Why your little tot might not be sleeping

28 April Ayesha Farhad 0 Comments

Sleep is important for young children and infants. Babies can sleep for upwards of 16 hours a day while they grow. As a result, making sure that they get enough sleep is critical. However, as most mums know, getting the baby to actually sleep is usually easier said than done.
Here are some of the reasons why your little tot can’t sleep and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Your Baby Is Too Young
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Many parents imagine that babies sleep all the way through the night. But for the first couple of months, this isn’t always the case. Very few babies sleep all the way through the night during the first few months of life. Instead, they’ll doze on and off and random times for about half to two-thirds of the day. It’s only when babies get to around nine months old that they regularly start to sleep through the whole night. And even then, the whole night usually only means six or seven hours at a time.

You’ve Become The Sleep Aid

Loving parents want to help their children in all aspects of their lives. However, helping a child fall asleep might not be such a good idea. The problem is that when parents rock their baby to sleep every night, the child can’t learn to fall asleep on their own.

The best strategy is to allow babies to become “self-soothers” able to put themselves to sleep when they get tired. When your baby is starting to look tired, take them up to their cot and allow them to fall asleep on their own. Yes, they might wake up again during the night, but the ability to rely on themselves to get to sleep is important.

Separation Anxiety
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The separation anxiety phase, where the child becomes worried every time the parent leaves the room, is a normal part of growing up. However, it can wreak havoc with the bedtime routine, leading to stressed babies and even more stressed parents. The advice from professionals is to avoid encouraging it with singing, rocking or extra food. The best way to deal with it is to allow your baby to try to get to sleep on its own. As long as the baby isn’t sick, it should be okay to leave them in their cot after six months.

The Child Doesn’t Feel Safe

Another reason why young children can’t fall asleep is if they feel unsafe. It’s a good idea, therefore, to make sure that they have a proper place to sleep. Beds, like Cuckoolands cots, prevent babies from falling out of bed and injuring themselves. Children who are afraid of the dark may also benefit from having a nightlight in their room or out in the hallway.

Stalling Before Bed
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Children, in general, don’t like bedtime. As a result, they’ll come up with all sorts of ways to put it off. Parents need to be savvy to this and stick with the routine. Otherwise, their kids will miss the “sleep window” and be up for half the night.