Nap Fails: 7 Reasons Why your Baby won’t Sleep

Babies are adorable little creatures that bring so much joy and love into our lives. But let’s face it, they can also be a handful, especially when it comes to sleeping.  As a new parent, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of trying to put your little one to bed, only to have them fight sleep with all their might. Often times you may end up asking yourself, “Why won’t my baby sleep?”

There can be several reasons why your baby won't sleep
There are several reasons that can affect a baby’s sleep

You may be wondering why your baby just can’t seem to fall asleep, no matter how tired they are. Well, don’t worry!  In this blog, we’ll explore some of the reasons why babies have trouble falling asleep, and offer some tips to get them the rest they need.

They’re Overstimulated

Babies are like sponges, soaking up all the sights, sounds, and sensations of the world around them. Babies can get overstimulated just like adults, and this can make it difficult for them to fall asleep. Things like loud noises, bright lights, and too much activity can all contribute to overstimulation.

Try dimming the lights and keeping noise levels low in the hour leading up to bedtime. Create a calm, soothing environment to help your baby wind down.

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They’re Hungry

One of the most common reasons why your baby won’t sleep is because they’re hungry. Babies have small stomachs and need to eat frequently, especially in the early months of life. If your baby is hungry, they may have trouble falling asleep or wake up frequently during the night. 

Newborns need to be fed every 2-3 hours

Make sure your baby is well-fed before bedtime. Additionally, consider offering a dream feed – a quiet feeding session while your baby is still asleep.

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They’re Teething

Teething can be a painful and uncomfortable experience for babies and may make it hard for them to settle down and fall asleep. Offer your baby a teething toy or chilled washcloth to soothe their gums, and consider giving them a dose of infant pain reliever if the pain is severe.

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They’re Too Hot or Too Cold

Babies are sensitive to temperature and may have trouble sleeping if they’re too hot or too cold. Make sure your baby has been dressed appropriately for the weather and the temperature of their sleeping environment. Remember to keep an eye on their body temperature throughout the night.

Babies have trouble regulating their body temperature which affects their sleep

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Another reason why your baby won’t sleep is that they’re uncomfortable. This could be due to a dirty diaper, clothing that’s too tight or too loose, or even a room that’s too hot or cold. To overcome this, make sure your baby is comfortable before putting them down to sleep. 

Check their diaper, make sure they’ve been dressed appropriately for the temperature, and adjust the room temperature if needed.

Check baby’s diapers before putting them to sleep

Sleep Regression

Sleep regression is a common phenomenon that occurs when babies reach certain developmental milestones, such as learning to roll over or crawl. During these periods, babies may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. As they’re processing all the new skills they’re learning, it might become difficult for them to fall asleep.

Be patient and consistent with your baby’s sleep routine during these times, and remember that the regression will eventually pass.

Sleep Associations

Babies can also become reliant on certain sleep associations, like rocking or nursing, to fall asleep. This can make it difficult for them to fall asleep on their own or to stay asleep throughout the night. 

Babies can be reliant on certain types of sleeping methods such as rocking and nursing.

To overcome this, try to establish new sleep associations. For example, you could try giving your baby a pacifier or playing white noise in the background to help them fall asleep.

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While it can be frustrating when your baby can’t seem to fall asleep, remember that it’s a normal part of their development. Every baby is different, so finding out what works best for you may take some time. Although with patience, consistency, and a little bit of trial and error, you can help your baby sleep and get the rest they truly need to grow and thrive.

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