monitor so I'm never concerned.



 
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