Are you having trouble with your baby’s sleep pattern? Didn’t you have a goodnight’s sleep since your baby was born? Well, people! Don’t despair! You are certainly not alone. There are many reasons why your baby cannot sleep through the night.
However, remember that babies’ change their sleep patterns as they get older. They automatically fall into a routine. That’s why knowing the possible reasons for your baby’s sleep issues can be quite helpful in overcoming the problem itself.
In this article, we have narrowed down some of the most common baby sleep problems at each stage during the first year of the baby’s life. You’ll also find some possible solutions to each one. So, keep scrolling to find out more.
We hope you and your little one will get enough zzz’s after implementing the solution to the root cause problem of irregular sleep patterns of your baby.
From 0-2 months, your baby needs to sleep about 14 to 17 hours in 24 hours, waking up frequently for feedings both day and night while a 3-month-old baby opts for 14 to 16 hours of sleep throughout several naps during day and night time.
Catnap-like Spurts:Babies constantly bounce back and forth between dozing and waking because they need to eat so often. Rest assured that it’s completely normal right now and it will get better as your baby will grow a little older.
Mixing up day and night:
Some newborns make a habit of sleeping on a day/night reversal schedule. So, you need to help your baby learn the difference with the following tips:
- Play with your baby and try to keep them awake a little longer for each waking period.
- Try to reset their internal clock with natural sunlight.
- Go for zero disruption activities like keeping the sound, light, and movement low during nighttime.
- Swaddle your baby during the night time. That way they won’t get disturbed with the movement of their arms and legs.
Frequent late-night feedings
If you are breastfeeding your little one then chance is, they’ll get up more frequently during nighttime as breastmilk is digested quickly. Check with your child’s pediatrician to know how often your baby should be eating overnight. And if the doctor agrees, you can cut down one- or two-night feeds of your sweet pea. However, remember you need to ensure that the baby is having enough milk during the daytime to fulfill his body’s requirements.
Your 4 to 5 months old baby needs to sleep for 12-16 hours in 24 hours’ time period with almost 2-3 daytime naps.
Sleep regression occurs when your baby’s sleep patterns suddenly shift from being perfect to waking up often during the night. They also have a hard time going back to sleep. However, to solve this issue all you need to do is stick with your baby’s bedtime routine. And remember, it’s really hard for an overtired baby to settle down at night, so make sure your little one sleeps well during the day to make up for lost sleep.
Changing nap routines
Remember, if your baby is happy with the change in her nap routines and sleeps well during the night then you should embrace it as well. However, if your baby seems to be fussier than normal, you should encourage some naptime to avoid overtiredness during the night.
Too excited to sleep:
The developing and curious minds of babies make them think that going to bed is all about missing out on some fun. That’s why instead of winding down, they become overtired by playing at the wrong time. So, replace your baby’s bedtime routine with less stimulating activities such as giving a light massage or singing a lullaby.
6 months and up:
Around 6-9 months, your baby should sleep 10 -11 hours of sleep at night with 2-3 naps during the day. And when your baby turns 12 months, she might show some signs of being ready to drop a nap with just one long nap during the day.
Not falling asleep independently:
To sleep independently is a skill that babies need to learn with time. However, if your baby needs to be fed or rocked to sleep even after 6 months then you definitely need to work on her sleep training by revamping the bedtime routine and teaching your baby to self-soothe.
Around 9 months, you may face the problem of having an early riser just at the crack of dawn. So, try to make her room darker and more soundproof and experiment with different nap times during the night to see what works best for your baby.
Yes! The teething phase is another nightmare for parents because the sweet bundle of joy gets crankier with teething pain and less sleep. Your baby can get their first tooth anytime in their first year from 4 months to 12 months. So, if your baby is showing signs of teething during the day then you need to cope with patience
Final Verdict:Always remember! Be consistent with everything in your baby’s life and with time and patience, your little angel’s sleep will likely get back on track and he/she will become a better sleeper.
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