My daughter is 10 days old and I think she has her nights and days confused. she will sleep for 4 hours at a time during the day but at night she'll lay down at 8pm to go to bed wake up at midnight then again at 1:15, 2:30, 3:30, 5:00, 7:00 wanting to eat every time she wakes up. if she is being held she will sleep for 3 or 4 hours but i dont feel comfortable holding her while i sleep as well. i've tried waking her every 2-3 hours instead of waiting for her to wake on her own during the day thinking it would make her sleep longer at night but it hasnt helped. is she too young to get her on a day/night schedule? do i need to do something or will she figure it out on her own?
She is too young for any sort of "training". Mine has her days and nights mixed up too and what we have done is to bring her out in the main room during the day and do things normally, without being quiet and at night turn the lights down low, no stimulation, talk softly etc and it usually ends up kind of working, BUT (at least for us) the smallest thing (a doctors appointment, trip to the store etc) messes her up and she reverts back to her old schedule. Maybe some babies are just night owls???
To echo what was previously posted, keep night time calm and boring for her. We had the same problem with K and rectified it by keeping the lights low and everything really quiet during the night - basically as boring as you can make it. Then during the day, when she's awake, make it fun and interesting for her....take her on tours of the house, play with toys, etc. She'll fix herself soon. Good luck!
Thanks for the thread! My lo will be 2 weeks old on Monday & I have been having the same exact problem. She will sleep 4hr blocks during the day but as soon as 10pm hits she's UP every hour & I never knew a tiny baby could eat SO much every hour it's crazy! Then come sunrise she falls asleep & I get a break for a bit
So did mine! It does get better! Keep it really boring at nighttime as others have said. I just used the light from the laptop so it was as dim as possible and tried not chattering to her, wasn't easy at first!
when I was pregnant she was always so active at night time so I think it follows on!
It's totally normal, in fact babies who are not nocturnal are the unusual ones. Remember when you were pregnant and you'd lie down at bedtime and suddenly it was kick kick kick? That was because while you were moving around baby was lulled to sleep and so they slept more in the day, that body clock just needs a bit of time to adjust.
You can help by making differences between day and night clear. So keep curtains open/lights on, background noise etc during day and chat or sing lots. At night keep lights off or dim, sounds quiet and limit how much you speak to baby and use very soft tones when you do - but still keep eye contact (some sleep training books tell you to avoid eye contact which is just mean). Also temperature can help, warmer at night and cooler in day but always stay within recommended safe temperature of course.
Other than that its just time. Baby is too young for any other type of sleep training and doesn't need it anyway. It will be a while till she sleeps through the night but by about 4 weeks you should be getting some longer stints at night. Your own body clock will start adjusting too, to cope with less sleep and sudden wakings. It does get easier I promise! Oh and "sleep when they sleep" - its a cliche for a reason, you must sleep when she sleeps, housework can wait (get visitors to do it).
I think most newborns do this, it's absolutely normal. Mine quite often didn't sleep much at all between 11pm and 4am- that's why you hear about parents of newborns being so tired, and now you are living it for yourself
It isn't really a problem as much as a stage that they all grow out of. I agree with the above that there is absolutely no need to do any kind of training and actually it is probably a waste of time with a newborn and will only cause unnecessary distress. Just keep rooms light during the day and as dark and quiet as possible at night and you should start to see a gradual improvement with longer periods of sleep at night by around a month to six weeks.
Babies are meant to be nocturnal. Hundreds of years ago living in caves, this is when all the hunters (lions, tigers, bears, oh my!) were out so humans had to stay awake. Adults have changed to daytimes, but babies dont know this.
I also read a study a couple months ago that talked about exposing them to light during the day to help them "learn" day time and regular schedules. So as others said, open the curtains, turn on all the lights in the house and keep her entertained. It is perfectly normal and will straighten itself out!
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