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5 REASONS YOUR BABY WILL NOT SLEEP

Updated: Nov 13, 2022

Introduction

If you have a baby and are having trouble getting her to sleep, you're not alone. Many parents of infants will tell you they've experienced the same issues. The reasons why your baby won't sleep vary from one child to the next—some babies have colic, while others have reflux or other digestive problems—but there are common issues that most babies deal with at this age. As your baby grows and develops, she'll start sleeping more consistently (and more deeply) at night. But until then? Here are five things that might be keeping her awake:

1) Naps Are Too Long

It’s important to know how long a nap should be, as well as how long your child should take naps in general.

  • A newborn: 15 minutes

  • 6 months old: 20 minutes

  • 1 year old: 30-45 minutes (maximum)

  • 2 years old: 60-90 minutes (maximum)

Although it varies from child to child, if your baby is napping for longer than 15 minutes at a time, then you have likely hit the end of their sleep cycle. If your baby sleeps longer than that at night as well, then it may be possible that they are too tired to stay awake during the day

If this happens, you will need to adjust their schedule so that they are awake more often. If they nap too much or take longer than 15 minutes at a time, then your baby may develop sleep cycles that make it difficult for them to stay awake during the day. If your child's sleep cycle is out of whack and they are too tired during the day, then it is possible that they could be overstimulated.


2) Too Many Transitions

Babies are little and don’t understand that they are moving from one place to another.

Babies can't understand why you are moving them, so it's hard for babies to understand that they are moving from one place to another.

It is very stressful on babies when they have to transition a lot, so try not to overstimulate your baby!

The average length of a nap depends on your child's age. A newborn should nap for no more than 15 minutes, while a 1-year-old should take at least 30 to 45 minutes. By the time they are 2, children should be taking 60 to 90-minute naps. Babies are little and don’t understand why you are moving them. Your baby has no idea what's going on, so it's hard for babies to understand that they are moving from one place to another. It is very stressful on babies when they have to transition a lot, so try not to overstimulate your baby!.

3) Baby Sleeps Only While Being Held

It's important to remember that your baby is not able to fall asleep on their own. This can be a very difficult concept for new parents, especially because they want nothing more than for their child to rest comfortably and peacefully. It can also be confusing when you see other babies sleeping soundly in their cribs or bassinets, when your own baby refuses to stay put but instead wants constant attention from you.

If you're wondering why this is happening and what it means, don't worry! Here are five common reasons why your baby won't sleep:

* Your baby is not able to fall asleep without being held. This is because babies need constant security and support from their parents, which means they'll often demand to be cuddled or rocked before going down for an extended nap.

* Your baby is not able to fall asleep without being swaddled. Swaddling provides comfort and safety, as well as warmth, which helps babies stay calm during periods of sleep deprivation. Your little one might also feel more secure while they're wrapped tightly in soft fabrics.


4) Not Enough Daytime Feedings

You might be tempted to think that if you feed your baby when they are fussy and crying, they will be able to sleep better at night. This may not be the case. In fact, too many daytime feedings can cause your baby to become too hungry and therefore keep them awake at night as well. The key is to only feed your baby when they are hungry so that they don't become dependent on eating throughout the day. If you have a fussy infant who cries all day long, it is possible that he or she is not getting enough food during the day and may need some help from other sources such as infant formula or even just water.

If your baby cries all day long, don't be surprised if they end up sleeping less at night. When their stomachs are full and their tummies are working overtime, they tend to get tired earlier than usual. Some babies sleep better when they have a full stomach before bedtime but others may not feel like eating right away after feeding time during the day. If you notice that your little one is still crying for food in the middle of the night even though he or she ate earlier


5) Over-tiredness

Over-tiredness, or over-tiredness in a baby, is the result of being unable to sleep well. If a baby doesn't get enough sleep, they will be overtired and unable to sleep well. This causes them to be more tired and even more likely to have trouble sleeping.

The good news is that there are things you can do to help your child get better sleep:

  • Make sure that your child gets enough rest each day. Your pediatrician might recommend naps and bedtimes based on their age and development; if so follow these guidelines closely as much as possible! If not then try keeping them up until 7pm (if they go down at 7am) before putting them into bed around 8:30pm (you may need an hour or two of quiet time first). You should then wake them up around 6am after which they can eat breakfast before going back down again until 9am-10am when mommy returns home from work/school/daycare etc...

If you want your baby to get better sleep, then make sure they are not overtired! If they are constantly overtired, it will be harder for them to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can lead to a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation.

Conclusion

If you have a baby who doesn't sleep, it's important to recognize that there are many reasons and solutions. If you're having trouble deciding which solution is right for your family, consider talking with an expert or taking some time to find out more about each option. You may be surprised by how much easier things get once you start narrowing down your choices!

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