While so many things are changing in your life now that you’ve added a baby to the family, sleep can be a incredibly sensitive state for our bodies, and it sometimes needs nudging to make it work. Nighttime parenting can be extremely difficult. There are plenty of things that make sleep more difficult. This article will discuss a few common sleep troubles for your new baby and you, helping you navigate them with a sensitive approach to sleep learning.
Why is the baby waking up so much? Here are a few reasons and some tips for dealing with them!
1. Sleep Regression
Babies have a few key points in their development where sleep is changing: 4 months, 8 months, 11 months, 18 months, and 2 years. They need time to adjust. The important thing is that sleep regression does what the name implies: the way your baby sleeps will return to their sleep pattern as it was at about 4 months. There will be a few bumps along the way, but, in general, they will have difficulty at the key developmental points for a while. The best thing you can do is be patient and keep baby comfortable while they baby sort things out.
If a baby is too warm or too cold, they won’t be able to sleep comfortable. Keep careful track of your baby’s temperature at times when they are having trouble falling or staying asleep. Try to adjust things so they can get comfortable. Babies are extra sensitive to everything, they are new to the world after all. If you’ve ever recalled a night when you felt it was a tad bit too hot or too cold to sleep, imagine this magnified for your new baby.
Most babies have a lot of trouble sleeping while they are teething. This can be extra frustrating because there is little you can do to stop it. There may be tips you can employ to make it less of a hard time. For example, rub their gums with a cold washcloth or using cold pacifiers could help quell the pain for them. Once they’ve calmed down, use the same routine bedtime routine to help them get back to sleep.
Sometimes, all a baby needs to get to sleep is to be fed. With everything that’s going on in baby’s body as they grow, they get hungry at what can seem like strange times. Have a bottle ready before you and the baby fall asleep, and when they wake up at night, test to see if they want it. Chances are they might, and once they do, they’ll have little to no problem going back to bed.
If your child is suffering from colic, colds, ear infections, or other common ailments, you might actually want to look into acupuncture, one of the oldest healing practices in the world. While it may seem strange to want to see your child be poked with sharp needles, when dealing with a certified acupuncturist, these needles don’t hurt and are not felt by your baby. All that is recommended is that you consult your child’s physician before you decide to try it out.
It’s normal for babies to need to be held in order to go to sleep sometimes. Being close to a warm, loving body is a key part of baby development. The best thing you can do is cuddle baby for a while until they can sleep again. Just make sure not to do it too much or else your baby might not develop the ability to self soothe and it may become dependent on you for falling asleep every time.
The important thing to remember is that your baby wants to sleep too, so continue to be patient with them. But if you do continue to notice that there is an issue with how your baby sleeps, or doesn’t sleep, be sure to contact a sleep consultant to make a long-lasting and positive change to your child’s sleep habits. And of course, if you’re having bigger problems sleeping even when your baby is, either due to restlessness or stress, try to find peace through meditation, mindfulness, good diet, and even supplements as needed so as to provide you with the mental clarity needed to take care of your baby.