“Why does my baby have sleeping problems? And how to solve them?” – that’s the question lots of parents ask and that’s the question I’m answering in today’s article.
Well, very often babies have the following sleep problems:
– difficulties falling asleep;
– disturbed sleep;
– they constantly turn in the crib;
– they often wake up because they are sick, naughty, they want attention or just to drink.
If it is hard for your child to calm down before sleep, pay close attention to the time when you start putting him to sleep and how much time it takes.
It is difficult to calm down for most children because of severe fatigue or hyperstimulation. When you schedule baby’s sleep and feeding, it is highly recommend that you help him learn to fall asleep on his own. It will be hard for you to hear him crying, but the child will quickly learn to fall asleep by himself. Don’t leave him alone for more than 15-10 minutes before you check how he is there. As soon as your child learns to fall asleep by himself, he becomes more happy and relaxed. When you create the proper nap routine, night sleep will also be improved.
The following tips will help your child learn to calm down by himself
If you let your child fall asleep at the breast or with a bottle, and then you put him to the crib, it is more likely that he will be a restless sleeper. When in 35-40 minutes after falling asleep he goes into the light sleep phase and he will have difficulties falling asleep back without your help. If the child falls asleep during feeding, place him on the changing mat and change a nappy. This should wake him up enough and he will go into the crib half asleep.
As I’ve already said, severe fatigue is the main reason most children do not calm down and have poor sleep during the daytime. If a baby under three months of age is awake for more than two hours, he will be so much tired that he will resist sleep for the next 2 hours. After three months of age, most children can be awake a bit longer, sometimes up to 2,5 hours. In one and a half hour the child should be closely monitored so as not to miss his desire to sleep.
Another problem for the babies is an excessive attnetion before the bedtime. Everybody wants to cuddle the baby. Unfortunately, this can make the baby worry and it will be difficult for him to calm down. Your child is not a toy. But do not feel guilty that you limit contact with him within the first weeks of his life, especially before bedtime.
Excessive stimulation before bed is another reason babies do not calm down. Children younger than six months of age should be calming down for 20 minutes before sleep. Avoid active games and activities with the children older than six months of age. And try not to talk a lot before bed with all children no matter how old they are. Speak in a low and calm voice, using the same simple phrase: Good night, Sunny. Good night, my dear. Good night. When you leave the room, do not come back all the time to check the baby.
Wrong associations with sleep can cause long-term sleeping problems. The child should be put into the crib awake and learn to fall asleep by himself. If the child already has any wrong association with sleep, this problem is rarely solved without crying. Fortunately, most children learn to fall asleep on their own within a few days if they are given such an opportunity.
I recommend you to read about more sleep problems and ways to solve them in the next articles:
– early morning awakening;
– constant awakenings during the nighttime;
– afternoon nap;
– associacions with the sleep;
– the actions when something is wrong;
– night awakenings and teething.