2 week old wont sleep

Lavinda - posted on 10/23/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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so my son mason is awake alot of the day, no1 wakes him up i think hes just curious, but at night, he refuses to go to bed, ill give him a bottle, hold him, give him a bath with nighttime soap, i feel like ive done everything, how in the world do i get him to sleep!?

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Naomi - posted on 10/24/2010

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i've always found with my other 4 that if they don't sleep during the day they wont sleep at night so i just focused on trying to encourage day time sleeping before worrying about night... try a dark room try different things like no noise/gentle music (you can get those cds of baby music) you might like to try lavendar scent... basically nothing that can stimulate for a few hours than up for feed and talk then back down for 'quiet time'... ususally once they get into sleep during the day nightime figures itself out... just don't think that you are doing the wrong thing by not stimulating whhen bub is awake all the time... new babies don't need to be entertained they NEED sleep.. best of luck

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 11/07/2010

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Did you mean to write that your baby sleeps a lot during the day but not at night? If that is the case sometimes babies are born with their day and nights confused i.e. they sleep during the day and are up at night? If that is the case, then try to make sure during the day your baby is in rooms with light and at night try to make sure the room is as dark as possible. If your baby is not sleeping well during the day or night, I would try to keep your baby on a schedule like E.A.S.Y. promoted by Tracy Hogg. E.A.S.Y. stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep and then You time. An activity for a 2 week old may simply be keeping her eyes open and looking at you. At 2 weeks my baby slept most of the time and a big activity would be being awake for 20-30 minutes.

For more information about keeping your baby on a schedule, please refer here: http://mommby.com/Parenting/Schedule/Sch... or for more information on the E.A.S.Y schedule, please refer here: http://mommby.com/Parenting/Resources/Se...

For more information on helping your baby sleep, please refer here: http://mommby.com/Sleep/Infants_Toddlers...

Good luck!

Nicola - posted on 10/24/2010

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My lil girl was a good night sleeper ( butonly if I rocked her to sleep) sometimes it took me hours to get her to sleep but once she did go down she stayed down, and never slept in the day, in the end I had to do control crying to get her to sleep. its hard, and some mothers find it cruel but after a week, she went to sleep on her own. night and day for hours at a time.

my second is having troubles during the day, hes 2 weeks, and I found putting him slightly upright has helped. good luck

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Radhika - posted on 12/15/2010

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sometimes even a child's bowels keep him/her awake....try giving him gripe water.May be it helps..

Radhika - posted on 12/15/2010

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usually an oil/lotion massage followed by bath works.Even my girl refused to sleep or would wake up after every 10-15 mins.Since I started bathing her after a gentle massage she had no trouble sleeping.You can massage twice a day either with olive oil/baby oil or baby lotion! Hope it works for you too.
Cheers'

Rebecca - posted on 12/06/2010

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My daughter was doing the same thing since birth. I just thought she was curious and didnt like to sleep much during the day but we always had trouble getting her to sleep at night.

Only in the last 3 days we have settled into a routine when she wakes she feed then plays for an hour then goes down for a nap in her cot. roughly 2 hours of wake and 1 hour nap. then at night we replace playing with a bath and massage she then goes down to sleep no problems and stays asleep for 7 hours.

Babies love routine you just have to find one that suites you both. Always put baby down in the same place for all her naps and night sleeps so he understands its time for sleep

Jessica - posted on 12/01/2010

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they just do that. my first didn't get on a set sleeping schedule until 2 months old, and my 2nd who is 2 months still isn't on one. he wakes up about every 2-3 hours to eat. just hang in there, he'll find a schedule he likes, i promise. good luck!

Benita - posted on 12/01/2010

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Have you tried swaddling? It works wonders really. It simulates the womb so that babies feel safe and secure and also don't wake themselves up by startling, which I'm sure you've seen lots of. I swaddle my son Caleb at night. He is now 8.5 weeks old and has been sleeping 8 hours at night since 4.5 weeks old. Newborns are supposed to get between 16-20 hours of sleep everyday, so don't worry that your baby is sleeping too much during the day. He will still sleep at night as well. But if he doesn't get enough sleep during the day it might cause him to be extra cranky and harder to soothe. You should check out the Happiest Baby on the Block techniques as well. They have worked wonders for us!!

Holly - posted on 11/28/2010

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I've read a few of the posts and it seems that there are quite a few suggestions for helping your baby find the difference between day and night. What I've been doing with my little one is making sure that every morning I change his clothing, even if they are not soiled. Also, I have him out in the living room in his pack 'n play during the day, and at night he sleeps in his bassinet. I've been told babies like routine, and I've found that this has helped him sleep longer through the night. I also do not let him sleep any longer than 2 hours in a row during the day, but let him sleep as long as he wants through the night. Now hes 5 1/2 weeks old and averages anywhere from 4-5 hours sleeping during the night time between feeds.

Alisa - posted on 11/16/2010

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I have had the same problem with my 5 week old since we came home with him. I think he struggles with gas so when I lay him down, he doesn't sleep soundly or at all and wakes up aggravated. I put his car seat in his crib and I let him sleep there. that way he's in his room, with mellow music playing and everything. he seems to be better when he's upright. I've also been giving him Little Tummy's gas relief drops a few times a day which seems to help.if you're breastfeeding, you can also try cutting down on acidic foods like some fruits, dairy products, broccoli, etc. they seem to effect my son, probably when it goes through the breast milk.

Brittany - posted on 11/08/2010

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We just had our newborn daughter, Crystalynn on 10/22/10. She actually sleeps pretty well at night, only wakes up twice during the night to be changed & fed, then she's right back to sleep. But of course, new, new babies do sleep a lot during the day. Best of luck to you & your newborn;)

Amanda - posted on 10/27/2010

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most babies at 2 weeks dont sleep through the night.dont you take care of him during the day? like you say no1 wakes him up? try you know picking him up rubbing him to wake him up. my daughter is 3 weeks n just started sleeping at night. we interact with her during the day and before we go to bed feed her. she wakes up 2 times a night to eat.the way i got my son 2 sleep al lthe way through the night wa i fed him a lot during the day so e would sleep at night. just like i do my daughter. good luck!

Shanelle - posted on 10/27/2010

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i had this trouble in the beginning (yeah technicallly its still the beginning haha)...idk what changed whether it was taking her out for the day or the noise of her brother and sister returning from their daddy but she just started sleeping all night and looking around all day...i really hope you get some sleep soon!!

Angeline - posted on 10/27/2010

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Hi Ladies! two weeks ago I was fighting the same battle!!! Naomi's advice here is exactly the things I have done and the combination worked :) Basically my little girl didn't know the difference between day and night so I had to get her to sleep in a dark room in the day and try and keep her up a little more in the day :) Not easy but things r a bit better now at four weeks old :) Good luck!

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