Why Does My Baby Keep Waking Up?
Taking care of a baby can be exhausting. As soon as you think you’ve just gotten into a routine and your little one has begun to sleep for longer stretches of time, they begin to wake up again! Wondering why this keeps happening? Here are some potential reasons your baby may be having difficulty sleeping through the night.
It’s possible your baby’s wake ups are related to physical discomfort. Here are some things to look out for:
- Hunger: Check to make sure your little one isn’t feeling hungry in the middle of the night.
- Gas: Babies are especially prone to gas and uncomfortable bloating. You can try some gentle massage or baby yoga poses to help them alleviate these symptoms.
- Teething: Teething can cause a lot of discomfort, especially during the night. Ask your pediatrician about pain relief medications or teething toys to help your baby relief pain.
- Temperature: If your baby feels too hot or too cold, it can disrupt their sleep. Make sure they are dressed in comfortable, breathable clothes and their room temperature is between 68 – 72 degrees.
Sometimes babies wake up due to environmental stimuli. Here are some possible causes:
- Noise: Your baby may be easily woken up by outside noises such as a loud TV or barking dogs. Invest in some white noise machines or block out curtains to create a quieter environment.
- Light: Bright lights from outside or an exposed window may be disturbing your little one’s sleep. Consider investing in some blackout blinds to create a darker atmosphere.
- Consistency: It’s important to have a consistent sleep routine, such as a bath, reading a book, and then a lullaby before you put your baby to bed. Having a regular routine can help your baby understand that it’s time for sleep.
It’s important to remember that all babies are unique and have different needs. If your baby is having difficulty sleeping through the night, it may be helpful to speak to your pediatrician to discuss the best solutions for your particular situation.