Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
My daughter is just over 3 weeks old, and I have the hardest time keeping her awake for play time. Usually, it's a big triumph if she's up for one hour, but many times I have to give up after 30 minutes (about 10 minutes after nursing her) because she's such a zombie. I swear, I try everything I can think of (constantly playing with her and changing her position, stripping her down to her diaper, cold wash cloths, and I always save the diaper change until after she's done eating to shake off the post-nursing drowsiness).
We did BW with huge success for her older brother (stayed on schedule, slept 10-12 hours at night by 8 weeks). I know she's still very little, so I imagine she'll get better in the coming weeks. And maybe it's no big deal for now because she naps long enough to go 3 or 3.5 hours in between each feeding. But I was just curious if anyone out there also had super sleepy babies and if you had any good techniques for keeping them alert longer.