One common complaint most parents with babies and toddlers have, is that their children don’t sleep through the night. Often parents don’t know the reason as to why their children are continuously waking and not getting a full night’s sleep.
“Being a new parent is stressful enough, and when that is coupled with a baby that doesn’t sleep, it can bring on many different emotions and struggles,” explains Mario Correia, brand manager for Karvol. He goes on to explain, that sometimes it can be fixed quickly with a little patience and perseverance, while other times intervention may be needed. A tired baby is an irritable baby, which can lead to a tired and over-emotional parent.
“Why baby isn’t sleeping can be anything from her not knowing the difference between night and day, to colic to not eating enough. Discovering the reason why baby isn’t sleeping and what can be done about it is important to overcoming this tiring time,” comments Correia.
Your child’s lack of sleeping can be due to conditions associated with her age. Newborn babies have different reasons for not sleeping compared to a six-month-old. Correia explains some of these reasons:
Newborn to three-month-old babies:
Your child may be confused as to when they are meant to be awake and when to be asleep. You can change this by limiting daytime naps and ensuring your night-time ritual includes no stimulation such as loud noises or lit rooms.
Not all babies want to sleep on their backs and would prefer to sleep on their tummies. This can be nerve wracking for the parent. If there is no physical reason as to why your baby won’t sleep on their back, try swaddling your baby and giving her a pacifier to help get her to sleep.
Too many late-night feedings can become stimulating for the baby, and soon mom is her night-time play pal. Speak to your paediatrician about how much your baby should be eating and if you can stretch time between feeds after two to three months.
Four to five month old babies:
Sleep regression can occur at four, six, eight to ten and 12 months. This happens because your little one is becoming more aware of the world around her. Keep to your night-time routine and make sure that your little one is making up for lost sleep during their daytime naps. An irritable baby is more difficult to get to sleep.
Nap times get less as baby gets older. However, if she is still not getting enough sleep during the day, she will be fussy at night.
Six months and older:
Baby may be waking up due to teething pain. Instead of picking her up, offer her a teething ring to help soothe her gums and comfort her. If this doesn’t work chat to your paediatrician about what you can do.
Too many late-night feedings, again, may be causing sleepless nights. Your baby at this age doesn’t need a night-time feed but knows that when she cries, she is picked up. Sleep therapy is a good way to get your little one ready to sleep.
Additional sleeping ailments for various ages:
Sometimes ailments such as allergies and a stuffy nose can play its part in keeping your little one still wide eyed at all times of the night. Not being able to breathe easily and fall asleep comfortably can be rectified quickly. Using Karvol (for babies 3 months and older) to decongest your little one’s nose can help them (and you) get a good night’s sleep.
The combination of aromatic oils including menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, thymol and lavender oil, when released work actively to help you breathe more easily day and night. The capsules can be added to the humidifier, or even dotted onto a handkerchief placed next to your child as they sleep.
A sleeping baby is a happy baby, and a happy family. Sleep is important to help baby grow and develop and process everything they are learning and the new world around them.
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