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Q&A: Newborn Baby Has Trouble Sleeping at Night

by Wendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor |
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Q My sister's one-month-old baby boy sleeps easily in the daytime. However, he finds it difficult to fall sleep after midnight and cries most of the time even after being fed, burped and cuddled. It will be around 4 am that he can doze off and sleep. Music also does not help. Do you have any suggestions?

A As your sister has probably found out by now, motherhood tends to be a bit "trial and error" in the first few months. There are so many factors affecting situations like this, that ultimately, the best thing to do is to try a variety of things and see what works best.

What first comes to mind after I read your question is that perhaps the baby simply isn't tired, and like most babies, would prefer to be held by mom or dad rather than "put to sleep". If the baby is sleeping a lot during the day, this could be the cause. Perhaps waking the baby up more frequently during the day is something that can be tried, to help the baby become more tired at night.

Also, since babies don't really like being alone, perhaps moving the crib into the parents bedroom would make a difference.

When a baby cries, it's because the baby is uncomfortable or unhappy. If mom holds the baby and the baby is content, perhaps that is what the baby needs more of.

Nighttime can be difficult for new parents, especially since everyone is so tired. Cutting back on the day's work in the house, and napping when the baby naps can also be of benefit.

Warmly,
Wendy

Wendy Goldenthal : Certified Breastfeeding Counselor

A Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with eight years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Nursing Mothers Supplies, a website where breastfeeding mothers can purchase breastfeeding supplies and get a little advice as well.

Nursing Mother Suppliesoffers the best supplies for breastfeeding breastpumps that won't pinch or hurt breastpumps that provide comfort and breastpumps that offer true quality.


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ahmed Mar 7, 2010 02:37:13 AM ET

I have baby boy one month old he dont sleep a day or night total he sleeps only 4hrs help me plse

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Linda Feb 21, 2009 02:14:37 AM ET

My 22 year old son has a baby girl; hannah born jan. 5, 09; she don't sleep through the night. i took the baby overnight to give them a break. she fell asleep finally about midnight and has been sleeping an hour now. i haven't done this since 1992 with my youngest. she has lots of gas problems it seems, wants too many bottles and loves to be held when sleeping. i found this all out just since they dropped her off at 6 pm tonight. dairyblonde at yahoo dot com. any suggestions? i burped her twice, checked diaper twice; fed her well and am hoping this all works out well. i remember my 4 kids were sleeping through night by about 3-4 months old. i don't want to tell my poor son that. things are getting tense between him and the misses, overtired and fatigued they are.

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Grandma Jan 19, 2009 06:16:51 PM ET

My grandaughter is nine months old and doesn't sleep all night. either her mom breastfeeder before she laid her down on the crib, totally sleep. she still wake up twice a night. she is very actived at daytime and took small naps no more than 30min. what she can do so she can sleep all night without wake up on the middle of night? the baby is very healthy and happy all the time. what suggestions do you have? her doctor told that is because the baby is very active baby.

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