It’s night time and your baby has had a long day. He has played with his teddy bear, laughed with his Daddy and made a mess on the floor with all that he could lay his hands on. After so much activity, sleep time should be smooth sailing, right? Well, Moms know better! The problem of babies crying into the night is not a new one but definitely very distressing for moms.
When Rakhi was upset about her baby crying for hours every night, our SOS Moms not only helped allay her fears but also gave splendid solutions to her problem.
Mom Neha Gaurav perfectly identifies the possible reasons your baby could be crying at night (and yes, there are several!): “Generally during initial months some babies cries due to colic pain, reason of which is still not known. However there could be various other reasons also which makes them uncomfortable like hunger, overclothing, temperature difference of environment.” If the problem is colic pain, Neha suggests that drops like colicaid and neopeptine can work. Else, tried and tested solutions like rocking your baby, cuddling, or a good body massage before sleep time can do wonders.
While sleep time crying is normal in babies, there may sometimes be a need for medical advice. Shipra Vishwanath says that if nothing seems to be working, you may try either gripe water or 3-5 drops of “badishep arka”. She recommends administering this solution upto 3-4 times every day.
Did you know that the wrong clothing could also be a reason behind your baby’s crying? Chetana Suvarna Ganatra suggests moms to keep a check on whether their baby is getting over or under dressed. She corrects the common but erroneous perception that babies have to be in a warm condition, even if the current climate is already too warm. The little ones need to be dressed comfortably or else they are sure to get moody.
Sometimes, the trick behind a peaceful sleep-time for baby is very simple: let your baby sleep on their stomach! Mom Sandhya Lal has this interesting idea: “Sing a song that will soothe little one down. Or try and talk to the baby when she/he is sleeping on your stomach. Has always worked with both my babies.” After all, Mom’s comforting words can never fail!
So the next time you are worried about your baby crying, remember that she is still trying to come to terms with the BIG world. From over-stimulus to hunger to random moods, there are plenty of usually harmless reasons behind the crying. Just use the handy solutions given by our SOS Moms and remember, there’s nothing that Mommy cannot put right!
A big thank you to all the wonderful mommies who helped Rakhi out:
Shipra Vishwanath, Sandhya Lal, Chetana Suvarna Ganatra, Neha Gaurav
Sleep problems are one of the most common issues parents face with kids. Some children have chronic sleep problems and many are actually going through their days sleep deprived. If you too are facing such issues with your child’s sleeping patterns, read on for some information to alter the way your kid sleeps at night.
Bedtime Curtain Calls
Kids generally make bedtime curtain calls for many reasons. You can’t force them to stay in bed. However, it is a good idea to talk to them over these visits to your room.
Most bedtime curtain calls generally occur because kids are afraid of the dark. You can make them less frequent by helping your child deal with their fears or putting a night light in their room.
Make sure not to give solids to your kids before the age of 6 months. In fact, if you are giving your baby solids before they turn 6 months, their system will not be able to digest it completely, making their sleep pattern worsen due to colic and tummy ache.
Moreover, for babies that eat solids, it is a good idea to keep a gap before the child’s meal and sleeping time as a baby with indigestion is not likely to sleep throughout the night due to tummy discomfort.
Nightmares are common among kids between the ages of five to ten. At this age, children start getting a wider sense of the world and little worries can play on their little minds.
Watching unsuitable movies and serials can lead to scary dreams or nightmares which would definitely disturb their sleep. Avoid watching scary movies, even those made for kids, before bedtime. Make sure you discuss such fears with them and try to figure out what really is troubling them.
Separation anxiety is another major problem for kids under three years of age which forces them to cry at night. By 9 months or so, they learn that their parents exist even if they can’t see them.
Nevertheless, kids start building their inner confidence only after the age of three. Waking up in the night mostly decreases quickly after this period.
Many kids end up waking up in the night because they don’t have a fixed bedtime routine. Ensure, you set up a bedtime routine and stick to it every single day. This would help your child’s body and mind get ready for bed and increase the chances of them sleeping through the night.
Lastly, make sure that you tuck your child in. Spend some quality time and communicate with your child when you are putting him or her to sleep. Try reading a story or singing a lullaby and allow them to tell you about what’s going on in their minds so as to relax them. Following the above tips should surely change the way your child sleeps at night.
So how have you dealt with your child’s sleep problems? Do share with us in the comments below.
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