Somebody tell me how to get my daughter to sleep at night and not during the day all the time!!

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Hi Tammy. How old is your daughter? If she is a baby, or toddler I would do everything possible to keep her awake during the day: til she got her days and nights back in order. This technique would be very tiring, but I imagine the way it is now, is too. Be persistant and hopefully in just a few days, it will be over. Good luck to you.

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Brandy - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter had jaundice and was in an incubator for the first 2 weeks of her life and so being in the sunlight 24 hours a day (other than feeding) she had no clue what day and night were for the fist 3 months of her life. She would be up and down throughout the day, feeding or sleeping, then wake up at about 7 and and stay awake and energetic until 3 am and be up again at 5:30 for her regular feeding. (she ate every 2 and a half hours) I talked to people about it and they said it would be bad for her to try to change her sleeping patterns and to let it work itself out on it's own and magically, one day it did.

Tammy - posted on 09/22/2009

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I will try to do that with my little girl that is awesome advice that you gave! Thanks!

Debora - posted on 09/20/2009

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mine slept like that at 1month also but i got them over it by waking them when i eat to see if they needed dry bottoms,then they were on my lap while i ate,when i took my shower they went in with me and thier daddy ,when i was done i got out and dried off then took them and got them dressed,laid them in thier bed so i could dress.then i took them into our livingroom placed them into thier swing while i did laundry i talked to them while be maybe not in the room but could hear them ,while i did dishes they were in the car seat on table so they watched me.then i made lunch and we ate .cleaned them up and put them back in carrier while i got those dishes and dinner ready for dad to take to work .they may have fallen a sleep but drs say this is normal since they are under 4 months.i woke them up after my own nap played with them or read to them ,then ate my dinner while they fed@7pm.changing daipers every four hrs since they were not wet or soiled upon checking every 2hrs.gave them another bath and dressed them ,watchedc tv until my husband got home baby stayed awake until i went to bed around 11-pm.they slept for at least 4 hrs then i had to feed them.

of course every child is not the same but breast fed wake up more often than bottle fed.

Debora - posted on 09/20/2009

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FiRST HOW OLD?people who have low iron levels well tend to sleep more than others so you may want to have that checked.then if that is not the problem you need to try waking her during the day say when you get up so you both can eat breakfast together , then try bath time since they will stay awake for you make sure your with them, if they are a only child maybe finding a playgroup will help so they are busy playing and doing other stimulating activies to keep them awake more .when they get back you eat lunch, could give them a 1hr nap .you can have help you with some house work like storting the dirty clothes,sweeping the dinningroom floor.all of this to thier age level.this will have kept them awake enough they will sleep better at night.good luck hope it helps you.

Tammy - posted on 09/20/2009

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Thanks for the help I have been doing that also trying to get her to stay up more often during the day but you know only being about a month old that is hard on her

Carol - posted on 09/19/2009

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I agree with Barb it can depend a lot on the age of the child. It can be hard to not let the child sleep late or take a long nap during the day when they have kept you up all night or they are real fussy but in order to develop a new pattern you have to wake them at the normal time and wake them from naps if it is longer than what is recommended for their age and don't allow naps too close to bedtime unless they are sick. They say that it takes around three days/nights to develop a new pattern in small children so be of good courage if you stick to it your child should be sleeping through the night before long.

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