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    Default Would you wake a sleeping 3 week old?

    Hi everyone,

    Just looking for some opinions here. I have a 3 wk old DD who loves sleeping! We have been given mixed advice on whether or not to wake her for feeds. Some say never wake a sleeping baby (she wakes herself within 4-5 hrs of a feed), others say that's too long for a new baby to sleep as we should wake her every 3 hrs to feed. She was weighed today and has gained 500grams since birth. We are mix feeding so by the time she feeds on both breasts, has her formula top up and we change her nappy its often 1.5-2 hrs before she settles back to sleep. I hate waking her just an hour later.

    What do you think? Would you wake her 3hrly or stretch it out to 4 or just let her wake herself for feeds (up to 5 hrs after she last woke)?

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    Unless she is losing weight, nope I wouldnt wake her.

    DS3 was extremely sleepy and jaudice and lost a lot of weight because he was sleeping too much. So we had to wake him every 3 hours for the first week... now that he's gaining, we dont wake him. Hes 4 weeks old tomorrow and has put himself on a 4hourly routine

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    I would wake 3 hourly during the day so she has a longer stretch at night.

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    No no no ! I say that because my boy didnt sleep well until 11months. I would be in heaven if my next is like yours.
    Still gaining weight and happy? Then let them sleep

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    I wouldn't leave her any longer than 4 hours, probably even 3 hours, but if she's otherwise happy and healthy then maybe go with whatever works for you. I was always told never wake a sleeping baby, and my own wouldn't sleep longer than 3 hours at a time as a tiny bub, but that seems a long time between feeds.

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    Is dream feeding something you can do? I would hate to wake bub, but I'd be concerned that she'll wake you up all night if she hasn't had enough milk through the day.

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    My DD was early, little and jaundice. The paed said 4-5 hrs was fine. She slept a lot in the day, less at night. 3 weeks is very young and she sounds healthy and eating well, I would let her sleep up to 5hrs unless a paed suggests otherwise.

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    If she's putting on weight let her sleep!

    Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    If she's putting on weight let her sleep!

    Congratulations!
    This. No way I'd wake her, unless she was not gaining weight and a paed had suggested it.

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    No way! She is obviously doing perfectly! I was told the same thing by a lot of older ladies.......but don't worry.


 

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