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Why can't she sleep on my schedule?

Newborns may sleep often, but their patterns can be wacky, and they definitely aren't on your schedule. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
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You may hear that it seems like newborns never sleep. Actually though, they sleep quite a lot. New parents, even those who sleep when their baby sleeps, may still feel extra tired because becoming a parent is a major adjustment and it's tiring, both physically and mentally.

Plus, just because a newborn sleeps often, her patterns are wacky, so she may not be sleeping when you're used to sleeping.

Newborn sleep habits

By the time your newborn is about a month old he'll be sleeping a tiny bit less but will have developed a schedule of sorts — not always on your schedule though. At this point you should still allow your baby to sleep whenever he likes. Training a baby under the age of four months to sleep on a perfect schedule is not going to work and both of you will become frustrated. You can stay sane by doing the following:

  1. Sleep or relax when your baby does.
  2. Get help and support so that you have a chance to sleep uninterrupted.
  3. Don't wake your baby up to feed him unless your pediatrician has a specific reason why you should. If your baby is hungry he'll wake up. Halting his sleep will only make him cranky.

Once your baby starts nearing that four-month age, you can start trying to teach him the difference between night and day. At this point you can also try to get your baby to fall asleep on his own, although some babies do better at this than others.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son stays up all night and sleeps all day, but is only 1 month old. I find it very helpful switching nights with my fiance as to who will take care of him and who will sleep most of the night. Also, I have a fan going so that there is white noise in the background to help sooth him when he is awake. The sooner that parents accept that they will not win when it comes to creating a sleeping schedule this soon, the better. Like the article says, rest as much as you can when baby does! :) January 7, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by All hail the schedule! We are believers! Our baby has been sleeping through the night (with some random exceptions) since he was 3 months old. He is 10 months now. It is important to keep in mind that newborns need to be fed on demand and also need to be changed and nap frequently. Sticking to a strict schedule in the beginning is unrealistic. You need to be flexible. January 2, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I found this very helpful. I love the article they post, makes new babies a little easier with helpful tips from huggies. October 26, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by By keeping the fan on and the door open makes for a well ventilated room. We also have a small garbage with a lid on it that only holds about 2 days worth of diapers, so we are constantly taking that trash out. Little Elijah's room always smells great! September 15, 2014
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