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4 Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping Well

Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping WellSleep is a complex process. It takes time and a lot of your patience for your baby to learn how to sleep properly. Don’t fret if you notice that your baby isn’t sleeping well, just arm yourself with knowledge and guide her through it. Here are four reasons your baby might not be sleeping well.

1. Baby needs you to fall asleep

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to put baby down to sleep “drowsy but awake.” This is great advice during the first four months. By putting your baby down drowsy, she learns to fall asleep by herself. This starts the learning process of self-soothing.

By four months, however, you shouldn’t be putting her down drowsy; you should be laying her down wide awake so she learns how to go from wide awake to fast asleep alone. Drowsiness is the beginnings of sleep. If you let her fall asleep in your arms, she’ll begin to need it.

2. Baby is fed too close to sleep time

In the beginning, it’s inevitable that your baby will fall asleep feeding at some point. Feeding is a soothing, relaxing experience that your baby enjoys, so it’s no wonder that is lulls her to sleep. As she gets older however, you want to separate the feedings from sleep time. This can cause a sleep-feeding association. When your baby wakes up in the night, she will immediately want to feed just to get back to sleep, which requires her to call to you rather than soothe herself back to sleep.

Some people like to “top off baby’s tank” before sleep in hopes that baby will sleep longer, but that isn’t advisable past four months. Try moving your final feeding of the day to the very beginning of the bedtime routine so there’s still some time and activity before sleep comes.

3. Baby’s sleep schedule isn’t suitable for her age

Sleep is a biological function. It will change and adjust as your child grows like everything else. Your child’s sleep habits need to reflect her age, not some rigid schedule. A well-rested child accepts sleep more easily, which means a child who has healthy sleep during the day will also sleep better at night.

It seems counterintuitive, but it makes sense when you think about it. If we put ourselves to sleep at the same time every day, it will be become easier to fall asleep at that time. This means that for your baby, daytime sleep is just as important as nighttime sleep, so be sure to respect it.

4. You’re rushing in too quickly in the night

Well-intentioned parents can inadvertently sabotage their child’s sleep by rushing into the nursery at the first sound. All babies have an occasional sleep-cry they emit during the night, and it can be quite loud. Don’t mistake this for a cry of pain or loneliness or you’ll end up waking your child up when it wasn’t unnecessary.

Even if your child does wake up and make some noises, you should still pause a moment. Is baby in distress or is she just making her usual gurgles and chirps? If all of baby’s needs are met, give her a moment to try and put herself back to sleep.

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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