June 2013 Moms

Sleeping at night

How long can I let my 1 month old sleep at night without waking him to eat or change his diaper? He was 8 lbs 9oz at birth and is now 12lbs. He eats every 23 hrs during the day and is EBF.

I just woke him up at the 6hr mark because I was worried he might be hungry and he slept thru the diaper change, nursed lazily for 5 mins, and then was out cold again
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  • I let DS sleep as long as he wants at night since gaining back his birth weight.  Last night was his longest stretch at 7 hrs!
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  • I was told once they reach their birth weight you can let them sleep as long as they want.
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  • SJ7108SJ7108
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    Yup.. like pp have said, you can let them sleep until they wake on their own.
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  • Where do you have your LO sleeping? My DS is 3 weeks today and his longest stretch is 2.5 hours! I've got him in the RnP and am thinking that's not the best option ::mobile smiley::

     

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  • At least you know that he can go that long and be OK. My longest stretch so far has only been 4 hours. I am willing to let him sleep.as much as he needs at night.

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    Where do you have your LO sleeping? My DS is 3 weeks today and his longest stretch is 2.5 hours! I've got him in the RnP and am thinking that's not the best option ::mobile smiley::


    I have my LO in the RnP by my bed and this was the second night in a row she did a 6 hour stretch! I hope she keeps this up! She slept from 12615 and got up and ate and is back asleep again!

    I let her just sleep as long as she wants. She usually doesn't poop at night lately, so it's just a pee diaper when I change her. She's well past her birth weight, so going 6 hrs btw feedings is ok I think!
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  • Well done JennShea!! I'm officially jealous! ::mobile smiley::

     

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  • I agree! LOs pediatrician was not concerned with waking at night as long as she was gaining weight. It's soo nice to let them sleep!
  • image willman2585:
    Where do you have your LO sleeping? My DS is 3 weeks today and his longest stretch is 2.5 hours! I've got him in the RnP and am thinking that's not the best option ::mobile smiley::


    3wks here and 2.5 hr stretches too! Ugh! I had to start pumping just so I could get a little extra sleep. So jealous of you ladies with 6hr stretches. Lol. That's my dream lol.
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  • I let my kids sleep as long as they want. It's been 6 hours at the longest for DS, but I'd happily let him go longer if he wanted to. During the day I'll wake him up though.
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  • skioskio
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    Nooooo never wake to feed! That's only recommended when baby is having issues gaining or before they have reached birth weight. Neither seems an issue for you. A BF'd baby shouldn't be forced to eat at any time; their eating habits and the breast milk both adapt in time to fit the baby's nutritional needs. So rest assured that he's getting everything he needs! And get some sleep!
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  • I let my kids go as long as they want at night once they pass birthweight. Tessa is 6 weeks old, EBF and has done a few glorious 8 hour nights but pretty consistently does 6 hours now.
    She will grunt and fuss if she poops in her sleep but if she sleeps through the diaper change I just put her back down.
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  • Just want to say that I am totally jealous if all the lucky ladies getting 6 hour stretches of sleep!! What I wouldn't give to have my baby do that!

    I have also heard not to wake them once they are past their birth weight...
  • We let Alex sleep as long as she wants and generally get at good 5 to 6 hours of sleep. The first time it worried me, but she isn't shy about letting me know when she wants to eat so we are enjoying the rest.
  • I EBF and I got a 5 hour stretch and a 4 hour stretch last night with my 1 week old DD. I was shocked! She sleeps in the RnP, is swaddled and tilted on her side a little, which she prefers. Her Ped said it was okay for her to sleep on her side. She was just weighed yesterday and is at her birth weight.
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  • image kaleyandjason:
    I was told once they reach their birth weight you can let them sleep as long as they want.


    Yep this! Enjoy the long stretches of sleep!
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  • Thanks ladies! I will let him sleep from now on! He has been doing 5 hour stretches for the last 2 weeks so my body automatically woke me up at 5 hours. Hopefully I can sleep as long as he does tonight!
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  • Our pedi also said that we don't need to wake her up to feed.  She has slept for a 5 hour stretch the past three nights, wakes up to feed, and then sleeps another 2-3 hours.  When she wakes up the second time she usually eats from both sides.  I guess she's making up for not eating much at night!
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  • Like everyone else said I would worry but I am super jealous my LO wakes me up between 2.5 and 3 hours consistently and he will be 5 weeks ok soon I just want a 4 hour stretch.
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  • My guy goes 5 and then 4. Goes to bed at 8, my dh wakes him at 1 to feed and then he wakes at 5ish. dh goes out of town today and my parents are coming in, so I am going to test how long he will sleep.

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  • So jealous of all the long sleeps you other ladies are getting!! My baby is 3 weeks today and the longest he sleeps is 3 hours! We have him in a rnp but I'm thinking of moving him to his crib to see if he is more comfortable and sleeps longer
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  • AchaeAchae
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    Oh you are lucky! So far the longest stretch I've gotten is four hours at a month.
  • Are y'all waking to eat every 3 hours during the day still....even if they have only been asleep for an hour or so? I'm torn about daytime since she is gaining weight.

  • BC&amp;LMBC&LM
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    I think it really depends on your specific baby, so I would ask your pediatrician what he or she recommends. Once my son regained his birth weight, my pediatrician said we could let him start to sleep one four hour stretch at night without waking, and then increase it to five or six hours eventually. She said six hours between feedings should be the max. As it is, my son hardly ever makes it past 3 or 3 1/2 hours. I think he only made it to four hours twice. While this is what my pediatrician recommended for my baby, who was slightly premature, this may not be the best for your baby. A lot of the other women on here seemed to get different advice from their pediatricians than I got from mine, so I think the doctors must tailor their recommendations to the baby.
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