Top 10 Reasons Why Your Baby Wakes Up at Night
2. Sleep associations refer to the techniques or things you do to get your baby to sleep. These habits form between 12 to 16 weeks, and if your baby's sleep association requires your intervention, they might wake up at the end of each partial or full sleep cycle, which usually occurs every 2-4 hours, expecting you to repeat the same actions you did previously to get them back to sleep. However, we can help you change these sleep associations to eliminate this reason for waking up frequently.
3. As the summer approaches, it's important to ensure that your little one doesn't feel too hot or cold. One way to do this is to check their sleeping bag - it might need to be replaced with a more suitable tog bag for the summer season or a summer swaddle can be used to prevent overheating. Check out this post on appropriate summer sleep wear.
5. Teething: Teething can disturb your baby's sleep, depending on their age and sleep habits. If your baby is generally calm during the day but wakes up screaming at night, it may not be due to teething. Teething pain is usually intermittent and your baby may remain awake for a while with on-and-off crying. In such cases, try giving them some pain relief and a comforting cuddle.
6. If your baby isn't napping well during the day, they may be exhausted at bedtime, which can make it difficult for them to fall into a deep sleep or stay asleep. Over-tiredness leads to the release of stress hormones, making it harder for babies to sleep. You can improve your baby's night sleep by working on their daytime naps.
8. Reflux: When your baby is suffering from reflux, it can be difficult for them to sleep, and as a result, you may also experience broken nights. Sleep training cannot help with the pain and discomfort caused by reflux. It is important to help your baby get to sleep, so they are not overly tired, as over-tiredness can make it harder for them to tolerate pain and discomfort. Once your baby is medicated, ask your doctor about possible side effects, as some reflux medications can cause restlessness, gut and wind pains. Being aware of this can help you prepare for any potential issues.
10. Leaking Nappy: Some babies are more sensitive to having a wet or leaking nappy than others. To prevent leakage, it's recommended to use a good brand nappy and a cover, if needed. It's important to note that tight onesies can often be the cause of urine leaking out of a nappy, so it's a good idea to check that your baby's pajamas are not too tight.
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Emma is the owner and founder of Baby Sleep Consultant, she is a certified infant and child sleep consultant, Happiest Baby on the block educator, has a Bachelor of Science, and Diploma in Education. Emma is a mother to 3 children, and loves writing when she isn't working with tired clients and cheering on her team helping thousands of mums just like you.
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