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Q2. WHY DO BABIES SEEM TO HAVE THEIR DAYS & NIGHTS MIXED UP? This is very, very normal. While you were pregnant, during the day time whilst walking around, you rock your baby to sleep in the pelvis. At night time, whilst you are trying to sleep, all your muscles are relaxed and your baby wakes

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Q2. WHY DO BABIES SEEM TO HAVE THEIR DAYS & NIGHTS MIXED UP?

This is very, very normal. While you were pregnant, during the day time whilst walking around, you rock your baby to sleep in the pelvis. At night time, whilst you are trying to sleep, all your muscles are relaxed and your baby wakes up to move and stretch with less restrictions. Your baby will continue with this pattern of behaviour for 2-3 weeks after he/she is born.

You can try to encourage your baby to change his/her day/night pattern by trying to feed your baby more frequently during the day, having normal day time noises around the baby i.e kettle boiling, toilet flushing, vacuum cleaner buzzing, tv, radio, etc. Then at night, minimal noise, minimal lights, try to just feed and put your baby back to bed.

To help you cope during this period of transition, it is important you try to rest as much as possible. Try to limit the number of visitors you have and try to leave the chores to another time or if a family member offers to help – ask and accept!

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