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My son is 2 months old now. He tends to sleep very late at night (11pm onwards) and naps a lot during the day time.

We are unable to keep him awake in the afternoons.

Please advise.

Thanks!

Asked by Jessica - Posted 6 years, 8 months, 4 days, 22 hours, 53 minutes ago.

Dear Jessica,

Thank you for your question. The reason your baby sleeps late is because he sleeps a lot in the day time and because he sleeps a lot during the day, he sleeps late at night. I suggest you approach this issue by

1)  fixing a wake up time in the morning
2)  fixing a bedtime in the evening.

To do so, you may first of all, try to wake your baby up at a regular time each morning irrespective of what time he sleeps at night. So for example, if he went to bed at 11pm , do still wake him up the following morning at say 8am. It will take some effort and perseverance to wake him up. Once he is awake, you may then proceed to engage him in some activities( take him out for a short walk in the garden), then bath him followed by a feed. After an hour or so, do watch for his sleep signals. When he shows signs that he is sleepy, do allow him to sleep but not for too long.

A good morning nap can be anything from 1.5 to 2 hours after which you should wake him up and repeat the process of some activities and a feed then a nap again. It may not necessary be activities followed by feed and nap. It can be feed then followed by activities then nap.Early afternoon and late afternoon naps should be shorter than morning nap. A young baby of 2 months may have between 3-4 naps totaling about 5 hours.

Having a regular bedtime with a regular bedtime routine will also help your baby to learn to settle down better. If you and your spouse decide that baby should be asleep by 8pm, then you may want to start your bed time routine by 7pm. You may want to give your baby a wipe down or a quick wash. This is then followed by retreating to a dimly lit bedroom for a feed followed by a calm and soothing activity such as story time and then assisting your baby to sleep.

Trying to wake a sleeping baby is just as challenging as trying to get a baby to sleep. But with time, patience and being consistent, you will soon have your baby sleeping better in the night and have more awake time in the day.

It will be fun then as both you and your baby can enjoy each other’s company.

All the best.

Jennifer Hor
United Kingdom trained Nurse and Midwife
Specialty : Early Parenting Skills and Parentcraft Education

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