My 2 Month Old Sleeping Habits - Is It Safe?

Updated on December 16, 2009
M.M. asks from Miami, FL
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Hello, I have a 2 month old little girl and if I let her sleep at night
she would probably sleep more than 7 hours without waking. I was told by
several people that I should wake her at 5 hours to feed. Twice already,
I did not wake up and she slept 7 hours. I feel bad about that. Should I
put on my alarm, or should I just let her sleep until she wakes me? Is
it unsafe for her to sleep 7 or more hours without feeding?

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So What Happened?

Thank you all for your responses. My 2month old has almost already doubled her birthweight.
I am breastfeeding, so I will take into consideration that it is very important to
continue breastfeeding every several hours or pumping, so that the supply does not decrease (great point!)
I will only wake her if she exceeds 7 hours for now. Thanks again for all your help!!!

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S.A.

answers from Orlando on

As long as she's gaining weight, I don't think you should wake her up. The way I see it is if she needed to eat, she would wake up and let you know about it.

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S.W.

answers from Miami on

Let her sleep. You need the rest, too. In no time, her habits/patterns will shift and you will have to readjust to it again.

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K.M.

answers from Tampa on

Who are these folks who think they know best? If she's hungry she'll wake up- and if you knew how wonderful for her to sleep like that it means you are doing so much right- well done!k

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T.J.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Gosh, I just love your name!

Anyway, unsafe is such a strong word... especially for your issue.

Don't listen to people - follow your instinct and your daughter will help guide you. She will eat when she is hungary. She will sleep when she is tired. If you are BF, you might want to pump after five hours of not feeding her... but that is a suggestion.

Good luck and congrats!

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H.C.

answers from Orlando on

OMG, so many moms would LOVE to have their 2 mo old sleep thru the night! Count your lucky stars & for goodness sakes, let her sleep!! If she's hungry, she'll wake up. It is not unsafe, in fact, it's healthy. By waking her up & (esentially) forcing her to eat, you're doing her a disservice. My son was sleeping thru the night by 2.5 mos, and it was AWESOME. :)

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C.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

If she is growing properly then let her sleep and be very thankful you have such a good baby. If she's not gaining weight or growing properly then you'll need to set the alarm.

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B.A.

answers from Tampa on

I have always been told that you should wake baby to feed until she has doubled her birth weight. However, I have 3 kids and I NEVER wake a sleeping baby. Sleep is hard to come by in those early months and I take whatever I can get. My babies were all healthy, average weight babies and were never woken to eat.

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T.O.

answers from Jacksonville on

I was told the same thing and then found out overseas they say to let the baby sleep. So it all depends on who you talk to.
I never got the choice with my first one, she got up every few hours but my second started sleeping about that long around that age. Enjoy the your sleep and let the baby do her thing. My baby is now 4 months old and sleeps very well.

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M.L.

answers from Miami on

Let her sleep! There is nothing wrong with letting the baby sleep through the night. Consider yourself lucky most don't at that age. My daughter did also very young she actually started sleeping 10-12 hours straight at night by like three months maybe younger. I just had another baby three months ago and he is sleeping 9 hours straight. If they are hungry they will wake up don't worry she will be fine. Good Luck!!

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S.C.

answers from Tampa on

First - count your lucky blessings my dear! Many babies don't reach the milestone until they are 4 months old. I wouldn't bother her if she is sleeping this well. If she is hungry, she will wake up! If you are concerned that she isn't getting enough formula/breast milk, then keep her on an every 3 hour schedule during the day. If you start waking her up after 5 hours, then she will begin to think that is the time she needs to get up and she will be on that routine. Then, just when you think she is ready to go longer you will have to break the cycle you created - which will be much more difficult than creating the cycle!

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J.P.

answers from Tampa on

Let the child sleep and count yourself extremely lucky. I was fortunate to have kids who slept through the night from ages 4 wks. and 5 wks. If it makes you feel better, slip in and check to make sure she's comfortable, but don't wake her up. She's found her schedule.

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Y.F.

answers from Orlando on

I know that you have gotten many responds but just in case you are doubting.... LET HER SLEEP. Thank God she sleeps and dont worry about it.

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S.H.

answers from Hartford on

My fella was sleeping that long at that age. Don't be surprised if she starts waking up again for night feedings during growth spurts. Just a heads up - when he went from sleeping 6 to 7+ hours, my milk supply dropped - I now encourage him to nurse at night, else I have to pump.

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T.F.

answers from Orlando on

Please do NOT take mommy advice on this one-- check with her doctor!! A "healthy" baby will wake when hungry, so it's easy for us all to say to count your blessings and get your rest... but if she is not gaining enough or she has any other mild health issues, your doctor may want you to wake her

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J.G.

answers from Orlando on

Let her sleep! If she were hungry she'd wake up. She's obviously getting enough nourishment, and may be going through a growth spurt that requires more sleep. Just think - you don't have to remind her to pee or poop, it happens on its own, right? She'll eat when she's hungry out of instinct. Enjoy the quiet time! It can be pretty rare...
Happy holidays!

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L.C.

answers from Boca Raton on

If she is healthy and gaining weight, there is no need to wake her up. She would wake up if she was hungry. If you wake her at night then she will get into the habit of waking up in the middle of the night. You should be grateful that she has already formed good sleeping habits. But again, if your pediatrician says that she is not gaining enough weight, then you should ask your pediatrician if you need to wake her at night.

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J.T.

answers from Tampa on

When my daughter was 5 days old she slept 6 hrs through the night. I couldn't wake her to nurse. I called the lactation consultant the next day and she said to let her sleep as my daughter would wake up on her own when she was hungry. I was lucky with her - she nursed more frequently during the day and was awake, but at night she slept 6-8 hrs. Babies know their own bodies, and if you have a baby that sleeps well during the night and eats well during the day, don't disrupt that terrific schedule!

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M.A.

answers from Fort Myers on

I would NOT wake her up. If she's hungry she'll wake on her own. Otherwise you will just teach her to need that feeding every 5 hours. Have you ever heard the expression "Don't wake a sleeping baby"? :) Let her get the sleep she needs which is just as important for her growth as eating.

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S.G.

answers from Tampa on

you should ask your pediatrician what they think, although opinions on this kind of thing vary from doc to doc, i am sure. in my opinion (having had two kids) if she is gaining weight, growing at a steady clip and eating well throughout the day, you should not worry about it. trust me, if you are one of the "lucky ones" whose child is sleeping well at night for the most part then don't mess with it. :)

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J.C.

answers from Fort Myers on

I'd say let her sleep

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J.A.

answers from Jacksonville on

Dear M.,

DON'T wake the baby!!!! LOL You are one of the blessed few who's baby wants some sleep. As long as your daughter is growing and gaining weight as she should, by all means let her sleep. Your baby knows when she needs food, and she will let you know. Don't freak out if later down the road as she hits growth spurts she wakes for more frequent feedings, then goes back to longer stretches, that's normal. Count your blessings and know that if you have another child he/she may not sleep so well! :)

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B.K.

answers from Tallahassee on

I'm not sure, but I think her hunger would wake her up.

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A.G.

answers from Punta Gorda on

LET HER SLEEP! You will get a lot of advice from a lot of well meaning people, but when it comes to parenting you have to do what is best for you. If she is eating well during the day and gaining weight, I would not mess with it. When my youngest was about 3 months old I went to the pediatrician, and told him she was nursing every 2 hours, he told me I needed to start trying to stretch her to every 4 hours. She should be on a 4 hour schedule by now. The first day I tried it she woke up twice in the middle of the night. The second night she woke up twice I said enough of this. I am a SAHM and it is not abig deal if she nurses every 2 hours, but she was sleepin 9 hours at night. Babys have a way about them to get what they need. The sooner they can sleep through the night the better. Good Luck! Don't worry so much about her sleeping for too long at night.

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A.C.

answers from Miami on

Hi M., my son was the same way, after his last feeding at 8pm he would sleep through the night until about 6:30 - 7am without even a thought of waking up (yes, i was blessed and still am - at 3 he never gets up in the middle of the night, knock on wood) if your baby is hungry, believe she will let you know. they will not go hungry like adults will... if you are breastfeeding, just know that your clock is probably working faster than she is so consider pumping the milk so you dont mess up your production. just the same have a little extra on hand because after a full nights sleep she may jump in the number of ounces she drinks which was my son's problem. he woke up ravenous, but he was always healthy and remember their brains grow and develop the MOST during sleep - u wouldnt want to mess that up would you??? good luck lucky lady!

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E.C.

answers from Miami on

Please let her sleep!!!!! I never woke up my children at night for feeding. If they need food they will wake up. if not just let them sleep. their bodies grow up when sleeping, and you can sleep and be happy....thank good that she sleeps 7 hours being two months old!!!

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C.S.

answers from Lakeland on

Hi M.,

If her weight gain and growth are good, I would thank God and let her sleep! You are a lucky woman.

If you are concerned about her growth or your milk supply, I would wake her up. You may find yourself very uncomfortable going 7 hrs without nursing.

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A.G.

answers from Mayaguez on

I don't believe you should wake up ANYBODY who is having a good sleep. My third child slept thru the night since she came home from the hospital!
Thank God you don't have to get up every 2 hours to feed, burp, change diaper, try to catch some zzzs and start all over as soon as you fall asleep. God bless you and your child. Enjoy her.

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K.M.

answers from Miami on

Like the others said, if she's doubled her birth weight (and you said she has) then it's fine to let her sleep. Enjoy it because babies are not always consistent! 4 months is often a time of sleep regression.

If you're following her cues and nursing on demand, your supply should be ok. In fact, if she's nursing pretty frequently during the day, it's probably helping you get those night stretches.

www.kellymom.com is a website with a lot of great breastfeeding information if you ever need anything.

A.F.

answers from Orlando on

That seems to be her bodies clock. Believe me if she was hungry she would wake up and cry. Don't let other people's opinions sway you. You let your daughter sleep and let her tell you when she is hungry.

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S.S.

answers from Daytona Beach on

the dr.'s say that as long as they have reached their birthweight you can let them sleep as long as they want at night. if you get into the habit of waking your baby up every five hours than that will create a habit. i've heard of babies younger than yours sleeping all night long. i wouldn't worry about it. she will wake up when she's hungry

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H.P.

answers from Orlando on

M.,
I would let her sleep. My pediatrician always says, "Never wake a sleeping baby", that is of course, unless she is having a problem gaining weight, then do what the doctor suggests. But if she is gaining fine, let her sleep.
H.

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M.B.

answers from Colorado Springs on

How is her weight? If her weight is good,I would NOT wake her. My kids slept well as newborns too. But their weight was above 50%.

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