Do you wake your baby?

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  1. elle86

    elle86 Well-Known Member

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    My 6 week old had a feed at around 8pm and slept till 2am when I decided to wake him for a feed... I then woke him again at 5am since he was starting to wake and fidget the way he does before waking on his own..
    Is this the right thing to do or should I have left him to sleep?

    Last-night his last feed was around 8pm he woke at 12am and 4am And again at 7am.
    I usually try to change him at least once during the night.. Do you change your baby at every feed?? Sometimes I cant stand the thought of him sleeping with a wet nappy and I have to change him but it wakes him up and disrupts his calm :-/
     
  2. Kitteh_Kat

    Kitteh_Kat Mommy <3

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    Evelyn has slept through since 5 weeks old. She has always been on track for her weight, so her pediatrician told me to let her sleep and count my lucky stars. :haha: On the rare nights where she gotten up I change her diaper in the dark and cuddle her back to sleep.

    Were you told to wake him up to feed him at certain times? I also wouldn't wake him even if he starts to shift around, because he might settle back down on his own. :)

    In the end though you know your baby and what's right for them best!
     
  3. ShelbyLC

    ShelbyLC Twin girls & baby boy!

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    If there are no concerns about his weight, I would let him sleep.
     
  4. elle86

    elle86 Well-Known Member

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    The midwife in the hospital told me not to leave it longer than 5-6 hours before feeding(although this might be for a newborn not a six week old?). It hasn't really come up until now! I'd be okay with letting him sleep through if he was happy - he is putting on weight no problems :)
     
  5. bananaz

    bananaz Well-Known Member

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    At 6 weeks old I would not be waking him. I was told that once babies have regained their birth weight it's okay to let them be.
     
  6. ShelbyLC

    ShelbyLC Twin girls & baby boy!

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    When my twins came home from the NICU, they were 5.7 and 5.10 pounds. I was told to feed them every 3 hours exactly. I did that for a week and they were miserable. So I stopped waling them, they started going 4 hours between, ate more and gained better.

    Go with your gut. If YOU think he's okay to sleep, then let him sleep. :flower:
     
  7. CaptainMummy

    CaptainMummy Well-Known Member

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    Ella goes 7.5hrs most nights. I dont wake her!! She eats frequently during the day so is making up for it
     
  8. Nat0619

    Nat0619 Mummy :-)

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    By 6 weeks Ciara was sleeping 8/9 hours straight. She did 5/6 hours pretty much from birth. I have never once woke her up. Her weight gain was always fine because she ate often during the day. I remember when she was about 3 months and I told the Health Visitor she was starting to sleep 12 hours. She told me to wake her after 10! I never did. What is the big difference in those 2 hours?!
     
  9. petite ping

    petite ping Well-Known Member

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    I would let your LO sleep. When I got home from the maternity, they told me to feed her every 3 hours. Every one in the house was tired and miserable including my OH. So after a few days we just let her sleep.
     
  10. Nela

    Nela Mum of 1 + Expecting

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    From what the specialists at the hospital have told me (thanks to my LO's reflux, we get to see loads of doctors :haha:), it's perfectly fine to let them sleep through if they've regained their weight and are putting on weight steadily. My own LO is sleeping a straight 6hrs (he's still on frequent feedings, smaller amounts because of his reflux otherwise I think he'd sleep even longer). He slept from 9:30-3:30 last night, woke, fed, and slept again til 6:30. I pretty much change him at all his feeds because I feel he'll sleep more comfy but I have seen diapers dry enough that I've left here and there. Still, having to check means having to undress him so I might as well change it at that point :haha: If your lil one is regular with his routine, maybe you can set an alarm 15mins before so you can change him and feed him. Since he won't have awaken screaming for his feed, he'll most likely not wake 100% and easily fall back to sleep. :flower:
     
  11. ThinkPositiv

    ThinkPositiv Well-Known Member

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    I was told this too with my lo when I left the hospital ( finally, as she was dropping weight fast there!). I did this for 2 days and was beside myself. She refused to eat, would scream and kick and we all ended up in tears. I met with a health nurse and she said under 6 weeks as long as they eat well when they do, are showing weight gain, no need to wake. But if she keeps sleeping greater than 6 hour stretches repetitively, and isn't gaining then to wake. But with anything, check with your doctor or health nurse...
     
  12. StellaBella24

    StellaBella24 Well-Known Member

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    I'd say let him sleep if no weight issues. Regarding bum change...i read not to change them during night (unless dirty nappy or leaking obviously) as it wakes them too much.
    I bought Pampers dry night nappies that can go 12 hours without needing to be changed...much better for a good nights sleep xx
     
  13. AnneD

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    I changed at every nightfeed when she was newborn because she pooed constantly and even when she didn't she got red after two or three hours in the same nappy. I never had to wake her up (kept setting the alarm in case she didn't wake up but she always did). The only time I probably should have woken her up to feed was day 1 in hospital when she slept for a good 12 hours after birth and I didn't dare wake her up. I had no idea. We made up for it by being up all night and feeding non stop.
     
  14. eulmh82

    eulmh82 Well-Known Member

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    We changed initially at every night feed but when he went to one night feed we stopped. My lo wasn't gaining well after about eight weeks so I didn't let him go more than four hours in the day as sometimes his sleep would mean he went five hours. But now I know what he's like I'd say if weight gain is good leave them to it. Babies know what they meed
     
  15. nzjade

    nzjade Mum to 1 baby and 1 angel

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    I would let LO be if they are gaining enough weight. I only change nappies in the night if there is poos (when she was a newborn there was poos in every nappy but she seemed to stop poos during the night at about 8 weeks) :) I used to worry about LO being in a wet nappy but nappies these days are so good they really feel dry against LO's skin until they are very very wet! Plus I think it's more important for LO to get the extra sleep than to have a brand new nappy put on at 3am. If I just feed her she will drift back off to sleep with no assistance required from me, but if I change her nappy she wakes right up and needs help back to sleep. As a PP said, Pampers night nappies are WONDERFUL! LO often sleeps 8.30pm-9.00am with 2-3 feeds in between and I have not had a leak yet.
     
  16. ladybrock

    ladybrock first time mummy

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    Ooo going to buy some night time nappies!!
     

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