Parents raising a newborn and the truth about feeding at night is to shed some light on why the idea of forced night feeding is a bad one. The advice from past experts is to wake your newborn up every two hours for a feeding. I’ve never disagreed with an idea as much as I disagree with this one.
Why would you put yourself and your child through such a torturous routine? Think about it you have to wake yourself up to wake another sleeping human up to feed them. Why don’t you let the child go through a natural sleep rhythm? Which would automatically allow you to go through a better sleeping regime. A benefit the new parents and child would inevitably enjoy.
What are the benefits of letting your child sleep through the night?
It pains me to explain the benefits, but we’ll do it anyway because some people don’t know what they don’t know. The benefits of letting your child sleep through the night are:
- Less sleepless nights
- Elimination of the disgusting practice of sleep training
- Less cranky parent/s
- Less stress
- Less mental fatigue
- Less physical fatigue
I’m not telling new parents what to do with their parenting routine or how to raise their children.
But, I am telling you not to wake your newborn up every two hours to feed them and have them go back to sleep. The logic is faulty in that equation. The child will wake up naturally and alert you on what they need. It could be feeding, a changing, a combination of both. The point is to allow the growing child to continue to grow naturally and uninterruptedly.
What harm does it cause if you wake the child every two hours?
Good question. You either don’t have children, you’re way past the infant-toddler stage, and don’t remember the routine you went through or missed the benefits of letting your child sleep through the night part we talked about earlier.
There you have it, a quick look at the truth behind feeding at night. And the truth is, it’s not a good idea to disrupt your sleep as a new parent and your child’s sleep as a growing human.
If you practice this routine, let us know what your experience is. Did you do it because someone told you to do it? What were the reasons that required you to have to, or are you just a night owl and you figured you could use the company of toothless meat bag.
Let us know.
On that note, thanks for taking the time to tune in. We hope this brought you value and a possible new perspective on how to do things.
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