My baby is up all night and sleeps all day. How can I get him to switch his schedule?

My baby is up all night and sleeps all day. How can I get him to switch his schedule?

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It would be great if your baby were born with the same awake/sleep schedule as the rest of the family, wouldn't it? Lots of babies seem to prefer the nighttime hours for activity, though, and the daytime hours for slumber. If your baby's fussy during the night, it's even harder on you, of course.

You might have had a hint of whether or not your baby was a night owl when he was in utero. Did you feel him moving around most nights when you were trying to sleep? Even if his schedule synched up with yours during pregnancy, his sleeping patterns could have been disrupted by your labor and delivery if they were long and took place in the middle of the night.

Be patient. Most babies adjust to the family timetable in a month or so. In the meantime, when your baby is just a few weeks old, you can begin to gently coax him into a more reasonable schedule.

  • Establish a wake-up time and stick to it, even if your baby was up most of the night. Sleeping in may be attractive option for both of you, but it won't help you reach your goal of sleeping soundly at night.
  • Rather than let your baby sleep for long periods during the day, wake him for feedings for the first month or so, even if he's fast asleep. (He'll still need feedings during the night, but you may be able to stretch the interval between them to three or four hours.)
  • During daylight hours, when you want your baby to be awake, open your shades and curtains and put on some lively music. Play with him. Let the phone ring, run the dishwasher, and in general allow normal household noise to happen.
  • When bedtime (and nap time) rolls around, keep his room quiet and dark, and use only a soft light or a nightlight for feedings and diaper changes. Talk to him quietly and move slowly. Be brief and boring rather than engaging.

Keep in mind that your baby may sleep well one night and not so well the very next night. You'll have good nights (and days) and rough ones for a while. But as your baby's brain and central nervous system mature, his sleep cycles will lengthen and more sleep time will occur at night.

Watch the video: My Toddler Is Up All Night And Sleeping All Day (January 2023).

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