My 6 week old has her nights and days mixed up~I feel like i've tried everything to get her out of that habbit of sleeping all day and being wide awake when I'm ready for bed~ Any pointers???

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Miranda - posted on 03/11/2009

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My son was just the same. One of my friends had the same problem with her dog and she was told to flip him. It worked so we tried it with my son. I mean, actually flipping him. Sit on your bed and hold your daughter up in front of you, facing you. Then slowly lean her backwards and bring one of your hands to the top of her chest and make her go upside down until she's either laying on your bed on her tummy or back to the position you started in. Ask Daddy for help, it's easier with two people. But, swear to God, this worked for me. Good luck!

Leron - posted on 03/11/2009

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we bought a baby swing and let him sit in it while I slept close by on the couch. The gentle rocking helped him settle down. Also I started starting his day earlier and earlier and ending it earlier so that he'd realize that it was time to wake up and time to go to sleep. We did a lot of tummy time in the middle of the afternoon so that he was tired by bed time. Wasn't long and he was switched and slept through the night.

Evelina - posted on 03/11/2009

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My little guy was up just like your daughter. At night he would maybe take 1 or 2 naps for hour or so. It lasted about 6 weeks, and then he started slowly sleeping at night. To switch him over, I started giving him a bath around 7:30pm every night, & then feeding him. It signaled that it's bed time. Also during the day I tried to keep him up. Every 2 hours or so I would wake him up by washing his face with a damp cloth. He would be up for 30min-1hour & then back for his nap. It took couple days but he would stay up a little bit longer each time, & eventually he switched over. Just be careful not to over due it, as when they get really tiered they also get cranky & then they won't fall asleep.

Good luck

Meghan - posted on 03/11/2009

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As others have replied you need to try and set the schedule for your baby. My son was born 2 minutes past midnight. The best thing that you can do is glently force your child to stay awake when they start to fall asleep during the day. This is what I had to do with my son. It may take a week or two but it will help. Also, don't allow your child to sleep as long during any one period during the day to help with the transition. Encourage them to sleep longer at night by playing with them just before bedtime.



Overall, try to encourage the activity during the day and the sleeping at night.

Emma - posted on 03/10/2009

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Hi Elizabeth, my daughter Olivia did not sleep through the night for 13 MONTHS. We tried all of the usual, sleep routine, dark room etc but to no avail. When she started waking our 3 year old i asked the health visitor for advice, She recommended a sleep counselor who came to the house.  She recommended continuing with the above but also to only allow her to sleep for a maximum of 45 minutes per nap in the day and then to wake her up.  At night time to allow her to cry for 5 minutes, go in, lie her back down, say "its time for sleep" kiss good night and go back out. Repeat until they are asleep.  Believe it or not she was slleping through within 3 days. Hope this helps Emma x

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Kyndra - posted on 03/11/2009

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o and when it's night feedings, make sure that you dont play with her or giggle or anything, and keep the room dark when you feed her. if she's fed changed and not uncomfortable at all, when she cries at night just keep reassuring her your there at by patting her back while she's still in her bed and telling her in a soft voice it's bedtime. the key is to not stimulate her at all, just be boreing. thats what helped the most.

Kyndra - posted on 03/11/2009

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Have a bedtime routine that you do every night. Maybe it's bath, eat, cuddle, bed. Or a certain cd you put on at night. and start winding down about 30-45 min before it's bed time. Turn the lights down and sing or rock her and give her her bedtime feeding. And if she's up most of the night make sure she doesn't sleep all day long either. If she's napping more than usual or for a lot longer period during the day try to keep her awake longer or wake her up sooner. playing with her will help her stay stimulated and not fall asleep. also holding her alot during the day can make her sleep more too. I went through the same thing with my daughter. once they get a routine going they learn if it's dark it's bedtime.

Barbara - posted on 03/11/2009

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We have slept ith our son since day one and have always gotten lots of sleep, but I know that isn't for everyone.  Do you lay her down for naps or do you carry her in a sling?  She might assimilate more to your schedule if you invlolve her in your daily routine more by carrying her while you go about your day. 

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my baby slept with me at night until she was three months old. it really worked for us. she slept like a 'dream' and so did i. the important thing was to put her to bed on her own for naps. that meant that the transition to sleeping in her crib which she now does no prob, was smooth.

Steph - posted on 03/10/2009

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Have you ever heard of the 'easy 'routine? e= eat a= activity s= sleep y= you time. I found it great with my boy I found it on the baby whisperer website then bought her book its fab! hope this helps xx

Melissa - posted on 03/09/2009

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I found with my two that waking them up from naps so they don't sleep too long during the day works well - at 6 weeks she should be feeding every 3 hours, so don't let her sleep longer than that (e.g. if she feeds at 7 a.m. to start the day, is up for a little than sleeps, wake her up at 10 a.m. for her next feed).

Crissy - posted on 03/08/2009

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not sure if you have any sort of night routine but I give our daughter a bath before bed time and I make sure she sleeps in a different brighter lit room for her day sleeps. They say that a bath soothes them and sleeping in a different room during the day helps them differentiate between day and night. I also make sure that there are no stimulating objects or colours in her cot room. There are also some people who believe in the "tough-love" method (not my favourite). Before you want your baby to go down for the night, tire them out out with lots of play and stimulation and even try to hold off from feeding them until closer to bed time - i know it sounds cruel but apparently it worked for some.



In saying that - my baby was born at 6am and I've been lucky with her sleeping patterns. When she did wake at night I made sure not to make a fuss and fed her without making noise. She finally developed her own pattern.

LeAnn - posted on 03/08/2009

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You really need to have a bedtime ritual that signals to her it is time for bed. Also I agree with everything Charlotte wrote. Don't let the room she naps in be too quiet or dark at naps but have a very quiet dark room possibly with some white noise to block out any changes in sound around the house. at night

Charlotte - posted on 03/08/2009

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Ive heard that babies often get the days and nights mixed up depending on the time of day they were born as alot of babies are awake for several hours after being born so if they are born during the night they then want to sleep all day. Your daughter will get her body clock right eventualy. The best advice i was given was to keep the room dark, calm and quiet during the night. I was also told to not change a nappy unless it is soiled as this can disturb them and make going back to sleep a longer process. This is down to your personal choice tho it worked really well for us. Six weeks is still very young. Have you got a bedtime routine for her? If you bath, feed and put her down at bedtime she will learn to go to sleep by herself at the time you want her to. I hope some of this is helpfull.

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