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How can I get my newborn on a daytime/nighttime schedule?

My 2 week old baby usually has one (sometimes 2) periods throughout the night where she is awake for 2 hours. It is like a nightmare circus fiasco - change her diaper, feed her, burp her, try to lay her down - she starts wiggling & fidgeting until she spits up and then starts crying. The only way to get her to calm down at that point is to re-latch her and then the whole process starts again! It is absolutely miserable!

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:10 PM on May. 30, 2012 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • This is really common in babies that age. Their sleep cycle is all wonky.

    Does she sleep all day? If so, try waking her every 3 hours for feedings even if she's sleeping well. (This isn't something you'll want to do forever; just until you get her established)

    Make sure you have a good wake up time every morning, even if she's been up most of the night. Again, this will only be for a while

    Answer by BrawnwynII at 4:18 PM on May. 30, 2012

  • How about breastfeeding her longer? What about just sitting with her and laying her on your chest to hear your heartbeat?

    Answer by onelove1982 at 4:18 PM on May. 30, 2012

  • The first few weeks are just kind of F-uped. It will work itself out. Good luck mommy!!!!

    Answer by mompam at 6:11 PM on May. 30, 2012

  • I woke mine up at least every 3 hours during the day to breastfeed. At night I let them sleep as long as they would. During the day, make sure to expos baby to natural light. At night make things boring - no light, no games, etc

    Answer by missanc at 7:48 PM on May. 30, 2012

  • Keep daylight bright, keep nighttime dark and then buckle up for a bumpy ride. Death, taxes and never sleeping a full night again are the three guarantees of motherhood!

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:54 PM on May. 30, 2012

  • i agree with gdiamante...keep the lights very dim at night & keep everything calm. during the day try to go outside or go out & do something & open the shades so it's bright in the house

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 10:23 AM on Jun. 1, 2012

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