August 10, 2008

Is it day? Or night?

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:10 am by bitsypieces

Baby has her “days and nights mixed up.”

Sometime around midnight, Baby decides to become alert and aware.  For the next seven to twelve hours, she’ll need constant feeding and diaper changing.  She’ll also get fussy for no reason, and will only settle when I hold her.

Then, sometime between 7AM and noon (just when I think I can’t bear it anymore), she’ll fall asleep.  For the next twelve hours or so, she’ll sleep for 3-4 hour stretches (waking only to eat).

To reiterate:  Baby’s typical pattern looks something like this:

Midnight until Noon: Awake, fussy, hungry, dirty diapers

Noon until Midnight: Sleeping like a baby, waking only to eat

Now common suggestions for fixing this issue include making daytime seem “exciting” and nighttime seem boring.  But I can’t really take her outside or make noises or play with her during the day… because I’m too busy sleeping!!  Since I’m up all night, too, I have to sleep during the day while she naps.  Otherwise, I’d be a walking zombie.

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1 Comment »

  1. Tiffany said,

    How old is the little one – only a few weeks? I know it is tough but it does get better. Right now just try to keep things super quiet, mellow and not much talking to baby at night and sleep when she does.

    Hubby got up with Lily the other night at 1am (that is my job). He got her all excited, change her diaper, played in the mirrow – no wonder it took her over an hour to go back to bed. Needless to say he is no longer allowed to get up with her in the middle of the night.


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