I know it's a pain, but as long as he isn't sick or not putting on weight etc so that he MUST be fed..I would leave him.
My experience with babies, is that if you DO wake them, then you just end up with a baby that is even more cranky, rarely feeds well anyway after being woken and you just create more hassles for yourself really.
My lightbulb moment when my DD1 was about that age and I was in a bit of "what should I do?" time, was to just realise, she's just a human!! Like me!!
Would I like to be woken in the middle of a sleep and be made to eat?? Nope, not likely. Would make me at the least, irritable and annoyed.
Also, if this is genetically YOUR child and is anything like you and bubs father, take a look at how you both respond to various things and realise, this baby, has YOUR genetics and most probably? Will respond in a similar fashion to one of you
AS my kids have gotten older, it is SO obvious that these things are really true and have been proven to me time and time again.
Bablies might not have the exact method of communication that we have...but all in all? They are just human like us and most often, like and dislike the same things that WE do.
Treat a baby with love, respect and how YOU would like to be treated and in my experience? you can't go too far wrong!
Yes, bub might be awake for a few more hours after this big sleep, but your little boy is probably just tired and wants an extra sleep. NEVER be afraid of too much sleep, they thrive on sleeping! They grow and relax and if allowed to enjoy sleep, WILL learn to love having a sleep when tired.
I never forced my kids to sleep really or NOT sleep. Adn they are both great sleepers and always have been. I let them guide and lead me, their little bodies generally do know what is right for them....just as if WE listen to our bodies, it will tell us when to eat, sleep, drink and "be merry"
All the best, it IS a confusing time, I know, been there too
Edited by It'sallgood, 20 November 2012 - 06:56 PM.