Any tips on how to get your newborn to understand the difference between night and day?

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Try to keep the day time naps short. I found that wiping the baby down with a cool wash cloth (under the arms and neck area especially) would be enough to wake them up a bit. Then when night comes, they haven't slept all day so they crash.

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Kylie - posted on 06/29/2009

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I agree with Julia Hehn- make the same amount of noise as you did while pregnant and before. Some babies sleep better knowing they can hear their mum and dad. our son sleeps through the mower going during the day its great. Good Luck. Kylie

Bridget - posted on 06/29/2009

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We set up a routine where we bathed our son every night at the same time then gave him a baby massage and thrn feed him. This helps relax him and he has been sleeping at least a 5 hour stretch since he was 3 weeks old. Good luck.

Julia - posted on 06/29/2009

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When she sleeps during the day keep her in a well lit room with noise going, like the tv, you doing house work, or cooking, don't lower your voices. When it's time for night time bed put her in her crib (in her room, not yours) keep it dark and quite. My daughter was sleeping through the night at one month. And even now at 2 and half she asks to go to bed and still takes a good nap.

Rebecca - posted on 06/29/2009

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As a mother of four children from the ages of 7 to 2 i found with all of them the better they slept during the day the better the slept at night. If the baby sleeps on back it might not be comfortable in this position i know it is not recommended that babies sleep on their front but all of mind did. Just remember it won't be like this for ever though keep you chin up xx

Guggie - posted on 06/29/2009

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My mom told me to let her hang out in front of a sunny window. She loved it. We did it every two hours for a day. After that she slept through the night. (day 3 after birth). I don't know of course if it was due to being in the sun or if it was just her personality, but it's certainly worth a try.



You could always talk to a doctor about taking melatonin supplements if you are feeding her.



And please remember that you cannot get vit. d. through glass windows.

Stacy - posted on 06/28/2009

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All I can say is the book Baby Wise written by a Christian Doctor. Very helpful

Sabrina - posted on 06/28/2009

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My youngest was that way!! I noticed the first Sunday that we took him to church that he was awake through the whole sermon (A time when he was usually asleep). So I ended up getting tapes of our pastor's sermons and playing them to keep him awake during the day!!!

Carly - posted on 06/28/2009

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Most of it is just being patient. Remember, up until very recently, bubs was in a place where daytime and nighttime were completely irrelevant. I agree with previous posters about keeping things very calm and dark when bubs wakes during the night, and lighter with more obvious activity during the day. Human sleep rhythms are largely controlled by how much light we can see.

When my son wakes in the morning and after day naps, we always make a big deal of opening the curtains ... "Open the curtains! Let the sunshine it! Time to get up!" He barely looks at us now, just looks straight over to the curtains, waiting for them to be opened lol. If he wakes during the night, I honestly try to avoid talking to him at all, unless he's very upset and needs some soothing words. I don't turn any lights on unless he needs a nappy change.

Good luck with your little one.

Kylie - posted on 06/28/2009

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Hi Paula, when you put your little one down for each nap during the day leave the curtains open and bub will soon learn the difference. Also if you do get up earlier in the morning before bub wakes sneak into their room and open the curtains a little so the light shines in. This worked for my son. Good Luck. Kylie

Kay - posted on 06/28/2009

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Hiya the only advice i can offer is what i done with my own children as babies they are now nearly 7 and nearly 4. i always stuck to routine we would wake in the morning give bottle,get washed and dressed then whaen baby was napping during the day i would lay them in their pram in the living room with a blanket loosley covering them then so baby new it was time for bed i would bath give bottle swaddle in a shawl and put baby in moses basket (basenet) give baby a kiss say goodnight and turn light out and shut the door for feeds in the night id keep the lights low and done the same putting her back in moses basket by swaddlin in shawl they only got swaddled at night so they new it was associated with bedtime. as they got bigger id try to keep them awake from dinner time (supper) so they were tired by the time it was bedtime. I never woke any them during the day if they were sleeping id leave them sleeping i never limited their naps as young babies as young babies need sleep its also nearly impossable to keep a very young baby occupied and awake their little bodys can't fight sleep no matter how hard they try and fight it the sleep always wins lol goodluck

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2009

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my daughters doctor said to keep the lighting as low as possible at night during feedings and to keep lights on during the day, even during naps. also keep her occupied during the day with toys and talknig to her. the doctor also suggested waking her during naps during the day (didnt like that advice because a sleeping baby needs sleep)

Ambree - posted on 06/28/2009

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There is not a whole lot you can do for now. Babies will fall into thier own routine during the newborn stage. Try keeping baby awake more during the day. That might help!! Good Luck :)

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I was told that if you let them have a few naps during the day (1 hour naps) all before 3pm then put them to bed a couple of hours later and they will sleep through.

Not all babies sleep through the night- I know that wasn't the question from th OP

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Hi Paula, I found that making sure my son took his naps in the living room with the usual noise (TV, phone, talking, etc.) and made sure he only sleeped in his crib at night with it quiet or light noise, dark, and only at night time worked great. It took about a week and half and I had him sleeping between 6-8 hours at 10 weeks old. I swear by this method. My son just turned a year old and for the most part sleeps through the night. We still have our moments when he is teething or has an ear infection but for the most part he sleeps through the night. Still to this day I do not let him nap or play in the bedroom just because I want him to sleep through the night. Good Luck!

Yosmaira - posted on 06/27/2009

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Try talking to her more during the day and less at night. During the day expose baby to light and less at night. Also bathing baby at night with baby Johnson & Johnson Lavender soap-relaxes baby it helps.

Crystal - posted on 06/27/2009

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I agree with Amanda... the less baby sleeps during the daytime, the more she will at night. I think about everyone has this problem, but just rob some of the daytime sleeptime so she will let you get more rest at night!

Hillary - posted on 06/27/2009

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Bella's first three nights were spent in the hospital, with nurses constantly coming in during the night for a bath, shots, tests, etc. Needless to say, my first night home was spent with a baby who stared at me for 12 hours straight, and I was going out of my mind. The first month is the hardest, babies need to eat every 2-4 hours in the first month, so often they will be up a lot more. In the daytime, try to entertain your baby more after he/she eats instead of letting them go back to sleep (of course, don't keep them up all day, they do need a lot of naps!) Toward "bedtime" between 8-10 pm, keep the room a little darker, give your baby a nice warm bath and comfortable clothes, and a good feeding. When they get up during the night (they often do) feed them, but also help them to learn that night is for sleep, not playing, they need to eat, and then go back to sleep. The first month was the hardest for me, as soon as Bella turned 1 month, she started sleeping through the night every night. If none of that works, all you can do is sleep when your baby sleeps. No, you probably won't have a life for awhile, but you'll keep your sanity! Good luck to you!

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Try darkening the windows of his room but only put the baby in there at night and during the day put your baby in another room where it is light. It worked wonders for us and now our son wont sleep longer than half an hour for naps and 6-7 hours straight at night.

Tiffanie - posted on 06/27/2009

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Have you tried flipping him or her? We had to do this for our son when he was a newborn he got his nights and days mixed up then we flipped him( very gently my husband supposrted his head and I supposrted his body). A lot of people told us to do it and we actually laughed at the idea until we had enough of the confusion then we flipped him and hes been fine ever since. You can ask the doc about it and see what he says. Good Luck

Tiffanie - posted on 06/27/2009

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Have you tried flipping him or her? We had to do this for our son when he was a newborn he got his nights and days mixed up then we flipped him( very gently my husband supposrted his head and I supposrted his body). A lot of people told us to do it and we actually laughed at the idea until we had enough of the confusion then we flipped him and hes been fine ever since. You can ask the doc about it and see what he says. Good Luck

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Hey! When my daughter was born all she wanted to do was sleep during the day. To keep her up during the day we kept her occupied by having a lot of toys for her. We also had a routine where she napped for about an hour or two a twice a day. When she got adjusted to that she pretty much slept through the night when she was 2 weeks old. We were very lucky! But it all depends on the baby.

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