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When can we let our baby sleep all night?

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Our son is 2 weeks old and seems to be doing well. He was back to his birthweight at his 2 week check up. We are waking him at night to nurse, but he seems tired and wants to sleep. Does he need these feedings or should we let him sleep?

When can we let our baby sleep all night?

Parents can let their baby sleep all night if they are:

1.) Healthy
2.) Full term (38 weeks or greater)
3.) Back to their birth weight by 2 weeks
4.) Weight at least 6 1/2 pounds

Typically 2 week olds will not sleep all night, but hopefully you will get longer sleeping stretches. During the day wake your son every 3 hours to feed. As your baby grows, stretches out his feedings and learns to take more at individual feeding he should learn to sleep all night.

Children with health concerns, premature infants, and babies who are not growing well should discuss this issue with their doctor.

 

 

 

Written July, 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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