Establish a wake up time and stick to it even if your baby was up most of the night. By contrast keep nights very dark and free of stimulation.
This does not mean that you need to keep your baby awake during the day.
How to get a newborns days and nights right. You want your baby to sleep longer stretches at night and have shorter more frequent wakings during the day. Newborn to 3 months. But those snoozes come in random bursts of slumber.
Well first of all babies do sleep a lot those first few weeks. But babies don t know the difference between day and night. Keep feedings calm and quiet and do diaper changes quickly.
Their little bodies naturally want a lot of sleep during this time which makes it perfect for getting it straight. So they sleep with no regard for what time it is. Your baby may sleep from 10 to 18 hours a day sometimes for 3 to 4 hours at a time.
When baby has days and nights mixed up it also helps to keep him in a well lit room during the day in the middle of daily activities to encourage frequent wakings and feedings. That doesn t mean you can t help your little night owl get some rest. First the good news for exhausted parents.
Keep your baby s room dim use only as much light as you need to see for feedings and diaper changes. In the meantime when your baby is just a few weeks old you can begin to gently coax him into a more reasonable schedule. Most babies adjust to the family timetable in a month or so.
Newborns sleep a lot 14 to 17 hours a day or about 70 percent of the time. Your baby is not on any kind of schedule at least not yet. The extra noise of daily living is often enough to rouse your baby from a light sleep state.
Then put your baby right back to bed.