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Our exclusively breast-fed son just turned 2-months-old yesterday and has been sleeping 8+ hours at night ever since we started swaddling him again (we had stopped b/c the recieving blankets we have are too small now, but we got "The Miracle Blanket" and that's when the STTN started). The pediatrician says we should be happy and not to worry, that he'd wake if we was hungry, etc.<br><br>
I've read a lot of Dr. Sears' info on Nighttime Parenting and the importance of night awakenings during early infancy, including the "survival benefits" of night wakings. Well now that DS is STTN I am really worried that it's too soon - not only whether he is getting hungry, but also I am afraid of him getting into too deep of sleep due to the risk of SIDS.<br><br>
We aren't "encouraging" this STTN pattern except for swaddling him when we go to bed at night. He sleeps in a co-sleeper next to our bed. Should we stop the swaddling so he wakes up more, or maybe wake him up once or twice? Or is that not being sensitive to his need to get sleep? Thanks for any advice - I'm new here btw. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wouldn't worry about it too much. As long as he isn't overheating in his swaddle he should be fine. My DS STTN 8 hours ish at that age too. Enjoy it while it lasts!<br><br>
Although, if you have issues with breastfeeding, like being prone to mastitis, you may want to wake him to nurse. A cousin of mine ended up hospitalized with terrible mastitis and couldn't nurse anymore. Again, like I said, it worked for me.
 

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My DD tried to sleep through the night at 3 weeks. We were worried about my supply - and all the safety stuff you mentioned.<br><br>
We set an alarm clock. Every 3 hours we woke her, unwrapped her, and then nursed her. It was key to making sure that she was safe.<br><br>
You are right. Babies that young should not be STTN.<br><br>
I would advise waking your DS every 3 or 4 hours and nursing him. YOu really don't want infants to enter that kind of deep sleep - the risk of SIDS increases dramatically.
 

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Hi there, I can completely identify with you. My 2 month old has been sleeping longer stretches at night (our best is 6.5 h) and everybody keeps telling me how lucky I am to get that much sleep. Umm, no, <i>he</i> gets 6.5h - I still wake every 2 to see that he's still breathing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Gotta love being a first-time mom!<br><br>
How big is he now? I've heard that as they get over 10lbs, they can sometimes need less BM at night, so you won't need to wake them to feed them. If you're worried about his weight gain, maybe continue to wake and feed. Or if you get too uncomfortable, use that time to pump and maybe build an emergency stash?<br><br>
I find that James definitely lets me know if he's hungry or his diaper is wet, so if there were a true need, your baby should also be able to voice his disapproval.<br><br>
If you're primarily worried about SIDS, that's tougher to handle because there is no definitive cause to SIDS. You've already done a lot to reduce his risk just by BF and co-sleeping, so that's a good thing.<br><br>
I'd tell you to relax and not worry, but I know how much easier that is to say than to do! Whatever you decide, welcome to MDC, enjoy your baby, and I'll see you in a few months when we're both posting "My baby won't STTN anymore - what do I do?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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It's important to keep nursing regularily to ensure that her supply stays good.<br><br>
Remember that at 4 months supply depends almost entirely on demand rather than hormones. So right now the lack of nursing won't hurt her supply. But in a couple months it will.
 

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My son slept 7 hrs at a stretch around that time, to no ill effect to him or our nursing relationship.<br><br>
It stopped after about 2 weeks of sleeping that much at a time, and didn't happen again for a year, so. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I would definitely be sure he is nursing on demand all the rest of the time - if anything else is affecting your nursing, you might want to do a dream feed once in that stretch.
 

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My ds did that at the same age. It lasted a few weeks, then he was getting up several times a night again.
 

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ditto. enjoy it while you can because it probably won't last. sorry!<br><br>
ds only slept 1-2 hours at a time, then, magically around 6 weeks he started sleeping 6,7,8 hours. we were shocked. but it only lasted a month maybe less. then the longest he'd go was 3-4 hours, and then at 5 months we went back to 2 hours max. many moms i know have had a similar story.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ditto. enjoy it while you can because it probably won't last. sorry!<br><br>
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My thoughts exactly. dd was sleeping 7+ hours at 2mo. Now at almost 4 mo is going sometimes not even an hour. Enjoy your sleep! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I have a similar story, My little guy started sleeping through the night at the very begining. But that didn't last. He is now 8 months and wakes several times a night. However, I did have fierce nipple pain for over two months, even though I sought out help from lactation consultants and Le Leche League. James is doing great, so smart and advanced in development and also very independent.<br>
I have heard of an association with swaddling too much and a development problems in the hips. So just don't swaddle during daytime naps if you swaddle during the night.
 

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It would be cruel to wake him.<br><br>
Just enjoy it while it lasts! I'm on my second stellar newborn sleeper, but I know to make the most of it this time, because come four months it'll all go to pot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My thoughts exactly. dd was sleeping 7+ hours at 2mo. Now at almost 4 mo is going sometimes not even an hour. Enjoy your sleep! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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Ditto!! I got more sleep the first 2 mths of DD's life than I do now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It would be cruel to wake him.<br><br>
Just enjoy it while it lasts! I'm on my second stellar newborn sleeper, but I know to make the most of it this time, because come four months it'll all go to pot.</div>
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Absolutely!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ditto!! I got more sleep the first 2 mths of DD's life than I do now.</div>
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yep! sleep while you can, mama. no way would i wake that sleeping babe! as long as your baby is gaining weight and peeing and pooping, just SLEEP!!!! hell, sleep an extra hour (or 14) for me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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my ds sttn at 2 weeks old. He would do a 7 hour stretch.... we never had problems, except that he was a baby that nursed all day long every 2 hours!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I was just so gratefull to get that sleep at night.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DD tried to sleep through the night at 3 weeks. We were worried about my supply - and all the safety stuff you mentioned.<br><br>
We set an alarm clock. Every 3 hours we woke her, unwrapped her, and then nursed her. It was key to making sure that she was safe.<br><br>
You are right. Babies that young should not be STTN.<br><br>
I would advise waking your DS every 3 or 4 hours and nursing him. YOu really don't want infants to enter that kind of deep sleep - the risk of SIDS increases dramatically.</div>
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i really dont think you should do this. My brother and sil did and i swear it created a terrible sleeper!! He never napped very long, was cranky, terrible to put to bed, up all the time.... He was just horrible...<br><br>
during they day I would wake my newborn after 4-5 hours.... I never woke them at night. My kids were and still are super duper sleepers... never wake sleeping baby!!! (well not NEVER, but really.. its not necessary to wake them every 3 hours.. you can always pump your milk)
 

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i agree. i wouldn't let a very newborn go 8 hours without nursing, but the 2 month old is a different story--as long as nursing is well established and they are thriving, they will wake up to nurse when they need (unlike a lethargic 2 week old who may not wake up to nurse when she needs). a two month old is also just figuring out their biological clock, so this is the time when they begin sleeping these long stretches (if they ever do!).
 

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As long as you are nursing often during the day I would never wake 2 month old to nurse. My daughter routinely slept that much at that age and kept it up for several months. She was right next to me so I really wasn't worried about SIDS, and she nursed all day long so I wasn't worried about supply.<br><br>
Enjoy your sleep while it lasts, my daughter outgrew her sleeping around 7 months and didn't sleep throught the night again until about a month ago.
 

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My first started doing 7-8 hour stretches around 10-11 weeks. He never went below 75th percentile for height (was 50% for weight for awhile after he started crawling), clearly didn't fail to thrive, and my supply adjusted fine - he was exclusively BF to 6mos and I pumped to a year.<br><br>
If the child were being sleep trained to force it, that would be one thing, but it was my experience that when he started STTN it was because he was getting enough to satisfy him. He'd always tanked up for the night (Evening cluster feeder for first 8 weeks) and after the "full" light went on, he was out, for increasingly longer periods.<br><br>
His sister, on the other hand, nursed every 2 hours (for about 10 m inutes) until she was.... really old.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My thoughts exactly. dd was sleeping 7+ hours at 2mo. Now at almost 4 mo is going sometimes not even an hour. Enjoy your sleep! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"></div>
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Me too - exactly. Although last night she gave me one stretch of 3 1/2 hours, but I woke up at 3 hours and just laid there waiting for her to get hungry... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 
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