Does your baby have problems sleeping both during the day and at night? Baby sleep is different from adults. A lot of things that drive us crazy are developmentally normal behavior.
For example, newborns need to feed frequently and the transition to longer, consolidated bouts of sleep is gradual. Generally, we do not expect babies to sleep for a stretch of 4-5 hours until they are at least 3 months old.
This does not necessarily mean that nothing can be done to make things better. On the contrary, there is a lot we can do. Might the cause of your baby’s sleep problems be a medical condition? Well,this is possible.
But in this article our focus will be on other reasons that stand as stumbling blocks on the path to easier, more restful sleep.
Here are five reasons your baby fails to sleep, and what you can do about them:
1.Not drowsy at bedtime? Maybe your baby’s internal clock does not coincide with the normal 24-hour day.
Does your baby appreciate that nighttime is for sleeping? If not, you are fighting a losing battle.Most infants do not develop strong, hormone-driven circadian rhythms until they are 12 weeks of age. others may even take considerably longer.
You might take this as one of the normal developmental stages to wait on. A lot can be done to help infants attune themselves faster and easier, avoiding infant sleep problems later. You can apply the tactics below to sleep-train your baby:
- Involve your baby in everyday activities. The hustle and bustle of social life help set your baby’s inner clock.
- Support your baby’s tendencies to wake up at the same time in the morning and expose the baby to daylight all day long.
- Avoid exposure to artificial light during bedtime.
2.Do you soothe your baby during bed time?
Research has shown that babies that have much activity and excitement during bed time take longer to nod off. The use of screens such as tablets and other electronic devices also delays sleep and causes shorter nocturnal sleep times. The blue light produced by screens is known to delay drowsiness.
What should we do?
It is good to be cautious about the use of screens. It is also good to consider avoiding excitement in the evening.
3.Can your baby sleep when hungry? Probably not.
If your baby is hungry he/she may sleep in short bouts. Babies feed a frequently in order to grow and thrive. To help this, nothing much can be don when the baby is very young.
You can dream feed your baby, which is a technique that involves proving your baby with a big meal before sleep. You can also introduce brief delays before the middle-of-the-night feeds. As an alternative to immediate feeding, you can change your baby’s diaper first.As the babies grow older, this might help them break the association between night wakings.
4. Irregular timing or lack of routine.
Babies can sleep longer when they observe a regular sleep routine. Research also shows also shows that children sleep faster, and spend less time awake at night when their parents observe a regular and consistent bedtime routine.
If you are struggling with infant sleep problems, it is good to consider introducing a bedtime routine.
5.Your baby’s bedtime being too early or too late.
At what time should your baby go to bed? This can be hard to tell. Some parents may try to force bedtime on an infant that is not sleepy. In the short term, the baby will resist to sleep. As time goes, the baby will tend to associate bedtime with failure to fall asleep. This could lead to resistance to sleep and insomnia. In such a case, study your baby’s normal sleep times and follow them.
Others may keep their babies awake long, making them irritable. A baby can stay awake longer if he/she is hyper-active or is very tired. In thi case, you should introduce an earlier bedtime. You can also sooth your baby to sleep.
In conclusion, consider the points above to cope with your infant’s sleep problems. If it’s a medical problem, you should visit your baby’s pediatrician. You have a friend who has a problem with their baby’s sleep? Share this article with them, it will go a long way to help solve their problems.