WHY DON’T BABIES SLEEP AT NIGHT?
Why don’t babies sleep at night? It’s the question on every new parent’s lips as they blearily navigate the weeks, months, and sometimes years of sleepless nights. But sometimes parents can actually contribute to the problems. Here are five reasons why your baby may not be sleeping at night.
1) EXPECTATIONS ARE TOO HIGH
We’ve all met them. Those annoying parents who like to merrily trill about how their little munchkin slept through the night from six weeks. Newsflash! Their baby is the exception, not the rule. Babies aged 12 weeks and under are not aware of the difference between night and day, and the hormone that controls sleep patterns doesn’t actually kick in until around three months. What does this mean? Simply put, all bets are off when it comes to sleep time, and it probably won’t be between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Sorry!
2) NOT SLEEPING WHEN BABY SLEEPS
“Sleep when the baby sleeps!” It’s the phrase new mothers hear over and over again. While we get that it’s not always easy to morph into a nocturnal creature, snoozing every couple of hours during the day, it’s essential that you take this opportunity to get some sleep when you can, especially if the nights are putting you to the test. If you find it hard to drop off during the day, try sleep aids such as pillow mist or a pulse point roller ball (both available in our Sleep Saver care kit). That way, when you’re awake every hour, on the hour in the night, you’ll be (slightly) better prepared for it.
3) SKIPPING BEDTIME ROUTINE
A bedtime routine will not only help bub wind down before being placed into bed, but it’s also a good time for the two of you to spend some time together. So once you have baby in a routine, try to stick to it as much as possible.
4) TRYING TOO MANY DIFFERENT STRATEGIES
We get it. You’ll try ANYTHING just to get a few hours kip. But while it’s tempting to try lots of different sleep methods, always remember that gentle changes take time and you can’t expect quick results. So before you ditch the No-Cry Sleep Solution for Ferberization, give it a bit of time to work.
5) BABY IS TOO DISTRACTED
Colourful mobiles and bright nightlights may look lovely in the nursery, but they can also be a distraction when your baby is trying to settle. In general babies sleep far better in a darkened room with minimal distractions.