You are here

Get Answers

Sometimes it's nice to get advice from experts with a lot of letter degrees behind their names, but other times, you just need to hear what another parent (with a M.O.M. behind her name) has done that has worked. You've got questions? These moms have answers.
 
Ask a Question

how can i keep my 5 day old more awake during the day to sleep better?

10 answers
3 years ago
shesleeps most of the day and i try to keep her as awake as possible and i know i gotta flip her sleep schedual but i need some tips. anyonee?

answers (10)

3 years ago
If she has a pacifier os some sort of a "soothie" take it during the day and only give it to her at night...maybe it will keep her awake longer.Good Luck!
3 years ago
at that age its hard my daughter sleeps an hour maybe 4 times a day i think if you play with her she will stay awake
3 years ago
Try an activity mat, I know shes little but it might give her something intresting to look at. Also try talking to her and playing with her, she will get used to it after a few days.
3 years ago
At that age they sleep A LOT!! My pediatrician said that they need that sleep so I let my daughter sleep when she wanted. I put her on a sleeping pattern when she got bigger and she sleeps through the night now. I know it's exhausting but they need to sleep a lot during the day. The best advice is to take naps with them during the day to make it through those rough few weeks. 
3 years ago
Our pediatrician told us this when I had that exact same question: Babies don't form their sleep schedules until several months old. Even if you manage to keep them awake longer during the day, they will not necessarily sleep through the night.My husband and I ignored the doctor and attempted to keep our daughter up all day and we did - but she still never gave us more than a couple hours at a time at night. Our daughter is now 2-1/2 months old and is FINALLY sleeping on somewhat of a schedule, and anywhere from 6-8 hours at night. You just have to wait it out. More than likely your baby will teach you her schedule before you teach her yours. Once you know her schedule, if she sleeps all day and is awake all night, then you can try to flip her naptime. This is what I've learned, but all babies are unique. Sleep will come eventually. Trust me. =-)
3 years ago
You could also try to change your schedule a little too. Sleep while she is sleeping during the day then you will not be as tired.
3 years ago
thankyouu everyone
3 years ago
At 5 days old, they usually only have about 4 hours of awake sessions, within a 24 hour period. Its basically impossible lol, or you will have a very fussy baby on your hands. My son was about 3 weeks old when he started getting on a decent schedule. He would wake up about 3 times a night to eat, but would go right back to sleep. Make sure when you are getting up with baby to feed, and change...dont give eye contact, dont turn on harsh lights, nightlights are good...if the light is too bright it stimulates them and they wont want to go back t sleep right away, so keep everything in a calm environment. Also, no talking, babies start to recognize talking with play time, and quiet with night time. As long as you maintain a schedule like that so that your baby will start to recognize night from day, he/she will be sleeping through the night in no time (with occasional feedings). Patience is great quality when it comes to being a mommy lol! Its not easy, and we all have been there, just relax...these are the good times, my son is 8 months old, and I sooooo wish he was a newborn again, he wont sit still he is all over the place! Also, he is teething, and 8 month old screams are so much louder than a newborns haha! Teething is just the WORST!
3 years ago
I didnt realize you said she lol, anyway I forgot to mention, even though my son was a few weeks old when he was actually sleeping at night, he was still waking up to eat about 3 times a night, but like I said he would go right back to sleep. Anyway, at 3 months old is when you want to start trying to get them to sleep through the night without a bottle. Thats stressful, I dont know how you are with this but sometimes you just have to let them cry! For me when I was trying to get my son to sleep through the night it only took about 3 nights! At 3 months old, when he woke up in the middle of the night I refused to give him a bottle, I would hold him, swaddle him, give him the binky, and turn on his mobile. Sometimes he would scream, but thats when I would turn off the baby moniter, and go back to my own room. I know that sounds harsh, but to let baby cry is sometimes all it takes, like I said it only took me 3 nights to get him to sleep through the night. On the 4th night...nothing. Went to bed at 9pm, woke up at 7am :) Anyway, pediatrician says crying is good, it helps build up their lungs.
3 years ago
a 5 day old is going to do pretty much nothing but sleep. that's normal at this age. don't expect to get him/her on a routine, or even sleep trained for a while. that will be a few months from now. when my daughter was that age, you almost forgot there was a baby in the house! she would sleep for up to 4-5 hours at a time, and then eat ravenously.

Vertical Tabs

*DISCLAIMER
Parenting.com's Answers are provided by members of our community. While your fellow moms and our editors have plenty of great advice to offer based on their experience, it is not a substitute for professional medical help. Always consult a medical professional when seeking medical advice. All submitted answers are subject to the rules set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use