days and nights mixed up

Brianna - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




does anyone have any advice on how to fix it when your babys days and nights are mixed up. ive tried to wake her up lots during the day but she just wont stay awake and then shes wide awake at night.


Felicity - posted on 11/26/2009




I had a baby like that. All I did was not to talk to her during the night, just getting her up for feeds and putting her straight back to bed keeping it as dark/dim as possible. I did not even change nappies unless I had to and mostly I would not even unwrap her. Whereas, naturally, during the day I would talk to her when she woke up and generally provide her with much more stimulation. She worked out pretty quickly that night time was very boring and daytime was certainly the pace to be.


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Sangeetha - posted on 11/28/2009




hi, i know its a bit difficult situation waking up ur young one,,, some babies cannot differenciate between day and night, so just make sure u put some sounds in the room where ur baby sleeps and allow sunlight during the day. at night switch off the lights and put some soft music for your little one.

Michelle - posted on 11/27/2009




also what time do you put her to 'bed'??? if you put her down to early, like 7pm it may seem to you shes awake 'all night' but to her shes not because babies sleep intermittantly.

It could help it you sleep with her sometimes when she naps in the day. Dont put her in her 'bed' let her sleep in the pushchair (not carseat). I notice the in the pic, shes asleep in that bouncer...let that be her daytime resting place so that she get to know that her moses basket/ crib is for night time.

Michelle - posted on 11/27/2009




Hi Brianna...It will sort itself. babies do stay asleep most of the time its how they grow. eat, sleep, grow.

Your daughter is very young and with time she will learn whats night and day. it may help if you can get her into a routine. Do a certain thing at around 9pm that she would recognise everyday. Such as cuddling her on the bed, with the curtains drawn and a dim light on. In the morning you could try sitting her in her swing infront of the tele (obviously not promoting tele watching in kids) but certain things to help her establish a routine.

What is her feeding pattern like?

Dont apply a 'cold' flannel to her as this could shock her. You could try bathing her or giving her a wash every morning then a feed. As long as your baby is feeding well and appears comfortable shell be fine. Shes not even two weeks old and you may have to bare with her for a couple more weeks until she starts to get used to the outside world.

Deanna - posted on 11/27/2009




My Son was like that for almost 2 weeks.. He would sleep all day, but when 9:00 pm would role around he'd come more active. He would cry and fuss from 9 at night till 5:00am in the Morning.. I tried everything and nothing would work until one night i layed him on a pillow and cuddled him right in close to my body and he feel asleep at 10:30pm and didn't budge until the next Morning.. :) He's been sleeping through the nights everysince.. he did sleep with me for a month but now he sleeps right through the night in his on crib.. Just be Patient and things will ork out!!!!

Jessica - posted on 11/27/2009




what i did was during the day when my son would nap i would put him by a window with plenty of outside light shinning through and i wouldnt let him sleep longer than 3 hours together, as new borns they want to sleep heaps but i just wouldnt let him sleep longer than the 3 hours each sleep. At night my son was still waking for bottles but they normally have a long stretch of sleep about 5 hours between like 7/8pm till 12/1am its really hard to program them at that age, it shouldnt take too long for her to work it out

Brandy - posted on 11/26/2009




My daughter was in an incubator for the first couple weeks of her life so since her world was bright with UV bulbs all day long, she had no sense of night and day. After we brought her home, her most active period during the day was between 7pm and 3am. Then she would go to bed and have her longest period of sleep (3 hours) then start waking every 2 1/2 after that feeding. I think the best thing for the baby is to just let them work it out on their own. I just got used to her schedule and went with it until she slowly worked her way into a regular daytime. Mind you I would always keep it dark and quiet during these hours and I think it was actually when we started leaving the house more often that she started to understand because she realized that when we left the house it was always bright and sunny and so that must be the regular waking time of day. I don't think it's good to keep a newborn awake or wake them from sleep. Just my opinion but if it were me, I wouldn't do it. The way I see it, why does it matter what time of the day we spend awake if we are not working. Encourage her to sleep at night by setting a sleepy mood, but please don't force her awake during the day. Sleep is sooo much more important for babies than it is for us.

Angela - posted on 11/26/2009




I know some mom's may not believe this, but I flipped my daughter backward once, on the bed of course, and it helped her. She was up like every hour when she was brought home, and slept all day, but when I did that, she seemed to sleep longer at night. It's worth a try!

Shenece - posted on 11/26/2009




I had that problem. My son doctor told me to rub his face with a cold face towel. so I let him take two naps in the day time. but i rub his face until he was up. It took about two to three days to get him right.

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