will not sleep at night

LaNeica - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I had my baby on the 7th of jan. and he eill not sleep at night. is there anything that i can do to get him to sleep at night

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Deborah - posted on 02/07/2009

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I had Madeline on the 9th of Jan so she is about the same age as your baby. She has just (for the last 2 nights) gone 6 hours overnight between feeds which has been great! (Before that she was going for 4 hours between feeds)



I'm certainly no expert but this is what we have been doing:



According to my lactation consultant and the nurses/midwifes I have seen, babies need a certain amount of feeds in a 24 hour period so if you get more of those feeds in during the day, they will be more likely to sleep at night.



We have been feeding her every 3 hours during the day (obviously earlier if that's what she needs, but usually we have to wake her to feed her at the 3 hour mark) and then demand feeding over night. We have also established a routine so that she knows the difference between the day feeds and night feeds. At night I always feed in her nursery, with the lights low and at the "last feed for the day" (eg 9pm) she has a bath, we read her a book while she is feeding and then we play some music for when she goes down (Mozart for Babies).



I have also found that she LOVES to suck and so we have been giving her a dummy to help settle her to sleep and then taking it out when she is sleepier/calmer. (which has worked a treat)



During the day we make sure there is lots of stimulus and she will often sleep in the pram in the lounge room or around noise.



I Hope that perhaps some of that helped. Every baby is different so you just have to try what works for you.

Tricia - posted on 02/06/2009

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I'm sure he's sleeping some at night, right?  A baby that little probably isn't awake 8 hours in a row.  I would suggest keeping things stimulating during the day and boring at night.  During the day, when he's awake (even if it's just for a diaper change) talk and sing and play with him.  At night, do the reverse.  Keep the lights off.  When you rock him walk the floor with him just say "shhh shhh shhh" and don't talk or sing lullabys.  Help him understand that if he wants fun he needs to be awake when it's light.



If the problem is that he only sleeps for short periods at a time, have you considered co-sleeping?  When my little guy is alone he sleeps for 15 minutes and then wakes up and fusses.  When he's in the bed with me he sleeps 2 hours in a row before wanting to be fed.  Make sure you're doing it safely (i.e. the bed is a firm mattress, keep pillows and blankets away from baby's face, make sure he can't roll off the bed orbetween the mattress and the wall), but sleeping with baby helps regulate both of your sleep cycles.

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Sarah - posted on 02/10/2009

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dont worry, my baby was born via c-section on 2nd jan and he has alot of trouble sleeping at night, i try not talking to him and not making eye contact after 9pm and keeping the lights to a bear minimum, that seems to help settle him a bit more and sleep a little better. im sure your little one will get themselves into a more friendly night time routine soon enough

EMMA - posted on 02/09/2009

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hi my little man was born on the 28th jan i keep to same rutine every night he sleps for roughly 4h a time i dont rock or hold him much at night as i did this with my first and made a rod for my own back this seems to be working for him and it did my second you didn't say weather you were breastfeeding or not as breast fed babys take longer to feed and settle

Erin - posted on 02/09/2009

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I'm having the same problem. My son, Max, was born on Jan. 20th. He eats great (3-4 oz. per feeding). Every night he gets up to eat around 2 am and it takes me about 2 hrs to get him back to sleep. Any advise or help would be appreciated. It seems he has his days and nights mixed up!!

Cristal - posted on 02/07/2009

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something I found to be very helpful, My son was not sleeping very well and a friend of 2 children told me to make sure to feed them 3oz of milk before they sleep. Do whatever it takes to get the 3 oz in them...keep them awake, burp them, nudge them, move them around whatever to make sure they stay awake while feeding and then put them to sleep and they should sleep 3 hours. Now I have been putting single grain cereal in my baby boys milk at night...doctors frown on this I am sure but he sleeps SO much better now! Some nights he will sleep 4 hours...worth a try! :) Hope this helps. ~Cristal~

Lady Floss - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son was off to a weird schedule also.  What my mom suggested I do is maybe an hour before bedtime, change his diaper, bath him, massage lotion onto him, swaddle him, then feed him.  It soothes them and my son now sleeps through the night.  He was born Jan. 16 and is now only three weeks old.  The bathing technique also makes it a bit easier to put your little one on the schedule you want.  Please let me know if this was hepful to you.  Good Luck and Congratulations on your new baby!!

Kristy - posted on 02/06/2009

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Both my girls slept at least 6-7 hours at night and I am sure it was because we started them on a rigid schedule early on, bath at 9 and then they would eat and then bed. Our 2 year old is still sleeping through the night, so maybe try that? It might take a month or so, but you might see results...

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