8 Reasons Why Your Baby Wont Sleep

Why do babies fight going to sleep? Even though babies need to sleep for longer, they sometimes do not get enough sleep as they should. Most mothers struggle with getting used to their baby’s sleeping patterns. It is quite frustrating when you can’t get your baby to sleep.

So why won’t your baby sleep at night? This article has put together 8 common reasons as to why your baby is not sleeping as desired:

1. Baby is hungry

Breast milk is digested much faster, this way you need to breastfeed your baby now and then, or you could be woken up by screams. It is important to realize that as your baby grows older, they eat much more.

  • Feeding your baby the right amount of food is a sure way to ensure that the baby remains sleep through the night.

2. Baby is teething

Teething is painful; it is one of the most disturbing events you will encounter as a mum. The baby begins to teeth at 3-4 months. This continues until the teeth are fully in. For records, most mothers never see this coming. Here is how to tell your baby is teething:

  • Refuses to fall sleep or simply does not stay asleep for long
  • Wakes up with a loud cry
  • Spits out pacifiers
  • Refuses to drink from a bottle even though is hungry.

To check for your baby teething, wash your hands properly and insert the index finger into the baby’s mouth and ran it along the gums. You are likely to feel and see a swollen red area and some roughness of tooth breaching the gum cavity.

There are several teeth-pain ointments in the market today. Call your doctor and inquire which ointment is right for your baby. The teething pain usually ends when all teeth are out.

3. Baby is disturbed.

Just like adults, babies also wake up with slightest disturbance. This is a survival tactic that all human beings possess. There are a lot of external factors that could be causing the wake-ups, as below:

1. Wet diaper

Majority of the babies will never sleep through a wet or pooped diaper. The best thing to do is to change your baby’s diaper just before bedtime, make sure that you use an absorbent type. A diaper plays a major role when it comes to your baby’s sleeping patterns.

 Noise

Sometimes noise is inevitable; talk of loud neighbors, loud music, and vehicles. Even older siblings may wake up a sleeping baby as they run up and down. To ensure that your baby get through this, get a sound machine to help drawn random and loud noises

Temperature changes

Just like you, a baby may wake up when it gets too cold or too hot. Keep your baby warmly dressed to avoid extreme temperatures, and also have the room well ventilated if the surrounding temperatures happen to be high.

4. Baby is human in case you forgot

Do you sometimes lay awake in bed for several hours without reason? Well, babies are human too. Even though, it is normal for mothers to wonder why their babies lie awake all night long, only to fall sleep in the morning hours.

Sometimes babies defy the sleeping routine no matter how suitable it is. Get used to the fact that sometimes your baby may stare at you through the night.

5. Baby is in Pain

Babies are delicate creatures. They are sensitive to little things that you cannot imagine. Certain issues such as bloating, acid reflux, flu and coughs can cause discomfort to your baby rendering them sleepless. If you suspect that your baby could be ill, call or visit your doctor immediately.

  • Babies do not speak, they are unable to say when they are bloated or feeling nauseated. It is, therefore, important to be extra sober when dealing with them

6. Baby needs different routine

How long should your baby sleep? Newborns sleep for more than 20 hours in a day. However, from 6-9 months your baby is likely to take two naps in a day. They are likely to wake up early too or be very tired before actual bedtime.

It is vital to understand that as babies grow old, they need a different sleeping routine. Sometimes your baby may fall asleep before mealtime; in this case, you might consider having an earlier dinner.

7. Baby needs co-sleeping

It is normal for a baby to want to be close to you. For this reason, you might consider sleeping together, and after all, they won’t be in your bed for a lifetime. Both you and the baby want to spend time together. You simply need to make it happen; your baby might sleep better.

8. Baby is growing

Developmental milestones could be another reason why your baby is unable to sleep. When the baby is learning a new skill such as learning to walk, talk and roll, they are likely to stay distracted for a while. You could have trouble sleeping too, this is normal.

Developmental milestones occur between 6-18 months. During this time your baby is likely to be awake more than three times in the night, and fall sleep on their own even without a cry.

Bedtime, baby, won’t sleep

How do I get my baby to sleep? Your baby might refuse to fall even when it is bedtime. The best way to deal with this problem is to find the cause and get to establish more favorable sleeping habits.

Sleep training and sleep routines may help your baby improve on their sleeping. Sleep training involves preparing your baby physically, mentally to fall sleep. Before you do so you need to answer the following questions:

  1. Is the baby prepared to sleep?

Preparing a baby to sleep involves:

  • Changing the diapers
  • Feeding the baby
  • Dressing them in soft, comfortable, warm pajamas
  • Singing some lullaby or swaddling them
  1. Is the baby supposed to sleep now?

It is unlikely that your baby will sleep if they woke up an hour or so ago. If you find your baby’s sleeping routine quite hectic, then it will be a high time to change it into something more convenient and favorable for you and the baby.

Baby not falling sleep in the crib

The baby sleeps where best suits them. It is important to let your baby fall sleep where they do it best, the crib, bed or in your arms. It could be hectic to have your baby sleep especially when they are not used to falling sleep on their own.

  • Majority of the babies who fall asleep in their mothers arms wake up minutes later after being transferred to the crib.

The best way to have your baby sleep in a crib without a problem is to place them there from day one. When the baby is some days or weeks old, they sleep for longer hours simply because their body is weak and metabolism low.

  • The earlier you start letting your baby fall sleep in the crib, the earlier they get used to it.

Additional tips on how to get your baby to sleep fast and longer

Here is additional take a ways to help you get your baby to sleep much better:

  • Have a soothing night routine, sing lullabies or read a book, this way your baby will feel more relaxed. Note that if the baby is excited, they won’t sleep as fast as you may want them to.
  • Put the baby in the crib quietly in a darkened room, do not let the baby sleep and wake up in your arms
  • Put the baby in the crib as soon as they act sleepy, this way they will learn to sleep by themselves.
  • Keep the lights off when trying to sooth the baby to sleep
  • Stay composed even when the baby cries, talk in a soft voice, this way the baby may fall back asleep.

 

Breast Pumping- A Basic Introduction For Moms

As you start to prepare breast milk for your baby’s diet, you must decide how to store the extracted milk until it is needed. As a new mother pump you should consider some aspects of milk storage before you start with your planned pumping routine.
Once you start pumping out milk, you need to know how long your breast milk will stay fresh, whether stored in the refrigerator, freezer or at room temperature. You also need to know how to safely heat or thaw milkThe following articles discuss everything you need to consider to properly store and feed your expressed breastmilk.

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines

The following guidelines can help to ensure that your expressed breastmilk remains fresh for your child’s feedings.

  • Room Temperature (66-72 ˚F, 19-22 ˚C) fresh for up to 10 hours
  • Refrigerator (32-39 ˚F, 0-4 ˚C) store fresh milk for up to 8 days
  • Freezer Compartment in Refrigerator store for 2 weeks
  • Freezer with Separate Door from Refrigerator remains fresh for 3 to 4 months
  • Deep Freezer (0 ˚F, -19 ˚C) store milk safely for up to 6 months

 

Refrigeration is the recommended method for storing breastmilk because it preserves the natural immunity factors of the milk better than freezing.

Freezing Refrigerated Milk

It is recommended that fresh milk be chilled prior to freezing; however, milk that has been refrigerated for a day or two should not be frozen. Milk that has been refrigerated that long should not be frozen because although refrigeration has slowed down the enzyme activity it has not stopped completely and it has a greater potential for bacteria growth.

To be on the safe side any milk that needs to be frozen should be placed in the freezer within 6 hours of refrigerating to ensure that it is frozen at its freshest state.

Adding Fresh Milk to Frozen Milk

Many mothers often wonder whether it is safe to add fresh milk to frozen milk. Fresh milk can be layered onto frozen milk as long as the fresh milk is chilled and is less than the amount of milk that is already frozen. This will prevent the milk from thawing and refreezing.

Separation of Breastmilk

Breastmilk separates into a fatty layer and a milky layer after it has been refrigerated, this is normal and is not a sign of spoilage. Gently swirling the milk before feeding will help mix the layers together.

Proper Labeling

Be sure to always label your expressed milk with the date before storing. This will help you to ensure that you always use the oldest available fresh milk first. You should also include your baby’s name on the label if the milk will be stored with milk for more than one baby.

Helpful Storage Tips

  • When storing your milk, always be sure to place it in the back of the refrigerator or freezer to ensure that it stays cool even when the refrigerator or freezer door is opened and closed throughout the day.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling any expressed milk.
  • Store breastmilk in the amount that your baby eats during each feeding or in small 1 to 2oz. amounts to limit the amount of milk that is wasted.

Choosing A Breastmilk Storage System

There are endless options available for storing breastmilk. Everything from glass and plastic bottles to freezer bags and trays has been designed specifically for storing expressed milk. With so many storage systems to choose from, selecting one storage method can be a challenge.

Which storage system you will use will be determined by:

  • How much breastmilk you plan to store (at any given time)?
  • How much storage space you have available?
  • How often you plan to use your expressed breastmilk for feedings?

  • How long you anticipate storing your expressed milk?

 

Healthcare professionals and La Leche League recommend storing expressed breastmilk in one of the following three container types: glass, clear, hard plastic (polycarbonate) or cloudy, hard plastic (polypropylene).

Freezer Storage Bags and Disposable Bottle Liners

Plastic storage bags are a great space saving storage option if you have limited freezer space for your expressed milk. However, you should be sure to only use freezer storage bags and not plastic bottle liners when storing breastmilk.

Breastmilk freezer storage bags are designed for storing and freezing breastmilk. These bags easily fit onto your breast pump and allow you to express milk directly into the bag. Freezer storage bags are thick, pre-sterilized and seal easily. They also have an area designated for labeling the milk with date.

Disposable bottle liners are designed for infant feeding not breastmilk storage. Bottle liners are not recommended for storage because the thin plastic cannot protect the milk from freezer burn, the bags do not seal easily, there is no area for labeling and the seams of the bag may burst during freezing and leak during thawing.

Convenient Storage

When selecting a milk storage system, convenience often takes precedence over the decision. For this reason mothers often opt for plastic storage bags because they take up less space and are single use items that do not require cleaning. However, while the bags are convenient for storing they are less convenient for feeding because pouring milk out of bags can be awkward.

Breastmilk storage trays are another convenient storage method. These trays are made of flexible plastic that allows you to store milk in convenient one ounce cubes. The small cubes thaw very quickly and make it easy to prepare small bottles to avoid waste.

Other mothers find it far more convenient to pump, store and feed from the same container. By using bottles for storage the repeated transfer of the milk from one container to another is eliminated. Hard, clear plastic bottles are great for storing and feeding refrigerated and frozen milk.

Regardless of which storage system you choose, you should always be sure to clean your storage containers properly prior to use. For tips on keeping your pump and storage containers clean refer to the article