I have a newborn that sleeps for 3-4 hours at a time in the day but only 1-2 hours of a night for her feed. I am breastfeeding. Any suggestions on how to reverse her routine?

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Christy - posted on 11/19/2008

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Oh I remember those days! (and nights!) It took a while, but I made sure to sing to her and play with her the whole time she was eating and up during the day. and at night I had the lights dim, never made eye contact and never talked. And, the thing that helped the best is after her feeds at night I would lay her on my lap and pull her knees up and down to get all her tummy bubbles out for about 10 mins before putting her back down. That helped her sleep longer. Also... I had to become used to her "sleep noises" I learned later that I was getting her out to feed when she really wasnt waking up, just making noise. soon, I learned to just let her be, and about 5 mins later she would be back asleep.

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Jenelle - posted on 11/21/2008

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My daughter did the same thing when we brought her home. She slept ALL day but was up every 2 hrs at night. People say to try to keep her awake or wake her every 2hrs during the day, but some babies just won't wake up. Even after stripping them down to their diaper.



What worked for us was picking a specific time and going to our room (where she sleeps in her crib). We kept the lights dim, voices low, had lullabys playing, and storytime. Eventually she went to 3 hrs, then 4. Now she's at a 6-7hr stretch, then back to 4hrs. I think the 4hr stretch coincided with our switch to formula though, soit might take longer with a bf baby.

Teresa - posted on 11/20/2008

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I am not breastfeeding, so I'm not sure how this will work with your feeding schedule. However, I've had great luck with sticking to a bedtime routine around the same time each night. Bath, bottle, bed. I keep the lights low in her room and play a CD of lullabies softly. I started with with my daughter around 4 weeks. Now at 7 weeks she goes to bed like a CHAMP and sleeps around 6-7 hours at night. I'm having some trouble getting her to nap during the day now for more than an hour or so...but worth it to have such good nights. Good luck.

Anne - posted on 11/20/2008

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Agree with the first two responses. I got my baby into a Feed/Play/Sleep routine early on. When she wakes feed her, then have some play/activity time (burp, change nappy, sing, read book, tummy time etc). From the time you start feeding until when she gets put down again should be approx 1.5 hours. Then put her down for her nap for approx 1.5 hours. So you have a cycle of feeding every 3 hours going. (This sounds stricter than what it is, obviously he she is hungry earlier, then feed her - just a guide). Then at night, you might do a last feed at around 10:00pm then down for sleep. If she wakes in an hour or two, try settling her rather than feeding her. She will still need a couple of feeds during the night though but she should be able to go for approx 5 hours then wake for a feed; then another 3 hours or so.
When she sleeps during the day, don't necessarily have everything quiet - keep the tv on, keep the blinds open, go about your normal business talking with visitors etc. At night, have her room darkened, and everything will be quiet. She'll learn that this is a time for longer sleeping.
Also agree with Jaclyn on the sleeping. Always put her down to sleep by herself awake. That way she learns to self soothe herself. If you plan on bringing her into bed with you as an easy solution, just make sure you realise that 6 months down the track you will find it very hard to move her back into her own crib. Good Luck!!

Shae - posted on 11/20/2008

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My daughter's pediatrician told us to feed her every 2 hours during the day and to wake her up if she was sleeping, and then at night, let her sleep as long as she wanted to. She was sleeping 5 hours from 12-5 during the day, and then was up all night long. As soon as we did this, the 2nd night, she slept 7 hours!, and has been sleeping through the night since! (She was a week old when we started doing this, which is why he had us feed her so frequently.) How old is your baby?

Mary - posted on 11/20/2008

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We brought our son to bed with us at night. As soon as we did that his sleeping stretched at night and it was so nice. He got night and day straightened out quickly once we did this.

Jaclyn - posted on 11/19/2008

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try keeping her up more druing the day I know its hard my daughter slept all the time druing the day and ever wanted to sleep at night..... I know a lot of people love to hold your newborn when they are sleeping but they need to be put down to sleep because that could be why she is waking up so much at time because she is use to being held and when she wakes up at night and shes not so she wakes up more at night and believe if that doesn't work your newborn will come around they always do

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