“Help, my baby won’t sleep!” – These words have probably been spoken by just about anyone that has ever experienced the joy of being a parent.
While having a baby is one of the most amazing experiences that you will ever have, it’s also an experience that is full of challenges.
So if you’re feeling more than a little stressed out that your little guy or girl doesn’t seem to want to go to sleep, then you are far from alone.
While it can be challenging, the most important thing you can do right now is to remain patient. Babies lack the ability to communicate to us what it is that is bothering them.
The only way they can ask for help is to cry, and that’s exactly what your baby is doing if he or she is crying and refusing to go to sleep.
A baby not wanting to go to sleep is one of the most common problems that many parents face.
When a baby won’t go to sleep, that means that the parents can’t sleep either, which means that nobody is going to be happy in this situation.
Fortunately, there are two things that should help you to get through this challenging time in your baby’s life.
- First, of all, this is simply a phase that he or she is going through and in time it should pass.
- Second of all, there are things you can do to help your baby fall asleep.
Baby Won’t Sleep?! Try these 5 Things:
1. Make Sure That You Put Your Baby Down To Sleep As Soon As They Begin To Act Sleepy
Babies don’t sleep through the night when they are newborns, even though we really wish that they would. Instead, babies will usually sleep for a few hours at a time throughout the day and night.
What you need to do is to look for signs that your baby is sleepy, and then put them in their crib when they start to act like it’s time for a nap.
Babies will usually do a few things, such as:
- rub their eyes
- show less energy when they are starting to get tired
This is the time when you need to put them down for a nap right away.
If you wait too long your baby’s gently yawning can quickly turn into fussy screaming and crying, which makes it much harder to get him or her to go to sleep.
2. Make Sure That You Feed Your Baby Before Putting Them Down For A Nap
Most babies will sleep much more soundly if you put them down for a nap after a feeding.
If you notice that your baby is starting to act a little sleepy, and it’s about time for a feeding, then try to get them to eat before you put them down to sleep.
There are a few things you need to remember about feeding your baby before putting them down to sleep.
- First, make sure that you burp your baby after their feeding. This will help to keep them more comfortable, and it will also reduce the risk of them spitting up while sleeping.
- Second, don’t add cereal to a newborn’s bottle hoping to help them sleep better (believe it or not, some parents do this). Newborns shouldn’t be given solid food and doing so will not help them to sleep any better.
3. Try Using A Baby Bouncer Or Baby Swing
Few things calm down a crying baby and get them to go back to sleep quite as well as holding them and gently rocking them.
Whenever this is an option for you, then that’s great and it’s a great way to get your baby to go back to sleep.
Editors Note: When our Son, Steven, was a newborn – we swore by this Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer. No doubt we’ll pull it out of the Garage again for his little brother or sister in 6 1/2 months.
Unfortunately, you probably don’t have an unlimited amount of free time on your hands, so holding and rocking your baby to sleep all the time isn’t a feasible option.
As much as you wish it weren’t true, there are a lot of things in life that are going to need your time and attention.
So when you can’t take the time to rock your baby to sleep yourself, using a baby bouncer or electric swing is a great alternative.
The gentle vibrations of a bouncer, or the swaying of a swing, will often help a fussy baby to fall right back to sleep.
4. Don’t Provide Any Stimulation To Your Baby When They Get Up At Night
You need to understand a few important things in order to be successful as a parent:
- Babies get up at night.
- They wake up when they are hungry.
- They wake up when they need a diaper change.
- They wake up just because they want to wake up.
It can be an exhausting thing to deal with, but one thing you should always remember is that when your baby gets up at night you shouldn’t do anything to entertain or stimulate them.
If they need a bottle or a diaper change, then, by all means, take care of your baby.
But do it with the lights dimmed, and do it gently.
Don’t sing, talk to, or play with your baby.
Doing anything like this will help capture their attention, then before you know it they are wide awake and wanting more attention.
5. Be Consistent And Patient
Last but not least on our list, It’s very easy to get frustrated when a baby just doesn’t want to go to sleep.
Not only is their fussiness and crying agitating, the effects are even more pronounced when you are tired since you aren’t getting the sleep that you need.
If you ever feel frustration setting in, and it will, then set your baby down for a moment, and walk away and take a few deep breaths.
Then, once you are more composed, you can get back to trying to get your little guy or girl to go to sleep.
Make sure that you stay consistent with naps and when you put your baby down to sleep for the night. It may seem like it will never happen, but eventually, you can help your baby to learn a routine that will lead to them sleeping through the night on a regular basis.
Dealing with a newborn baby that doesn’t want to sleep is one of the biggest challenges that parents face, but it’s a challenge that you can overcome as long as you remain patient.
So How About You?
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