My LO doesn't cry much, only when he is in pain or sudden discomfort (suddenly cold, etc).
When he got out of the hospital, he was on a strict 3 hour feeding schedule. I was instructed to wake him up to feed, which I did. Recently, he has gone up to sometimes every 2 hours during the day, but if I let him I know he would sleep longer at night.
After he gained 8.5 ounces per week (over the WHO average weight gain for 0-3 month old babies per week, which is 5.5-7.5 ounces) I asked his doctor if I could let him go a little longer at night, especially since he was eating more often during the day, and they said to go ahead and go up to 4-5 hours at night, if he wants to.
Well anyway, I set the alarm at 5 hours at night, assuming he would probably wake up before then. Every time I wake up at 5 hours, he is fussing and hungry, but he never cries or fusses loud enough to wake me up? It's just fussiness, never crying. He hardly ever cries when he is hungry.
Am I just timing it perfectly right and he is just starting to wake up, or do you think he has been awake-ish and hungry for a long time? He doesn't even cry when he is hungry during the day, I feed him when he starts rooting around and eating his hands....
I'm so confused, is this a preemie thing? Does my baby just not cry much? Do you think he would cry if I let him go long enough (not like I'm going to try it to find out!)? I'm so confused. He's pretty old now, 39 weeks adjusted today, or 5 weeks+ regular age...
My girl was also a 34 weeker and it took her awhile to figure out hunger at all, even rooting/etc. She did ok nursing, but it was definitely all on my agenda, not hers at first. The. She would be rooting, lip smacking, etc. I wish I could remember exactly when the hunger signs kicked in, but I can't. Crying for hunger was the last she showed though.
It sounds like your little guy just has a clued in Mama who gets him fed before the crying starts. Glad he is doing/gaining so well, keep up the good work!
My daughter was a 23 weeker and she is exactly like your little one. She cries very rarely and it is with physical discomfort or crankiness but rarely cries when hungry. She is 6 months old now (2 months adjusted age) and will sleep 6-7 hours during the night but still does not wake up crying. She grunts and wiggles but doesn't cry. I was kind of hoping that this was personality thing but from the sounds of the other posts, the screaming is coming!
As pp said crying is a very late sign of hunger, especially in a young baby. By the time we got home I stopped waking him up at night for a feed. He did wake through the night, and I found that the fussing would wake me as he was in our room and I was hyper vigilant but we started to move towards him knowing night and day and doing more of his feeding in the day. He would cluster feed for hours before bed, from about 5pm to 10pm off and on, and very very gradually started stretching out his night feeds.
Oh, and my LO is 2 now and was always a non-crier. I mean obviously he cried, but he was very chilled out and even now doesn't cry over toddler squabbles etc. I think The amount of crying can vary a lot from baby to baby.
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