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Too early to teach to sleep through the night...

When to start with your newborn to distinguish night and day so they can sleep all night. My LO is 3.5 weeks. Is it too early to do the tips so she can the difference between night and day? She seems to have night and day mixed up and I heard I have to keep her up during the day but that is almost impossible. Any ideas?

Re: Too early to teach to sleep through the night...

  • lkm2006lkm2006
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    It's never to early to help distinguish between night and day, but too early to expect them to sleep through the night.  (although some may).

    The biggest thing I can think of that has helped, (DS2 has been sttn for several weeks, my older one never did!) is making sure they get enough to eat during the day.  Babies sleep a lot during the day, but I make a point of feeding him every 3-4 hours.  I'm not forcing him but I don't let him sleep too long, I'll get him awake and we spend time walking/talking and then he eats.  Just a few days of that and he settles in a routine and knows what to expect. 

     

  • Keeping them awake is a myth. It won't help them sleep at night, it will cause a hurricane of evil baby screaming at you because they are overtired. I don't recommend that.

    You can start from day 1 teaching day/night. Keep the house bright and bubbly throughout the day, keep the house dim and quiet towards bedtime. When you get them in the MOTN to feed or change, don't talk to them, try and keep lights to a minimum. Get your S*** done and get them back to bed. It really does help.

    Over time, they figure it out on their own, and will start to get into a pattern, but don't look for STTN any time soon. It's pretty uncommon. My LO is 18 weeks and still only STTN about 4 times a week. But she does goes longer periods of time.

    I swear it gets easier!

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  • I always try to encourage a difference between night and day. For example until now at nine weeks, I did not put her in the crib for naps. At night was the only time she would be swaddled, in the crib, with the white noise. During the day I would talk to her a lot during feelings, at night you stay quiet. There are definitely ways to differentiate between night and day.
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  • I agree with what PPs said as far as distinguishing day and night being important. That has seemed to help us. My LO wakes up for her feedings every 3 to 4 hours through the night, but then she's been falling right back to sleep. Also we give her extra formula for her last feeding of the evening before bedtime. It's way too early to expect our LOs to sleep through the night without waking to feed. 
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  • Like everyone said, distinguishing between night and day is important - light with noise during the day, dark and quiet at night. However, I found that DS also figured it out on his own around 4 weeks and his sleep was really improved by 6 weeks. I just followed his lead and he established his own routine. 


  • Another thing I did, which I think helped, was to establish a morning routine and a night routine. When DS would wake in the morning, it would be change diaper, feed, talk/play a bit, change diaper/put into outfit for the day (no jammies) and wash face. Nighttime it would be bath/playtime (we play in the bath since he loves it so much), get ready for bed, feed, bed.... we started this routine around 4 weeks and DS has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks. I like to think the routine helped, but it could just be I got lucky haha :)

  • heddy79heddy79
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    DD is 5 weeks today and over the last week we've begun a nighttime routine that seems to be working.  Bath, calming lotion by Burts Baby Bees (contains lavender), pjs, swaddle sack, warm bottle, rock to sleep.  We started this on Sunday and she has gone from 2-3 hours of sleep to a whole 5! She then wakes to eat and then goes down for another 3.
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  • Just make sure to keep lights brighter during the day when LO is awake, and dimmer and quieter at night. Most babies don't start sleeping all night until well after 6 months, sometimes not even until over one year.
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  • SagenSagen
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    If your LO wakes at night keep the light dim, and stay quite. I knew someone that would get up and play with the baby because he wouldn't go back to sleep. Don't do that, just keep rocking, calmly quite singing if you need to, but that will help.
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  • our LO is almost 9 weeks and has slept 7+ stretches since 5 weeks. part of that is temperament/genetics/size (she's 12.5 lbs already) since she;s ALWAYS slept longer at night than during the day. Her longest stretches during the day were maybe a couple 3 hours in the beginning, but now a days we might get a 2+ stretch if we're lucky for a nap.  So she's always been a fairly good night sleeper

    what we've done though is,,,

    -keep night feedings as non stimulating as possible. i keep the light off in the room, feed her , keep her upright to let wind up, then she's down.  

    -get her outside as much as possible. we always take a walk around 5-6 with her dad when he come home, and she's outside a lot with me walking her in the sling.

    -i never let her go more than 3.5 hours a day without food... 

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    Keeping them awake is a myth. It won't help them sleep at night, it will cause a hurricane of evil baby screaming at you because they are overtired. I don't recommend that. You can start from day 1 teaching day/night. Keep the house bright and bubbly throughout the day, keep the house dim and quiet towards bedtime. When you get them in the MOTN to feed or change, don't talk to them, try and keep lights to a minimum. Get your S done and get them back to bed. It really does help. Over time, they figure it out on their own, and will start to get into a pattern, but don't look for STTN any time soon. It's pretty uncommon. My LO is 18 weeks and still only STTN about 4 times a week. But she does goes longer periods of time. I swear it gets easier!


    This is exactly what we did from day 1, and DS started sleeping 7 to 9 hour stretches at 5 weeks old.
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    Keeping them awake is a myth. It won't help them sleep at night, it will cause a hurricane of evil baby screaming at you because they are overtired. I don't recommend that.

    You can start from day 1 teaching day/night. Keep the house bright and bubbly throughout the day, keep the house dim and quiet towards bedtime. When you get them in the MOTN to feed or change, don't talk to them, try and keep lights to a minimum. Get your S*** done and get them back to bed. It really does help.

    Over time, they figure it out on their own, and will start to get into a pattern, but don't look for STTN any time soon. It's pretty uncommon. My LO is 18 weeks and still only STTN about 4 times a week. But she does goes longer periods of time.

    I swear it gets easier!

     

    the bolded for sure! :) 

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