Infant Sleep Issues And Solutions
Sleeping through the night can be difficult for parents when their babies aren’t sleeping themselves! Well, there are many reasons a baby isn’t sleeping through the night, but all of these reasons have solutions. Here are some of the reasons your baby might not be sleeping well, followed by solutions for you to try:
Problem 1: Sleeping Through the Day and No Sleep At Night
Some babies may seem nocturnal, meaning they sleep all day and stay up all night, and this can be quite troublesome for parents. That is because babies are still developing their internal clocks, and they need to understand what day or night is.
This is a problem often experienced by parents with newborns. Usually, this problem solves itself as the baby gets used to seeing the sun and then the darkness. If you, as a parent, want to take steps to ensure this adjustment happens soon, there are things you can do. Ensure the room is void of any artificial light, even the TV, and light up the room during waking hours at night or during naps.
Problem 2: Restless Sleep Because of Late Night Munchies
If your baby gets restless in their sleep because they are hungry, it can disrupt their sleep. It is normal for babies to wake up a few times a night for a feed, but any more than that is too much.
Make sure your baby is getting full feeds during the day and even during the ones they wake up for in the middle of the night. Partial feeds will guarantee that your baby will get hungry again soon.
Problem 3: Sleep Regression
Was your baby such a good sleeper during night time that you couldn’t stop bragging about it? Is that no longer the case? Sleep regression is something that many parents experience at multiple points in a baby’s life.
Your baby is just getting fascinated and stimulated by all the new changes in their body and the world around them. Sleep regression is normal, and the best solution is to stick to your baby’s sleep routine and let them grow out of the fascination.
Problem 4: Sudden Change in Routine
Do you feel like your baby’s sleep has been disrupted by a sudden change in his life? Maybe it’s due to an illness like an infection or a fever. It could be as small a change as getting a new nanny in the house or the child’s mother going back to work. Even a slight change in your baby’s life can disrupt their sleep routine.
Don’t fret too much, and give your baby time to get used to the change. The best thing to do at this point is to try to stick to your normal bedtime routine, so there is as little change as possible for the baby; they will get used to the change and be sleeping normally in no time.
Problem 5: Not Being Able to Sleep Even Though Baby Is Tired
Is your baby cranky and fussy like they are ready for a nap, but you just can’t get them to sleep? They are more likely overtired than anything else, and it’s very hard to get an overtired baby to sleep!
Ensure your baby is getting enough rest during the day time, and they are sleeping on time. The moment you see signs of your baby getting tired, like yawning or crankiness, it’s time to put them down for a nap.
Problem 6: No Independent Sleep
If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep independently or self-soothe, you need to teach them how to do it. Independent sleep is taught; it’s not innate and will develop with time.
If you are looking to teach your baby independent sleep habits and how to self soothe, you can get in touch with us at Jolie Sleep Consulting. We specialize in pediatric sleep and are ready and willing to help in any way we can!