Can't keep her awake for play time!

Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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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.

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Kathy - posted on 08/18/2009

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Hi Jennifer! that was a very challenging for me. Especially when newborns just want to sleep all the time. I just took him with him in his bouncer to each room I was in. I made the rooms bright and put music on, ran the washer/dryer just tried to keep everything as normal as possible with noise or I play with him. its hard though I must admit it didnt work all the time but eventually he stayed up longer. hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2009

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Our schedule has gotten awesome in the past two weeks (she's five weeks now). She's starting to stay up about 90 minutes during each three-hour cycle and only has one or two times a day now where she's a zombie. And to top it all off, this week she has slept six and seven hours at a stretch during the night, so things are going great!

Mandy - posted on 07/25/2009

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I think that sounds about right for a 3 week old. Their total wake time is probably about 30-45 minutes which is mostly feeding. It won't be long before you are trying to get her to go to sleep or go back to sleep.

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