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Hayley Louise - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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mi lil gurl was born on the 9/9/09 she is now 7 days old she will sleep all through the day waking for her feeds and changes and then 11 at night she will wake till 6 in the morning i am getting no sleep at all cus can not sleep thru the day i have tried everything to keep her awake thru the day but nothing seems to work how can i get her to sleep at night and ba awake in the day im only 17 and exhausted !!!!

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Channelle - posted on 09/18/2009

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have u got anyone to help u with the night time when she is up so u can get some sleep even if its for a few hours that might help u a little bit.or have u got a swing that plays songs an moves u can put her in that helped with mine

Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son mayson did the same thing. He almost three months old an it just gettin fixed. Best thing to do s try to keep your child awake. Show them that it daytime not night time. When your baby inside you that cant tell the diffrence an thats why they end up sleepin all day an being awake at night. There just confused that all.

Marissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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Maybe your mom or a friend can come stay with you for a night, so you can get some sleep and feel a bit refreshed and have more energy to handle the situation. (Take care of the mommy so she can take care of the baby).

Maybe also instead of trying to change the schedule in one big step, try to adjust it a little bit every day. Take baby steps.

Other then that, your age has nothing to do with it. You are a new mom and you are trying to do your best for your new baby. In the beginning we all have to figure out the quirks of our newborns and this night / day switch is the one you have to figure out.
Hang in there, you'll figure it out!

Larissa - posted on 09/16/2009

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Most drs recommend not putting them on a sleep schedule until 6 weeks and sleeping when they sleep. ha ha easy for them to say. With my daughter she was pretty much the same way at first but I just kept her up more during the day by doing the baby exercices and taking her visiting relatives that seemed to keep her up, try that if it doesnt work consult ur dr.

Jo - posted on 09/16/2009

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babies at this age do sleep alot. My suggestion is when she wakes up start from about 7am feed her and the give her a little bath. Take your time so the bath lasts for about half an hour and then put her down for a sleep about an hour after this. Let her sleep for about an hour and a half and she should be hungry again by about 9:30 - 10am. Feed her again and then depending on how long the feed took after this change her nappy and take a while to do it. I used to use a warm washer to give my baby boy a little top and tail at this time also. By about 11am she should be sleepy again so put her down and let her sleep for about 2 and a half hours. at around 2pm ( these times are just a guide of course) get her up and feed her again and then after the feed change her nappy and maybe give her another top and tail with a warm washer(maybe even give her a bath) then by about 3:30 she will be tired again. Let her sleep for about an hour and a half and then by 5pm feed her again and then give her a bath then feed her again after the bath. Babies love to cluster feed before bed time lol. Then put her to bed. As time goes on she will stay awake much longer after feeds and then she will sleep better at night. It will take time but you and her will work it out. The above worked wonders for my son and he only ever woke twice a night. once at 10:30 and again at 2am ish and then he slept through until 6:30-7am. I hope the above helps out. It does get better I promise.

Kristi - posted on 09/16/2009

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I had the exact same problem for the first 2 weeks my baby was born... but then one day it all changed. I put my baby in her swing at night and slept on the couch. she started sleeping in her swing for 3-4 hours at a time. IT WAS GREAT! just be patient and don't worry... your baby will sleep eventually at night. are you breatfeeding or doing formula? my baby also started sleeping betterwhen i switched her to formula at night. she is now 7 weeks old and sleeps all night in her crib. Good luck

Betty - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son had his days and nights mixed up. I got him out of it by letting him lay in his diaper during the day. I feed him when he cried for it but burped him after every ounce. Don't swaddle her in the day time. Put her in the room with the most noise and movement. Note not loud noise but something like the sound of the TV. and Where you will be moving around the most. At night put her in a bassinet beside your bed, Wrap her up really snug like being in the womb. and keep her formula at hand the my doctors said to keep the formula at room temp. As long as your not cold your baby shouldn't be either. Also Nap when she is napping it really does help. Your touch is also very soothing to your baby. If she wakes up during the night feed her, burp her, change her, and swaddle her up then back to sleep.

Beverly - posted on 09/16/2009

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i give my son a warm bath with calming baby soap ( lavender) and it helps sooth them and puts the to sleep also after bath time lotion your baby the rubbing is comforting swaddel them nice and lay them down sometimes ill hold my son right by my heart on bare skin and its saposed to comfort then and he falls right to sleep

Katracia - posted on 09/16/2009

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I am 23 with my first he will be 2months old september the 22nd. He's been sleeping daytime and not at night. The he started crying continuously at night around 12 and won't go to sleep til about 6 or close to 7. I know exactly what you mean. But i tire myself out and go to sleep when he do. He has a bed and has never slept in it. No you can't give a baby under 6weeks old gas drops due to their stomach is still developing and could cause problems. I am just now able to give my baby boy tylenol if its needed. He's 8weeks old. Try what you want. But make sure if you lay them on your leg pressing against the stomach make sure you don't press on the ribs it would be easy to crush them.

Brandie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I was 16 with my first, now I am 23 with 2 girls.Mine has had the whole day and nights mixed up. Only thing I can say is when you want them to wake up DO NOT get them very warm and comfortable. With my oldest, we had to feed her butt naked. She wouldn't wake up for feeding and I took her to the Dr. and they said I was keeping her to warm and comfortable. Try taking a cool wash rag and gently massage her feet with it. It may take a few days to get her straightened out. Rub her face to wake her. She may cry, but it is better then her crying all night.

Morgan - posted on 09/16/2009

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my midwives told me to strip my son down to his diaper during the day if it wasnt too cold and talk to him. at night wrap him up warm and not talk to him. he soon learned that nightime was quiet time. the strippin him down was to keep him awake. try to get in a routine. i've also found that giving him an ounce more at night feedings keeps him sleeping longer at night. try also putting her down when shes still slighly awake to teach her to sleep on her own. my son is 4 weeks old now and sleeps better when im awake and holding him,its cute and all but now im not getting much sleep. =\ but try the things i said,it worked for me.

Holly - posted on 09/16/2009

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mi friend told me about this trick where u hold the baby over their crib and rotate the 360 degrees counter clockwise if their days and nights r mixed up but appearently it works

Nicola - posted on 09/16/2009

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I had the same trouble with my daughter when she was that age and what worked for me was burping her more often and also I didn't swaddle (wrap) her during the day and had her bed near the window so it was light and there was a lot of sound and at night I would wrap her at night so she was nice and warm. She was good at waking herself up when she moved her arms. I also had to be a bit strick on her feeding times which was hard but she wanted to feed every 2 hours and I couldn't cope with it, she settled into that pretty easy and then she was more settled cause her tummy didn't hurt. That doesn't work for everyone and not all people would agree with that but its what worked best for us.

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2009

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i'm 19 and i remember feeling the same when my son was tiny. i'm one of those people who can't just nap when theres washing to be done. so i found it really difficult to try and sleep when my son slept.

i remember everyone commenting on how lazy he was during the day .. oh how i wished he was like that at night.



your best bet is to try and get them to recognise night from day.

such as being noisy in the day and openjing the curtains when its a good time to wake up .. at night close the curtains and make the atmosphere quiter,darker and calmer .. she'll hopefully start to recognise the cues.

also if you can see if a friend, family member or your partner can take your daughter for a few hours so you can have a nice long nap .. my mum used to insist that i go for a nap and she'd lucky after him .. im lucky though cuz i live with her.

Mattee - posted on 09/16/2009

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If her tummy's upset by gas, it may help to lay her on her back and extend her legs all the way and bend them back in all the way, also, look into milicon (sp?) drops; it's gas medicine for infants. Something else that I think helps is having a bed time routine. Turn out all the lights at the same time every night even if she's asleep and start quieting down the atmosphere; try to do it just before it's time for feeding. Give her a bath and afterwards rub her down good with lotion or oil and if it's warm enough let her lay on the blanket for a little while naked... I don't know why this works but my mom always used to call it "kickin time". Afterwarsd swaddle her good and tight and feed her.... But I know that some babies just have that certain time of the day where they just need to cry. If the're fed and changed and you can't find anything wrong, it may be the case. Just let her cry, but don't let her work herself up to much. Good luck!! xx

Jackie - posted on 09/16/2009

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If she is fussing during that wake time it could very well be gas. If that's the case make sure to burp her more often during a feeding every 1-2 oz. If you are nursing burp her half way thru one breast then back on... then burp between breasts then half way thru again. When she wakes fussy lay her across your legs with her belly to your legs. Rub her back and just keep that belly warm with your legs. This will help move any bowel gas along and relieve that pain. She should poop soon afterwards and be feeling much better.

Jackie - posted on 09/16/2009

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Do you have her sleeping in her own crib? If so try putting her crib right beside your bed so you can touch her and she can hear your breathing or consider having her in bed with you. If she isn't fussing another option is to put her in a play pen awake and you doze on couch beside her. Make sure she is swaddled at night also. I always found it best to sleep when ever my babys were sleeping even in the middle of the day because you never know what a baby will do.

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