There are so many things that can disrupt a baby’s sleep, or cause them to have trouble falling asleep in the first place. Any mother can give you a long list of things not to do while your baby is sleeping, or things to avoid before putting them to bed.
So many mothers, and sometimes fathers as well, lose a large amount of sleep when they have a new addition to their family. Some people think that all babies do is eat, sleep and poop, and for the most part that is true, but they do not sleep as much as many may think.
If you have never had any children, you really cannot imagine the amount of sleep these parents end up losing because the baby only sleeps in short intervals, and then even when the child is asleep, the slightest thing can cause them to wake up.
Most mothers have to take advantage of it when the baby naps during the day to catch up on a little rest themselves. Here we have listed 15 of those things that could disrupt the baby’s sleep, and I am sure that you may be able to come up with some of your own.
15 Room Temperature
The temperature of a room can make a big difference in the sleep patterns of a baby. If a baby is too warm or too cold, they will have trouble falling asleep, and also if they are asleep and they start to feel too warm or cold, they will wake up miserable.
It may be hard to tell exactly what you should set the temperature to in order for a baby to be comfortable enough to get to sleep or stay asleep. The perfect room temperature really changes with every individual, and with babies, it can be greatly different from ours. A warm room is better than a cold one when it comes to our tiny tots. The cold is always uncomfortable for babies, so it is best to keep the room on the warmer side.
14 Mom's Breastfeeding Diet
Breastfeeding is always recommended over bottle feeding, and there are certain foods that mom can eat that might affect the baby’s sleep. If a mother likes to consume a lot of caffeine, it will most definitely cause a disruption in the sleep pattern of your child.
Certain medications can also affect your baby’s sleep. If you are on any medication at all, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about any effects it may have on your baby. Also, talk to a pediatrician about what types of foods might disrupt the sleep patterns of your child. You may need to change a few things in your diet for the good of your baby, which in turn will help you when your child sleeps better. It’s a win-win situation.
13 Too Much Or Too Little Noise
It is a no-brainer that too much noise will wake the baby, but sometimes too little noise can disrupt their sleep also. This is why there are so many devices that help to put a child to sleep through soft noises. Some mimic the mother’s heartbeat, others have nature sounds, soft music, and many others. So babies do need some noise, but only very soft sounds.
Some babies might fall asleep if there is a lot of noise, but when they are already sleeping, sudden loud noises will startle them awake, and will usually cause them to wake up crying. Having older siblings around can often make sleeping very difficult for the little one. Unless the others are very respectful, but that is usually rare. It is always best to have a private room to keep the baby in.
12 The Baby Is Teething
When a baby starts teething it can be very hard on the parents because the child will be crying a lot and sleep will be very limited. Even once you do finally get the child to sleep, they are more than likely going to wake up crying because of pain and discomfort.
There are a number of things that you can do to help soothe them a little but nothing is 100 percent guaranteed to work. There are teething rings, gels, infant Tylenol, and there may be others that many mothers are aware of, but they will still fuss on and off, especially during sleepy time.
The most you can really do is to just give them as much comfort as you can till the pain begins to subside, and until then, nap whenever possible.
11 There's No Bedtime Routine
A regular bedtime routine is very important. Babies get used to the way you care for them every day, and as soon as you make a break in that routine, your child will pick up on it very quickly. There may be a specific time you lay them down every day and if you have to change that time before they are ready then their sleep is not going to be sound.
The baby’s routines will begin to change on their own in time, but you really need to let it happen on their own time, only when they are ready. You will know by their behavior if the same old routine is not working anymore and you need to make a change. So, until that time comes, be sure to stick to whatever is working.
A baby with colic is the worst of all to try and put to bed. If your baby has colic and you do actually get them to sleep, they will more than likely wake up quite frequently. This is a very hard thing to deal with for any mother, father or caretaker. Most parents who have a baby with colic lose more sleep than any other parent. It can be very hard on the nerves.
I know what it is like to try and put a child to sleep when they have colic. My wife and I had our grandson over for one night and he suffered from colic, and I know my wife did not sleep that night. There is very little that you can do to comfort them.
9 The Baby Feels Everything
A baby can feel every little vibration in the room. It could be the way you walk into the room, or maybe someone going out of the front door, or even the traffic outside depending on where you live. I know that at home when a car goes past my house, I can feel the floor vibrate, and when a truck goes by, my whole bed vibrates,
If an adult can be disturbed by passing traffic, then a baby who is much more sensitive than we are, will surely become annoyed by it. It would bother them the most when they are already sleeping, a sudden vibration will scare them awake and they will wake up screaming. Once a baby is scared awake, it is very hard to get them back to bed.
8 A Filled Diaper
One of the things that will wake almost any baby is a dirty diaper. This kind of interruption in sleep is expected, it is part of being a baby. The only communication a baby has in order to let you know that they are dirty is to cry. A crying baby can really work on some people’s nerves, but it is something every parent needs to except.
It is always important to change a baby's diaper as soon as you are aware of it, because leaving a child in a dirty diaper too long can cause a severe rash, not to mention if you want your baby to be happy and stop crying, you will attend to them right away as soon as they start to fuss, and then maybe they will even go back to sleep.
7 There's Too Much Light
When it comes to the lighting in a room, it is best to use a very soft light for a baby. If the room is too bright, they will have more trouble falling asleep, and if they are already asleep and you turn on a bright light, it is more than likely going to wake them up.
The same can also be true when the room is too dark. They have night lights that project stars and other moving objects above the baby because it is good to have something for the child’s eyes to follow when they're going to sleep. Some even come with very soft noises. So try to designate a room where you can keep the lights very low to put the child to sleep and where nobody will come in and turn the lights up.
6 The Baby Is A Little Too Tired
Babies need a lot of rest, but it is possible for a baby to become so tired that they have trouble falling asleep. This may sound a bit odd, I mean the entire reason for us to go to sleep is that we are tired, so how can we possibly be TOO tired to sleep? Well, I think most adults would agree that they have had time in their lives where this has happened to them; I know I have, and so it is also true for babies.
There are many things that can cause a baby not to be able to fall asleep and then they can end up extremely tired, making it even harder yet to get to sleep. This is one of the reasons that a regular routine is very important in helping you keep your child sleeping regularly.
5 A Worried Or Anxious Mom
Many mothers, especially new moms, can become overly worried about things and can suffer from anxiety issues due to their worrying. It is obviously very unhealthy for you, but it can also affect your child’s sleep pattern, because believe it or not, a baby can sense when you are anxious or worried, and this can cause them to become restless, making it very hard for them to sleep.
It is amazing how babies can pick up on things, and how they can feel when something is wrong. Obviously, you can’t just turn those feelings off when you are around your baby, but if it seems to be a problem then maybe you can learn different ways of dealing with those kinds of emotions to help you to stay a little calmer inside.
4 Change Of Caretaker
Babies know who takes care of them, and they become familiar and comfortable with certain people. If mom puts the baby to sleep every night, and then one night she needs dad to do it, the child may have a hard time falling asleep.
Any time a different person comes into the picture, the baby will sense the difference and will more than likely feel uncomfortable about it. A baby can sense everything from being held differently, to a different smell, and even a change in voice. They are extremely sensitive to change. So it is good to try and keep the same routine with the same person every day, or mom and dad could even get the child used to them switching every other day. If you start this from the very beginning, the baby will be used to it.
3 Where Does The Baby Sleep?
It is good to have one special place that you use every time you lay your baby down to sleep. Once a baby is used to a specific location, changing that location can make it hard to put the baby to sleep. Or if you leave the child at a relatives home, the change can be hard on the baby. You would think that a little baby wouldn’t really care where they are, but that is not true.
Even adults can have trouble sleeping in strange places, so I think we can understand a baby fussing in a not so familiar place. So as much as you possibly can, try to put your child to sleep in the same place every day, unless of course, it is unavoidable, in which case just do the best you can to comfort them.
2 The Baby Didn't Eat Enough
As adults, we know the feeling in our stomachs when we are hungry and we try to feed that hunger as soon as we can. A baby doesn’t have the ability to go into the kitchen and make something to eat, and they cannot yet say,"hey mom I am hungry". So of course if they are hungry, they are going to wake up crying.
The same things go when trying to put the baby down to sleep. You don’t ever try to put a hungry baby to sleep; I mean can you sleep with a hungry belly? Well, neither can your little one. Most babies will be nice and content just after eating, and that is a good time for them to nap. I know I always go to bed with a satisfied tummy.
1 Under The Weather
Having any kind of illness is hard on anyone, whether you are an adult, an adolescent, or a baby. Depending on the illness, sleeping can really become a problem. Falling asleep, staying asleep, it doesn’t matter - if you are sick you may lose plenty of rest, even though that is the one thing that is recommended when you are sick.
As hard as it is on us when we are feeling ill, it is much harder on a baby. And so, if you have a baby with any kind of illness, you can expect that their sleep will be greatly disrupted, and instead of sleeping soundly, they will do more crying than anything else. My wife will tell you that I, myself, am quite the crybaby myself when I am sick.
Sources: westynbaby.com, mommydiaries.me