Newborn Won't Sleep: 10 Reasons Why They Aren't Sleeping

Newborns are like these extra adorable little human beings who honestly don’t do all that much. They eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, and cry. Although newborns don’t do much, they are a lot of work. It may feel like the only time new parents get a break is when their little one is sleeping. And if the baby isn’t sleeping, parents don’t get their much-needed break. Sometimes it’s easy for moms and dads to figure out why their newborn isn’t sleeping, and other times it can prove to be quite tricky. At times, it could be something as simple as the baby is hungry or needs to be changed, but sometimes there could be more going on such as the baby being overstimulated. Continue reading to see 10 reasons why the newborn isn’t sleeping.

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10 The Baby Is Overstimulatioed

Overstimulation can happen when there is a lot going on for the baby. When parents want their newborn to sleep, it would be a good idea to do something relaxing with the baby before laying them down to sleep for the night. Mom or dad can even try giving their little one a relaxing bath before bedtime and incorporate that into their nighttime routine. It’s never too early to start a routine with babies. They even sell lavender scented baby body wash that may be beneficial.

9 The Baby Is Too Hot Or Too Cold

Just like with older children and even adults, when the bedroom is too hot or cold it can make falling asleep feel almost impossible. So, it is only natural that if a newborn gets too hot or too cold that it would make falling and staying asleep difficult for them as well. According to Parents.com, an excellent temperature for your newborns’ bedroom would be anywhere between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s summer, something closer to the 65 degrees may be more desirable while in the winter perhaps closer to the 70-degree mark.

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8 The Baby Has Acid Reflux

If your baby has GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and has been having issues falling and staying asleep, acid reflux may be the culprit that has been keeping your baby awake at all hours of the night. If you suspect that this could be the reason your baby has turned into an irritable insomniac, you should try to keep your baby awake and positioned upright for at least 30 minutes after every feeding before laying your little one down for a nap or bedtime.

7 The Baby Is Hungry

One common reason that newborns may not be sleeping at night, could be a simple fact that they are hungry. Newborns eat a lot, but then again, they have such tiny tummies that they aren’t eating nearly as much as it would appear. It’s more so the frequency that they eat that makes it seem like it’s a lot. If you are nursing your little one, for their first month of life, they should be eating generally 8 to 12 times a day. If you are bottle-feeding your newborn, they should be getting a bottle about every 2 to 3 hours. If you are feeding your baby before putting them to bed, you should wait to put them to sleep until at least 30 minutes after their last feeding to help prevent acid reflux.

6 The Baby Is Overtired

When babies get overtired, they can oftentimes get very irritable and crazy resulting in them refusing to take a nap or even go to sleep. Naps are very important for newborns and young children. Newborns under 6 weeks of age, should be napping at least 3 to 5 times a day in order for them to get a good amount of sleep at night. As the baby gets older, the number of naps they will need in a day will decrease. By the time the baby turns 4-months-old, they should only need 3 naps a day. If you skip your baby’s naps, there is a good chance you can forget about getting any sleep yourself at night.

5 The Baby Needs A Diaper Change

If your baby is not sleeping at night, a simple solution could possibly be that your baby just needs a diaper change. If your little one is getting fussy at night, just peek inside their diaper and see if it is time for a change. Babies tend to tinkle up to 20 times a day, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their diaper has to be changed that many times too. A general rule would be to change your little one’s diaper every 2-3 hours, or anytime they have a bowel movement.

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4 The Baby Needs A Sleep Prop

If you can’t figure out why your baby isn’t sleeping and you have tried the basics, it could be that your baby needs a sleep prop. A sleep prop is something that your baby finds comfort in which makes it easy enough for them to fall asleep. It could be something as simple as the fact that your baby is used to being rocked before falling asleep. If that is the case, you can go ahead and try rocking your baby a little bit to try to get them to fall asleep for you.

3 The Baby Has Colic

Colic is something that can happen to any healthy and happy baby and can generally be the worst when the child is between 4 and 6-weeks old. If you can’t find any reason for your baby having issues falling asleep and they also appear to be very irritable, fussy, and have been crying for several hours, there is a chance that your baby may be colicky.

If this is the case, according to Familydoctor.org, there is not much you can do. However, you can try making sure that your child’s basic needs are met and you can also try rocking your baby or giving them a bath to try to soothe them. It may be one of those things that you have to wait out.

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2 The Baby Is Physically Uncomfortable

When we are uncomfortable, sleep can feel almost impossible. The same goes for babies. When they are physically uncomfortable, it can challenge their sleep as well. If you can’t figure out why your little one isn’t sleeping and all their basic needs are met, try repositioning your child.

Newborns should only be placed on their backs to sleep, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t reposition them so that they are still sleeping on their backs. Make sure the baby’s sleeping area is also a decent temperature to give them all-around comfort.

1 The Baby Is Gassy

If your baby seems a little fussy on top of not being able to sleep and all their basic needs are met, gas could be causing your little one some discomfort and making it hard for them to get some rest. If you suspect that your baby is just gassy, even if you already burped your baby, you can try burping them again. The goal would be to get the baby to pass gas any way the can. You can also try just rubbing your baby’s back and tummy or pumping their legs to see if they can produce some gas as well.

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