5 Difficult Baby Sleep Problems That You Can Solve
The one common struggle that parents have with their babies aside from colic, feeding issues and teething is that they experience sleeping problems! Some babies are excellent sleepers, and other babies are very poor sleepers. That is more the rule than the exception, unfortunately.
You may find that your baby falls asleep easily in settings that are not ideal for their overall development. At the same time, you will find that your baby sleeps poorly in his or her crib or bassinet - in the areas that are meant for sleeping!
Let's look at 5 different not so ideal situations where the infant falls asleep, and how to get your baby to sleep in the crib or bassinet.
1. Baby Falls Asleep in the Swing or in The Car Seat
Infants will be lulled asleep when there is motion involved, and that is what frequently happens when the baby is in the swing or in a car seat while being driven around. The baby ends up falling asleep. You don't want your child to be dependant on falling asleep due to movement. You can start to fade out movement by at first, rocking your baby to sleep. But then as time goes on you can hold your baby without rocking, and eventually, your baby will fall asleep that way without any movement.
2 The Baby Only Falls Asleep When Being Held
After weaning your baby off from being dependent on the motion from the swing or from rocking in regards to falling asleep, you will then have your baby sleeping in your arms. You will want to wean your baby off of that as well. That is because your baby has developed a strong association with you and sleeping. You can have other family members hold the baby as well, but that will not solve the issue completely. You want your baby to sleep in his or her crib (or bassinet). You can put your baby in the crib or bassinet while you sit by the baby where you are seen. If your baby sees you then he or she will be more willing to sleep where he or she is meant to sleep. This is why many parents choose to co-sleep. Everyone sleeps better in the end.
Eventually, you will want to phase this out as well - perhaps closer to when the baby is 1 year old. You will end up having to gradually move your baby into his or her own sleeping area. In order to find out how to do this effectively, it would be in your best interest to talk to your child's pediatrician or an infant sleep coach.
3. A Sleep Schedule Doesn’t Exist
You cannot do this with a newborn as they will feed every 2 hours during the day and night. However, once an infant is around 10 weeks old, they begin to feed less often and have their days and nights sorted out. Therefore, they will be more likely to sleep for at least 6 hours in the night. This is when it is important to create a sleep schedule.
However, many infants that are at that age or older that sleep poorly are not on a set schedule. This is why setting up a routine is critical for your baby. For instance, you cannot control when your very young infant becomes hungry but you don't want to make bedtime too close to feeding time. Your baby over 2 months of age will have a night feeding at the same time each night. You don't want to put your infant to bed too close after that last feeding, or else he or she will passociate bedtime with feeding time. That is the last thing you want to happen because that will be the only time your infant will sleep.
4. The Baby is Still Hungry in the Night
If your baby over 2 months of age is still waking up in the night due to hunger, then you will need to adjust your baby's feeding schedule. Perhaps throw an extra small feeding in the afternoon. It will take some experimenting, but if your baby is well-fed during the day - your baby should sleep better through the night.
5. Your Baby is Not Napping Enough or Napping too Much During the Day
Believe it or not, if your baby is not napping enough during the day, then that will disrupt his or her sleep at night. Babies that are 4 months or older need only 2 naps a day. One in the mid-morning and one in the mid-afternoon. If that is mastered, then your baby will sleep during the night.
On the flip side, you want to make sure your baby is not having too many naps during the day-meaning more than 2 or else that will disrupt his or her sleep at night. If you make these changes, then you will start to notice that your baby will begin to sleep better overall.
Now that you are aware of the possible reasons behind your infant's poor sleeping habits, what changes do you plan on making at first? Secondly, how do you go about making these changes?