Parents may have to spend sleepless nights
themselves in order to cope with sleep problems in babies. Find out what you can do when your baby is
unable to sleep.
are indeed a bundle of joy, but they can be a bit of trouble when you are not
able to control and design
his sleeping pattern in a manner you would like
to. They can turn into a night owl all of a sudden and then decide to give you
sleepless nights for days and weeks together! Well, the first point is there is
no reason to be annoyed with the baby per se; he is not doing anything on
purpose. It is quite natural that the baby might develop and continue with
different sleeping habits that do not comply with the desirable pattern that
you want to set. Here you simply need to be a lot more patient while you try to
understand the factors or issues that are keeping the baby awake at the normal
time for sleeping that is, during the night.
of Sleep Problems in Babies
with sleep timing in babies usually happen when the babies grow out of the
infant stage, that is, when they are around close to 2 weeks old. This
continues till they are about two-three months old, when they simply refuse to
sleep, even if you are ready to drop off after the dayâ€™s work. This is
basically due to the fact that the baby is now learning to see and understand
the world around him. He is filled with curiosity so much that he is mostly
ready for anything apart from sleep.
With Sleep Problems in Babies
Here are some guidelines on how to cope with sleep problems in babies.
a Bedtime Routine
the baby to understand that there is a routine to follow and people go to sleep
at night. You can start right with the dinner time. Sometime after he has had
his food, you can give him a warm bath or sponge
him and change his clothes. Follow this with a
good moisturizer massage and put him in his cradle or bed. Sing him a song or
tell him a story or play a soft music as you dim the lights and cuddle him.
a little to induce the sleep and say Goodnight and leave the room. If the baby
cries in protest and tries to hold you back,
you can linger your stay for just a couple of minutes once and no further. You
have to be strict here and not give in to his cries and teary protests even if
your heart wants to. Else he will derive a different understanding that
routines can be bent with emotional reactions. As you follow such a routine for
a few days, you will notice that the baby is getting attuned to it and falling
asleep readily during the night.
the Baby Have Dinner on Time
necessary that the baby has his dinner well ahead of his bed-time. After dinner
the metabolism of the body heightens up in order to digest the food, so the
baby also remains hyperactive and naturally refuses to sleep. Also ensure that
the dinner is a very light one so that it is easy for him to digest. Same goes
for those babies who are nursing. Breastfeed him early and do not continue for a very long time.
Remember breastfed babies need their milk in little amounts and frequently. So
you might have to feed him in the middle of the night.
need to be sure whether the baby is unable to sleep due to any health issues or
not. Get a thorough check-up done by your paediatrician. Follow the necessary
suggestions and medications.
said and done, make sure that you are not providing an environment where it is
difficult to sleep. This means that the lights should be dimmed out and there
should be no noise or loud music or television running in a loud volume in the
room of the baby. These are all stimulants that keep the baby away from falling
asleep. Put the baby to bed in a dark, quiet, comfortably warm and cozy