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Usually, our night time routine with baby is a bath, a good feeding and then off to bed around 9pm. Lately, he usually sleeps until 1 or 2am. However, is it normal for a 2.5 month baby to awake in the middle of the night calm and quiet, lying in crib, moving his hands and legs, some grunts, but not crying. When I hear him stirring at 1 or 2am I pick him up, change and feed him. Afterwards, I try rocking him to sleep, but he's too awake. He's not fussy, just more difficult to put down. If I do put him back in bed, he goes back to grunting, moving around. Sometimes, I let him do this for awhile, but never cries. Lately, I've just put him in his swing and eventually (like 1/2 hour) he doses off. I leave him there until he wakes up again. Same routine, he wakes quietly, some grunts, but looks like he's just lying there stretching out moving legs and arms.<br><br>
Is this normal? No crying when he awakes?
 

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Yes, it is! Consider yourself lucky! Also, I would not feed him unless he's wanting to eat. I would just give him a toy or something to play with and let him play by himself if he's content to - he'll let you know if he needs you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My 2 mo old does this too. After having a kid (dd1) who'd wake up screaming every time it sorta freaks me out too that she isn't waking up crying - but it's definitely normal for this one. Most of the time, she seems to do it when she has (or is about to have) a wet/dirty dipe, so other than offering a change your babe probably just likes to fall asleep being able to wiggle around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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It's normal! My ds was like this, he'd just wake up and lay around, looking at stuff or wriggling around.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's normal! My ds was like this, he'd just wake up and lay around, looking at stuff or wriggling around.</div>
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nola, thanks for the reply. did you ds do this at 2 1/2 months. did he outgrow it?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, it is! Consider yourself lucky! Also, I would not feed him unless he's wanting to eat. I would just give him a toy or something to play with and let him play by himself if he's content to - he'll let you know if he needs you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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thyra, thanks for the reply. my 2.5 month old doesn't play with toys yet. is that normal?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, it is! Consider yourself lucky! Also, I would not feed him unless he's wanting to eat. I would just give him a toy or something to play with and let him play by himself if he's content to - he'll let you know if he needs you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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yea, that!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, it is! Consider yourself lucky! Also, I would not feed him unless he's wanting to eat. I would just give him a toy or something to play with and let him play by himself if he's content to - he'll let you know if he needs you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I have to chime in. At 2.5 months old your baby needs to nurse as often as possible. If you skip any feedings, your supply will suffer. OP says babe is sleeping for 4-5 hours, then waking. It is clearly time to feed the child IMO. Breastmilk digests quickly and babies that young eat every 2-3 hours, only sometimes going for 4-5 hour stretches during a sleep cycle. My babies nursed throughout the night until much older (over a year), staying latched on for hours at night, having multiple let downs, while we slept. It sounds like your LO knows you will come to meet his needs and trusts you. Most 2.5 mo do not play with a toy IMO either, to answer the OP later inquiry. OP I am not sure why your child wakes quietly, but it is not a bad thing IMO, especially since it seems you are so in tune and wake to take care of LO even without him crying to get your attention. Sounds like an old soul to me.
 

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haha, i was just going to post about this! my 3 month old has been sleeping in her crib lately... our apartment is so small, and her room is the only one that's dark and quiet enough to get her to stay asleep when she first goes down at 9. so i started leaving her in there when i went to bed, figuring she'd wake me up when she was ready. apparently she's not ready until 5 am! and she doesn't cry either, she just lies there and kicks about. eventually she will yell for me (it's not really crying, just sort of a call) to be fed, but my poor breasts do wake me up much earlier wondering what the heck she's doing!<br><br>
anyway, i'd just let him hang out until he's ready to come out. learning how to go back to sleep on their own (if they're not distressed or crying) is a pretty valuable skill... if he isn't upset about being awake in the night, then don't bother him! i figure any of these stages are going to be fairly short-lived, take your sleep while you can!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have to chime in. At 2.5 months old your baby needs to nurse as often as possible. If you skip any feedings, your supply will suffer. OP says babe is sleeping for 4-5 hours, then waking. It is clearly time to feed the child IMO. Breastmilk digests quickly and babies that young eat every 2-3 hours, only sometimes going for 4-5 hour stretches during a sleep cycle. My babies nursed throughout the night until much older (over a year), staying latched on for hours at night, having multiple let downs, while we slept. It sounds like your LO knows you will come to meet his needs and trusts you. Most 2.5 mo do not play with a toy IMO either, to answer the OP later inquiry. OP I am not sure why your child wakes quietly, but it is not a bad thing IMO, especially since it seems you are so in tune and wake to take care of LO even without him crying to get your attention. Sounds like an old soul to me.</div>
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I don't think supply will suffer too much to be honest - so long as supply is good and there are no low supply issues going on. And, you're right, 2.5mo is a little young to play with a toy, but he might enjoy a mobile or something brightly colored to look at instead.<br><br>
I would honestly enjoy the sleep while you can, b/c 4-7months was really rough on sleep for me. Then again, my almost 17mo still doesn't sttn. As long as your baby is gaining weight (I honestly wouldn't worry about milestone charts - they are more anxiety producing than anything else unless you <i>really</i> think something is wrong) then he's doing just great!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have to chime in. At 2.5 months old your baby needs to nurse as often as possible. If you skip any feedings, your supply will suffer. OP says babe is sleeping for 4-5 hours, then waking. It is clearly time to feed the child IMO. Breastmilk digests quickly and babies that young eat every 2-3 hours, only sometimes going for 4-5 hour stretches during a sleep cycle. My babies nursed throughout the night until much older (over a year), staying latched on for hours at night, having multiple let downs, while we slept. It sounds like your LO knows you will come to meet his needs and trusts you. Most 2.5 mo do not play with a toy IMO either, to answer the OP later inquiry. OP I am not sure why your child wakes quietly, but it is not a bad thing IMO, especially since it seems you are so in tune and wake to take care of LO even without him crying to get your attention. Sounds like an old soul to me.</div>
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I have to disagree with this. My baby slept well over 4-5 hours at night at this age (and earlier) and my supply is great. As long as she is still eating about every 3 hours during the day, she can go longer at night. She will tell you when she' s hungry.
 
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