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So how can i get my baby to sleep during the night? She's about 3 weeks old and i'm just wondering when we can start teaching her that night time is for sleeping and what is the best way to do it?
 

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Just hang in there, it gets better, and she'll sleep. there's nothing you need to do<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Oh my! This is a loaded question. My first dd was 5 before she slept throught he night and my 1st ds was 7 before he moved out of our bed. My babe is 8 months and wakes up 3 times at least still. I don't think you can teach a baby anything. If she needs you, she needs you, and you should meet that need. She has only been out of your womb for 3 weeks. I know it is tough and lack of sleep can be debilitating at times, but know, this is a season, and before you can blink, she will be sleeping like a champ. Congratulations Mama!!
 

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yes. she seems mixed up. she usually sleeps pretty well in the morning hours and during the day. she has long stretches when she will sleep, wake up to nurse and then go right back to sleep.
 

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At 3 weeks she is still adjusting. Exposing her to sunlight and very little artificial light at night might help get her natural rhythms going. Hugs. My son was like this at the beginning too.
 

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I swear I asked the same question when DD was that age.<br><br>
What it comes down to is that it takes a babe some time to get the whole night/day thing sorted out.<br><br>
Best piece of advice I can give is cosleep and sleep when your babe sleeps.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
You can make it!
 

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I agree about the light... purposefully keep her in a lit room during the day and keep her sleeping area dark when you want her to be sleeping. Don't try to be quiet around her when she naps during the day... let her be right out with the noise of the TV, vacuum, dogs barking, whatever. And then when you <i>want</i> her to be sleeping (at night), keep her sleeping area quiet and/or use white noise like a fan or an air cleaner.<br><br>
It does take their bodies awhile to figure it out, but these things can help.
 

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I was going to write the exact same thing.<br><br>
It took about 3-4 weeks before my baby got the idea about nighttime sleep being different from day time. Any day/night now!
 

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We would all come down when dh was getting ready for work ds and I always spent the entire day down on the main floor where it is nice and bright and noisy. For naps I would hold/sling ds or sometimes put him down in his pack n play that was set up in the living room. In those early weeks I also went to bed with him at around 8pm. I would make sure the bedroom (we cosleep) was nice and dark and I would change his diaper by night light if needed. We use our celing fan for white noise. You don't have to have a stringent routine but consistency helps them set their internal clocks. I think this definately helped b/c ds never got his days and nights mixed up. Good luck!
 
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