First time mom.

Luz - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hello I am a first time mom, just having a little trouble trying to teach my new born the difference between night and day and to sleep at night.

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Luz - posted on 02/03/2009

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Last night i gave her a feeding around 10pm and woke up around 12am but went right back to bed, then woke up around 1-1:30am and did not go to sleep until 4:30 at her next feding. I am going to try increase the ounce of formula maybe that would work.

Brydget - posted on 02/01/2009

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I agree with the keep it boring, avoid eye contact and don't talk to bubs. The hardest part I have found is if she cries, letting her have a little grizzle to let her "de-stress" but worrying about if the cry is because she needed another burp.



My girl was born on Jan 14 and so far she seems to be in a pretty good schedule although everyone keeps saying from three weeks old their sleeping patterns will get worse and crying will increase :(

Barbara - posted on 02/01/2009

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My baby girl was born jan 13. We've tried to establish different routines for day and night. During the day she sleeps in the pack n play at night she sleeps in  her bassinet. We also increase the amount she eats for her night feeding (9PM) and we include a bath and maybe a book. She typically will sleep until about 2 AM before she wakes for another feeding. We had a nurse also recommend a sound machine for when she sleeps. During the day I keep it sunny, the dogs will back the tv will be on, etc. It took about 3 days to get her on the schedule. It was tough but well worth it. Good Luck!



One last thing (sorry for the long message) keep the night feeding boring...no talking, no singing, no dancing...just the feeding and a change if necessary. Your day feedings should include the fun.

Luz - posted on 01/31/2009

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ok well last nigh it was notbad at all, however at this point anything is better then that sleep i was getting.



I gave her a bath around 10:00pm fed her and read her a story she felt as asleep around 11:00pm woke up around 1:30am  then wen back to sleep around 2:30am and woke up again around 5:30am.  so tonigh my husband and I stated feeing her around 3pm evry 2 hours so lets see  how it will go tonight.  Good luck to us all.  LOL :-)

Carrie - posted on 01/31/2009

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So Luz...how did it go?...remember it will take some time....one night at a time.

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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Was going to give Zayd (my son) his bath right before his 6pm feed, but think i will wait until his 10pm feed then and see how that works. Good luck to us all :) x

Cassandra - posted on 01/31/2009

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Ohhh, I forgot...the nurse also said to give her a bath right before I feed her and change her diaper right before we go to bed and she'll be out like a light for a long time!!!

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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My little man won't sleep at night and it is driving me mad (he was born on 15th jan). But midwife says they don't know the difference between night and day yet... its all confusing! My mum also told me to try and feed him more at night and let the routine slip a bit if he is hungry, then he will sleep better as he will be fuller. He has been awake alot today, so hoping he will be tired at bedtime after his 10pm feed! Bet he is'nt though lol! x

Cassandra - posted on 01/31/2009

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me too, my daughter was born on the 13th and it's been like the twilight zone for me. But my nurse told me to just put her in the bassinet at night and let her cry a little every night and the longer we let her cry, the more she'll realize that's where she's supposed to be and will eventually not cry (if she doesn't need to eat or a diaper change). And turn off the lights at night, keep feedings and diaper changes to have minimum light and turn off the light as soon as you can. In the morning, make a big deal, open the blinds, say goodmorning, do things, and she'll start to understand that the light means awake, the dark means sleep. Hope it helps I'm still working on it, but she's getting a lot better, we got 3 hours of sleep last night twice in a row!!!

Luz - posted on 01/30/2009

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Thanks so much for the advice, I will sure give it a try starting tomorrow I'll let you guys know how it will go.

Luz - posted on 01/30/2009

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Thanks so much for the advice, I will sure give it a try starting tomorrow I'll let you guys know how it will go.

Carrie - posted on 01/30/2009

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We are gradually changing the night/day for our little boy born on Jan 2nd. It was recommended that we move the afternoon/evening feedings closer together (and keep him awake longer between them)...and then he sleeps better at night. It seems to be working. We got two 4 hours stretches last night!!

Laura - posted on 01/29/2009

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Yes, that is not an easy task. Especially when the baby loved to be awake at night in utero, lol. My best way to help this transition is to try and do everything to keep the baby awake during the day... or at least in lighted areas, and at night, make sure you keep it dim and don't be afraid to cuddle, snuggle, soothe, anything at night to help your baby sleep. I know it's basic, but thought I would share. Congrats on your first little one!

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