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How to rouse dozing babies during night feeds?

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philbee Tue 28-May-13 05:18:34

DD2 is 4 weeks now. She dozes off during night feeds on the first boob and I find it difficult to rouse her to keep feeding or have the second boob. But if she doesn't she only sleeps an hour or so and wakes again, which is hard on me. I was changing her nappy in between boobs but it wakes her up too much and she needs a lot of settling after. Any tips for rousing a dozy baby without waking them up completely?

CouthyMow Tue 28-May-13 05:25:36

Tickling them behind their ear. Bit of an 'old wives tale', but it's worked for all 4 of my DC's. As they nod off on the boob, just tickle behind their ear.

chickensaladagain Tue 28-May-13 05:27:25

I used to tickle the souls of their feet

Roused them enough without properly waking but for a 4 week old, 1hour stints of sleep are not unusual

DeathMetalMum Tue 28-May-13 05:31:49

Agree with pp's on feet and ear tickling, I also wind dd in the night which can rouse her a little.

noblegiraffe Tue 28-May-13 06:12:41

Stroke their head in a circular motion is another one.

prissyenglisharriviste Tue 28-May-13 06:17:36

God, I'm well mean. Cold flannel. blush

CityDweller Tue 28-May-13 07:00:53

Play with her hands

philbee Tue 28-May-13 09:12:57

Great, thank you. Winding doesn't seem to do it, and not sure I can be organised enough for a cold flannel! Will try tickling.

chicken I know it's expected, but she can go for longer if she feeds more, that's what's frustrating.

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