midnight baby- how do i get my baby to sleep at night?

Briggette - posted on 08/19/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, i'm a new mom of a fussy 3 week old. I've neva been around a lot of babies and i dont know how to handle them. My baby sleep all day. LITERALLY. And is up from 11pm til 4am. How to i change this cos i'm going back to work in 3 months? Oh and is it normal for a baby this young to cry when carried by others even her own grandmother? She wants me and only me. How do i introduce her to other people? Family especially? Any help is appreciated

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Briggette - posted on 08/20/2012

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Hi Elfrieda. I find wat u just said interesting. My baby did the same wen i was pregnant. So i guess it does kinda make sense. Thanx :)

Elfrieda - posted on 08/20/2012

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She's just got her nights and days mixed up. I agree with Jo that you should try to keep her up more during the day and keep nighttime wakings very boring with low lights, not really speaking to her, etc. I don't think putting cereal in her bottle is a good idea, though. I've heard really bad things about that, and my son managed to get his days and nights straightened out without that.



I think she's just in the habit because when the baby is in the womb it often sleeps while you're moving around during the day (and rocking it to sleep) and wakes up when you lie down. At least both my children did that, they would kick extra hard just when I was waking up in the morning and when I was lying down to go to sleep. So what they're used to is exactly opposite of what we want them to do! It just takes a little bit of time to get them straightened out.

Briggette - posted on 08/20/2012

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Thank u Jo, this definately helps. Being a first tym mom is really confusing. I'l try the cereal.

Jo - posted on 08/19/2012

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OK, you have a lot going on but the most important is that your baby has her days and nights mixed up. So, you have to "make" her schedule. I hate to do this but you have to wake up your baby at 7am to start and try to keep her up until 11am and let her nap then wake her up at 1:30 or 2pm if she doesn't get up herself and then you have to feed her light until 7ish and then give her a bottle and I would mix a teaspoon of cereal in it, shake it well with warm formula. This will make her tummy satisfied and she'll want to sleep. It may take up to five days but you will do it gradually and don't get frustrated. My daughter would not be held by anyone from the minute she was born. Even the nurses in the hospital couldn't quiet her so they made her sleep in my room. I always wore a chain on my neck and she'd hold onto it and one day she let my sister hold her and I was shocked, then I realized, she was holding onto my sister's neck chain. Just a little detail. Hope it helps.

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