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How to reverse my baby's leep pattern?

i have a 5 week old baby and it seems like he has mixed up the day and night. anyone can recommend ideas/tips on how to reverse his sleep pattern? and he just wanna be held up. everytime i put him down on his bed, he wakes up right away. so i let him sleep on my chest until he falls deeply asleep w/c is about an hour. any help would do as sleepless nights is already starting to take its toll on me. Thanks.

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Asked by cherry_pie81 at 5:33 PM on Jun. 3, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • keep the area you spend most of the time during the day in well-lit and the room or area he will nap and sleep in at night considerably darker. when he is awake play lively games, read, sing songs, anything to stimulate him and tire him enough for a nap

    Answer by sophistcatdfury at 5:42 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • it's not recommended but i slept with my infants to ensure they slept at night. during the day they knew no warm body was near them but night the warm body & they got the picture. babies like to cuddle & it relaxes them!!

    Answer by mrsary at 6:30 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • Babies will gradually work their way out of the reversed sleep pattern but it takes time. Have the room dark as possible at night and have the day time sleep area not so dark. Also, once he gets groggy lay him down and let him fuss a couple of minutes. Don't pick him up too readily. He may just fuss for a minute. Have a consistent sleep time routine that you always do and he will pick up on those cues that it is time to sleep. GL

    Answer by whitepeppers at 6:49 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • It took a good 2 months to get a day/night cycle straight with DD. Starting a routine now, will help speed it up, and make bedtimes cake later.

    Answer by Kitkat61277 at 1:42 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Swaddle at night and don't let them sleep for more than 2 hours during the day. It can take time (8 - 12 weeks) for a baby to establish a good pattern.


    Answer by JSD24 at 8:03 AM on Jun. 4, 2011

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