Reasons Behind Your Baby Waking Up Through The Night
There are many reasons why your baby is waking up during the night – it may want to feed, or need the mother’s cuddle and assurance. Sometimes, teething can also be a reason behind a disturbed sleep. This may affect you, making your tired and unable to have an uninterrupted and peaceful sleep. Here are few tips and tactics to make your baby sleep through the night without interrupting your own.
1. Lively Feeds At Daytime And Quiet Feeds At Night
Make it more lively and social while feeding your baby during the daytime. Talk to it, sing it a lullaby, let people interact with your baby before or after the feed. During the night, keep the feeding time a quiet affair. This way your baby will develop a sense of difference between day and night.
2. Let Your Baby Fall Asleep On Its Own
When you notice your baby feeling sleepy, don’t rock or feed it, instead, put it down and wait for it to fall asleep. It will gradually develop a sleeping pattern after 6 weeks. If you rock or feed it to sleep, your baby will slowly start depending upon you to fall asleep.
3. Follow A Bedtime Routine
The trick is to let your baby get used to a routine. Prepare for its sleep by singing a lullaby or a calming massage on the head or back. Turn off all sources of noise, and take your baby inside the room where it sleeps. It will take not more than 30 minutes for it to settle down and sleep.
4. Let Them Keep An Object To Feel Secure
When your baby is over 6 months, it becomes aware of the separation from the mother. Keep a baby blanket or a stuffed toy in its cot that gives it a sense of security, and comforts it at night. But, if your baby is still below or around the age of 6 months, making it sleep next to a toy can suffocate it, increasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Keep the toy near you for some time to make it smell of you. Since babies have strong a sense of smell, handing it a toy which smells of you can make it feel secure.
5. Wait For The Baby To Settle Down By Itself
You will realize that by the time your baby is 4-5 months old, the night feeding will gradually reduce. If it cries after you put it down to sleep post feeding, wait for it to stop crying. Gently give a pat of assurance to convey that everything is fine. Be out of its sight, but simultaneously keep a check if your baby has slept. If it still cries, check what may be bothering your baby – a wet diaper or any sort of discomfort. If you don’t feel any, repeat the process once again.
6. Sleep Training Methods To Try
Comfort your baby by cuddling it in the bed. Pretend to sleep next to it, conveying that its bedtime. However, be careful if you are not aware of safe co-sleeping. It is advised to let your baby sleep in a cot, next to you for the first six months
Involve Your Partner
Share the role of comforting and putting your baby to sleep with your partner. Practice it once the baby is old enough, and doesn’t need much night feeding.
Babies feel more secure in a baby carrier. You can use it if your baby is already dependent on being rocked and carried around to fall asleep. It is also easy for the comforter to carry the baby for a longer duration.
It disturbs your own sleeping patterns when your baby wakes up several times at night. Try figuring out what it requires. It may be uncomfortable or simply want your touch of assurance. Adapt to your baby’s crying during the first few months, as whining is the only way it can convey its needs.