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My baby girl is three months old and sleeps through the night, 7pm-7am almost every night. I am a little concerned that she goes for 12hours without a feed (she is breastfed), she is always starving when she wakes up. At this age should i be waking her to give her a feed during the night?
I really wouldn't!!!
We woke my son when he was a couple of months old because he had slept two hours past a feed. It was the worst thing we could have done. He fed alright but was unconsolable for hours after. After that hubby and I adopted the motto "if it ain't broke, don't try fix it"!!! We swear by this motto.
Providing your daughter is gaining weight and is happy and content after her morning feed, I believe she will be fine.
Enjoy the sleep (and bragging rights!!)
:) Mum to Alec (Lalla) 17 months and bub due May 2nd
My dd never slept through the night so early, though she did go a solid 6 hours at that age.
One mother in my mother's group had a bub that slept through at 3 months and we were all jealous. Except that during the day she would end up feeding every 2 to 2.5 hours and her daughter barely napped, and she would be completely worn out by 4pm each day.
If you're having trouble during the day you might try waking your little girl once in the night, say after 6 or 8 hours and offering a feed, and then straight back to bed after. If she doesn't want it then at least you've tried and know she really can sleep through. But then again, if she's an angel during the day too then I have to agree, don't fix what ain't broke!
I don't like to brag but..... I have to admit she is an angel during the day too. If we stay home all day she will sleep every 1.5hours for 1-2hours, however if we go out she will force herself to stay awake the whole time, loves to check out what's going on. I guess I am just lucky. She is gaining weight so I will definately take your advice
'if it ain't broke don't fix it '
my little girl is great during the night and day as well, which is nice after 2 very boisterous boys! she just feeds every 2.5-3 hrs in the day and then sleeps all night, which is fine by me, alot of babies feed that often anyway(they only have little stomachs!) relax and enjoy your contented bub! :)
Firstly, what a great problem for you to have!
I have to agree with the others and say - 'if it aint broke, don't fix it'.
I tend to think that if your little one was really hungry she would wake herself.
My girls have always slept through the night since they were born and although they would wake up hungry after 10-12 hours they thrived as babies. I think if a baby is hungry they will wake up.
I agree with other's "if it broken don'r fix it"
Enjoy, many other mothers would love to have this problem
I agree with others "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Think about it, if she was hungry she would wake for a feed. A midwife in my hospital had very good advice for all the advice you receive from midwives/child health nurses/general public - listen to everything BUT keep what you think is worth keeping and discard the rest.
I have followed this and Lachlan hasn't looked back - one very happy, placid boy who is 6-8 weeks ahead in most milestones. Hubby and I aren't doing too bad either, thinking of trying for #2 in August - any hints for conceiving a girl??
NO NO NO!
sorry but oh my goodness why would you want to wake a perfect child. Your just looking for probs. If she is a good weight and still gaining good weight then leave her be. :)
Don't make problems for yourself - if bub is hungry, bub will wake up. Congrats on actually getting some sleep yourself!
Our DD Tayla was sleeping through at 8 weeks and definately would wake up hungry in the morning, but there is nothing wrong with that (I too wake up hungry most mornings!!).
She is now 7 months old (still breastfed because she won't take a bottle) and has been waking up again for the last month or so (we have had 3 nights of full sleep and hope she's back to normal), so enjoy it whilst it lasts. She is obviously thriving and getting enough sleep and milk which is wonderful..your doing a great job, don't worry about her so much, she will definately let you know when she hasn't had enough.
My bub is like this too.........but like some have said - she barely sleeps during the day (which can be VERY tiring.....for sure....) but sleeps between 8-12 hrs at night. she is gaining weight and healthy - I am definately NOT going to wake her during the night!!!!!! :eek: LOL
Enjoy - I've heard many baby's do this for a while and then mysteriously start waking at night again around 4- 6 months - so I figure we should treasure every good nights sleep we get ;)
At this age should i be waking her to give her a feed during the night?
I guess I am in the minority here, I believe that babies do need night feeds at least until they are one year old, and this was part of the reason for my decision to co-sleep from day one.
Ds started sleeping 7 - 9 hour stretches when he was 6 weeks old, and that was great, but if I awoke in the middle of the night, to check on him, I would offer him a dream feed, and sometimes he would just feed in his sleep.
I firmly believe sleeping through the night is a milestone like any other, and different babies achieve it at different times.
If you are happy with the status quo, that is great, and I'm sure there are millions of babies out there who thrive with 12 hours between a feed, I just personally wouldn't do it, and co-sleeping babies tend to feed a lot more often during the night than those who dont anyway.
Just go with your instincts.
All the best
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