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Personally, I wouldn't ignore middle of the night crying. I WOULD make sure that any trips to the potty were ALL business, with no talking other than to say "go potty", no cuddling or loving on the puppy, pop him right back into bed and say "go to sleep".
IMO, the worst thing that could happen is for you to mis-judge whether they really needed to go and cause them to have an accident in their crates. You certainly DON'T want them to get the idea that that is an acceptable alternative. While most puppies DO sleep through the night at 12 weeks, they are not on exactly the same maturation schedule. As long as it's not particularly FUN to get up in the middle of the night, this will very soon subside on its own.
As far as the first thing in the morning wake up is concerned, again, if you think he needs to potty, get up and take him out. But don't feed him unless it's when YOU want to get up. If your normal wake-up time is 7-7:30, even if you can't really go back to sleep when woken up at 6 (which I totally understand) it will be worth your while to put him back in his crate, (same no-nonesense approach as if it were the middle of the night) and get back in bed to quietly read or check your email on your tablet. Don't let him dictate the wake-up time!
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