Q&A: Newborn Baby Has Trouble Sleeping at NightWendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
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.
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.
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