I know all babies are different and some just sleep better than others, but my pediatrician gave me a great tip that really helped my baby start to sleep better at night.
I read Baby Wise before my little Bammer was born and I have implemented that into her schedule a bit. I feed her, we play, then she goes down for a nap, and repeat. The amount of sleep during the nap was what my pediatrician suggested. But let me tell you about my baby first.
When Bammer was born, she had her days and nights mixed up. She slept sometimes for 6 hours at a time during the day and maybe 2 hours at a time at night. Plus she had jaundice which made her super lethargic also. I had always thought you let your baby sleep as much as they want when they’re newborns, but that’s when my doctor gave me a suggestion. And here’s the big tip:
DON’T LET YOUR BABY SLEEP FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS AT A TIME DURING THE DAY.
Really? All I wanted was some sleep during the day because I wasn’t really getting it at night. But I decided to give it a try. So she would nap for 2 hours and I would wake her up to feed her and sometimes she would only stay awake for a little before wanting to fall asleep again, but that was ok. My doctor said they just need to not get into that deep sleep during the day so they could get it at night. This was at my baby’s 2 week appointment. At her 2 month appointment she was sleeping at least 6 hours a night! It was amazing! Actually by 6 weeks old she was sleeping 6 hours a night. And now at 4 months old she’s sleeping 7-9 hours a night. I’m still waking her up after 2 hours for a nap, but we have another appointment this week and I’m going to ask if I need to keep doing that – because she could sleep longer if I let her.
Ok I went to the doctor and he said the two hour nap thing is only needed for when they’re new babies so they know that they sleep long hours at night and shorter hours during the day. So my baby is four months and doesn’t need it anymore, so I’m just going to let her sleep! I tried it yesterday and she woke up on her own after 1 1/2 hours (usually she sleeps for at least 2 so maybe she’s starting to sleep less during the day as she sleeps longer at night). Added July 1, 2011
So give it a shot and see if it makes a difference! And with newborns, you’re pretty much willing to try anything to get them to sleep at night, am I right?
Under the bililights.
A Few Tips for Jaundice
Here are some things I learned to help my baby get over jaundice and to help her get her days and nights right – some of these I heard from other moms and some from the doctor.
1. We had Bililights that she stayed under much of her first few days of life to help get rid of the jaundice.
2. Pump those liquids! This can be hard when you’re waiting for your milk to come in, so sometimes you need to supplement.
3. Expose your baby to sunlight. I’ve heard sunlight helps get rid of jaundice so I would take my baby outside sometimes. And this also helps her realize that it’s day and she should be awake.
4. Keep the house bright. Along with the sunlight, keeping the house bright lets your baby know it’s day time. So I kept the lights on all the time.
And remember to always talk to your pediatrician about what’s best for you baby. Jaundice can be a serious thing, so make sure you’re doing what they suggest.