Sleepless nights

@tash01 (2032)
Jamaica
July 21, 2012 1:44am CST
Hi everyone after being away from mylot for almost nine months,finally am back .My little princess arrive,she weight eight(8) pounds. She is A day sleeper an up all night,I try to wake her during the day so that she can sleep during the night but that doesn't work at all. I know she is young an all,But i would like her to sleep most of the nights. What can i do ?
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@Swaana (1208)
• India
21 Jul 12
The kids in the initial days sleep a lot in the day and keep awake in the night. But you just have to get yourself adjusted for that. The sleeping pattern will defnitely change after 3 months or when the baby starts turning and slowly moving. Till then if it is possible take the help of some one to share the responsibility of taking care of her in the night. And in the day, take as much rest as possible whenever she sleeps and complete your work too whenever she sleeps. That way you can manage things. But please please dont try to wake her up. Let the baby be baby and when she grows up she might not get this kind of sleep even if she desires
@kaka135 (13483)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 12
I didn't know babies sleep a lot in the day. Both my kids are like that. My son liked sleep quite well in the day time, especially in the morning. My newborn baby is almost like that too. I always thought it's because of my sleeping habit when I was pregnant, but I did sleep early when I was carrying my newborn baby. I agree with you about letting the baby be the baby, I can understand my baby girl will eventually grows up, and no longer wake up in the middle of the night, and of course I will not get the chance like now to carry her as much. My son doesn't wake up in the middle of the night at all.
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@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
@ Swaana when my son was a baby he sleep in the night,sometime he only wake once.And up all day,crying an stuff like that but sleep in the night. Now am trying to adjust my self,what i do now is that i sleep in the day so that i can be up with her in the night.My husband would be glad to help out at nights,but the problem is that he works the night shift.In the day i have the help of my mom,but in the night am on my own.But am trying to adjust to her time for now till she change. Kaka When i was pregnant with her i slept a lot in the day,but at nights i was uncomfortable i use to get about an hour sleep at nights.So maybe she get adjust to my sleeping habit from she was inside.Well i just hope that her sleeping pattern will change soon.
@mythociate (13898)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
23 Jul 12
This may sound a little harsh, but Let her cry. You DO keep her in a crib all night, yes? Yeah; before they can talk, they're just extra-special animals ... oh, to-be-human animals; but you don't treat a caterpillar like it's a butterfly until after it changes! You keep the baby in the crib until morning, paying little attention (only enough to make sure it's still breathing); and she'll learn to be patient. If it helps, you can play a vinyl/8-track/tape/CD/'lithium-injection' (whatever they put 'music' on nowadays ) of lullabies as she drifts off to dreamland.
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@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
Yea i let her cry sometimes,because i don't want her to love my arms more than her bed.No I don't let her sleep in the crib as yet,I share my bed with her for now. Am trying to adjust to her sleeping time,so when she wake up i just feed an put back down.She only cry for a small amount of time,so i just leave the light on an lay beside. I try the lullabies
@kaka135 (13483)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 12
Congratulations on your newborn princess! How old is she now? I am about the same as you, my baby girl is turning 1 month old next week, and these few nights I almost didn't sleep at all, or just one to two hours accumulative sleep. My baby girl sleeps really well in the day time, especially in the morning. I just have to carry her in the middle of the night, to nurse her and for her to sleep better after drinking milk. I do agree with others, just rest as much as you can while your baby is asleep. I can't, as I still need to take care of my elder son. Two of them are like taking turns, I accompany my elder son during day time, and take care of my baby girl at night. Sometimes, when my son is playing with himself, without needing my company, and I thought I can at least sleep for awhile, but my baby girl wakes up and needs me to feed her. Although I'm very tired now, I know her sleeping style will eventually change, and I will not need to wake up so often during the night. Also I really appreciate this period of time, I can carry her as much as I want. When she grows up, she might not let me carry her as much.
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@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
Thank you,she is a week old today.Basically we are in the same boat,my baby girl sleep well in the day.But at night she sleep for about an hour are two.What i do when she wake up in the i just feed her an make she burp,an lay her back down beside me.I try to rest in the day while she is a sleep,so that in the night i can be their for her. Base on all the comments i get Things will change when is getting older,now i will just have to try adjust to her sleeping habit till she change.
@Ollanna11 (372)
• United States
22 Jul 12
Congratulations on birthing a healthy baby girl! Is she your first, if so welcome to motherhood.
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@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
Thanks you,It's my second child my first child is a boy he is 6 yrs.My baby girl is a week old.
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
21 Jul 12
Congratulations! Now you're have a new angel in life..:). Let's talk about your problem about the sleeping time habit of a baby. Well usually they have their own time of sleeping preference.. Like babies from 0 age up to 1 month they sleep 20 hrs of sleep. It will decreases when they ages up. It is also changing in time. Sometimes they are awake the whole night and sometimes awake at daytime.. We as mother need to learn how to adjust by their sleeping time habit. Just relax..all you need to do is ..when the baby is sleeping try to nap also or sleep to. So you can be strong all night. Ok have a happy day..:)
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@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
My baby is just a week old,I did not know that they can sleep for 20 hrs [em]w00t[/em .But am trying to do is when she take her nap,i just take mine has well. So that when she wakes at night,am their with her.She sleep the whole day,all i do is that i wake her an feed her an then she just went back to bed.Thank you for this little advise really appreciate it.
@512771751 (1096)
• China
21 Jul 12
Oh, it is really tired to take care of a little child. Maybe you could search help from your parents. She must understand when she grow up. Good luck.
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@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
It's not hard to take care of a little child,it's the sleepless night that is hard for me. I have a lot of help in the day,but at nights am all alone.My husband work the night shift,so am on my own at nights. so what i try to do now is to sleep during the day,while she sleeps.So that i will be up with her at nights.
@alottodo (3062)
• Australia
21 Jul 12
First of all congrats on your little princess! I wish her the best there is in life! and tash don't worry some times it takes weeks or month for a baby to settle down I know is very tiring for you but babies have a way to turn our lives upside down!but it will get better just try to have a rest during the day when she is asleep so you won't be so tired the next day...I hope you have family to help because that make a lot of difference...don't be shy to accept their help. In the mean time enjoy your little princess[it may not seem to you now]but they grow too fast!
@tash01 (2032)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 12
Thank you,Yes i get some help from my mom during the day.My husband works on the night shift,so that's why it's a bit hard at night. But has you said it will takes sometime for her to get settled in,and i will try to get some rest in the day.While my mother takes care of for me,Thank you for your prompt respond.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
21 Jul 12
Hi Tash, Congratulations on your new little addition to the family! This is pretty common I think. My youngest was like that. I swear that she got her sleep patterns from me while I was carrying her. I am a night person and always have been. While pregnant, I worked 2nd shift from 2pm until midnight or so. I was up half the night. I also got up in the morning because I had other kids and I don't like sleeping my day away anyway. Even as a kid, I never required a lot of sleep. I can't say that I lost sleep because of my daughter's sleep habits but I could suddenly relate to my own mother's frustration with it. It meant...no "down" time. She took mini-naps during the day and was up and alert when I got home at night. If I were you, I would try to keep her awake a little more during the day. Maybe wake her up from her naps and eliminate the later naps gradually? Talk to her doctor for tips on turning this around. I know they need an awful lot of sleep when they are infants so it has to be done gradually, I would think.
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