This naturally makes your life a bit easier during the day: your baby sleeps most of the time, wakes up to drink, plays a bit and then falls asleep again.
At night, unfortunately, it looks quite different: Her little one is awake and just does not want to fall asleep. Many babies who are awake at night also cry more - that makes it even more difficult.
What can you do? Unfortunately not much - especially not if your child is just born. You will probably have to temporarily turn yourself into a "night owl". But comfort yourself: Things will relax. Finally, if your child is already a few weeks old and the problem persists, then you can try the following to change your internal clock:
- Wake up your little one every morning at a fixed time instead of letting it sleep to catch up on the missed sleep. The temptation to keep your baby sleeping is great, as it will allow you to enjoy a few minutes of sleep or some time alone. Remember, you will pay for it the following night.
- Play a lot with your child during the day. And if your baby is sleeping soundly, when it's time to breastfeed, then wake it up.
- Leave the curtains in the nursery. And do not try to be especially quiet. Do not turn the phone on and let the dishwasher run smoothly. This will ensure that your child does not train for the lightest sleep in the world. You do not have to tiptoe through the house for the next ten years if your little one is asleep.
- Do not play with your baby at night. Let the room be darkened - just so bright that you can see enough to breastfeed or wrap your child. Behave the time of day appropriately quiet and reassuring .. Move and talk in "slow motion". And above all: be as boring as possible!
Susanne had to find a solution to the "night owl problem" with her daughter, Anne. During the first two nights in the hospital, Anne was awake almost all the time. Susanne suspected that the hospital environment kept her daughter awake and was in good spirits that things would relax at home.
But nothing changed. Anne only woke up during the day when she was hungry. After breastfeeding, she fell asleep again for an hour or two. Late evening and early morning were another matter: then Anne was awake and miserable and slept just 20 minutes at a time.
After two weeks, Susanne realized that she had to change something: During the day, Anne stayed in a carrying basket with her in the living room. Susanne often sang something to her. Anyone who stopped by was allowed to hold Anne or play with her. Anne went to sleep in the nursery and in her cot. The curtains were pulled forward, the light was extinguished. When Anne woke up, she stayed in the nursery - the light remained subdued.
After three days, Anne slept longer during the night and was more alert and attentive during the day. Although the nights were still volatile, Anne slept longer in total - up to three hours.
Like Anne, her baby will soon learn that the day is here to play and the night to sleep. The learning process can take a few days to weeks, but if you stick to it, your former little "night owl" will soon declare the day for playtime.
In my estimation, such nocturnal sleep problems also have with the processing of stimuli of the day (even if it only sleeps during the day, your child gets stimuli of the environment with them, eg if the TV is "dudling and flickering" all the time) and dealing with tension, which can be regulated and balanced through massages and some other measures such as bathing.