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Sleeping Through the Night at 6 Weeks

I have a 6 week old.  Two nights in a row he slept for at least 6 hours. The first night I woke him up, the second night he slept for 7 hours and woke up on his own. Is this okay? Should I be waking him up for feedings? He is a breast fed baby.

Let that baby sleep! When healthy, full term babies are back to their birth weight they should be allowed to sleep as long as they can at night. This is something I try to stress to my patients at the 2 week check up. Breast fed babies should sleep as well as formula fed infants. Contrary to the opinions of many, babies do not need formula or solids to sleep through the night.

As parents we eagerly (and tiredly) await the first time our children sleep through the night. Upon waking (well rested) we typically panic and are certain either the child was kidnapped or has died in their sleep.

Enjoy the sleep and continue your current schedule as it sounds like your son is thriving. If you son was a former premie or has other health issues you should consult your health care provider.

Follow up 2 months later

Funny you should ask! He was great until about two weeks ago. He stopped being swaddled at about 10 weeks. I tried just his legs for a while. He's now 31/2 months. In the last two weeks, sleep has taken a dive. I try to put him down around 7. He wakes up 3-4 times during the night. Should I feed him more during the day?

Then I'm not sure what to do about nap time. I read he should be taking 3 naps during the day, but not sure how to make that happen!

I’m sorry to hear he is no longer sleeping well. Every child has weeks of poor sleep, but typically once children learn to sleep through the night it lasts. The three main things that interfere with sleep are travel, overnight guests and illness.

If there is no obvious cause for your son’s sleep disturbance, I would recommend that he be evaluated by his health care provider.

I agree most 4 month old nap 3 time per day, but for now I would focus on the nighttime sleep. A 4 month old should take 25 to 35 ounces of milk per day.

If your doctor does not find a potential source for his sleep disturbance:
-keep the day bright and stimulating (spend more time outside)
-keep the night dark and boring (try not to feed or hold him - If you need to feed him minimize the amounts)
- continue a bedtime routine
- hang in there



Originally written January 2011 then
follow up March 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

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