Why Should your wake your baby up to feed? How to wake newborn baby to eat?


When Declan was about three months old I post a video on Instagram asking if I should wake him up to eat.

Surprisingly most people said ‘NO’. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise since I always hear when the baby is asleep you let him sleep.

However, it was a surprise for me because I realize most people are not keeping their baby in a schedule.

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Why you should wake your baby up to eat


If you are trying to keep your baby in a schedule a lot of times he won’t know it is time to eat since he is sleeping. Waking him up is very important to keep baby on the schedule.


When I was at the hospital with Declan I tried breastfeeding on demand. Because Declan liked his sleep very much he lost more weight than he should’ve. Once I placed him on a schedule Declan started to gain weight and was thriving.

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How to wake a baby up

you might be confused at this question, but a lot of babies especially when first born won’t wake up by just picking them up.

here are some recommendations from Dr’s and experts

Change his diaper

I think this is the best way to wake a sleepy baby up. It is an activity, especially for a newborn baby. This will also be helpful since you don’t want your baby waking up because he has a dirty diaper.

Related: When and Why Switch Your Baby’s Bottle Nipple Size

Trace his lips with your nipples

This will stimulate the baby to want to eat and will slowly wake him up. This will work with either breastfed or bottle-fed baby.

Take his clothes off

Make sure that the room temperature is good for your baby and that is not too cold. If your baby is in a sleep and play pajama just opening will help.

Pat damp washcloth on his forehead or face

I barely did this one with Declan, because I felt bad for him. However, I have heard a lot of Dr’s and nurses suggesting this and know it has worked for several moms.

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