The byword saying “never wake a sleeping child” is not always right during the neonatal period, especially when it’s time to feed your little angel. In the first few weeks of an infant, you should focus on raising her well so that she can grow healthily. A typical infant should be fed once every 2-3 hours, which means about 8-12 times of feeding a day; some can happen while the baby is sleeping. Check out the tips to wake an infant!
A typical infant should be fed once every 2-3 hours.
Take off baby’s clothes and blanket
If your baby is warm and comfortable, she will wake up less often. While swaddling is a good way to sooth babies into sleep, it can interfere with the feeding when eating time comes. Take off the swaddle to wake babies. If it doesn’t work, take off their clothes and take them from their cribs to stimulate them. If your babies are still sleeping, you can even remove the diapers to wake them up.
Create a comfortable environment
Dazzling light can make it hard for babies to open their eyes.
Dazzling light can make it hard for babies to open their eyes; by instinct, they’d like to close their eyes to avoid the light. Make the light dim before you wake your children up so that would be comfortable to them. Turn on gentle music which can drag babies from their sleeps and make them stay awake long enough for you to breastfeed them.
Your touch can wake a sleeping baby up so that he could be fed. Gentle touch his cheek or arm to stimulate him and make him move. Gently pick them up. Gather your hands around the baby’s head and make the baby stay at standing position. You can even rub the baby’s face softly with a wet towel to wake him up for a fed.
Feeding babies while they’re awake
Once a baby starts sucking and enjoy the breast milk, they will wake up and be ready to be fed.
If your traditional methods to wake babies don’t work, try using your milk to wake up babies. Take your baby from her crib and lay her in the most comfortable breastfeeding position to both of you. Then, try to encourage the baby to naturally latch on something – this can be carried out even when the baby is sleeping. Once a baby starts sucking and enjoy the breast milk, they will wake up and be ready to be fed.