Some people say that you should never, ever wake a sleeping baby. Is this fact, or some crazy old wives...
Some people say that you should never, ever wake a sleeping baby. Is this fact, or some crazy old wives tale? It won't bother your baby or mess with his development if you wake him up every once in a while. I'm a firm believer of letting babies (and older kids) work out their own schedules, but I'm also a fan of mamas who get enough sleep. For instance, say that you know that if you let your baby sleep for three full hours that he'll never get to sleep at night, so you decide to wake him up before he awakens naturally. By you waking him up, he may be a tad cranky, but he'll sleep at night, and thus, so will you. It's also perfectly fine to wake a newborn for feeding - some newborns will sleep a long, long time; well past their normal feeding time. If you're dead-set about getting your baby on a schedule, you also might want to wake him in order to plan naps and bedtime better. In the end, I'd let a sick or super cranky baby sleep. That said, I think a mama who gets great sleep at night will be a better overall parent, so waking a long-time sleeping babe, is no big worry. If you have concerns talk to your baby's pediatrician.

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