Is your baby fighting sleep? It is bedtime but for some reason you little one is crying and not wanting to go to sleep. This can be extremely stressful for a parent to deal with.
There are lots of reasons why your baby could be fighting sleep.
Your baby could be overtired – There is usually a timeframe where your baby could doze off and if you miss this timeframe then your baby could simply be too tired to fall asleep easily. It is important to allow a baby to fall asleep when they need to. If you try to keep them up for longer to try and get a full night sleep it can work against you and they can end up being too tired to sleep.
Your baby might not be tired enough for a sleep –Babies tend to sleep when they need it and it is unlikely that a baby has had too much sleep. As babies grow in to toddlers they require less sleep time and more awake time. It could be that your toddler can get through the odd day without a nap or that they could be too excited by their surroundings to have a nap.
Your baby could be going through separation anxiety – Separation anxiety usually starts at around 9 or 10 months and can continue until your baby is 2 years old. Your baby does not want to be away from you and they link going to bed as being in their own room on their own and know if they fall asleep they won’t be with you.
Tips to stop your baby fighting sleep
Your baby could be fighting sleep for any of the reasons above therefore you need to ensure that you time bedtime right. You may need to move bedtime later or earlier.
Discover a nap routine
As your baby gets older you may need to introduce an established nap time to ensure that your little one does not get overtired from all the play or have too much sleep in the day.
Adjust your babies feeding and nap times
Sometimes it is just worth fiddling around with your babies feeding and sleeping time to get an idea of what works best.
Ensure there is a different atmosphere in the daytime compared to the night time
It is important that when it is daytime everything is noisy and the TV is on, you hoover and talk as much as possible even if your baby is napping then at night time things should begin to calm down for your baby, perhaps turn the volume down a little on the TV and talk a little quieter this will keep you baby calm and get him or her to settle down a little easier.
Give your little one enough space
Give enough space to your baby so that they don’t become to needy and also to allow them to self sooth and be comfortable on their own.
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