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how can you keep a newborn up during the day so that she will sleep at night?

i know newborns sleep alot though the day but she like to sleep during the day and stay up at night when im trying to get some sleep. i try to keep her up during the day but sometimes theres nothing i can do to keep her awake.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:51 AM on Jan. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You really cant.. Newborns sleep about 18 hours a day, so "training" them at this point isnt going to happen. However, come 2-3 months old and you can definitely help form their sleep schedule.

    Answer by Itsonono at 2:52 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • what you do is let her sleep for like and hour and then wake her up, if she gets tierd again and falls asleep let her sleep and then wake her up in like a half hour, she will not like that and will be crankey but that way she will be nice and tierd when it comes to night time.

    Answer by looovemybabies at 3:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I personally wouldnt wake a newborn.. thats a good way to get them too tired and then really piss them off. Let the baby sleep. You work around her schedule until she gets a little older. They have maternity/paternity leave for a reason.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:03 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • well you can't and shouldn't if you wanted the child take the responsibility to change her schedule slowly your life revolves around her not the other way around.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • That's the whole point to get them tired that way you can put them on your schedule and not have to stay up all night, as for a newborn or any child getting tired or pissed off, that's nothing a good night of sleep wont take care off. Most moms on here don't agree about putting your newborn on schedule until later but that's whole bunch of bologna the sooner you put them on a sleeping schedule the easier it will be for you down the road, I speak from experience.


    Answer by looovemybabies at 3:10 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I had my child on a schedule at 2 months old, but at 3 days old you cannot put a child on a schedule.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:11 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • When my baby was born he had his days and nights backwards, I had him on a sleep schedule within a couple of days doing what I posted in the first answer within, no he didn't like it that first day, ( nobody likes to be woken up when you are sleep) but he adjusted and haven't had problems with him sleeping since and he is 13 months now (unless he is teething or sick). he slept for 12-13 hours through the night and took couple of naps during the day.

    You take any advise you want but the whole baby can't be put on a sleep schedule until he/she is two months is a whole bunch of bologna.


    Answer by looovemybabies at 3:23 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • i'm in the same spot as you.... you should try sleeping during the day with the baby, and just be a night owl.

    Answer by mellyhayes at 5:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • You can't, and if you try it will only be worse. If you are home with your baby, sleep when she sleeps; no one ever died because there were a couple of dustbunnies around.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:05 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • It's healthier for your new born to just let her sleep when she needs it. Try to nap during the day. It's not healthy to wake a sleeping new born, they need that sleep for developmental purposes.

    Answer by beckcorc at 7:42 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

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