|What is it that wakes the baby so often at night?
The main reason for babies waking at night is that they
are hungry. They have small stomachs and mostly cannot get
through a night without feeding until they are a few months
old. Most take much longer than that. That is why it is
important that baby gets plenty of feeds during the day,
in order to reduce the chance of hunger during the night.
A good policy is to wake baby for a good feed right at the
time that you go to bed. This should ensure that you get
a good stretch of sleep right away.
Having said that, there are many reasons why a baby wakes
at night. With very tiny babies, they are naturally quite
restless sleepers and also have strong startle reflexes.
So it is not uncommon for a newborn to physically wake himself
up, often with a nasty fright! That is one of the reasons
that swaddling helps babies to sleep better. Even if they
are not swaddled, they should be nicely tucked into their
beds to reduce the chance of this type of waking. This is
also related to the baby’s temperature. Baby needs
to warm enough but not so bundled up that he overheats and
Obviously a wet nappy is another reason that babies wake
up. It is worth trying a few strategies here, to ensure
that you reduce the chance of baby’s nappy waking
him. Double cloth nappies are one idea. Extra absorbent
liners are another. There are super absorbent disposables
on the market that might also be worth a try.
Babies have such tiny noses that they get snuffly very
easily and so dry air can often cause a baby enough discomfort
to wake the baby. It may be worth investing in a humidifier
in order to keep the air in baby’s sleeping environment
a bit moist.
Anything that calms your baby at bedtime will help with
sleep. Bedtime routine should be fixed so that the familiar
songs and activities naturally lead the baby into a sleepy
state. Try a tiny drop of lavender oil next to baby’s
head helps keep the nose clear and is also conducive to
Sleep - Altered sleep routine
Sleep - Appropriate
sleep routines (Jacqui Flint advises)
Sleep - Background
Sleep - Dealing
with Catnapping (Author Erica Neser advises)
Sleep - Darkened
Sleep - Night
Sleep - Sighing
Sleep - Sleep routines for Baby (Author Erica Neser advises)
Sleep - Surviving Co-sleeping (Author Erica Neser advises)
Sleep - Toddler Sleep Problems (Author Erica Neser advises)