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My dh and I are at loss as to what we should do. My dd, who will be three months on the 18th, is doing wonderfully, but her sleep schedule is driving us crazy, and we don't know how to change it. She'll stay up until somewhere between 3 and 4:30 at night and then sleep until 1 or 2 (with 2 feedings in there). I'm also recovering from mono and pnuemonia, so I really have been needing sleep every chance I can get, but that is starting to pass. I really would like her to change her schedule around so that she goes to bed at night and gets up in the morning, but I don't know how to go about helping her get there. The only thing I can think of is to keep her awake as much as i can during the day, but haven't been able to get to work as of yet. Anyone else gone through this and have any suggestions?
 

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Open the curtains in the room where she's sleeping so the sun is bright on her, even if she's still asleep. In the evenings keep the lights dim, no TV, quiet voices, etc. That should help set her body clock.
 

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1. find out where your baby sleeps best<br>
2. learn baby's tired times<br>
3. create a comfortable environment conducive to sleep<br>
4. create a variety of bedtime rituals<br>
5. help baby sleep for longer stretches<br><br>
these are dr.sear's 5 steps to getting your baby to sleep better in the baby sleep book<br><br>
i'd say trying 4 will help you baby sleep when it is more normal. he says to create healthy sleep associations that will ease babe into sleep and do these consistently to make rituals.<br><br>
i think a lot of people give a bath before bed as a ritual. we put jack johnson on, change into pjs, dance in the dim bedroom for alittle, then nurse to sleep. USUALLY it works for us.<br><br>
good luck! also, in the past 4.5 months our dd's sleep schedule has changed a billion times. nothing is permanent at this stage, but creating these healthy associations will ease your babe into sleeping without force. also, with macey, if she isnt ready to sleep but we try to "force" it, it just makes it worse. she ends up crying and we end up frustrated. so, patience is key at our house for survival through long nights. it will get better, soon we will on here asking about how to get our teenagers OUT of bed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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