That time with a newborn baby at home is one of the most electrifyingly intense periods during the whole of parenthood. It doesn’t matter if this is your first baby, or baby number six. No matter how experienced you are, very little can actually prepare you for the reality of bringing a baby home for the first time. And sleep? Yes, that’s the one thing we all focus on in the early days. And for good reason. Here is a new little person who insists on disturbing our sleep night after night, so of course its going to be an issue. But newborn babies are supposed to wake up, right? Well, yes. But it’s not just an empty tummy that could be waking them, so that means there could be something you can do to try and get some more sleep. Read on to find how five reasons why your newborn baby isn’t sleeping…
Even newborn babies can become over tired, and when they do it can be difficult to persuade them to go to sleep! All you can really do here is to pay close attention to the length of time your baby is awake for, and to look out for sleep cues. As soon as you spot them, its time for sleep!
Forget all the brightly coloured and joyfully musical toys. Your newborn baby cannot cope! Over stimulation is another top reason why she might be finding it hard to sleep, so make sure you keep things as low key as possible. Not too many visitors, don’t pass her around like a parcel and remember to take your cues from your baby. If she is fusing, crying, looking away or growing stressed then its likely she is over stimulated and you need to bring it all right back down. Don’t get into her face and ask others to respect this too. An over stimulated baby will find it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep too.
Ah, the Moro Reflex, otherwise known as the startle reflex. This is nature’s way of protecting the human race, believe it or not. The Moro Reflex stems from the cave man baby’s need to cling to a parent at all times. The reflex supposedly meant that if baby loosened her grip, she would be startled into clinging on once more. These days though, it can be a fairly annoying remnant that actually wakes your baby up! The best way to combat the reflex is to swaddle your baby. Read more about that here.
If your newborn baby is uncomfortable, she won’t be able to sleep. So although it can be harder to spot, once you eliminate whatever is annoying your baby, you will help her to settle for sleep once more. Whether its a wet nappy or the room is too cold, hopefully it won’t be too hard to figure out!
Separation from YOU
Sometimes your newborn baby just needs you. Wants you. And that is completely normal. Touch is one of the most basic of human needs, and when your baby is in the midst of the fourth trimester there is a very good chance that a cuddle is all she wants to drift back to sleep again. Enjoy it while you can.