Your newborn is up all night and sleeps during the day. How can you get him to switch his schedule?
It’s normal for a new baby to have his nights and days mixed up, says Tizzie Hall, the author of the Save Our Sleep series.
This is because before he was born, he was rocked to sleep while inside you when you moved about during the day. At night, when you rested, he had his awake periods.
“To turn this around, there are two things I’d look at. One is making sure that, at night, your baby is not getting too cold to sleep well. Often, a home is warmer in the day than at night, and this can result in poor night sleeping,” she advises.
“Secondly, I’d put your baby on a feeding routine, waking him more often in the day than at night for feeds.
“I recommend that breastfed babies should go no longer than three hours in the day and five hours at night without a feed. This benefits your breast milk supply as much as Baby’s needs.”
Formula-fed babies can be given their bottle every four hours during the day, and may be left for six hours between night feeds.
Following a routine like this will help him switch his body clock around to be awake more in the day and sleep more at night, Tizzie adds.