Days and nights mixed up

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Days and nights mixed up

Postby Georgia » Tue 25 Jan, 2011 12:01 pm


My 3 week old baby is up all night, and asleep all day. Help!!

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Re: Days and nights mixed up

Postby NgalaOnline » Tue 25 Jan, 2011 12:48 pm

Hi Georgia,

Thanks for your post. This is a common concern for many parents, so you are not alone. It is not unusual for babies to get their days and nights mixed up in the early weeks. New born babies may feed frequently day and night, and babies don't know that most people sleep when it is dark. Generally, most babies reverse this by themselves in the first few months.

Some strategies that may help include;
- encouraging day time feeding,
-waking baby if he or she is sleeping longer than 4 hours during the day,
-encouraging some exposure to day light, and normal day time activities and noise,
-encouraging play with your baby when he or she is alert and active during the day.
-at night, keep stimulation to a minimum, such as minimal lighting and only changing the nappy if necessary.

All babies are unique, and each baby develops day and night awareness at different rates, but eventually your baby will develop a preference for sleeping at night. It is a busy and tiring time, so be sure to look after yourself.
This information is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for the personalized assistance that can be received from the Ngala Helpline by telephone.

For families residing in Western Australia you can also contact the
Ngala Helpline
Telephone 9368 9368 or 1800 111 546 for country access
Available 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm
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