Welcome to the ProSquad! Every week we'll be checking in with our crack team of experts to find answers to parenting's trickiest dilemmas and hottest issues. This week, we hear from our sleep expert about whether or not you really need to wake that sleeping baby.

 

My 2-month old baby will sleep through the night if I let her. How long do I have to keep waking her up for feedings?

Consider yourself lucky, and enjoy the extra sleep! Most pediatricians recommend feeding "on demand" during infancy. If your child isn't waking to demand food, you don't need to wake her. Consider this: waking your daughter to feed her when she isn't hungry could create a habitual waking — a nightly waking that becomes programmed into her sleep cycle and is difficult to correct.

To keep her sleeping well, ensure that her last feeding before bedtime is a full feeding. Do a wet-diaper count if you're concerned about her milk intake; at least five to six wet diapers per day means that she is probably taking in enough milk. Of course, consult your child's pediatrician if you are concerned about her weight gain or food intake.

 

Sleep Pro, Malia Jacobson

Malia Jacobson has been helping tired families sleep since 2007. She is a writer, editor, nationally-published sleep journalist, and author of Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep, So You Can Sleep Too. Her sleep articles reach millions in respected print publications.

Malia's articles on sleep and health have appeared in over 50 publications, including Costco Connection Magazine, Seattle's Child Magazine, Calgary's Child, San Diego Family, Cincinnati Family, Baton Rouge Parents, New Jersey Family, and Staten Island Parent. She is a contributing writer at Family Time Magazine.

She holds a bachelor's degree in communication and a master's degree in business administration/marketing. When she's not writing, she organizes a popular attachment parenting group in her hometown of Tacoma, Washington, digs in her garden, and explores the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young daughters.

 

 

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