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    Default Newborn wide awake / unsettled late at night

    My 3 week old DS pretty much eats and sleeps during the day (very sleepy after feeds and bouncer / mum time).
    However once it gets to 9pm he seems wide awake and wont settle in his bassinet. He is like this until around midnight. Dh has him RIGHT now in the pram, pushing him across the carpet/floor boards.

    I know that all babies have an unsettled time, but when will he grown out of this??? I have tried to keep him up a little bit more after day feeds, but when he shows signs of tiredness I do put him down (yawning, gerky movements, eyes stare into space etc).

    It is hard work!

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    Have you tried to help him distinguish night and day? DS would sleep a lot during the day as well and would then stare at me at night lol I'd leave the room nice and bright during the day, had the TV up loud, I'd talk normally etc. Once the sun went down and it was bed time, I'd give him a nice, warm bath with either a candle burning in the background or a light on in another room so the room I was in wasn't too bright. I'd give him a massage to help release any wind & relax him, give him a bottle and rock him to sleep. We made sure not to talk at night and to make the environment very relaxed, boring and calming.
    I understand how frustrating the witching hours are but it will pass by. Popping him on your face down on your arm and rocking him while gently patting his back might be calming. Rubbing his belly to release any gas might help as well.

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    I agree, he might be mixing up night and day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkCherry View Post
    Have you tried to help him distinguish night and day? DS would sleep a lot during the day as well and would then stare at me at night lol I'd leave the room nice and bright during the day, had the TV up loud, I'd talk normally etc. Once the sun went down and it was bed time, I'd give him a nice, warm bath with either a candle burning in the background or a light on in another room so the room I was in wasn't too bright. I'd give him a massage to help release any wind & relax him, give him a bottle and rock him to sleep. We made sure not to talk at night and to make the environment very relaxed, boring and calming.
    I understand how frustrating the witching hours are but it will pass by. Popping him on your face down on your arm and rocking him while gently patting his back might be calming. Rubbing his belly to release any gas might help as well.
    Great advice from DC

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    Thank.
    We already do most of that, curtain open during the day, normal noise, feeds in the kitchen during the day, night feeds in his bedroom with soft lighting. I think it might just be a case of the witches hour!!

    I will try the massage though, thanks.

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    Don't worry too much, as hard as it may be, it will improve. We went through the same with DS now 11 weeks and then all of a sudden he started going to sleep at 7pm for hours! (probably in the last 3-4 weeks) It sounds like you are doing everything right, 3 weeks is still very young to distinguish the difference between night and day. Another thing we do to make sleep associations when DS is put down in his cot is play heart beat sounds from his cot mobile, you can download iPhone apps with this sound too. When trying to get bub to sleep late at night, also try wrapping and light tapping on their bottom as we also found this has a calming effect.

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