Many first-time parents know not to expect much sleep once their baby is born. However, what some parents don’t know is that even when a baby starts sleeping through the night, there will be times when sleep issues still arise.
Sleep can be disrupted for several reasons, including teething, growth spurts, and illness. When a baby sleeps peacefully, it’s better for everyone in the home. So, what do you do if your baby will not sleep?
0-3 Months Old
When your baby is 0-3 months old, it’s normal for her to wake frequently. Babies need constant nourishment, so you may find that she wants to feed every 2 to 3 hours. On average, parents have to wake during the night for three feeds because babies are still learning the difference between night and day.
But don’t worry, this phase won’t last. Your baby could start to sleep for nine to eleven hours throughout the night from as early as three months old. It may take other babies a little longer.
3-6 Months Old
At three months old, your baby is starting to recognize that there is a difference between day and night. You can help by introducing sleeping cues, like bath time, lullabies, or reading a book. If your baby isn’t rolling yet, you can also swaddle her, which gives her a sense of security.
Take a look at what to know about swaddling your baby safely. During this time, your baby may start to suffer from teething pains during the night and if you choose to move your baby into a cot, it can all add to sleep disturbances.
6 Months +
At six months or older, you and your baby should be getting into an easier sleep routine. Unfortunately, there are still things that can wake your baby throughout the night.
At this time, your baby can go through significant growth spurts and milestones, like starting to crawl. You may find that your baby is awake for no apparent reason during these times, but her body is just adjusting to being able to do new things. She may also go through bouts of separation anxiety.
What to Do
It’s not always easy to figure out the root cause of sleep disruption. However, if you know your little one is teething, you can offer some pain relief before trying to settle her back to sleep.
Similarly, if your little one seems to want to be close to you, she may be going through separation anxiety. She’ll benefit from a lullaby and touch. Then try replacing your hand with her favoritetoy so she has some comfort as she sleeps.
Try and stick to your sleep schedules and if you suspect your baby is unwell, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Baby Will Not Sleep: Quick Fixes
Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes when your baby will not sleep. For most babies, it’s just a process they go through to learn more about the world around them.
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