how can i get my baby girl to sleep before 3am!!!!

Jess - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my baby girl willl go to leep at 3am to 4am and sleep till lunch time just wanted to know if any1 had aby tips on how to get her to sleep earlier??

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Samara - posted on 04/22/2009

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It's definately all about routine. You have to put her to sleep rather than letting her fall asleep. Babies clocks are a little bakward when they're little, just like when you were pregnant, they were up all night kicking and quite in the afternoons, they'll do the same thing until you set their clocks right after they're born. My little guy was like this at first too, it was just a matter of waking him up in the mornings and napping with him later and waking him back up for a few days and he started falling asleep at 8 instead of 12.

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T_cjones108 - posted on 04/22/2009

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if you dont have a routine then u should start one! and i would start changing her sleep patteren! its not going to be easy at first but will be worth it in the long run :) hope this helps hun

Kim - posted on 04/22/2009

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My little girl is almost three months old and has been sleeping through the night for about a month now. From birth at her last feeding around 8:30-9:30pm. I would change her diaper and put her to bed. She is often wide awake. I just told her that she could play if she wanted but she would be playing in the dark. She would lay down there and play and I would go to sleep. She now wakes up once in a while but she will just play until she goes back to sleep. (She doesn't cry when she wakes up, I just hear her cooing.) She then gets up whenever I do. Usually around 7am. I hope it helps.

Sunshine - posted on 04/22/2009

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My baby girl is now almost 4 months old and from the first day i had her i have had the same bedtime routine every night no matter what.. At about 6.30pm i turn off lights around the house and dim the light in the loung room, she then has a play on the floor with her nappy off until about 7.30pm (about when she starts to show some tired signs).I then strip her off and quietly massage her with oil, its then into the bath, pj's on ( i find giving her the same outfit to just sleep in only at night helps), and then milk (even if she had only just been fed 2 hours earlier cause it tops her up). I find that she is then so relaxed and full that shes more than happy to be put into bed and goes straight to sleep for a good 9 to 10 hours.

Jennie - posted on 04/21/2009

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my son has been in a routine since birth too. he goes to bed at 7 and wakes at 7am. i think you need to pick the first day you try it, and keep her awake from 7/8am ish. let her nap around 10am, then again at around 2.30/3pm. dinner at around 6pm, bath, and milk around 7/7.30pm. then put her down to bed and keep her there. it make take a few days of perserving and probably a lot of tears, but eventually she will get used to it. its hard to keep to it (it took us around 4 days) but its so worth it. hope that helps a bit.

Amber - posted on 04/21/2009

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How old is your baby girl? You may need to wake her up earlier one day to try to change her routine. Also I too use a bedtime routine. We do a bath at 7 and rub lotion on, I let him talk a little while after that and then around 8 he has his last bottle and I rock him. I have been doing this bed time routine since he was about a month old and he is really used to it.

User - posted on 04/21/2009

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I've bathed my girl at half past five every evening since birth. Getting them into a routine since the beginning is very important. She eats every afternoon at half past four, get bathed at half past five. She usually then has milk. She goes to sleep at 9, sometimes earlier. If you take her to bed, make sure that its quiet around her. I had the same problem at the beginning. Switch off all very bright lights and put on some soft classical music. Keep all other loud noises to the limit.

Carrie - posted on 04/21/2009

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Do you have a bedtime routine yet? If you can do some things she will associate with sleepy time, that might help. My son is a night owl too. Something that has helped my husband and I is I will nurse him (sometimes we rock in a rockingchair) and he always falls asleep. Then we co-sleep, and so my husband will crawl into bed and I will lay him on his arm. If he is not satisfied with Daddy, then I will lay down and nurse him till he falls alseep. One other thing I have noticed that gets him to go to sleep earlier and longer is taking a family shower or bath. Good luck! I hope this helps!

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