The situation when a newborn confuses day with night is standard. The child sleeps sweetly during the day, but all night “hangs” on the mother’s chest and requires increased attention. Young parents cannot figure out what is the reason for this behavior. In our article, we will consider this issue in detail and how to solve it.

What does it mean to confuse day with night

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The child confused day with night if he is active at night, cheerful, playful, although he should sleep. This should not be confused with his numerous short-term falling asleep. It happens that the baby cannot be put to bed in any way. He can be awake almost all night, while his activity does not decline. The confusion of the sleep regimen is manifested by the fullness of energy, vitality at night.

It may be different when the child falls asleep in the evening for a couple of hours. Then he gets up and is ready to play until the morning. Moreover, during the day he sleeps soundly for several hours in a row. In this way, the energy expended at night is replenished. This situation does not affect the health of the baby. But the condition of the parents suffers greatly from it. If you do not take it into your own hands, the situation can take root and last for several months.

At what age does the confusion between day and night occur?

The inverted situation, when a child confuses day with night, can occur at any age. Most often, parents describe such complaints to pediatricians for the period of breastfeeding a baby. Usually this is the first half of the year, 3-5 months of a baby’s life, when the child is already able to spend most of his time without sleep, actively explores the world, is interested in playing.

Children older than 6 months have a more active life, they begin to crawl. Thus, they spend more energy than 3-month-old babies. Therefore, they are forced to make up for it at night. In children of the second half of life, the situation of changing day and night occurs less frequently.

Reasons for confusion

Most often, the causes of confusion between day and night lie in the following:

  1. Unfavorable sleep conditions. Excessive noise, insufficient darkness, excessive humidity or, conversely, dry air can interfere with a child’s full sleep. If the room is too hot or cold, this can also be the cause of night wakefulness.

  2. Too much sleep during the day. This is understandable, if the baby sleeps during the day, then by night he is full of strength and energy, ready to play.

  3. Insufficient burst of energy during the day, which falls at night. If you don’t deal with the baby during the day, leave him to himself, communicate little with him, then at night he will take the deserved attention from his parents.

  4. Too much activity in the late evening, before bedtime. It happens that in the evening dad, having come home from work, starts having fun with the baby, playing outdoor games. As a result, he is overexcited against the background of an immature nervous system, cannot fall asleep, and the dancing continues further, until the morning.

  5. Violated daily routine or its absence, sleep and meal schedule disruptions. As a rule, this is the most common cause of inverted behavior of the baby.

Additional reasons for the confusion of day and night include previous hypoxia, as a result of which a syndrome of increased nervous excitability developed. This phenomenon is accompanied by abundant and frequent regurgitation after eating and requires medical intervention.

Another reason for sleepless nights lies in the colic of the tummy. Usually in the morning the pain lets go, and the baby falls asleep. During the day, he needs time to restore strength and energy. And, as a result, by the evening he is ready for an active night. Nighttime wakefulness needs to be adjusted quickly. Otherwise, such behavior will become a habit, and it will be difficult to cope with it.

What determines the desire of the baby to sleep at night

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To know how to influence the situation, parents need to understand what determines the desire of the child to sleep at night. HThere are many factors involved, but the main ones are:

  1. energy consumption during the day.

  2. The quality of the previous sleep, when it was, how long it lasted, how soundly the child slept.

  3. The quality of the last meal. It’s better that he be tighter. After all, as you know, after a hearty meal you always want to sleep.

Treatment rules

Before embarking on cardinal actions, we advise you to analyze the situation, find out after which the child had a confusion in the daily routine. It is necessary to exclude causes that are related to the state of health of the baby. Maybe it’s earache, intestinal colic, fever, nervous breakdowns, nausea, itching. To do this, you need to visit a pediatrician, you may have to undergo an examination. Of course, in this case, the child will not show activity and fun at night, but irritability and crying. But, it is necessary to exclude health problems.

Adjusting the child’s sleep pattern

No matter how much mother does not want to sleep during the day after a sleepless night, she needs to endure and try to do everything possible so that the child does not get enough sleep during the day. In infants up to six months during the day, that is, from 6 am to 10 pm, there should be about 2-4 episodes of daytime sleep. The solution to the issue will be the complete exclusion of one daytime sleep. At the same time, other episodes of rest should not be lengthened.

It turns out that if the child, before the situation with the inverted day regimen, slept three times a day for two hours, the mother needs to “achieve” that he begins to sleep twice a day. At what duration of a dream should not increase. If the baby sleeps twice a day for three hours, this situation will not change in any way.

It is better to remove the penultimate dream. Of course, the child will actively demonstrate the desire to sleep, apply, whimper, rub his eyes with his fist. But, no matter how inhuman it may seem, he needs to be awakened. You can do this in the following ways:

  1. open the curtains, let the bright sunlight into the child’s room;

  2. play active games with your child, entertain him;

  3. if it is warm outside, then open the windows, let the noise of the street into the room;

  4. turn on moving music, try to sing and dance with the baby.

Of course, the task of consciously waking up a peacefully sleeping baby is not an easy one for a mother. But, there is no other way, more “peaceful”.

We increase the energy consumption of the baby during the day

Here, mother’s assistants are mobile and active games. We will offer some of them according to the age of the child.

From birth to 3 months

Educational and active games for this age:

  1. “Mobile Call”. Get a regular bell and a rubber band. With the choice of the size of the gum, be careful. Eliminate her pressure on the ankle and wrist of the baby. Sew a bell on an elastic band, put it on a baby’s leg or arm. While waving his arms or legs, he will hear an interesting ringing.

  2. “Okay”. We take the newborn by the hands, clap them against each other. We take the baby’s legs in our hands, clap our feet against each other. Movements can be combined with an active song or joke.

  3. Fitball game. Put the baby with his tummy on the fitball, roll it left and right, back and forth. If the task is not to let the baby fall asleep, then make a choice in favor of a fun amplitude.

3 to 6 months

At this age, the following games will help increase the activity of the child:

  1. “Airplane”. Raise the baby on outstretched arms, holding it firmly under the handles. Start flying around the room. Gradually descend and soar in height, imitate the sounds of an airplane. Focus on your baby. At the first signs of fatigue, “go for a landing.”

  2. “Elevator”. Take the child under your arms and gently lift it up, saying that the elevator is coming. Then the elevator goes down. Continue to ride the “elevator” while the baby is having fun.

6 to 9 months

This is a period of active crawling, preparation for walking, so active games should strengthen the muscles of the back and legs.

  1. “Tunnels”. Make tunnels out of the chairs by curtaining the sides with fabric. Place your favorite toy at the end of the tunnel. This game allows you to strengthen the character of the baby and does not let you fall asleep.

  2. Dancing. Turn on your child’s favorite music, dance with him, learn to feel the rhythm of the music.

With the listed games, the mother will set the baby a goal for activity. Energy expenditure should be appropriate for the age of the child. Active games are needed by the baby during the day. After 18:00 you should not turn them on. It is important not to overdo it, so as not to cause excessive excitement of the crumbs, which will only aggravate the situation.

Get your bedroom ready for bed


Often, a child’s sleep problems occur in a hot, stuffy bedroom with dry air. The newborn has not yet formed a thermoregulation system, so the task of parents is to create comfortable conditions for him. For a good night’s sleep, babies need optimal temperatures and humidity.

The air temperature in the room should be between plus 18 and plus 22 degrees. Humidity indicator – from 40 to 60%. Therefore, an important acquisition after the birth of a child is considered a humidifier. Before putting your child to bed, ventilate the room, close windows and curtains tightly so that street noise does not disturb him.

We regulate the process of feeding

Adjust the feeding regime, make sure that the last meal is at 22-23 hours. The “penultimate” meal should be lighter. Let the child eat a little, then before going to bed he eats hard, which ensures a full, sound sleep. But, do not overfeed the baby. Otherwise, his stomach may get sick, which also does not contribute to a good night for the family.


Taking a bath before going to bed is necessary for all babies of the first year of life. Bathe your baby in warm water. It is better to do this in a large bath. Thus, the child will have space to move his legs and arms. You can add soothing herbs to the water:

  1. valerian;

  2. motherwort;

  3. sedative collection number 2.

For 10 liters of water you need to take 3 tbsp. l. herbal collection. The required amount of grass is poured with a liter of boiling water, infused for 2 hours. For better infusion, cover the top with a lid, wrap with a warm towel. Strain through cheesecloth, add to bath.

Herbal infusions should not be used every evening. Typically, this procedure is carried out every other day for 2 weeks. Before bathing a baby in a bath with soothing herbs, check if he is allergic to any of the ingredients. To do this, make an infusion, apply it on the baby’s wrist. If after 20 minutes irritation, redness, itching does not appear, then the grass will not harm the baby.

Folk methods

The problem with the confusion of day and night has been known for a long time. Therefore, some of the methods that our grandmothers used to solve it have come down to us. Of course, they may seem strange to us. But, nevertheless, along with the normalization of the daily routine, folk methods can be used.

  1. We will turn the clothes that the baby wore during the day inside out and put him in the crib. In the morning we put the prepared clothes on the child and do not take them off during the next day.

  2. Change the position of the child’s sleep in bed. That is, where he used to have a head, we put the baby to sleep with his feet.

  3. In the crib, under the mattress, put the scissors in the head area. We put a bay leaf next to the child.

If you follow folk methods in conjunction with modern advice, then, as a rule, after three days the child’s daily routine normalizes.

It happens that a child confuses day with night. In this case, it is necessary to find out the cause of this condition, to use all possible methods to normalize it. Otherwise, the confusion will be fixed in the baby’s daily routine, and it will be more difficult to resolve this issue.