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how do i get my newborn to sleep at night?

my newborn has his days and nights mixed up. how do i keep him awake during the day so he sleeps longer during the night?

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Asked by trippinerin827 at 12:49 AM on Jun. 12, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • He will eventually get on track, but if you try to keep him awake during the day he will get over tired and cranky and then he will not only be awake all night but could quite possibly be up screaming all night. My oldest had that same thing happen to her when we brought her home from the NICU. It lasted a couple of weeks but then it seemed like she turned it around on her own all of a sudden. All children are different, maybe your doctor will say it is ok to keep him up during the day, but mine was very against it. I know it is very difficult, nap with him when you can and be sure to get rest. Good luck! (Have you tried swaddling at night, or some white noise, like a fan in the door way of his room or a CD player playing some quiet, calming music??...)

    Answer by MansfieldMomma at 12:53 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • sleeping at night is a major milestone, one that all babies reach at different ages.
    your baby will sleep through the night when they are physically ready to do so.

    babies also need to wake regularly at night in order to eat. their tummies are very tiny and their food is digested quickly!


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • He will eventually get it figured out. The best thing you can do is to let him sleep when he wants to - but don't worry about keeping things "quiet" during the day. Do what you'd normally do (tv, radio, talking, etc.) so that he gets the idea that daytime is for being awake. Then with nighttime, try to keep the lights off when taking care of him, use a nightlight or lamp instead of the regular lights, and keep the house quiet then.

    My favorite baby sleep resource was "The 90 Minute Baby Sleep Solution," it's written by a sleep scientist who had her own baby and saw the development of sleep patterns in her own baby and thought it'd be nice to write a book to clue us laypeople in. :)

    Answer by MamaSueCongdon at 1:28 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • newborns do not have a scheduale until at least 3 months. Depending on his age in weeks, he can still be sleeping 19-22 hours a day. My baby is 8 weeks and still sleeps all the time. the other posters are right, if you dont let him sleep when he is tired he will be crankier and get LESS sleep at nite. Try a routine and a bedtime and do the same things daily, bath, massage, calming music...then bed. No tv in the room, just dim lights...also you can google this question for more tips on sleeping and newborns. Hang in there mom, your baby will figure it out.Think about kids you know, how many sleep all day and stay up all night? :o)

    Answer by Bearsjen at 1:45 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • Sleeping through the night is NOT going to happen anytime soon, but having days and nights mixed up is common. At night what is he doing? If he is up screaming and crying for attention then make it very clear this is when you should be sleeping. I would keep all the lights real dim, no TV, and simply sit and rock and nurse. During the day do not worry about keeping things quiet while he is sleeping, but do let him sleep on his schedule.

    Answer by aeneva at 7:12 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • You are funny! Babies can take several months before they sleep through the night. Mine was 8 months old before she slept six solid hours.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:44 PM on Jun. 13, 2009

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