If you were to ask your mum and dad, or even your grandparents what they did ‘back int he day’ i bet one of the things they will say is they never woke a sleeping baby!
When we were out and about over the festive period we were surrounded by alot of family and friends (OBV), people who have had kids and are all grown up ect….so when Grayson had been napping for a good while, like 2 hours or something, i went to get him out of his pram and change his nappy and prepare him for for his feed. Straight away without hesitation someone said ‘you are waking him up? Oh no you never wake a sleeping baby!!’ I was a little taken aback and shocked, i mean why wouldn’t i waken him when he is due a feed?
From around maybe 6 or 7 weeks Grayson has been fab and has been sleeping through the night from around 7/8pm till around 7am the next again morning. I put it down to having him in a good routine early on! He feeds regularly throughout the day between ever 3-4 hours and has his last bottle between 7/8pm after his bath. He gets a dream feed (top up feed) when either myself or John is going to bed, usually between 10pm and 12 and he sleeps the whole way through!
Now i get back in the good old days it was always let a sleeping baby sleep! But this lad could sleep for Scotland! If we didnt waken him he would be awake all night! He loves his awake time during the day and exploring new sights and sounds with me. He still has a good 3 or 4 naps during the day aswell and still manages to go down at bedtime and stay asleep! They were so shocked when i told them this is why i was waking him from his nap!
I suppose you could say its a ‘bad habit’? but then again i sit and think what else am i doing that they wouldnt do back in the day? Grayson cries and he gets a cuddle, sometimes we nap together, sometimes he sleeps on my chest when we have an afternoon nap or we go up and lie in bed together and get all cosy! Some would say that im spoiling him? Hes still young yet so i suppose if i have picked up some so called bad habits…im gonna pick more up along the way arent i?
For me i dont see it as a bad habit, i think i am doing what is best for my little boy! We have established a great routine that works around all 3 of us and i really hope that when the sleep regression stage hits…it doesn’t mess up our routine too much, but who knows!
But i can say that to me this looks like the face of a happy, content, well rested, well fed little man and i for one dont regret picking up a bad habit and waking my sleeping baby!