sleep deprivation

Elizabeth - posted on 04/22/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Can anyone give me some advice on sleeping difficulties. my 5mth old daughter sleeps a lot during the day, she is too young to try to keep awake, she gets very upset wen she needs a sleep and as soon as i put her down to the cot she stops crying and is out like a light. problem is at nite she settles very well but from midnight she is up every hour, this happens every night! any advice for two exhausted parents! thank-you

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Katherine - posted on 04/22/2012

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Somehow you are going to HAVE to change her sleep schedule. She is basically sleeping all day and not at night (obviously). I would try to keep her up during the day a few times, skip a few naps, maybe one. I know she's tired, but, well, if you want her back on track you really have no choice.



Or keep the naps shorter. Wake her up earlier and don't let her sleep as long. I know it's hard, but you're going to HAVE to do something. Also establish a wake-up time and stick to it.



Here are some tips I found:



Get her up in the morning at a normal waking time, rather than letting her sleep in to make up for lost night-time slumber. It may be tempting to let her sleep so you can catch up on sleep yourself, or get a few minutes of peace and quiet, but you'll pay for it the next night.



Give your baby a simple morning wash and change her out of her night clothes.



Play with her as much as you can throughout the day. Even if she's sleeping soundly, wake her for feeds.



Keep the curtains open in her room and be your usual noisy self. Don't turn the ringer off the phone or avoid turning on the dishwasher. That way your baby won't become the world's lightest sleeper, and you won't spend the next 10 years tip-toeing around the house when she's in bed.



Don't play with her at night. Keep her room dark, with just the minimum amount of light for feeds and nappy changes. Be quiet and soothing. Move and talk in slow motion. Essentially, be as boring as possible.



There's no harm in trying a simple bedtime routine of a bath and massage, or changing her back into night clothes, just as you expect to do when she is older.



Your baby will soon learn that daytime is for fun and night-time is for sleeping. The process may take several days or even up to a few weeks, but if you stick with it, you'll soon have yourself a daytime baby.

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