Does your Baby Sleep through the Night?
Your heart may swell with love when you watch your baby sleeping. A regular bedtime and nap routine around the same time every day can help develop good sleep habits. Adjusting to your baby’s sleep routine is one of the first milestones of parenting you’ll need to learn over time.
If your baby is capable of sleeping through the night but still struggling, there might be an underlying reason your baby isn’t sleeping through the night.
Why is Sleep so Important?
Sleep plays a vital role for normal growth and development of a child as well as for emotional health and other important body functions. It also affects different parts of our immune system. Children grow and develop rapidly, so it’s important they get enough sleep to give them the energy they need for active play and good health.
Not getting enough sleep or enough high-quality sleep can lead to problems focusing on tasks and thinking clearly. Getting inadequate sleep over time can raise your risk for chronic health problems and can also affect how well you think, react, work, learn and getting along with other people.
Factors Affecting Your Baby’s Routine Sleep
Addressing hunger as a possible cause of overnight waking is useful. If your baby is really hungry, they usually won’t go back to sleep very easily until they’ve been fed. Night feeding is something that parents should look into because it disrupts your child’s sleep.
Gas is normal for babies and usually goes away on its own, but really annoying during night hour. Gas pains at night can bring anything from moderate discomfort to severe pain. For babies experiencing discomfort, it will be hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.
If your baby or toddler has disrupted sleep you may be tempted to blame teething, and you may be right with it. Teething pain can keep your babies awake at night and so do you.
4. Cold/ Fever
When a baby has a cold, it can mean long, sleepless nights for everyone. It also may be trickier and hard for them to eat and drink.
It is important to make sure that your baby is a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold, babies will wake and cry if they’re a bit chilly.
6. Food Allergies
Many children seem to have food allergies and food sensitivities. Allergies and intolerances are on the increase and unfortunately, they do cause your baby pain, they often are the reason your baby is failing to thrive and not sleep.