Newborn Won’t Sleep
Family members, friends, and co-workers all have opinions and suggestions on why your newborn won’t sleep. Along with their advice are tips on how to help your newborn to sleep better.
Many new parents still follow adages that their parents used, like allowing the baby to cry themselves to sleep. There is also the idea of putting cereal into their formula if you are not breastfeeding.
How about the rule that says you should keep the baby up as late as possible when your newborn won’t sleep? Yes, everyone has their own ideas about babies and their sleeping habits.
The truth is that each baby has its own internal rhythmic clock, even though they don’t yet know the difference between night and day. Below are proven trial and error tips by parents and professionals that may help to address why your newborn won’t sleep and how to help them sleep:
1. Bedtime Routine
A newborn won’t sleep well because it generally takes a few weeks to adjust to life outside the womb. Their existence is all about eating and sleeping. If this is interrupted then a newborn won’t sleep. Monitor your infant’s longest sleeping time. This will make it easier to create a sleeping routine.
After the baby is a few weeks old and if the baby only sleeps a couple of hours each night, start a bedtime routine at least a half an hour before they usually get sleepy. Set an ambiance for the baby to get used to:
- Feed them right before putting them to bed
- Make sure that the diaper is clean
- Dim the lights
- Noise level should be minimal and at low tones
- Gently swaddle and rock them by singing or using other soft sounds
Babies will naturally assimilate to this bedtime process. Amazingly they develop memory recognition that this is the time to sleep longer and will soon become quite comfortable with it.
2. Baby Naps
When your newborn won’t sleep and neither can you, try this method. Let the baby sleep during the day if they want to. Use this time to get the rhythm of when they feed and nap. Rock them to sleep or if you breastfeed, let them feed until they fall asleep.
When the newborn won’t sleep, it is alright to encourage the baby to take daytime naps. Napping is an important health process for the baby. When babies nap during the day, it allows them to rest and not become so fussy at night. Yes, babies become tired by moving around and learning sounds and sights around them.
Napping is a vital part of their biological growth and development. When your newborn won’t sleep, please do not follow the idea of keeping the baby up and active all day, because this never works. Allowing them to nap and sleep at their natural Circadian rhythm is healthier for them and you.
3. Out of Kilter Feeding
When your newborn won’t sleep try the late-night or midnight out of kilter feeding system. Knowing that your newborn won’t sleep and will wake up tonight, try this. Wake your newborn around 10 p.m. or even 11 p.m. and give them a little food to satisfy and fill their tummies.
While feeding the baby, keep the room’s lighting very dim and peaceful Gently lift your baby out of the crib or bassinette. This will help motivate the baby to become awake just enough to encourage the baby to feed either from mommy’s breast or a warm bottle.
If your baby doesn’t fully respond then very gingerly nudge his lips to accept the nipple or bottle. When the baby has drunk as much as they want in their sleepy state, place him/her back to bed.
After a few trials, this nighttime feeding routine will help him or her sleep longer. This is a good night sleep for everyone, from the newborn baby who won’t sleep.
4. Outdoor Lighting and Car Rides
If the baby is not hungry, not wet, not gassy, and is not sick and the newborn won’t sleep, then it is time for another trial and error sleeping solution. Just like adults, the baby’s circadian rhythm responds to light and darkness in different ways.
Dress the new baby in cuddly clothing and take the baby outdoors for a brief period of time. It has been proven by pediatricians that natural sunlight helps relax the baby’s internal clock. If you can’t take the infant outdoors, temporarily place their crib near a curtained window that you have thrown open for the light to stream in.
It is a proven fact that when babies are taken outdoors or are riding in a car, their first instinct is to fall fast asleep. So, when your newborn won’t sleep, try taking them for a walk or a ride. Let them sleep for nearly as long as they want.
Just don’t let them sleep so long that their feeding time will keep them awake most of the night. You will soon find that your newborn baby that normally would not fall asleep will be sleeping late into the morning hours.
5. Swaddle Time
Your newborn won’t sleep because they are new to the outside world. Inside the womb, they have been cradled all snug for nine months. After delivery, the hospital nurses immediately wrap them up in warm blankets where again they feel safe.
Now your previous joy is home and the newborn baby won’t sleep. Go back to the start. Swaddle the infant in clothing that can be purchased just for this purpose. You can also learn some swaddling techniques with blankets that the infant will recognize as feeling warm and secure.
When feeding time is complete and they are clean and dry. Wrap them securely in their clothing or blankets. This process is a means of having the baby feel so secure that they will sleep longer and perhaps through the night.
If you are wondering when swaddling should stop. Your new baby in the coming weeks will let you know. Their signs are that they won’t sleep until they have kicked the blankets off or they become fussy for no reason.
6. Infant Massaging
We are in the age of new innovative thoughts and ideas coming into play. If your new baby won’t sleep, try a massage session. Massaging because your newborn baby won’t sleep is a good 15-minute solution for them to fall asleep faster and longer.
Use your favorite baby oil and with soft gentle strokes because their skin is so fragile. Massaging creates a relaxing feel for baby to fall asleep, as well as to help create a stronger bond with parents.
Many millennial parents are told by their Pediatrician that massaging the baby helps to relieve their digestive system and releases the melatonin enzyme that is responsible for sleep.
When your newborn will not fall asleep and you institute a massage therapy to help, the key benefit is in the “touch.” When your baby feels your touch everything is good and secure for them.
Oh, what about this idea! After a nice massage and the baby falls asleep – now it is your turn!
If your newborn will not sleep at night, don’t worry as it does not last long. Yes, in your exhaustion, it will seem like years before they naturally start sleeping through the night. Remember that sleep is a natural state for infants, therefore sleep must come naturally to your baby.
As a new or a parent with other children and your newborn won’t sleep, your role is to set the environment that will make sleep seem to be an organic solution with tricks that suggest to the baby that sleep is the last outcome. Don’t forget, what works tonight may not work tomorrow night and what doesn’t work one day will work another.