Baby sleep problems and solutions
The moment parents bring home their bundle of joy, sleep is on the brain. While getting a few winks a night can be trying even with a good sleeper.
From the moment parents bring home their bundle of joy, sleep is on the brain. While getting a few winks a night can be trying even with a good sleeper, when your baby develops sleeping problems and habits that keep both baby and mom from sleeping, stress starts to rise. This can cause problems not only for baby but for parents as well.
It’s really hard to operate on a few winks a night especially if your baby isn’t just an “up to feed” whiner but a true night owl. Sometimes little ones can’t sleep due to colic and other times you may find that you truly have a baby who has his days and nights mixed up.
If your baby isn’t sleeping it can not only affect you and your spouse but also older siblings who have to get enough sleep to do well at school the next day. Read on to find out how you nip sleeping problems in the bud and get your baby back to a restful night’s sleep.
While there is no sure fire cure for colic there are several ways to soothe your baby back to sleep. Colic babies love to be swaddling, and movement can make all the difference. Gentle bounces can help work stubborn gas out of tiny tummies.
Day to night fixes
If your baby has their days and nights mixed up, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Pushing back bedtime a little at time will help to correct the problem. It’s also a good idea to avoid over-stimulating your child before bed. Keep things calm. A night-time bath for baby can help settle down reluctant sleepers. A bedtime story can also be soothing. Trying to fix a routine within one day will only tire you and baby out and set yourself up for failure. It can take up to a month to get your little one back on track. Nap when you can and rest when time allows. This will help you keep from going on burn out.
Babies who wake often at night may be falling asleep too fast to get full. They may also be waking for comfort. Gently stroke your baby’s face to keep them awake during feedings, at least long enough to get full.
When it comes to sleep problems, every child is different, but with a little patience with both yourself and your child – and a whole lot of love – you’ll be catching zzz’s in no time flat!