How to cure the sleepless nights of your baby or babies

Sleepless nights

A baby who has trouble sleeping can cause many problems within the family household. The lack of sleep increases the irritability between family members, with parents snapping at older children and each other for no real reason and thus arguments occur when they need not.

It is therefore very important to find the cause of your baby's sleep problem as soon as you possible can, not only for your baby's sake but also for your own sanity.

There are many causes for babies having trouble sleeping, some can be dealt with easily, while others need a bit more detective work.

Most babies should start sleeping through the night between 8 and 12 weeks, obviously as all babies are different, some may sleep through quicker some longer.

It is nice when they sleep
It is nice when they sleep

Why is your baby not sleeping when you put it to bed?

If your baby is not sleeping through the night then you should look at the overall situation,

  1. Have you just moved them into a cot or a junior bed?
  2. Have they just gone into their own room after being with you for some length of time?
  3. Have you moved house?
  4. Has there been something happen within the family to cause an unsettled feeling i.e. a death to close family member?

All of these things are enough to unsettle a baby at night.

Good baby Sleeping tips

One of the best ways to help your baby sleep at night is to have a very good bedtime routine. This should start the same time every night, and should follow the same pattern. For example;

  1. 6.30pm bath/shower
  2. 7pm a little play with quiet toys
  3. 7.15pm story time, maybe 1 or 2 small books
  4. 7.30pm lights out, kiss, cuddle and tell them ‘sleep tight and see you in the morning’ and maybe get them to cuddle their favourite teddy

Any method such as this should work as well as any other baby sleeping tip

Books to help you get your child to sleep

Sleep disorders

A baby waking in the night

When a newborn first arrives on the scene you expect to be woken 2-3 times during the night, with this gradually decreasing as you get baby into a better sleeping routine. However when an older child/toddler starts waking 2-3 times in the night for no apparent reason or generally showing a total lack of sleep, it can be very annoying for the parent, and in turn you end up with a very tired toddler and parent.

So again you find yourself looking at the big picture and asking simple questions,

  1. Are they cutting teeth? Remember a child can still be cutting teeth at the 2-3 years of age!
  2. Are they still in a cot? It may be possible that the cot is now getting too small and they are waking themselves when they move in the night.
  3. Have you just moved them into a child size bed? It is possible that they feel insecure by the amount of round that they have around them. Perhaps fill their bed with their favourite teddies.
  4. Are they waking up wet with nappies leaking? This can be very uncomfortable for the child and you should be thinking about maybe cutting back drinks before bed and just allowing them to have their milk at bedtime. Or if they do not drink too much maybe you need to look at larger nappies for during the night, or even a different brand. They are all cut and fit slightly differently.
  5. Have you started potty training but still have them in nappies during the night? If so this could be there way of telling you that they need a wee during the night.
  6. Are they asking for a drink of juice every time they wake? If so, and you usually give your child diluted squash it could be that they are actually craving for the squash. Be brave and strong and just give them water for during the night and during the day dilute the squash so water only just changes colour.
  7. Are they having a growth spurt and waking hungry? If so perhaps they need a more filling evening meal, meat/vegetarian option with vegetables, or maybe a pasta dish, followed by a filling pudding i.e. rice pudding, fresh fruit with any yoghurt. You could always give your child something simple to eat while you are reading a story and they are drinking their milk i.e. breadsticks or small piece of toast/bread and butter.

 Once you have considered all of the options above hopefully you can solve the problem of why your child is waking. However if things are still not working remember that the health service is there to help and you can turn to your local doctor or health visitor for advice. This is not just happening to you even though you may think it is. There are many other reasons why a child may not sleep.

However, if all else fails do not allow your child to sleep with you in your bed as this will encourage them to wake, knowing that they can do get into your bed. Another favourite that should not be allowed is sleeping in their room, as this is not teaching them to sleep on their own. The only exception to this rule would be if your child is ill and needs checking regularly.

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PartickPaul 8 months ago

Thanks for your Hub, thats some really good advices!

I've let some music flow in her room, when we wanted to put our little girl to sleep, which worked great, combined with a sleeping routine.

We've chosen some music from this channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bYzeIsDlfg&index=...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDjHOScOgMs&index=...

Maybe it could help your little children too, if you need.

Again, very good HUb!


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nasus loops 5 years ago from Fenland Author

Thanks for dropping by Kelly. I am pleased you liked the hub. You can never read to much and get to many ideas on how to tackle the sleep problem with babies.


Kelly Watson 5 years ago

Great hub! I have a one month old baby girl and I find myself being stress putting my baby into sleep through the night.For mom's having this kind of problem, you can get more idea on how to help your baby sleep well and sleep safe. Try to check this out, maybe it could help you too. http://snoozingbaby.com


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nasus loops 6 years ago from Fenland Author

Thanks for your comment Renee. This is a good point that you mention regarding the crib mattress. Overheating a baby is very dangerous so doing things that help to avoid this situation are vital. Plastic covers also do rattle which can cause restlessness when trying to sleep.


Renee Pendergrass 6 years ago

Making sure the room is an ambient is key. Also crib mattresses with plastic outers can cause babies to overheat and be restless.


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nasus loops 6 years ago from Fenland Author

Hi ddsurfsca. Thanks for dropping by and reading my hub. It is interesting to hear that your son still does not like sleeping at night 33years on. I am pleased you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your comments.


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ddsurfsca 6 years ago from ventura., california

This hub brought back memories...my oldest boy did not want to sleep nights for the whole first yr. of his life. He could not be kept awake past 5 pm and would sleep soundly until 11 pm and then want to be up and play all night. It was horrible. He is now 33 yrs old. Would you believe he is a night owl? He still does not like to sleep nights.


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nasus loops 6 years ago from Fenland Author

@al_masculine. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my hub. I am pleased you liked it.


al_masculine 6 years ago

beautiful hub....

I am happy to read it. Hoping to read more of your hubs..


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nasus loops 6 years ago from Fenland Author

I wrote this hub in the hope that it would be useful to other mothers, as there really is not much out there in plain english to help new mums (talking from experience). Thanks for your comment grannygoodearth.


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grannygoodearth 6 years ago from Midwest

Very good article! It is very helpful for parents of babies that aren't sleeping well at night.


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nasus loops 6 years ago from Fenland Author

Thanks for the comment, maybe I will try to do something similar to help other people in similar situations.


Miss Take 6 years ago

This is limited to only a small number of people.... i.e. mums with young babies, maybe that is why it has not been viewed much. Brought back memories to me anyway, enjoyed the read.


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nasus loops 6 years ago from Fenland Author

Thank you for your comment. Routine is generally the best way of dealing with this problem. It could at his age be a teething issue as well, so you could try some teething gel, or a substitute before he goes to sleep.


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JustSimple info 6 years ago from Puget Sound

I like this hub, i have a 7 month old that doesn't like to sleep... Great Hub

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