Day/Night Confusion

This is something that most newborns go through during the first few weeks of life. They are used to being rocked to sleep in utero by mommy’s movements during the day and up when mommy was still/asleep at night time. So for the first few weeks of life they are up at night and asleep during the day. Day/night confusion can resolve in a week or can take a few weeks depending on your baby. To help them recognize daytime as a time to be up and interact you want to keep the lights on, open the blinds, turn on the TV, carry on a normal conversation, and interact with the little one as much as possible. At the night you want to do the opposite so have the lights dim and quiet down the noise. 

Newborn Bedtime Routine

You can start a little bed time routine for night time sleep. The routine doesn't have to be anything complex and should only last about 10-15 minutes at this age. Even something as simple as putting on pajama's, giving a feeding, and singing a lullaby. As long as it's the same routine before each sleep.

Practice being outside of someones arms

You want to put your little one down during the day to practice being outside mommy/daddy’s arms. You can put them in a bassinet, crib, swing, or another safe space for as long as they are happy. If you put them down and they start to cry you can pick them right up. It can be for a few minutes at a time or an hour depending on your little one. You just want to help them get used to being out of someones arms so eventually they will be able to go in their crib and sleep independently

Non Stop Nursing Soothing Technique

We find that nonstop nursing or nursing to soothe becomes a problem if the child always needs to nurse to fall asleep. You should try swaddling. The pressure of swaddling is similar to what babies feel in utero. Getting the perfect swaddle an take a little bit of practice but you will eventually be able to swaddle with one eye open! There are many infant swaddlers that make the process much easier. If your little one doesn't like swaddling or if you want to try something else you could use some kind of swaying or movement to soothe them. It's absolutely okay to only soothe using other techniques sometimes and when tolerated. Non stop nursing is not the only answer. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 3-5 minutes 2-3 times a day. You can place your little one on their belly on your chest for those short periods of time. Tummy time is another way to help them stay awake during the day.

Tummy Time