Bedtime Question

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maryg - October 25

My 6 week old likes to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning. Then she sleeps for 3-4 hours, I nurse her (neither of us are really awake for that so I don't mind) then she either gets up with me about 8:30 or stays asleep until about 10 am. This means I get about 6 interrupted hours of sleep per night. After that she sleeps on and off during the day, with no real pattern. People say to sleep when the baby sleeps, but I have to work (form home, but still) and can't always get a nap in. Does anyone have any advice on getting her to go to bed earlier? She's so young that I'm not sure I can really impose a schedule on her, but I'd love any suggestions for gently nudging her in the right direction. Thanks!

 

blueeyesin619 - October 25

Wow 2 or 3! I would suggest starting a bedtime routine. She is not too young to start her on a routine. For me I have always bathed my lo about 1 hour before I want her to be in bed. I give her a ma__sage while I put on the lotion and have soft music in the background with her light dimmed. She knows that by doing this she is going to bed for the night and not just a nap. It will take some time to gradually get her used to the routine like and you will have to be patient but it will happen. My dd has been on the same routine since she was 4 weeks old. Hope this helps some.

 

maryg - October 25

Well, I'm calling it 2 or 3. I take her to bed with me more like 11 and she dozes off but wakes up and won't go ALL THE WAY to sleep until 2 or 3. We do put on her jammies and turn the lights down, but maybe a bath will help!

 

excited2bemama - October 27

You need to start teaching her the difference between day and night.. daytime its light out. Don't let her sleep more than 3 hours at a time or go very long without eating. At ngithtime, no lights, no talking, no smiling, Try swaddling her. She should start to realize the differenc ebetween day and night soon. Put her in bed earlier and teach her its time to sleep. GL

 

Cevvin - October 29

Bathtime helped with us. Also i used the johnsons bedtime products after struggling and it still helps my baby sleep better at night. The bath soap and then a gentle ma__sage with the bedtime lotion is what her bed routine is.

 

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