How do you change a baby's sleeping pattern?
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Deb - posted on 01/15/2010
Here is an old wives tale that actually works.... Babies are used to being rocked to sleep inside the womb while you're up walking around, working or playing with your other children. Once you quiet down....they put on their dancing shoes and are ready to party! Same thing happens once they are born... to break the messed up circadian rhythm lie your baby down in front of you so that you're looking at his/her face. You will need to flip the baby SLOWLY in a full rotation the long way. Then VERY GENTLY grab your baby's legs and life the baby up, holding him/her upside down for about 2 seconds, then complete the rotation. THIS DOES NOT HURT THE BABY. Please be very careful that you are supporting the head and neck the whole time you are doing this... then...voila! Sleep problem solved. It worked for my 2 kids and just about everyone I know that's tried it. Both my kids were sleeping through the night (5+ hours) immediately. I hope you have similar results.
Darlene - posted on 01/14/2010
I had this issue with my little guy. I asked my ped dr and he gave me some good advice, it didn't change it overnight but it got better day by day. Try to keep him/her up a little longer (cant be to much with a one week old) during the day and at night keep the light very low, do not talk to him/her, make the night time awake time very boring and the day time more exciting. After 2 weeks my little guy had switched it out.
Lisa - posted on 01/11/2010
The first couple weeks are tough!!! Try to keep baby up during day with light, noise etc. then at night try to start with routine maybe soft music, bath, then bottle then turn music off and put to bed in crib. It is very hard not to let baby sleep by you or in same room but it will benifit you in the long run. My child is 2 months old and now has routine it took about 1 week straight of keeping her in her room in crib, I started at about 3-4 weeks putting her in her crib. Now her routine is soft music while I feed bottle in her room with only night light on, then turn music off and put her in her crib, if she is still awake I turn on mobile that plays light show and ocean sounds. At first putting her in crib I used the heart beat sound on mobile and that seemed to sooth her. Sorry I wrote a book , but I know how you feel the first few weeks are rough. It will get better!!!
Sara - posted on 01/11/2010
you cant .. he is a newborn and will sleep when he wants to ... I had the same issue with my daughter .. she is now almost 4 months and sleeps 8-10 hr stretches at night before wanting a bottle.. sometimes (like last night and once last week) she will sleep 12hrs straight. They will eventually figure out day and night. The only thing that we did to help Aly adjust when she was older was we fed her less and every two hrs during the day and did one bigger bottle before bed... now, she gets rice cereal in her bedtime bottle...
but, youre little guy is too young to play this game... he needs to eat frequently and sleep a lot .. let him guide you and he will adjust when he is ready.
September - posted on 01/11/2010
Time! Your baby is only a week old...His sleeping patterns are going to change and continue to change for quite some time. Plus he is still having a hard time telling the difference between night and day. You can google some information about infants and sleeping patterns if you want to read more. Good luck and enjoy your newborn :) Also keep in mind that every baby is different :)
Amber - posted on 01/11/2010
my daughter is 9 days old and she was having the same problem a few nights in a row but last night she slept really good. i would wake her up about 30-45 minutes before she would eat and keep her up. she was a little fussy but i laid her in between my legs and rocked her back and fourth with her binkie and that made her hold off until it was tme for her to eat. then if i saw she was starting to sleep i would change her diaper then do belly time as long as she could handle. i always change her diaper after she eats and it seems to perk her up a bit. in the night i change it in the middle of her feeding so while shes eating the second half she gets more sleepy. hope it helps :)
it means that he is not getting enough calories during the day. Babies sleep through the night is they have enough calories! he is still a little young to keep awake during the day. he need to grow, and that happens when he is sleeping! the best thing to do is when you decide his bedtime is ( Kiras is 8:30) put his pjs on an hour before. then lay him in his bed (not yours) at his established bedtime. if he starts crying change him and feed him with minimal lighting. then place him back in bed. try not to talk to him during this process to keep him sleepy and not alert. then in the morning when you think it is a good time to start his day. even if he is sleeping pick him up. changes his diaper, and put him in his clothes for the day (of course they will probably change a fes times). and then try to get him on a feeding schedule. for example: Kira was hungry at 5am, 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm,5pm, 7pm and 9 every single day. and still eats pretty close to that now. that was her normal eating habit. and eventually he will figure out that day is for activities and night is for sleeping. and another little tip is when he is sleeping during the day dont be quite! do laundry or vacuum close to where he is sleeping, watch tv and have lights on. it will make it so he can fall asleep in any circumstance. good luck and i hope this helps. if it doesnt make sense or it confuses you let me know! i have a tendency to mix my thoughts!
Cailie - posted on 01/11/2010
my son was sleeping through the night at 6 weeks with one bottle at 5:00 so what i did was during the day i kept it very brite in the house/or went outside. than at night i made sure to have as little contact as possible and didn't talk as much or i was very quit about it. as far as keeping him awake i would just try to play with him as much as he would allow and if you want to keep him awkae my mid wife had us undress him. that worked every time! she told me it was cause they where too warm is what makes them sleepy well good luck and hold in there it will take place before you knwo it!
Most babies are night owls, and will slowly adjust to life in the daytime. It takes a while, so be prepared to be up at night. Try sleeping when your baby sleeps, no matter what time it is, so you don't get too run down.
There are a couple books to try:
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks (not well written, but some interesting methods to consider)
Try to make awake time different than sleep time. In the morning, bright lights, get up, blinds open, activity. When it's bedtime, try a routine that will signal bedtime - blinds down, lights low/off, sing a bedtime song. My newborn slept much better when he was swaddled - so we swaddled him up for nighttime, but not for daytime naps.
Most babies sleep between 16-18 hours a day. It probably takes about 30-40 minutes to feed them, and they're eating every 2.5-3 hours. After a feed and diaper change, they're probably ready for a snooze again!
For the first month, My son and I lived in 3 hour time chunks. Daytime: Wake, feed, Activity, Sleep. Nighttime: Wake, Feed, Quiet Time (if awake) and Back to Bed
Tanya - posted on 01/11/2010
my son was the worst with a schedule i had to put him on it. at around 4 months he really adjusted but it took me a good month to get him set in it! best thing i ever did because now he sleeps through the night and is reliable!
Heather - posted on 01/11/2010
I was just going to go back and edit mine saying you can't put them on a schedule until about 3 months but you already said that. Also my daughter did pretty good about setting her own schedule and I just have gone a long with it. She eats every day at the same time. Goes to bed every night at the same time.
Tanya - posted on 01/11/2010
keep him up more during the day, even if hes a little bit cranky. also make sure it is bright during the day, and even if hes up at night, make sure its dark dark dark. dont talk to him much when you change him, etc etc. one week is pretty early to really get on any type of schedule, they make their own at that age.i ts never to early to get into a routine, bath, bottle, bed, etc, but dont have too much expectations until about 2-3 months old.
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