ETA: I always make sure I get DD outside when she's awake at least once a day to get her used the day/night cycle. I read a great article (which I'll post when I can find it) about the need to get baby outside when they're awake to increase/stimulate melatonin production which helps with sleep.
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18-12-2015 12:57 #31
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18-12-2015 13:03 #32Senior Member
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bbhope I know a lot of people do say you should have noise/light around babies during the day. BUT. When we were struggling with sleeping during the day I had a sleep consultant out and they strongly recommended that day sleeps should be in a darkened room. They said it is very difficult for babies and adults to sleep when light passes through the eyelid. Makes sense to me. If I'm ever going to nap during the day I close the blinds and curtains! So when home we have day naps in her dark room and also use white noise to drown out loud noises (have a VERY loud dog next door that barks all day 😡). When out if bub needs a nap in the pram I use a black muslin by a brand called Cuski (called a dreameeze muslin). I clip this to the pram and off she goes works a treat!
Great to hear things are improving. It might just be time (I know that's hard to hear). My DD is 5.5 months now and it's only been the last week and a half that I'm consistently getting 1.5-2hr naps during the day.
18-12-2015 13:58 #33
Depends on the child. My three can sleep anywhere if they are on me.
But if I want to them to sleep in their beds during the day then I close the blinds but leave the radio on.
Only night sleeps are in the dark and no noise.
18-12-2015 17:35 #34
Eta: we use white noise as well.
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18-12-2015 19:03 #35Senior Member
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I just darken the room today and it seems to have work. It could also be one of these days when he just sleeps all day long after being overtired the day before.
What's the cut off time of nap so the baby will sleep at night? It took a long time to settle DS as usual but at least he is in his cot. It is nearly 5pm. His next feed is due 5:30pm. He is awake on and off and i have been resettling him. He doesn't seem to get into his deep sleep cycle at all for nap. 30 mins max if i am lucky before i have to resettle him. I am hoping that once he gets used to sleep in the cot, he will sleep longer. He had a few big cries after knowing not being in my arms today. Please judge me on this. After so many weeks of holding him and can't take care of myself (stress and lost a lot of weight here), I really want him to sleep by himself and have few moment to eat and go to the toilet. I don't mind resettling him if that's what it takes.
18-12-2015 19:10 #36
bbhope no one is judging you if you are using a version of controlled crying. Even paediatricians who are against CC will recommend it in situations where the mother hasn't been coping. And many members on Bubhub swear by it.
Hope things improve for you.
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18-12-2015 19:17 #38
Also - its kinda normal for babies to catnap. That's why I wear them in my carrier all day. I find that the more my babies sleep (quite frankly I dont care where they sleep just that they sleep) the better they sleep at night/next day.
ETA- overtired and exhausted babies are frustrating.
18-12-2015 19:22 #39
Eta: I also only did the lying down with him for the 2nd 'big' nap. The morning one he was usually good about sleeping over an hour for and the 3rd one I didn't mind if it was short.
18-12-2015 19:25 #40
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