This is usually the third question I get asked when people are introduced to our new baby. The number one question: “Is she a good baby?” I always want to say something like, “No. She’s bad. Very bad. We’re thinking of taking her back to exchange her for a better one.” Instead, I just say, “Are there any other kind?”
The second question I get asked is, “Does she sleep through the night yet?” The answer to that is, “No. She’s only 3 weeks old. That will come soon enough.”
As for the “getting her days and nights mixed up” I hear lots of stories of babies who sleep peacefully all day and then want to be awake all night. I never have had a problem with this happening with any of my 7 babies, though.
It’s not because I am a doctor, or an author, or a child rearing expert either. I just figure that the baby needs a certain number of calories each day and I would prefer that she get those during the daylight hours, so if she has been snoozing for more than a couple of hours, I stop what I am doing and wake her up to nurse her.
If I am busy taking down the Christmas tree, doing laundry, packing for a trip, and taking the kids to the library, and the baby is sleeping for an extended period, then, I know I am going to pay for it later in the night when she needs to make up for the nursing that she missed out on during the day.
It really isn’t rocket science and this system has worked out great for me through 7 babies. Don’t let your newborn sleep more than 2 or 3 hours during the day if you would like her to sleep longer at night. Eventually, the “longer at night” turns into “through the night” and mother and baby are happy and healthy.
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