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As a parent, you are going to experience a lot of struggles along the way. It is part of the process! One difficulty that a lot of parents have early on is getting their baby to go to sleep. If your baby is struggling to drift off, you need to understand why this is happening so that you can help your baby sleep better. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the common reasons why babies cannot sleep.
Your baby is too hot or cold – One reason why your baby may not be able to sleep is that he or she is either too hot or cold. Getting the temperature right for any baby can be difficult. You should check regularly to see whether your baby is sweating or shivering and if so, you have found the problem!
Your baby is in discomfort – Another reason why your baby may not be sleeping is that he or she is in medical or physical discomfort. For example, if your baby has acid reflux, they will be in pain and they will not be able to sleep. If your baby has suddenly stopped sleeping when they usually sleep well, this could be an ear infection or a sore throat. Sleep disruption could also be down to teething.
Your baby is awake too long before napping – A baby fighting sleep could be because they have been awake too long before their nap. If your baby is able to stay up for a long time, you may assume that he or she is not tired. Actually, whether your baby can stay up for long or not does not mean much. Babies under the age of four-months-old need to have a nap about one and a half hours after they wake. Once your baby reaches nine months, they still need to have a nap around every two hours of being awake.
Your baby does not have a good routine – There is no perfect routine for any baby. Routines differ from family-to-family. You do not have to do things a specific way, it is more about making sure there is consistency, stability, and regularity. Babies need to have a routine. If you make life more peaceful, they will be happier, they will eat better, and they will sleep better. Of course, getting into a routine takes time, but it will be worth it in the end.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the reasons why your baby may not be able to get to sleep or keeps waking up. Now that you know what the problem may be, it should be a lot easier to rectify so that your baby can get some sleep and you can too.