During sleep is when she grows, including her brain's development, so treat her sleep as sacred. 5 weeks is very young for trying to deprive her of sleep. If you think to speed up her sleeping through the night this way, I advise against it. Also, make sure she isn't being disturbed by TV/radio/computer/stereo, lots of activity or talking in the house, electric lights. These are quite disturbing for a child younger than 5 or 6, jangling their delicate senses. Over-stimulation puts a child to sleep as the mind struggles to process everything or simply has to shut down and withdraw. Adults need to adjust their routines for young children's health. Quiet, peace,mostly being at home until 6 months. At night settling down the household earlier (more healthy for the adults,too!). Children are like plants, they need what they need whether or not it's convenient. Love them and give them what they need and they blossom into whatever wonderful flower they are.
at 4:25 PM on Jun. 20, 2008