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  • Kristen said…
    Hi!!Thank you so much for your website! I’m new to the BW method, having heard about it from friends. Our son is almost 8 weeks old (tomorrow!!) and we’re wanting to start getting him on a schedule. I have a question that may be silly. Does the feeding time count as part of the “wake” period? For instance, if it takes 10 min to feed or say even a half hour sometimes, should that be deducted from the overall wake time? I have so many questions, but have been going through your site a ton to see if I can find the answer myself before bugging you! One other one, that I think I saw from December [2007] – If the baby nly sleeps for say 25-45 minutes, should we get them up and do the next feeding early? Or start the awake time then and then just try to wait till the next feeding? I think the way I understand it is if they are happy, then just wait, but if they are starting to cry, like they are hungry, then to go ahead and do it early. Is that right? Thanks for all the helpful tips!
    February 13, 2008 9:33 AM 
    Plowmanators said…
    A lot of people ask that question about waketime. The answer is yes, feeding counts as waketime. See this post: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/waketime-length-extending-and.html The method you choose for early waking is up to you. There are so many possibilities, and I think the solution lies in the baby’s personality. For a baby the age of yours, I would first feed him when he wakes. That way you are sure it isn’t a hunger problem. BW says if you get them up and they take a full feeding, then you know he was hungry. If not, you know it was something else. Also, if you know he isn’t waking out of hunger, I would always feed by 2.5 hours if he is up. The schedule can be 2.5-3 hours, so if he is awake anyway, I would feed him at 2.5. But yes, always feed if baby is hungry. Welcome to the site and please feel free to ask questions!
    February 13, 2008 10:21 AM

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