my newborn thinks that night time is day time and stays up all night.. any advice on how to switch this around..

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Tina - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hello. my advise to you is when you put baby to sleep in day time keep the light in. This is how they identify night is night because its dark and day time is light. my son has been brilliant since birth as i did this from birth. they also learn that by doing this, they sleep less during the day than a night. it works the same way. Honestly this works. Good luck

Andrea - posted on 04/27/2009

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Wake your baby up every half hour during her daytime naps. My ped. said that when they sleep too long during the day, then they aren't tired at night - obviously. But she said that even if they go right back to sleep after you wake them up, you have disturbed the sleep enough that they aren't as rested. Everyone else is right about the light and noise, too. Bright and noisy during the day, quiet and dark at night.

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Shelly - posted on 04/27/2009

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I would try keeping baby awake as long as possible each feeding through the day, even if you have to wake baby just to feed. For now you sleep when baby does.

Kari - posted on 04/27/2009

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For me, I always had my newborns out in the living room napping during the day around all of the noise nad action, that way your baby will not get really ggod deep sleep and will be more tired at night. It really helps to have them learn the differance betwwen night and day when night time is quiet and day time is not. I also tended to vaccuum and get my house work done during day time naps.

Ashley - posted on 04/27/2009

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How new is your newborn? I think it happens to almost all new babies. I tried "keeping my baby up" during the day and ended up suffering big time as she became even more unsettled at night. The best advice I can give you is definitely keep windows open for natural light, enjoy a walk outside, during the day and wake her up during the day when it's time to eat. But when it's night time don't wake her to feed her, let her wake you up...she will when she's hungry. And then keep lights and noise to a minimum, just feed her change her and then back to sleep. It takes some time but they do correct themselves. Oh and words to live by for new moms...SLEEP WHEN THE BABY DOES! If I did that it would have been so much better. Congratulations on your new addition, she is gorgeous!

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2009

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My daughter did this for the first 6 weeks of her life, i think its pretty normal for babys to do that hense the saying sleepless nights. She has no body clock yet and it will come right eventually. Just stick to a bedtime routine and she will soon get the picture but apart from that there isnt much you can do apart from sleep during the day when she does. If you a breastfeeding then your milk is more nutritous at night so that is also a factor of why she may be awake all night. Good luck and dont worry, it will come right eventually.

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she is 2 weeks today... but she is very alert at night and very sleepy during the day.. she isnt fussy or anything she just likes to look around she doesnt cry ever..

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You need to keep the baby up more during the day. I know, newborns need to sleep,but, I went through this with my twin girls. I talked to Dr. and that was his advice. it works.. Its a schedule,just like feeding. Good luck

Abby - posted on 04/27/2009

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we had this problem for ages, make sure u distinguish well between night and day. so when the baby should be awake there should be lots of noise and light and then when it's night have a very calm, quiet dark house. specially when it comes to at night keep it as quiet and dark as possible. it may take a while, but they slowly get there. and ur baby has gorgeous eyes x

Gemma - posted on 04/27/2009

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hi there,

im sure she'll settle down, how many weeks is she? my little girl went in stages! but slept practically through from 5 weeks, its supposed to take a while until their little body knows and gets used to night times! only the lucky ones it happens to straight away, all i can advise is sleep when she does cuddle up with her and enjoy a lovely nap x x

Carys - posted on 04/27/2009

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How new is your newborn?

I can't remember the difference between night and day at the start of my son's life, but it DOES improve. The problem is, of course, that the middle of the night is very lonely when you've got an unsettled baby. Your little one will settle into sleeping at night. Mine did, most do.

Take care Sara, and please try to sleep when your little one sleeps during the day. That's advice from someone who didn't sleep and thought she was Superwoman!

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