Babies are a tough nut to crack. Cute in their looks and super annoying when they don’t fall asleep. New parents have a hard time making their babies fall asleep. All that waiting for tiny little breaks from diapers and dishes goes in vain if the baby doesn't fall asleep quickly.
Babies cannot sleep while you command them, well they keep you awake using their crying command! We know that you don't want the baby to be crying loudly and being active; Rather all you want is to crash on the bed and have a few hours of good night's sleep.
There are a few tricks and tactics, where you can make the baby fall to sleep without commanding them, but rather making them feel more comfortable and cosy. Let's first look into the reasons why babies don't sleep. Isn't that the question that needs to be answered?
Reasons why babies don't sleep -
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Sleep at Day, Party all night - All the babies fall asleep peacefully during the day, and just when you are about to crash, there they go, crying at the top of their voices. Since babies need 17hrs of sleep in 24hrs, they recover in the day and are up all night.
Growth takes away the sleep - When babies are growing up, like in the stage of their teeth sprouting, they are hurting and the pain keeps them awake. Their body is changing over time and they are figuring it all out.
How to make them sleep -
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Ensure that the dinner is early - Don't feed your baby and immediately pat them to sleep. This makes them feel restless; Feed them at least a couple of hours before bedtime, so in case of any discomfort or loss of motion, they process it soon and fall asleep.
Infants tend to fall asleep when their dinner is light, they are worked up - make them laugh, keep them engaged in new things and make them play or crawl. As vulnerable as they are, they are too figuring out things like us.
Be soft with them and don't scold them to sleep. This does not help your baby sleep peacefully. Be gentle with them and treat them with kindness.
Babies love sleeping and if they ain't, then they are disturbed. Figure out what it is and help them fall asleep. Take good care of yourself too.
Reach out to a doctor if they are having trouble sleeping even after you did every measure. We might not know what their crying symbolises, so make sure to always take the expert's help.
You can also read; Common issues faced by infants and how can a new parent tackle them!