HOW DO I GET MY 1 MONTH OLD SON TO STAY AWAKE DURING THE DAY?

Tiffany - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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MY SON SLEEPS THROUGH THE DAY AND IS AWAKE FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT. I'VE TRIED ALOT OF WAYS TO GET HIM TO STAY AWAKE DURING THE DAY BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THE TECHNIQUE'S THAT I'M USING IS NOT HELPING! CAN ANYONE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON OTHER WAYS TO KEEP MY SON AWAKE?

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Ashely - posted on 03/05/2009

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My 5 week old son is the same way! Sleeps alot during the day and not enough at night. I was soo frustrated and was wondering the same thing you are, but I was doing some reading on it and something told me that "don't skip the naps during the day with newborns in hopes of making them sleep longer at night, but missing daytime siestas will cause him to be overtired, which can actually make it harder for him to drift off" I also tried doing a bedtime routine, they say that you can start that as early as 2-3 wks after birth (bath, feed, story, crib) I've been doing that and actually had some luck.

Good luck : )

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My son, 8 weeks old, had the same problems and is stubborn to boot. If he wants to sleep he's going to sleep no matter what we do to keep him awake! Everything I've read says to let them sleep when they want to, but that wasn't so good for my sanity so we started doing a bedtime routine (bath, massage, swaddle, feeding) and he goes right to sleep and stays asleep for 6-8 hours at a time at night! The not making eye contact and not turning on lights for nighttime feedings really helps too. It was taking us up to an hour to get him back to sleep, but when we started doing the dark, no contact thing he eats and is right back to sleep in no time! Hope that helps.

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My daughter, who is 8 weeks old, also had her days and nights switched.  Between reading and talking to my ped. I finally kept the house really bright and loud 9i.e. tv, radio, talking, vacuum, etc) and also took her out into the sun for a few minutes several times a day.  Then at night I kept the house very dark and quiet.  Also, just like Kim said, at night I neer talked to her, didn't make eye contact, and got to where I don't change her diaper unless absolutely necessary since she tends to wake up fully for that.  It has only taken her a few weeks to adjust and now wakes up only once a night.  We also started a bedtime routine with her that helped a lot.  Oh yeah, don't try to wake him up while he is napping unless it goes longer than 3 hours during the day.  Babies still need their beauty sleep during the day!!  He will get into a routine soon :)  Hope this helps.

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Marissa - posted on 03/06/2014

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reading your input has REALLY helped us!!! thank you so much! I combined yours and another I read from Ashley (down below) now we bath, feed, burp swaddle and have a story which lights go out right after and are not turned on til morning.. diaper midnight diaper changes and feeding are done by nightlights only and no stimulating at all unless necessary. Thank you so much!!!! I was feeding with tv on for my entertainment previously and changing diapers with all lights on.. I was doin it all wrong. I am a first time mommy and my baby is 1 month old- Thank you again

K'nesha - posted on 03/11/2009

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Best advice i've gotten was to be LOUD LOUD LOUD during the day, when baby is sleeping during the day don't be in fear of waking baby up. If baby is sleeping and you need to vaccum, vaccum this way baby knows at day it loud and at night its quite. In reverse to what other moms have said dont be afraid of baby waking at night either quit is good but not to quit, because there are going to be times where at night it going to be loud i.e. family function; get togethers and again baby will get confused..so playing music or talking to baby at night is not such a bad thing.

Christine - posted on 03/06/2009

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I don't know if this helps or not, but for my daughter we only put her in her crib for her 5 o'clock nap time and bedtime, in both cases the room is dark and quiet with "sleepytime" music playing. Otherwise, we let her nap wherever but we don't turn down the TV or music and we don't lower our voices.



We've done this since day 1 and we rarely have problems at bedtime (nap-time is still a scream-fest). I also feed her formula at night to help her sleep longer. So far so good!

User - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have this exact problem too and I have tried everything. I have heard they eventually sort it out themselves with their clocks switch back naturally. When I try to wake him up he is sooo fussy for a long time and I feel terrible. I am going to try and wait it out abit more but nights are getting pretty frustrating being up at all hours!!!

Kim - posted on 03/05/2009

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I'm not sure what you've tried already so I hope this helps.....Keep the blinds open during the day to let as much light in as possible. It might be easier to help him sleep more at night, than to keep him awake during the day (not sure if that makes any sense). When he wakes up at night, try not to turn on any lights if you can help it...we turn our closet light on so there is just enough light to see what we're doing but don't turn any other lights on in our bedroom at night. Also we don't talk to my daughter at all and try not to make eye contact. This way she doesn't really have any incentive for staying awake after she eats. When she fusses we get her up, quickly change her diaper and feed her then rock her back to sleep but we try to have as little stimulation as possible. Keeping babies awake during the day I think is kind of tricky because you don't want them to lose out on sleep or they will be more fussy than you can imagine. Maybe try those tricks at night and see if he'll sleep a little more at night, and he'll inevitibly be awake more during the day. good luck and hope that helps.

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