Days and nights mixed up. Help??

Alyssa - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is one month old. He has his days and nights mixed up. He will sleep for eight hours during the day and wake up once to eat and go immediately back to bed. During the night he falls alseep around midnight, sleeps for a couple hours and than is wide awake and it is such a task to get him back to sleep and usually this is impossible. Does anyone have any ideas on how to switch this back?

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Toni - posted on 09/23/2009

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My lil girl is the same way and she's almost 2 months now. She's still on her mixed up schedual but she is steadily getting her day's back on track. What I have found that works is during the day, around noonish for me, is wake her up, change her diaper and lay her down for tummy time (only suppose to do this after the cord has fallen off and for 20 minutes a day). Of course she fusses and sometimes cry but that only help keep her up for a little while. After I sooth her I talk to her and walk her around the house...constantly moving around with her. After about 2 hours of constant stimulation I'll put her in her swing to let her settle down. Sometimes she goes back to sleep sometimes she doesnt. I let her nap about 3 hours before getting her back up, change her diaper and let her lay out with me on the couch. Of course by this time she is hungry so I feed her almost half of what she normally gets to go to sleep. This way she is satisfied enough to stay awake and digest what food she has while she and I play together. Constant stimulation every 3-4 hours during the day has helped me get my little one on a better cycle. Lately she has been sleeping at night about 5 hours at a time, waking up to be changed and fed, then going back to sleep for another 5 hours. It's been wonderful after getting up every 2 hours to feed her and struggle to get her to sleep.

Trying to get him on a routine for bedtime even at this young age will benefit both you and him in the long run. Having time on a gym or tummy time for 20 minutes or so, a diaper change then a bottle followed by a warm bath and cuddles is a great routine to start on. Consistency is of the upmost importance though, try it out for a week or so and see if it makes a difference! It has for me!

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Valerie - posted on 09/24/2009

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ok please dont think im crazy.... first off im sorry you are going through this! ok now this is one of those old wives tales BUT it works everyone I tell this to is scared to do it but it works......
put you baby on you lap with his head at your knees
now take him by his middle and do a gentle flip so now his head is facing down but towards your tummy ( you wont hurt them and if you feel better have someone support babys neck as you do it) now again have him by his middle again and finish with the baby in the same original position!
do it just the once and it should work I have never had to do it twice!
Please try it, you wont believe it worked its so simple!
Good Luck!

Kalie - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hello! This post caught my tired eye and I thought I could get some tips! My daughter (3 weeks) is also bakwards! It is tough! These endless nights seem so long! I hope yours and mine straightens out soon.

Clare - posted on 09/23/2009

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Just make it bright and busy in the day, i.e tv on or music on and curtains open and quiet and dark at night, if baby wakes up then feed, wind and change baby and then put back to sleep, don't play with baby if baby cries, just pat chest and walk out room.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009

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i had the same problem with my little one, i called the a parent hotline and was advised not to let him sleep longer than 3-3 1/2 hours during the day and keep him in the light during the day when he sleeps. At night when he wakes up have very minimal light when feeding him, dont make eye contact or talk to him and dont change him unless he's done a poo. I would also wrap him very tight pat his bum for a bit and out him back down he would eventually fall asleep. It shouldnt take too long for him to work it out. My little one is nearly 2 months old and is still feeding 3 hourly through the night.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009

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i had the same problem with my little one, i called the a parent hotline and was advised not to let him sleep longer than 3-3 1/2 hours during the day and keep him in the light during the day when he sleeps. At night when he wakes up have very minimal light when feeding him, dont make eye contact or talk to him and dont change him unless he's done a poo. I would also wrap him very tight pat his bum for a bit and out him back down he would eventually fall asleep. It shouldnt take too long for him to work it out. My little one is nearly 2 months old and is still feeding 3 hourly through the night.

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