Newborn sleep patterns

Liana - posted on 11/25/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 16 days old, sleeping fairly well during the night but during the day especially during the evening wont sleep or settle! Is this normal for a newborn? Any tips on encouraging her to settle better during the evening?

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Amanda - posted on 10/28/2014

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The best tip I can think of is Babies' Magic Tea, I'm giving it to my baby boy and he is sleeping better

Callista - posted on 12/02/2008

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I think all babies go through a "cranky period" where they just need extra attention or to have their bad time of the day :D

Kristi - posted on 12/02/2008

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Mine was the same in the evenings. I started a routine early just to establish a neuron connection, something to signal sleep (When I COULD I did this, that is if I caght him before his fussy period). Sponge bath, nursing, reading. I dimmed the lights and played soft, quiet music. White noise ALWAYS was an instant help and he still sleeps to a sound machine which is great because I don't have to be so quiet at night. (Just be sure it's portable). I would wear him a lot (in our ring sling), bounce him on my yoga ball, swaddling him tight worked really well for us also. If he was really fussy I would take him for a walk outside (wearing him in the sling). Outside was always an instant calmer for him. I could even feel his heart rate decrease AS SOON as I took him outside! LOL! He also liked to be 'jiggled' (ever so lightly of course) and I would dance in the room with him. Shhhhh-ing in his ear pretty loudly also worked well when he was crying. Skin to skin contact and holding him differently would sometimes work. If he was fussy on his back I would do a football hold or a side hold. Don't worry about him sleeping through the night. It is a myth that infants, especially newborns, are SUPPOSED to sleep through the night. Some do (luck, I guess) but some won't until they are toddlers and some will some days and not others. This 'idea' is really only recognized widely in our country (makes you think, huh?) Forcing a baby to do something (including sleep) that they are not developmentally ready for can lead to greater stress down the road, for you and your baby. Your baby might sleep well with training tactics in the short term but it is likely to back fire on you down the road (think pre-school). Just be as loving and as nurturing as you can! That's what all babies need! That's why they are babies! They are used to constant cuddles and white noise and movement in the womb and if you can re-create that environment then you will most likely have a happier baby, especially during the first 3 months or so. Also, a lot of babies can get OVER stimulated (or even under - all babies are SO different). Try experimenting with turning off lights, TV, radio. Just a quiet (white noise), boring/uninteresting room. (Lots of luck and CONGRATS! I already miss those days.

Susanne - posted on 12/02/2008

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I don't think that it matters when your new baby gets to sleep just so it is sleeping through the night! My daughter always had a case of crabbiness right around 7pm, you just get in the her schedule and know that she needs some mommy time then.

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Abbey - this will pass! But you can try to wake your baby up periodically through the day so that pattern starts to change. I look back at how I used to keep everything so quiet during the day when the babies were sleeping. I should have been talking on the phone - running the vacuum - all the normal daily things. Instead I made it like night for them - sooo I actually did it to myself :-)

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Congrats to you new Moms. Liana it is very normal for a newborn to have unpredictable sleep patterns.

She will eventually settle more into your routine. She'll want to be cuddled so she'll settle down more in the evening. But you've got half of the battle won that she's sleeping at night. All of my children had their days and nights turned around for six months or better.

Abbey - posted on 11/25/2008

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My son is 5 and a a half weeks old and totally gets the evening fussies. I hold him skin-to-skin in bed to comfort him, and comfort nurse him too. I am jealous that your newborn sleeps fairly well during the night-I'm still exhausted!

Andrea - posted on 11/25/2008

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Mine is the same way what I started doing is putting a warmed blanket over him when he is almost alseep and it seems to be working. I have read up on the same thing and it is normal.

User - posted on 11/25/2008

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A new baby will sleep when they need it. If baby is having a hard time sleeping try some soothing music and try to do the same thing before bed every time. Its a comfort for them. They will recognize what your doing as a sign its bed time. I started playing a baby lullaby cd for my daughter every night when she was first born and it has helped her get to sleep every night since. And as baby grows the amount they sleep will change.

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I wouldn't worry about sleep patterns being 'too short' or 'hard to handle' until they're at least six or eight months old -- think about the baby's activity patterns in the womb, those are about the same sleep patterns she has now.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/25/2008

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My daughter is 22 days old and has the same sleep patterns. I'd also appreciate any advice on getting her to settle down in the evening.

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