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Why Babies Cry at Night & How to Soothe Them

Updated: Nov 14, 2022



Introduction

Babies cry at night, and it can be a challenge to know how to soothe them. Fortunately, there are lots of options available, including feeding your baby before putting her down for the night.

Why do babies cry at night?

Like adults, babies have to eat and sleep. However, the way that they do this differs from adults. Babies wake up often because they have small stomachs and can only eat a few ounces of food at a time.

Hunger is not the only thing that keeps infants awake at night. Anxiety, discomfort or illness all contribute to baby's midnight wakings, as well as teething which may cause pain for your little one around bedtime or nap time if their gums are sore and swollen (or even when you're just trying to get them down for a nap).

The most important thing is to recognize what may be causing your baby's nighttime crying so you can help them feel more comfortable and go back to sleep faster once again

Newborns wake up often because they have small stomachs and can only eat a few ounces of food at a time.

Newborns wake up often because they have small stomachs and can only eat a few ounces of food at a time. This means that your baby may need to eat every 2-4 hours during the day, which can cause them to wake up more frequently than older children. Many newborns also are not used to sleeping alone, so if you're breastfeeding, you might consider trying some ways of getting your little one used to falling asleep without being held first—like swaddling or rocking—before putting him down for the night.

Newborns wake up often because they need to be held. Perhaps the most important factor in why babies cry at night is simply that they want their parents close by! If you feel like this is happening with your newborn, don't worry: it's completely normal and will pass over time as he gets older and more independent (and gains control over his bladder).

Hunger is not the only thing that keeps babies awake at night.

Another common culprit of nighttime crying is hunger. Babies feed often during the day, and their stomachs are much smaller than an adult’s; it’s unrealistic to expect a baby to last until morning without eating. However, hunger is not the only thing that keeps babies awake at night.

Babies have a hard time controlling their body temperature, so they are often cold in the middle of the night (and parents find themselves waking up multiple times to put on extra blankets). Additionally, babies can wake up when they are sick or teething—or if there is something else bothering them (such as a full diaper). Babies cannot communicate these needs well with words or gestures; instead, they cry or fuss until their parent notices and helps them resolve whatever issue has arisen. Finally, small stomachs mean that even one feeding does not leave much room for error before another feeding must occur soon thereafter!


Babies need to be held and cuddled, especially if it's their first time away from their primary caregiver.

Babies need to be held and cuddled, especially if it's their first time away from their primary caregiver.

Babies are comforted by the warmth and closeness of another person. They need to feel safe, secure and loved. This can only happen when they are in arms of someone who loves them, someone familiar.

Baby sleep patterns change as they grow, so what works as a sleep aid today might not work tomorrow.

As your baby grows, so will their sleep patterns. As they get older and more active, it can be harder to get them down at night. This is normal! There are many factors that play into how long and well a baby sleeps at night (and during the day). What worked as a sleep aid today might not work tomorrow; you need to find what works for you and your baby. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, or even the second time. Baby sleep patterns change as they grow, so what works as a sleep aid today might not work tomorrow

What are some ways to soothe baby?

  • Sing to baby. Singing is a great way to soothe babies. It can help them feel secure and safe, as well as help them fall asleep faster.

  • Pat baby's back or stomach gently with one hand while holding him securely with your other arm, keeping his head tilted forward slightly so you don't accidentally choke him by pressing too hard on his neck.

  • Rock baby in your arms until he falls asleep or at least relaxes enough for you to place him down safely in the crib without waking him up again.* Wrap tightly in a blanket and pat gently (this is similar to swaddling). White noise machines are also helpful because they create background noise that helps lull babies into sleep mode.* Feeding should only be done when necessary—after all, it won't do anything if your baby's already full!

It's important to remember that there is no wr

ong way to soothe your baby, but there are some things you can try to make it easier for everyone.

It's important to remember that there is no wrong way to soothe your baby, but there are some things you can try to make it easier for everyone. Babies aren't robots and won't automatically stop crying when you do something that worked before. Everyone has different personalities and ways of doing things, so try different methods until you find one that works best for both of you.

For example, if patting your baby on the back doesn't help him fall asleep, try rocking him instead or giving him a bottle of warm milk with sugar dissolved in it (this will make him feel sleepy). If these don't work either then just relax—you'll figure out what works eventually!

Singing songs is one of the oldest tricks in the book for soothing fussy babies.

Singing songs is one of the oldest tricks in the book for soothing fussy babies. It can help them relax, fall asleep, stay asleep, or go back to sleep when they wake up at night.

  • "Hush Little Baby" is a classic that almost everyone knows how to sing, and it's been cited as one of the most popular lullabies since it was first published in 1885. The song's simple rhythm makes it easy for your baby to follow along with you while you hum or sing out loud.

  • Another good option is "You Are My Sunshine," which has been around since before 1940 and was originally recorded by Charles Mitchell & His Georgia On My Mind Jazz Band (with vocals by Mary Lou Williams). It'll be familiar if your child has heard it before — but even if he hasn't heard this particular version before, he'll still find comfort in its familiar tune and words!

If you don't feel like singing yourself, try putting on soft music or nature sounds instead.

You don't have to be a great singer if you want to sing lullabies. The important part is the feeling behind your singing, not the quality of your voice. Even if you just hum softly and slowly, this can be soothing for both you and your baby. If you feel more comfortable with music or nature sounds in the background, try putting on some soft music or nature sounds as well as singing.

If none of these techniques work for you, try taking a warm bath together at night and then cuddling on the couch while watching something on TV or reading a book together before bedtime.

Patting or rocking baby gently can have a calming effect, too, as long as you're being safe while doing it.

You can also try to calm a fussy baby by patting or rocking him or her gently. You'll want to make sure you are holding the baby securely, though, so that he or she doesn't slip out of your hands and get hurt. You don't want to shake the baby, or bounce them up and down too quickly or too slowly. In general, it's best not to overdo any soothing techniques—in other words, keep pats and rocking light rather than vigorous—but don't underdo it either!

White noise has been shown to help people of all ages relax, including infants.

White noise is a sound that masks other noises. It's often used to help babies sleep, but it can also help adults and people who are hard of hearing. White noise may help soothe your baby into a restful slumber by providing a constant noise that blocks out other distracting sounds in the home, such as loud voices or household appliances like the vacuum cleaner.

If your baby doesn't seem to like being patted or rocked, try wearing her in a sling or wrap.

If your baby doesn't seem to like being patted or rocked, try wearing her in a sling or wrap.

Wearing your baby can be convenient and useful if you want to be able to do other things while holding your baby. For example, wearing your baby while you're cooking dinner means that she'll be close by and won't need constant attention. And if she's sleeping soundly in her carrier, she won't fuss or wake up every time you turn on the stove's burners!

You can use wraps for newborns as well as older babies. This makes them a great choice for parents who want to carry their children around without having to lug around bulky carriers that are too big for their small frames—which also means they're ideal when traveling by plane since they're lightweight enough not to weigh down luggage limits!


Feeding baby can also help her fall back asleep.

Feeding baby can also help her fall back asleep. Newborns often have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep because they’re not yet able to regulate their own hunger, so they’re more likely to wake up during the night hungry.

  • Feed your baby before putting her down for bedtime—not after she has already fallen asleep or while she is crying. When it's time for sleep, try placing your baby in a dark room alone with no extra stimulation, such as an eye cover or music playing softly in the background; this way you're helping get her into a routine of going down for bed without any distractions (like being fed).

  • Don't feed your newborn if she has been fully satiated from feeding earlier that day; feeding frequently throughout the day will cause too much food in her stomach at once which could make her uncomfortable and cause gas pains during sleep time later on (yikes!).

Conclusion

Babies cry for many reasons, but it's important to remember that there is no wrong way to soothe your baby. The best thing you can do is try different techniques and see what works best for both of you. In the end, if all else fails, just remember that babies need love above everything else!


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