If your child isn't sleeping through the night, you're probably missing out on sleep too. Part of a baby's sleeplessness is to be expected. Rare is the infant who sleeps through the night starting from the day that you bring him home from the hospital. Part of the trouble could be due to the fact that your infant's sleeping and living environment has changed, shifting from your warm womb to a crib.
Find out if your house is keeping your newborn up at night
Uncomfortable effects and lack of support in your newborn's bedroom could be other reasons why your infant is struggling to sleep through the night. To find what's keeping your baby up at night and how to soothe your child:
- Pay attention to how much light is streaming through your infant's bedroom window
- Let your infant sleep on her own instead of in bed with you
- Don't let your infant sleep too much during the day
- Stimulate your infant's brain with colors and wonder during the day
- Check to see if your baby's mattress is too hard or too soft
- Spend a night in your child's room to see if there's too much noise entering the room. Don't assume that your newborn's room is quiet or free of light blasts.
- Stay away from feeding your child too much before you put your child to bed for the night
- Make sure that you are relaxed, as your child could pick up your energy and stress
- Envelope your child in love, warmth, care and acceptance
- Don't over indulge your child
- Give your child a warm bath before you put him to bed
- Try playing low, soothing music if your child continues to struggle to get and or remain asleep
- Consider rocking your child to sleep a few times and note if your child sleeps better when you rock her to sleep
- Use a child alarm, so you'll know if your infant is awake. This may encourage you to sleep at night without worrying that something might be keeping your baby awake.
- Make an appointment with your pediatrician if your child continues to struggle to get and stay asleep to rule out that nothing else is going on with your child
Help your newborn get accustomed to living in a new place
It's no secret that it takes infants time to get accustomed to sleeping through the night. Some babies confuse day with night, sleeping more during the daytime than at night. But, that doesn't mean that you cannot teach your newborn how to sleep three or more hours at a time before they wake up at night.
Another thing that you could do to help your newborn sleep through the night is to ensure that your infant's bedroom is suitable for a good night of sleep. Even a small amount of simmering light, outside noise and stress could make it hard for your newborn to fall and stay asleep.
In fact, many of the same experiences that keep you up at night, may keep your baby from sleeping. Avoid assuming that just because everything looks right in your child's bedroom that the room encourages restful sleep. You might have to sleep in your infant's bedroom once to measure how restful the room is. But, it's worth it. This one night could alert you to actions you need to take so that both you and your baby can get the rest that you need.