3wk old sleeping longer during day & waking more often overnight.

Kat - posted on 07/24/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, my 3wk old little girl is great. But she is sleeping more soundly & for longer during the day than during the night. Any tips please on swapping it around??
I have been waking her during the day every 4hrs & then letting her go overnight for as long as she likes, but she is waking every 3 hours overnight & has gone during the day time for as long as 6 hours (and still didn't wake up herself). I have a nearly 22 month old as well & am exhausted.

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Candy - posted on 07/24/2010

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Sounds to me you are doing it right. It just takes time. Maybe you can have someone come over so you can take a nap. It is hard when they are so close in age. I know. Mine are 16 and 1/2 months apart. It is well worth it later when they are playing with each other so you can clean. Then it becomes hard again when you take one to kindergarten one year and turn around and take the other the next. I am going throught that now:( I am ssooo sad to be alone. You are doing fine. You just need to find a friend or family memeber who can give you a break once in a while. Just keep waking her up and maybe give her someting to do when she is up. I loved tummy time with mine. Take her out side to enjoy the birds and air. Good luck

Polly - posted on 07/24/2010

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The newborn stage is so tough! Much hugs to you, momma! Newborns often have their days and nights mixed up. I have read that this is because when they were in the womb, they were lulled to sleep by the rocking caused by the mother walking and moving around. And then at night when she is still its party time! Did you notice what times of the day/night your baby was more active when in the womb?

It will take some time, but eventually your baby will get her schedule on track just because of the light/dark and activities going on during the day Waking every 3 hours is pretty normal for a newborn. I would be careful not to be too drastic on trying to keep her awake when she is tired because it can cause her to be OVERtired and then more sleep problems can happen. It sounds like you are doing a good job with what you are doing, and she will come around eventually.

Its doubly hard having a toddler and a newborn at the same time. Get your rest when you can, even if it means other household stuff has to wait! Hopefully this stage will pass soon!

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