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Q&A: Is baby hungry or tired?

How can I tell whether my baby is hungry or tired?

Re: How can I tell whether my baby is hungry or tired?

The Bump Expert

In our practice we see many parents inadvertently feed babies when they are actually tired. Feeding a tired baby teaches him that when he is tired, it is time to eat. If this happens repeatedly, your baby may begin to associate falling asleep with having a full belly. This is okay for the first few months of life, but becomes a challenge when parents want their baby to sleep through the night. The best way to ensure that a baby isn't hungry is by following a daily schedule (after four months of age most breastfed babies can go at least three hours between feedings). As a rule of thumb, a truly hungry baby will rarely choose sleeping over eating. So, if your baby falls asleep in your arms without taking a full feeding, it's likely he was tired -- not hungry.

sleep experts conner herman and kira ryan Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, cofounders of Dream Team Baby

Q&A: Is baby hungry or tired?

do you wake them up to feed if they do fall asleep while feeding? Another question: my 5 week old baby was feeding quite consistent in quantity and schedule but he started being really colically and got off schedule completely. He now feeds half as much and sleeps when he can or lets him. Is this ok? or should I seek help?

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Q&A: Is baby hungry or tired?

Following a daily schedule (after four months of age most breastfed babies can go at least three hours between feedings). Get apps about baby and care for Android in APK version on the APKLate site.

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