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4am Alertness

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What do you do when your baby is alert, curious and playful at 4am? My gut tells me to set her down to kick it out for a while in the dark next to us, and then try bouncing her to sleep in a few minutes when she seems more tired, but I feel kind of guilty when she looks at me , smiling and excited, and all I can do is gloomily blink back.
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If one of the twins wakes, I usually take them downstairs with low light and do some chores while they play for a bit, then put them back to bed when they get tired (usually in 10-15 minutes). If both wake up, I put them in the same crib and let them coo at each other while I rest, sometimes they fall asleep on their own, sometimes I go back in and soothe them to sleep when they start getting fussy. I think it's totally fine to let them do their own thing if they are happy and I try not to interact too much with babies during times I want them to sleep so they hopefully figure out that this is supposed to be sleepy time and don't get in the habit of being wide awake at 4am smile.gif
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I think you're doing exactly the right thing.  My husband and I took turns when this was a problem laying on the couch while she played in the dark living room.  Babies need to learn the difference between night and day, so you shouldn't feel guilty at all for not playing at 4am.  Letting her play by herself in the dark is a fine compromise.

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It's good to hear other people do similar things. It was just the longest and most active she's been at night and I was at a loss. She was so cute and smiley-- just begging for playful attention. It felt a little mean to not interact more, but you are right-- she needs to learn the difference.
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