Why won’t my baby go to sleep?

Why won’t my baby go to sleep?

Why won’t my baby go to sleep? — The Sleep Easy Solution

Our house, I imagine was much like every other house with a newborn. My husband and I took turns every two hours every night, all night, in the middle of the night, getting up for night feeding for our little nugget. For months and months, neither one of us slept for more than a couple of hours at a time.

It seemed like as soon as we would fall asleep, it would be time to get up again. This was some CIA sleep deprivation kind of stuff. We were literally going crazy due to lack of sleep and it was really starting to affect us. We had to find a way to get our sleep back and get our baby to sleep through the night so we started searching. Why won’t my baby go to sleep we wondered? And why won’t he STAY asleep for more than an hour or two?

What we kept hearing over and over again was this miraculous book that cured infants of waking up at night almost immediately. Could it be true? Could something like this truly exist? We were about to find out. We ordered the book on Amazon here and our lives were about to change for the better.

We won’t give away any secrets but this book was miraculous and did away with any and all sleep problems that our infant may have had, and it took less than 3 days. Our bedtime routine was now enjoyable and we could once again look forward to a restful night of sleep after a long day of being a new parent.

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Baby Safety When Sleeping

Baby Safety When Sleeping

Baby Safety When Sleeping

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death in children under the age of one. This syndrome is so terrifying because it happens while sleeping and for no apparent reason. To date there is no known cure, or verifiable reason, as to why some children are affected while others aren’t.

But the fact is that over 2,500 babies die in the US each year from SIDS. The number of deaths have been lowered by around 40% by taking several preventative approaches. Incorporating these sleep safety methods can help to safe guard children from SIDS, although there is no known way at this point to fully avoid SIDS.

Baby Sleep Tips to Increase Safety

Here are some tips to increase baby safety when sleeping and reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Lay your baby nugget in her crib on his or her back. Children sleeping on their tummies appear to be at the most risk of dying from SIDS.
  • Use a firm crib mattress. Most importantly, avoid having fluffy toys or pillows in the crib that may cause suffocation.
  • Don’t wrap your baby nugget in so many blankets that she becomes overheated during the night. Infants have a higher body temperature than adults and don’t require as many blankets. By all means, don’t do the opposite and let your baby freeze though.
  • Before, during, and after birth, don’t drink, do drugs, or smoke. Cigarette smoke is a known contributor to SIDS so do yourself and your child a favor and quit.
  • Make sure to attend all of your parental care clinics, especially if you are a first-time parent.
  • If breast feeding is a possibility, do it. Statistically, babies that are breast fed are, according to studies, statistically less likely to die from SIDS.
  • Only use a pacifier to sooth your infant during the first year of their life. It is not known why but babies that are given pacifiers in the early stages of life are less likely to die from SIDS.
  • Resist the urge to sleep with your new baby in the same bed or let your little nugget sleep in your adult bed with you. The baby has a much greater risk of suffocation when in an adult bed. Sometimes it is more comfortable to lay in your bed while you feed your infant or to comfort them but please remember to put them back in their crib before you fall asleep.

SIDS is unlike any other syndrome or disease. Most conditions surrounding an infant’s death are diagnosed by the symptoms associated with the death. SIDS on the other hand is only given as a diagnosis once all other possibilities are ruled out.

Risk Factors for SIDS

  • There are several specific risk factors that can be seen in data relating to SIDS. These risks should be noted by parents that have infants in that may be in a high-risk category.
  • The majority of deaths from SIDS are boys as opposed to girls. Obviously, there’s not anything that can be done about this factor.
  • The main contributing factors for SIDS is smoking, drinking, and drugs. If you value the life of your child, refrain from smoking, drinking, or using drugs.
  • Young or inexperienced parents are at the highest risk for SIDS. As long as a parent takes the time to get early and regular parental care checks and have the support of family and friends, there is much less risk of this occurring.
  • At the highest risk for SIDS, are premature babies. Premature babies are at a disadvantage to begin with and are usually very weak and their bodies and organs are under developed.
  • New mothers who are younger than 20 years old are at risk of having a baby die from SIDS. This can be for a variety of reasons such as inexperience or unintentional neglect.

By following the above tips and being aware of the risk factors and taking baby sleep safety precautions you can reduce the likelihood of your child dying from SIDS.

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Baby Sleep Problems

Baby Sleep Problems

Baby Sleep Problems

Everyone knows that quality newborn sleep is essential for their health and development, but sometimes that sleep just doesn’t come quite so easy. We want to help to make that different for you.

One of the most important things to remember when trying to get your baby to sleep regularly through the night is to have a regular sleep routine. We can’t emphasize this enough. It seems like something so unimportant but it is a good idea and part of what teaches your child about nighttime and sleep time and how the two are associated.

So, if you don’t have a regular bedtime routine, start planning one. It’s super simple and can also act as a winding down routine for you at the same time. Once your child establishes a sleep routine, your baby will be happier, more comfortable, and have the ability to sleep through the night without waking you up every couple of hours.

Here are some things you can do to help to create a bedtime routine for your baby:

If you think about it, we all probably have some sort of wind down routine before we go to bed. Maybe you take a shower or put on a robe, maybe read for a few minutes before laying down… You get it?

Creating a night time routine

For your baby, maybe you begin with a calming bath and then dim the lights a bit. This helps your child to associate the wind down with night time, which is also sleep time. Maybe you put your baby into their night time diaper and clothes and then sing a quiet song. All of this will help your baby fall asleep and hopefully for the whole night.

You don’t have to do it just like this and by all means, come up with what works for you. The important part is simply that you create and stick to a routine. After not long, it will become a routine and your child will start to associate the wind down routine with getting ready to sleep.

Babies are creatures of habit and enjoy the comfortable predictability of a sleeping and waking ritual so a regular routine can really help your baby to settle more quickly and help her with her sleep training and start to sleep through the night.

You should start with a bedtime routine as early in your child’s life as possible, but if you haven’t done so, don’t worry, just get it started as soon as you can.

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Baby Sleep Aids to Help Your Baby Sleep

Baby Sleep Aids to Help Your Baby Sleep

How often do babies wake up in the night? What to do when baby wakes up in the middle of the night

How many times in the last few weeks have you tried to get your baby or young children to sleep but to no avail? 1 a.m. and they are wide awake along with you of course. Millions of families go through this every night. Falling asleep and staying asleep can be a challenge for infants but always remember that it will end. When all else fails, baby sleep aids can help you to get some of the deep sleep you deserve and crave, but how often do babies wake up in the night normally?

Make Sure You Understand Your Baby’s Sleep Needs

During the first 2 months of your child’s life, your newborn’s need to eat overrules his need to sleep. If breastfeeding, your infant may feed every 2 hours and maybe a little less often if using formula.

Your infant may sleep from 10 to 18 hours a day and this can sometimes come in chunks of 3-4 hours at a time. The problem is that babies don’t know the difference between the night time and the day time. Your baby’s awake time may be from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. so this is something that would need some attention to try and change.

Having a set sleep schedule is a great way to start getting your infant used to a routine and understanding that night time is bed time. A bedtime routine is something that is great for infants as well and will be helpful through the toddler years.

The problem is that there are many baby sleep aids available, so which one do you choose?  Here are a few examples of baby sleep aids that are commonly used and that you may wish to try to see if they’ll help to solve your baby’s sleeping problem and have them sleeping through the night.

Is a security blanket helpful for achieving natural sleep?

Firstly, how can you go wrong with the good old blanket? At some point, every single one of us has clung on to a blanket as babies. The comfort, security, and warmth will leave a baby feeling cozy and allow him to relax if he’s having trouble sleeping. It’s one of the best and most used baby sleep aids ever.

As a variation of this, you could use some other transitional object such as a teddy bear, or possibly mom’s t-shirt, so that your baby can settle down with a smell that he or she is comfortable with.

Are night lights too distracting?

Unfortunately though, there are times when a blanket or other transitional object just won’t be enough, so you may wish to consider utilizing another baby sleep aid or baby sleep technique. Night lights are also common baby sleep aids and can help make your child feel a little more comfortable in their dark surroundings.

Studies show that although we may not know it, babies may often wake up and cry because they aren’t used to being alone and they don’t recognize their surroundings. A night light will give them security when they open their eyes.

Cradle-rocking is a widely practiced infant sleep aid that has been used as long as we know, but some sleep researchers are concerned that this will have babies associate falling asleep with being rocked in the cradle.

Infant massage? How about momma massage!

Although many cultures practice infant massage for many reasons, including sleep, there has been little research on its effectiveness an an infant sleep aid. But a massage can many times put a grown up to sleep so why wouldn’t it work for an infant?

In one study, researchers assigned a group of mothers to introduce their babies to a massage during their bedtime routine. The massage didn’t seem to make babies fall asleep any faster, but it seemed to help in other ways.

In another study, babies who received massage before bed for 14 days seemed to adapt more quickly to the natural rhythms of day and night (Ferber 2002).

How about sound machines or nature sounds?

Being in familiar surroundings and being able to see the baby toys above the bed or stars on the ceiling will put them at ease. Music or sounds are also great types of baby sleep aids you might want to try if you haven’t already. Soft, carefree music such as classical musical at low volumes is very soothing for a baby’s ears which can help get them to sleep.

Very popular these days are noise machines that make background noise and typically emit white noise. White noise, which can sound horrible to adults, can be extremely soothing for a baby, but do they actually help babies to sleep and to stay asleep? The study results seem to say yes. In an experiment involving newborns, 80% of infants listening to white noise fell asleep on their own within 5 minutes. Only 25% of control infants fell asleep without outside assistance.

There are also white noise CD’s you can buy with the sound of a vacuum cleaner or washing machine etc. Even the sound of the car or driving around in the car seat can be enough to lul an infant to sleep in moments. Again, these sound rather strange but really can help.

Always make sure to keep the volume turned down so it’s not loud and damaging your infants little ears. We always set ours to be a little bit higher than just background noise. We do this to drown out some of the natural background noise in our house and neighborhood.

Swaddling is another one that has been used forever, but be careful.

Swaddling a baby means wrapping the little nugget up so he feels secure and isn’t prone to moving around during the night. It is thought that the wrapping simulates the comfort and security of having mom around. Research supports the idea that this helps baby sleep.

Swaddling can be an effective infant sleep aid but there are some important precautions to take to make sure that your baby is safe.

This seems like an obvious one but make sure that you don’t wrap your baby so tight that he can’t breathe deeply or properly. Tight swaddling has been linked with higher rates of respiratory infections.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a potential for your baby to overheat, especially if you are covering your nuggets head or if he has a fever to start with. I never remember wrapping the head as well so this was never a big concern for me but it is something to keep in mind.

When wrapping up your infant, leave enough wiggle room for them to rotate their hips and move their knees. Completely immobilizing your infant puts them at risk for hip displasia among other things.

There is evidence that swaddling can increase the risk of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. The highest risk is associated with swaddled babies who are placed on their stomachs but babies placed on their sides or backs seem to be at less risk.

Experts recommend that if you are going to swaddle your baby, always put them on their back and once your child appears to be able to turn themselves over in bed, stop swaddling altogether.

Although all of these are all capable baby sleep aids and many parents will testify to their effectiveness, it is also possible that none of them may work for your child to change their sleep habits. No two children are the same and so there is unfortunately no single cure-all for infant sleep problems.

However, with some tried and tested baby sleep techniques, a good sleep routine and the odd baby sleep aid thrown in for good measure, you and your baby can soon be getting the full nights sleep that you richly deserve.

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