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Problems in Sleeping through the Night

Problems in Sleeping through the Night

Newborn babies have erratic sleeping patterns. No two babies have similar sleeping patterns. Initially newborns sleep most of the time. Read here to understand the sleeping patterns of babies.

Am I the only mother going crazy about putting my baby to sleep

Have you ever wondered why new mothers often go about looking harassed and resembling raccoons because of the dark shadows under their eyes? The cause of this situation is probably their baby's sleep patterns. Your baby's sleeping patterns have a direct bearing on your life. A wakeful baby demands a lot of time and attention. The time when your baby slumbers is probably the only time you have to catch up with your own sleep, life and other activities. Some babies sleep a great deal, while others never seem to sleep. Trying to put your baby to sleep and regulate her sleep patterns becomes the focus of your life. 


Why is my baby not sleeping at night

Some babies do not get enough food in the day so they wake up when they are really hungry at night. If your baby was premature, she may need to be fed at night longer than other babies are. Sometimes, waking at night may be because your baby is ill or has an allergy. Another possible explanation is that your baby may be hypersensitive, responding to the slightest change in the environment. Some babies may just need less sleep and the middle of the night may be a time when they feel most wakeful. Parents of such babies can only hope that such babies will learn to entertain themselves in time. 

When will my baby sleep through the night 

A newborn follows its own schedule for sleeping. This means that just because adults feel that the night is a good time to sleep, it is not necessary that your baby will fall in to your plans. You can take heart from the fact that your baby should be sleeping through the night by the second half of the first year, i.e. after about six months. 

My baby is three months old and she still wakes up at night

At this stage, many babies who have been used to being fed several times at night tend to wake up more because they are accustomed to feeding rather than because they really feel hungry. At this stage, a baby certainly does not need to be fed three or four times a night. You can cope with this situation by increasing the amount of her food intake at bedtime. Make sure that she has had enough so that she does not feel the need to wake up at night

You can also feed her before you retire for the night. Ensure that she eats enough during the day. Do not jump to respond at her slightest whimper. Wait and see if she falls asleep on her own without being fed. Do not change her nappy at night unless it is absolutely necessary.

My baby is six months old and she still wakes up at night

If your baby is still waking up three or four times a night, do not feed her. Try to get her to go to sleep by some other means like singing, patting or rocking. If your baby wakes up once or twice at night crying to be fed, harden your heart and ignore her. Let her cry it out or she will never learn to fall asleep on her own.

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.2 years ago
When i needed help I’ve found info about the hwl method. I gave it a try and today we are much more happy parents. My sweet girl is the best but when it came to sleep she was pretty hard case. After 4 days of the hwl she was able to fall asleep on her own and she finally stopped waking up every hour to eat!

I think that the key to success is to follow exactly what the author of this method says because the method is easy but there is also a lot of details. I have found the instructions in "how to teach a baby to fall asleep alone" guide by Susan Urban on I guess her website: *****.com
Thanks everybody who shares their experience because when I needed help with my LO I’ve read about this guide and now I want to share because I know that it is really not easy to deal with sleeping problems
Anil.5 years ago
Hi, As a parent of a a 17 month old daughter we are currently facing 2 serious issues. 1) SLEEP - My spouse has to nurse her all night. She wakes up every 30-45 minutes and do not sleep till she is fed. She is not taking bottle feed and hates to drink milk. As a result she is now losing sleep and have not been keeping well. 2) My kid is very sensitive to changes in the environment. She wakes up at slightest of noise and never had a sound sleep. Please suggest. AK
SM.7 years ago
My 10 month old son wakes up and cry alot at night..he doesnt drink milk at night..he has repeatedly throat infection from the last 3 months...has gas problem alot at night..changed his he is taking lactosefree milk..but situation hasnt really improved any suggestions???
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Swati.8 years ago
Very nice article. Here are few more tips and tricks to make baby through night
Janvi.9 years ago
my son is 7 months old and just refuses to sleep at night. he sleeps almost throughout the day. me and my husband take turns to entertain him or try to make him sleep at night.
Christyl.9 years ago
try to keep baby up during the day by taking outings, controlled crying works if you can handle it or if hes wanting to be fed feed him dinner before bedtime and only offer water to him at night, it worked with my son.
Tracey.9 years ago
my baby wakes up in the middle of thenight to come in bed with me and i don't know what to do
Mariela.9 years ago
my baby is 8 months and he still does not sleep at night. he wokes up crying all the time. i live with my inlaws, so it is hard to let him crying till he falls sleep. please i need help, since i am going crazy here
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