I don’t know if my 7 week daughter is ready to go through the night yet
Could you tell me if I am doing the right thing with Summer? She has been sleeping through from 11.30pm till 5am for five nights. One night whilst I was preparing her feed she fell back to sleep and I had to wake her up at 7am. So the next night I let her cry for 10-20 minutes when she woke at 5am. However last night it took her 20-30 minutes to settle and I am worried that I should be feeding her. She is putting on 7ozs a week and has all her daily milk intake between 7am and 10pm. I need to know if I am doing things correctly.
Summer weighs 9lbs 8oz and feeds at 7am 5oz, 10.45 5oz, 2.30pm 5oz, 6.15pm 5oz, 10.30pm 5oz.
As Summer is only 7 weeks old she is doing exceptionally well to already be sleeping through to 5am every night.
When babies first begin to sleep through they often don’t manage to make it all the way to 7am in one go. There are two ways to deal with this time of morning. It can be a case of trial and error to see which way suits your baby the best.
As Summer has shown she is able to go this long for several nights in a row, don’t go back to feeding her earlier if she should wake. Use cooled boiled water to settle her with until at least 5am. When she wakes give her a feed and then settle her back to sleep until 7/7.30am. Treat the 5am feed as a night time one and keep any interaction with her to the minimum. When you wake her in the morning offer her a small top up feed which will get her through to 10.45am.
The other way is to offer a very small feed of about 2ozs at 5am just to settle Summer through to nearer 7am when you would begin your day with a full feed.
Whichever way you do this be aware that once Summer begins to lose interest in her 7am feed, she is showing the signs that she is able to get right through the night. This could take a couple of weeks or so to happen.