Newborn babies are so precious and sweet. We hold them all day long and then at night it happens. That precious little baby is wide awake. Staring into your eyes wanting to spend time with you and all you can think or feel is exhaustion. I know, I have been there and am currently experiencing this dilemma.
At this time in a newborns life they have their nights and days mixed up. Some of the old wives’ tales of keeping them up all day, or rolling them from one end of the bed to the other have been suggested to me. At a very sleep deprived moment I may have considered one of these or both as an option. But, then I consulted a few people who are in the medical/pediatric industry and they informed me that these would not work and could result in a very angry baby. Right now I am speaking of “the keeping the baby up all night idea”. As far as the rolling the baby in a blanket gently up and down the bed from one end to the other, that just sounds a little too much for me.
WHAT TO DO WHEN BABY WON’T SLEEP
Having four children has given me a little bit of “late night” insight, but each child has been different. Starting a nighttime routine for baby will cue them that it is changing times and we are getting ready for sleep time. The routine can consist of giving the baby a bath or a lotion bath, combing babies hair, and reading a book. It doesn’t have to be long, just something to cue them that we are changing times and slowing down for the night.
GET THE REMOTES READY
As odd as this one may seem, I like to be organized and have everything where I need it. Especially in the middle of the night. So, my remotes are stationed next to me on the couch before I lay down the first time. My baby will sleep when he hits his sleep mode for exactly 3 hours. My plan is to have that be sometime around 9:00 pm. Before I do the night routine and nurse him to sleep I get my area ready for the next feeding.
ACTIVITY TIME FOR BABY
During the day keep things active. With other children around this is not as much of a problem because the noise level will be different between day and night. Also a few activities that might help to keep awake are changing a diaper right after feeding, give a massage, read a book, have music time, change outfits and have specified times for the swing. I only use our bassinet for sleep times, so I don’t lay him down in it even for a second. He goes in the swing or my Katan.
Of course at nighttime switch these routines so that baby will know that it is dark and that is when most people sleep!
Do you have any specific routines that you can add to my post? Let me know on my comment section or FB page. I would love to have your input!