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Is your newborn a night owl?
Dan Brennan, MD posted:
Many newborn babies come out wanting to sleep during the day and party all night. Has this happened to you? What is a new parent to do?

For the first two weeks, newborn babies tend to be nocturnal. At about two weeks of age, they tend to modify this naughty behavior and spend a little more time awake during the daylight hours.

Trying to keep your newborn baby up all day, hoping she will sleep more at night, is likely to leave you with a very irritable baby who is awake during the day and night.

My best advice for new parents (in the first two weeks) is forget about your list of chores and to try to rest during the day when your baby rests, while counting down to that magical two week mark.
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powerbar responded:
Are there "guidelines" as to how much your baby should sleep at different age milestones?

My son is 8 weeks old, and we're having a difficult time getting him to sleep during the day for more than 30 mins at a time. Because of this, you're absolutely right that by 4-5pm (early evening), he's very irritable.

During the day, we normally have our son in the family room, where most of our activity is happening. We don't make alot of noise when he sleeps, but it's definitely not silent in the room (friends of our with kids were telling us to avoid making the room completely silent during the day because it will form a habit for needing complete silence when sleeping). But we're at a point that he's either not falling asleep during the day or he's sleeping for such a short time frame that he's really irritated by the early evening.

We normally swaddle him at night, but have begun swaddling him during the day too. We are also putting him in a separate room so it's completely quiet and somewhat dark, so he can sleep.

Is he going to form a bad habit (sleeping only when it's really quiet), or is it ok for now and the most important thing for his development is to get enough rest?
-- first time daddy
GigiSage replied to powerbar's response:
You have to remember that some people are simply light sleepers, any little noise will wake them up. There is nothing you can do if DS is a light sleeper. Instead you should make an effort to give him the rest he needs so he can be a happy baby.

DS might be having the same problem as my DD who is 9 weeks-... She wants to see what we are doing and when we are doing it. Sometimes we have to put her in her room to sleep for a good hour or so because otherwise she won't sleep for us and gets super cranky. On the flip side DD also sleeps the entire night for us. Right now it is 9pm-6am - and I have to wake her up during the weekdays to feed her and get her. We are considering putting her to bed earlier now too.

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