Are you a new parent with an 8-week old baby who is constantly fighting sleep? It can be frustrating when all you want is for your little bundle of joy to get some much-needed rest. But before you start pulling out your hair and questioning everything about parenthood, let's take a closer look at what might be going on.
S.O.S. – Save Our Sleep!
The first thing that comes to mind when our precious babies don't sleep is usually- "What have I done wrong?" Don't beat yourself up too much. Every baby is different and their sleeping patterns will vary from one child to another.
However, there are several reasons why your infant may be fighting sleep even though bedtime has arrived:
Overstimulation can occur if your baby has had an exciting day filled with numerous activities or been around loud noises all day long wearing them out - understandably they could still feel worried or exasperated resulting in struggling to fall asleep.
To wind down try keeping things quiet at least one hour prior a nap time by lowering voices and turning off any loud electronic devices; turn the lights low while engaging in calming activities such as reading books/playing soft lullabies which are known scientifically proven methods that entice slumber.
They Need To Be Fed Or Their Diaper Changed
Most infants cry primarily duwduetoduetoiiefrom hunger / dirty diapers because..well...they can’t speak yet! They depend solely on us adults to notice signs of discomfort by crying incessantly.
So, it’s inevitable that babies require feeding every 2-3 hours (on average) throughout the night, often resulting in interrupted sleeps (sleep interruptions) for parents, but c’est la vie! A frequently soiled diaper is also most likely causing enough irritation preventing him/her from drifting off into peaceful slumber as they long to!
Could Be Teething
Many infants develop their first tooth around 3-5 months of age, however for some babies teething could start a few weeks earlier. The discomfort associated with teeth eruption causes irritability-typically this happens because teeth are painful / itchy inside the baby's mouth.
Additionally, your little one’s gums may be sore and inflamed leading to difficulty in settling back down after waking up - but that does not mean they should avoid sleep entirely!
At times like these try using age-appropriate Children medicines (without aspirin!) making sure to check dosages carefully-and consider massage techniques (infant massage) near her/his chin/jaw area can soothe enough as well.
Around the eight week mark is when you might notice your infant showing signs of sleep regression which signals means he/she will have trouble falling and staying asleep through the early hours without waking needing more comfort soothing than before.
The underlying cause often pointed out due to developmental stages where babies seem particularly unsettled showing less tendency towards predictability causing stress in parents who suddenly see night wakings sky-rocketing.
In times like these — seek professional advice from pediatricians or health workers close by; many recommend calm activities throughout day building stable child-parent relationships create initiating bedtime routines providing deep emotional support during trying times.
You May Need To Try A Few Things Before Your Baby Goes Down Nicely
When it comes to baby sleeping habits there isn't really a one-size-fits-all method hence why pulling hair out is not necessary! While many suggest putting your restless babe on its stomach leading them into deep slumbers others advise against it fearing sudden death syndrome (SIDS) fate.
What has worked for many new parents though according different opinions requires patience trial-error-making continual small changes until finding best suitable technique f/your family dynamic/baby needs, such as:
Create A Schedule
Creating a pattern of predictability in everyday activities and routines like feeding-session/bounce on lap/playtime/walks can alleviate anxiety & build engagement because schedules embrace security/stability (routine)
Here is an example newborn routine; which could be slightly tweaked depending where YOU see the changes needing to take place evolving around your little ones changing patterns throughout the first few months:
|7am||Breastfeed/ Bottle feed|
|9-11.30 am||Breastfeed/ Bottle feed|
|10-12 pm||Play with baby (tummy time / interactive toys)|
and so forth.
At night-time though, it's best if lights dimmed once baby put down sleepy - avoiding play stimulation that encourages interaction.
Use white noise machines/noise canceling devices to create a calm atmosphere helping promote rest.
Swaddling Works Wonders
Behold! The life-changing skill any new parent must-master-swaddle - this simple small action transforms magic into soothing comfort enriching babies sleep ensuring theirs arms don’t flail about disrupting night-time zzz’s... (fun fact) swaddled-babies are known subjectively dramatically increase the duration of their slumber-cycles! Reportedly resembles similar comforts felt in mothers womb for babys’ maximum relaxation.
Tucked up safe receiving shape forming snugness-in harmony with body movement while preventing rogue limbs knocking themselves over..
Make sure that you master the art of swaddling without overtightening or creating extra heat for ultimate safety –follow pediatrician guidelines-also investing in legit swaddling blankets works just fine.
Opt For A Rocking Chair, or Baby Swing
Investing in a rocking chair/baby swing has always been a popular way to settle babies into deep sleep: these actions imitate the soft rhythmic motion of when moms walk around with baby during pregnancy.
P.S/(Mostly for Dads lacking lullabies) —playing music you enjoy can be even more calming than nursery rhymes.
A Peaceful Sleep Equals Happy and Healthy Parents
All babies take time adjusting to new routines each day. Remember that as they grow many things change requiring parents being patient throughout tough times keeping an open mind accepting there's no right/wrong way of doing things-you are trying!
Here’s hoping your adorable little one starts sleeping through like the perfect angel ... once-in-while? You will look back on this and laugh so go-ahead...embrace inevitable sleep deprivation while spreading laughter & joy along the way!
Good-luck at any rate!/ Here is where amazing memories 🙂 filled w/love our newborns have truly begun...