When most people hear “parenthood,” they also hear the phrase “sleep deprivation.” It isn’t a secret that children might not sleep as much as they should and that getting your child on a good sleep schedule can be difficult. If your child is struggling overnight, then chances are you’ll be the one awake with them losing sleep as well. Don’t get stuck wondering, “Why is my child not sleeping through the night?” any longer! Here are some tips that can help solve your dilemma.
- Try to institute a consistent routine
If your child’s bedtime starts off rocky, the rest of night probably won’t go well. Their bedtime routine should be consistent – at least in the general style and activities that you engage in – regardless of which parent puts them to bed. Start a bedtime routine as early as 8 weeks. Babies love repetition and consistency, it helps them feel safe and more relaxed.
- Read up on how much sleep your child needs
Not every age needs the same amount of sleep. Just like they go through stages in other parts of their life, they’ll go through stages with sleep as well. This is why newborns can sleep for up to 16 to 20 hours a day and toddlers need less (even though they still need a minimum of 10 uninterrupted hours of sleep at night). Do your best to keep up with your reading on this stage (along with all the others!). We know it can be tough, but it can help ease the troubles you’re having overnight. Always remember that sleep begets sleep!
- Learn to recognize your child’s sleepy cues
Another issue that parents often have is knowing when to put their child to sleep if they’re not sleeping through the night. Although it might seem tempting to put them to sleep later if they aren’t sleeping through the night, hoping that they will be so tired they will sleep more, but it doesn’t work that way! You want to start by observing them closely between 7 pm and 8 pm to see if you can catch their “sleepy cues.” If they have consistent signs, such as yawning, eye rubbing or getting seemingly “spaced-out”, begin your bedtime routine immediately. This way, you’ll be able to catch their body when it’s naturally ready to sleep in that cycle, and it will be easier for them to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Visit your child’s doctor to check for reflux or any underlying medical condition.
Be sure to check with your doctor just in case your child might have reflux. If you have a baby or toddler who was sleeping through the night and now isn’t, you may be experiencing a regression due to reflux. Keep in mind that a child can suffer from reflux even if they don’t vomit or spit up. Once you have more information about a diagnosis, you can start to address the symptoms and take away anything that agitates the condition (like a night time feeding right before lying them down!).
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