The things no one tells you no.35:
Teaching your babe night from day
Mumofsix` featured blog about things no one tells you.
`I thought I would, every now and then,
add a little bit of info that
took me by surprise with my first baby.`
My mood while writing this blog: Ok
I often hear Mums saying that their babies seem to have the day and night back the front so I thought I would let you in on my couple of secrets that have worked for me. This is not a scientifically proven approach but it is what has worked for me. Hope it can help you too.
1) During the day time keep the curtains open when baby naps.
2) At night only use very dim lighting to feed.
3) During the day, feed baby as soon as it wakes up. After the feed make sure baby wakes up for a while. As I try to get a 3hrly routine going ( see my post no.11 The first eight weeks for more info on this) I try to keep baby awake for 1.5hrs each time (this includes the feed time, they may be a bit sleepy during the feed though) I find a nappy change, cold cloth to the feet, a bath can all help to wake a sleepy baby. Some babies need more work at keeping them awake but it pays off in the end.
4) At night, do not stimulate the baby after a feed. Feed and put straight back to bed. I start doing this from about 9pm onwards. If a nappy change is needed then try and do it half way through a feed so baby will go off to sleep again.
So it's not rocket science but may take a bit of training. If baby is kept awake in the day and gets to see the light during the day then come night it will be ready to sleep. Even if baby is waking for a feed at night he/she should then settle back to sleep quickly without having a waking time and keeping you all up. Lets face it, it's hard to stay awake in the middle of the night, I'd much rather enjoy my little one during the daylight hours.
6 Comments on Teaching your babe night from day
alesyak - Thursday, 21 Aug I have been doing this for about a week now and WOW what a difference!
SheIsAQueen - Thursday, 14 Aug Great suggestion. I will try that once I have my baby! Thanks so much, I agree you should write a book...
bamababy - Tuesday, 5 Aug I will also be trying these....my little girl has her nights and days messed up and I know this should help because i was wondering what in the world i was going to do. Thank You!
-newnaam - Tuesday, 5 Aug my son was so eary only woke up for one feeding and went right back down until 9am.....................I am worried about this one and will diffently keep this in mind. you should write a book!!!! thanks Amy
-newnaam - Tuesday, 5 Aug I will be trying these. Thanks so much.