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Posted by: Father of Twins | 2004/10/11

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Waking a Sleeping Baby

Should one wake a sleeping baby if they sleep for more than 4 hours during the day?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

If your babies struggle to sleep through the night, then it may be reasonable to wake them after a certain period, to prevent them from sleeping too much during the day. Otherwise I would leave them undisturbed.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/12

It depends on the age.

If the baby is under 8 weeks, you should definitely wake them if they have not woken for a feed - even at night. If breast fed they should be feeding between 2 and 4 hourly and if bottle fed, about every 4 hours. A baby of this age might sleep too much if not getting enough milk. (some babies however won't go to sleep if they aren't getting enough). Remember that you m ost definitely can produce enough breast milk for twins. If you are worried about amount, then express milk and give by syringe. To work out an approximation of how much a baby will drink: weight of baby x 150 = the days requirement, then divide this number by the number of feeds which will give you the approximate ml that baby will drink at each feed.

Older than this, up till about 3 months, so long as they are averaging between 2 and 4 hours between feeds its fine. So if they go 5 hours and then 2, its fine. Also, they will start to drop their late evening feed (the one between about 9 and 11), they drop it somewhere between 6 and 9 weeks. The also drop another night feed within a few weeks. After 8 weeks, I wouldn't wake a baby at night.

If the twins were prem, then continue to wake them up for feeds after 8 weeks if they are still oversleeping.

After 3 months, I would certianly not wake a sleeping baby unless it was ill and I needed to give medicine (e.g. calpol after innoculations).

Reply to Purple
Posted by: Me | 2004/10/11

during the day Yes or maybe let them stretch it for another hour if it really bothers you. At night def No No. Enjoy fatherhood. remember Baby knows best. I used to let mine sleep for as long as they want and they started sleeping right thru night before they turned 3 months. Remember as long they gain their weight.

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