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how do you get a baby 2 sleep at night and not during the day?

She sleeps most of the day and is awake from about 1 - 4am. I've tried waking her up during the day but she gets so crabby. btw - she is 6 weeks.

 
Mel_in_PHX

Asked by Mel_in_PHX at 11:57 AM on Jan. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • a schedule. down for a nap at the same time everyday. to bed at night at the same time every night. he/she will adjust but it'll take about a week depending on how backwards the sleep schedule is.
    sassbott_5000

    Answer by sassbott_5000 at 12:04 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • that age shes gonna go her own way shell start getting better about it about 3 months. however deal with the crabbyness, make her stay up a little while in the day. u can try and get her on track keep her up a little longer b4 bedtime maybe shell sleep
    babygirl8302006

    Answer by babygirl8302006 at 12:06 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • at 6 weeks, you kinda just gotta go with the flow. a good routine will help, but in time things will start to mellow out and she will begin to start her own pattern. All babies sleep differently. Good luck.
    xtwilightx

    Answer by xtwilightx at 12:08 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • You need to be patient; there is not any magic. Your baby may be well past her first birthday before she regularly sleeps through the night.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:14 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • shes too young to start trying t oschedule her sleep. My son slept often during the day and had an odd middle of the night awake time. etc. You just got to deal with it until they reach an older age. My son was around 6-7 months before he got on a normal nap schedule. And he is currently 1 yr and he naps once a day around lunch time, the nap is only 1 1/2 hours long and some days he doesnt nap at all (if we are busy) BUT he still wakes an average of 4-5 times a night. Every baby is different with their sleeping. As a mom to a toddler now, It's been over a yr since I have slept 6 straight hours.
    Super09Mom

    Answer by Super09Mom at 12:15 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • You can't force it, but you can inluence. During the day maintain normal activity. Carry her in a sling and keep her in an infant chair nearby and let her sleep in whatever room you are in--floor, infant chair, sling etc with regular light and noise. No need to be mouse quiet. At night, stick to muted mellow activity, low lights or dark, maintain a level of wind-down quiet. It helps if you cosleep (crib in room or bedshare) as babies can recognize night behavior easier.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:59 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • If you get a 3-4 hour stetch of sleep, followed by a feed and more sleep -- then that is great night sleeping. Expect shorter stetches during growth spurts.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 2:01 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Buckle in, Mel...you're in for a ride. There is no way to force a baby into a sleeping pattern, especially this early. At about six months, you can try sleep training methods...though my experience is that the best thing to do is to NOT do anything....they will set sleep patterns that work for them and will naturally fall into a daytime awake/nighttime sleep pattern. More sleep is lost by parents who screw with nature than would be if they left it alone.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:34 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

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