2 week old wont sleep in the night?

Tarra - posted on 09/13/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 week old baby girl. She is an awesome sleeper! She will sleep 4 to 6 hours at a time.. However she will not sleep from 11pm until 4 am and it seems like every night!! How do I start to change her sleep patters or is it to soon as she is still a newborn??

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Deycy - posted on 09/17/2010

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Dont worry about it the baby is still learning the difference between night/day. The baby should sleep through the night about a mth

Laura - posted on 09/17/2010

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Poor you! I know that when my little Chloe was born, the one thing I remember being told was to make sure she fed well during the day to make sure she was nice and full by night time. I fed her three hourly and during the night no sooner than two hourly. I also put her to bed at the same time every night with the same routine so she knew what was coming up next. I hope things pick up soon.

Melanie - posted on 09/13/2010

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She should be feeding and sleeping on demand at such a young age, but it won't last. You will probably eventually notice her starting to fall on a schedule of her own. Like Lisa said, try waking her for feedings. No worries, everything will fall into place.

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Jessica - posted on 09/17/2010

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try not to give her a nap past 5 play with her by the time u know it she will sleep through the night it worked for my lil girl

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She's still a little young, but she doesn't know the difference between day and night so it's up to your to help her figure it out. Something that has been passed down through generations in my family is to give them a bath with chamomile tea at night. The warm bath and the chamomile help them relax and fall asleep. Also try to do the things she does at night during the day. If she likes to play then play with her during the day so she's awake for a little longer.

Sara - posted on 09/17/2010

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give her a bath and then her bottle and push back her last feed alittle and buy a vaporaire put it on an hour before u put her into bed ....

Dina - posted on 09/16/2010

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If your baby is breastfeeding you should be waking her up every 3 hours to nurse...if bottle fed then every 4 hours.

Not letting her sleep so long between feedings will help her sleep better at night, and also get her more on your schedual.

It is honestly never to young to get them going on a schedual, and waking her up every 3-4 hours during the day to feed and change her is a good place to start.

When my son was born the doctor made me put him on a schedual at 2 days old because he was under the lights (had jaundice) I had to wake him up every 3 hours to nurse.

Gina - posted on 09/16/2010

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Actually you can start molding her for a better sleep patter. During the day when she is awake make it clear that its day time by playing with her and keeping light on and such. If she is breast fed make sure your waking her to eat at least every three hours bottle fed you can push it off to four. Then establish a night time routine, give her a warm bath, rub her down with lavender baby body lotion, sing her a song or read her a book, Keep lights dim and have minimal sensory stimulation. Eventually she will start to get her day times and night times clear. my baby is 2 weeks old now and she sleeps almost five hours at night now but remember she is a baby she will do what she wants and we just have to live with it. Good luck

Tarah - posted on 09/16/2010

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I dont think its to soon to start getting her into a routine try not to let her sleep quite so long during the day just try letting her have a few 3 hour naps (maybe 4) I know its hard to wake them especially when your tired!!! but just try for a few days and see if it helps.also a routine before bed its a good time to start that now!!! the yournger you start with that the faster they learn. what we do is my son has dinner ( he is now 10 mths so is on solids) @ about 6.30 then a bath for about 15-20 mins for a newborn it will obviously be alot shorter but it doesnt matter then i breatsfeed him we read 3 books (it started at just one) I know it feels weird to read to a newborn. the he plays quietly with us on our bed for about 10-15mins and then cuddly and bed.and it works really well!!! he goes down without crying its amazing!!!

Joslyn - posted on 09/16/2010

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Sounds like she has day and night confused and yes I agree she is way too young to have developed a good sleep pattern. Need to somehow keep her more awake during the day and then try get her to sleep more at night. She should be feeding every 2 - 3 hours seeing as though she is brand new.

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Its a little too soon to expect her to have normal sleep patterns.
It will take her a little while to adjust to everything..

Just hang in there.

Kristal - posted on 09/15/2010

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she will adjust on her own...in a few more weeks. it just takes time. hang in there!!

Kerrie - posted on 09/15/2010

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my daughter didnt sleep for more than 4 hours without a bottle till she was about 3 months old

Sophie - posted on 09/15/2010

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it can be too early however if you start a proper winding down routine at night so she starts to recognise the difference between night and day

Heather - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son would do the same thing so I started stimulating him more durring the day to keep him awake longer. It took about a week of doing so, but he finally started sleeping more throught the night instead of durring the day.

Sarh - posted on 09/14/2010

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Tearra, a hot bath how us adults like to take them is WAY too hot for a baby's skin! A baby's skin could become burned from that! I in fact have an old friend who was a first time mom and didn't know how warm or cool to have the water and made the babies bath as she would have for herself, the babies skin did in fact get burned!!! And also, you can not say "basically how you like to take one", me, myself, personally I like to take really hot baths were my skin is red when I get out! That would most definitely burn a 2 wk old's skin as well as my 4.5yr old's skin. I don't even make my 4.5yr olds bathes hot. My son I test his water w/my elbow (that is a sensitive area that will in fact let you know if it is too hot), I just make sure his bath is luke warm. Plus, this baby is 2 weeks old!! She is just going through a growth spurt and a little arousal through out the day may help, but you should let a baby especially one under a month sleep when they feel like it (this is when babies grow. I let my son do his own schedule and by a month old he was sleeping 7 hrs a night and now for the pass month or so (he is 13 wks old) he has been sleeping about 9-10hrs at night. A baby sleeps through the night through his/her own self soothing abilities.

Tearra - posted on 09/14/2010

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you might want to keep her arroused tward the evening by playing with her and trying to keep her awake and try not to let her take late naps into the evening. if you want her to sleep through the night give her a nice hot bath basically how you like to take one or take one with her and then give her her nightly feeding this will relax her and put her right to sleep. what i reccommend is dont let her sleep after 5 pm and try to get ther to lay down around 8 or 8:30 pm i know this will be tough but believe me if you want some what of a nights sleep then this will work and it will also help you to get her on a sleeping schedule.

Jacey - posted on 09/14/2010

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ok so what im about to say might sound crazy to most moms but i have a very old fashioned family, my grandmother especially. my son had his days and nights confused and slept mostly during the day and not much at night. being old fashioned my grandmother told me they used to flip babies who had theyre days and nights mixed up and she did it to my son. she laid him in his bed during the day and flipped him head to feet, i dont remember the specifics, it might have been 3 times in a row. but it worked as crazy as it sounds. that night he slept really good for as young as he was, he was about the age of your daughter. im not saying do it because it definately works but to my surprised it helped us :)

Sarh - posted on 09/14/2010

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I believe it would be a little too soon. But at about a month or so if she has not changed her own sleep patters try to keep her awake more during the day and play w/her.
good luck

Casey - posted on 09/14/2010

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she doesnt know the difference between night and day..so that's something you have to teaching her basically when she gets older..right now its kind of too early..so wait until maybe she is a month and a half and start waking her in the day time..play with her and try to keep her up for like an hour..my daughter started sleeping straight through the night at 2 months..just by me keeping her up atleast once every 3 or 4 hours.

Corissa - posted on 09/14/2010

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I was told to try an keep my daughter awake as much as I could during the day and lay her down at night and as long as she wasn't hungry or anything just leave her in bed at night an she will realize that when its dark its time to sleep. Otherwise you'll end up like a girl I knew whos son was up playing at 2am because she wouldn't leave him in his bed and he still does it and he's a year old....not to mention so does her 5 year old...

Stifler's - posted on 09/14/2010

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And there's lot of noise and stuff at daytime making her feel comfortable like when she was in the womb and it's quiet at night, they eventually develop the urge to sleep when it's quiet though.

Emma - posted on 09/14/2010

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she's only 2 weeks, old, give her a bit of time, my daughter started sleeping after i started giving her formula at night before we went to bed. but she was about1 month old. stress less, it's when they are more than a couple of months old that u need to worry.

Jodi - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter was the same way, she would sleep like an angel throughout the day and be awake ALL night! It took us not quite 2months to get her switched. I'm betting it might be easier for you, mine was colicky on top of this. During the day, we would purposefully keep her awake when we saw she was getting tired, keep in mind, we would just keep her awake for maybe 10-15 minutes longer than she would have wanted. We also would occasionally wake her up if she had been sleeping for a long while, diaper changes are great at waking a baby. At night, when she's awake, if she's not crying, put her down, if she is crying, throw that out the window. But DO NOT play with your daughter during diaper changes or if she's just awake, if she's calm, let her be. Eventually, she will get bored and fall asleep AND learn that at night time she won't get the attention. Best of luck, and this is totally common for newborns, in the uterus there was no "day and night".

Tiffany - posted on 09/13/2010

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Drs are the only ones who believe me on what i am about to tell you. People I know and have told tell me it is impossible but drs reassure me it is not and that what i did, helped. While I was preg I kept the babies (with both pregnancies) awake wile I was awake. If I felt they were still i would either bounce my belly till they woke up or I would take a few drinks of a Mt Dew. Then at bedtime before I would go to sleep I would gently bounce my belly till I felt the baby was still, then I would go to sleep. In result, I never had trouble with a baby not sleeping. My kids were on my schedual from the time they were born. Both of them were. The both started sleeping all night when they were 3 months old. Before then from birth till 3 months they would wake up once a night. I know this dont answer your question but i thought i would let you know this info just incase you plan on anymore in the future. I would also try, if you formula feed, getting the Enfamil Restfull. It is designed to thicken in their tummy and not in the bottle to help them rest better and longer. It is great. But only give it to the babie at night becasue you wont want you little one going that much time all the time without a bottle. I used it till my 2nd started sleeping thru the night on her own. hope that helps

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2010

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My doctor told me to keep mine awake during the day and dont let them take a nap after 5pm until bedtime, and it wont be a immediate thing its something thats gradually going to happen, my sister in law recently went threw this with her daughter and it took her a good 2 weeks b4 she settled in to a good routine the key is to keep her awake and busy during the day so shes tired enough to sleep partially threw the night......just remember that not all kids are the same and theres no exact science to getting a baby to cooperate on anything lol GL

Nikki - posted on 09/13/2010

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This wont last forever, you just need to be patient, she is only 2 weeks old and is still trying to grasp the world around her, trying to get her to follow a schedule is damn near impossible. It is very common for newborns sleep patterns to be backwards, she will figure it out eventually, for the first month they will sleep as much as they can when they want to, in order to grow. Normally after a month they will learn to distinguish night from day, but even then don't expect to get anywhere close to a full nights sleep. By three months you can try and start her on a routine and hopefully get only a couple of wake ups to eat during the night. Just sleep when she sleeps WHENEVER that may be, I still nap when my son does and he is 15 months, he did sleep through early but still wakes up once a night, for teething, night terrors, hungry but goes back down pretty easily.

Lisa - posted on 09/13/2010

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You might want to wake her up to feed her every 4 hours. That might help a little bit. Totally understand how much it sucks to have them not sleep at night. For a few nights there my daughter turned into a "Gremlin" at night. We've resolved the issues with my diet since I BF. Hang in there and just remember to sleep when she does!

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Its a little too soon, give her time to get adjusted to life...wait till shes at least a month old before you start trying to get a sleep schedule. Dont worry you'll adjust to never sleeping again...lol

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