My one week old son seems to think he should sleep all day and stay up all nite. We have tried everything. We try to keep him active and awake for a good portion of the day, but its really hard to entertain a newborn. He sleeps for like 2-3 hrs at a time during the day ,wakes up to eat and stays awake maybe 30minutes at a time, not counting diaper chnanges. At nite we put him in his bassinet around 9;30 and he sleeps til about 11;30 or midnite. He wakes up to eat and then he is restless all nite until about 6 am. He cries when I lay him down in his bassinet. He isnt hungry or needing a diaper change or needng to be burped. I cant get him to sleep unless I take him to the living room and put him in the swing, and even then he sleeps for like an hour or so and then is up crying again. I dont know what to do. I feel like I should be able to console him, but I cant, short of holding him all night long. Any advice?Answer Question
Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 12:14 PM on Jul. 27, 2010
Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:23 PM on Jul. 27, 2010
Try to make nights boring. No lights. No diaper changes unless there is poop or rash. Have skin to skin contact while nursing, get the baby down to just a diaper. Play calming music. The baby can be conditioned to fall asleep to music. The baby may like falling asleep on your chest. A week isn't very long, it can take time.
Don't use a seat type swing with a young baby. Their head can drop just a little and reduce or cut off their breathing. It's also not good for their internal organs. One of those kind that the baby lays down in might be ok if its the only thing that works. Of course you need to stay awake and watch him if he is in the swing for safety reasons.
Answer by Gailll at 12:29 PM on Jul. 27, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 12:46 PM on Jul. 27, 2010
Answer by SWasson at 4:02 PM on Jul. 27, 2010
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