JULY 12, 2022

Why do babies fight sleep & How to put a baby to sleep in 40 seconds?

By Hellobaby Official

Babies who fight sleep are smart? Research from a UK university has established what it believes to be a direct link between a baby's inability to sleep through the night and their intelligence. But sleep is still essential for newborns. Mothers often feel anxious because of their baby's sleep problems, such as difficulty falling asleep and short sleep time. So why do babies fight against sleep? How can mothers help their babies fall asleep quickly? For babies' healthy development and mothers' peace of mind, we have summarized why babies fight sleep and how to put a baby to sleep soon.

Why do babies fight sleep?

1. Environmental comfort

When a newborn baby enters an unfamiliar environment, light, sound, temperature, smell, and weather are all external stimuli for them. As babies develop, their various sensory abilities gradually increase, but the ability to filter information is insufficient. So when there is intense light, loud noise, uncomfortable temperature, and unpleasant odors in their sleeping environment, babies are easily distracted, can't concentrate, and naturally, they have trouble falling asleep.

2. Overtired baby won't go to sleep

Infants' sleep is easily disturbed by external factors, and newborn babies need a relatively long sleep time. Babies in their first four months release sleeping signs just before bed. If mothers don't catch baby's sleeping signs in time, babies will be overtired ten minutes after the movement has elapsed. An overtired baby won't go to sleep. This state of excessive fatigue is very likely to cause the baby to cry and sleep difficult. Another situation is that babies sleep too much during the day, and mothers never wake a sleeping baby, causing them trouble falling asleep when they are not tired enough to go to bed at night.

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3. Baby anxiety

For newborn babies, the surrounding environment is very different from the maternal environment, they will lack a sense of security, and the external environment can quickly bring them anxiety. In addition, babies also have separation anxiety at night because their mother is not around, so they don't want to be separated from their mother and struggle with sleep.

4. Physical state

(1) Sick

Generally, babies sleep more when sick, but there are other situations when a sick baby won't sleep. In addition, the nerves of the intestinal wall are immature when the baby is born, and it is easy to develop colic. Pathological sleep problems also include micronutrient deficiencies. For example, calcium deficiency in the baby will cause the blood calcium to decrease, which will affect the brain and autonomic nerves and cause excessive excitement, so it will also cause the baby to have difficulty falling asleep and sleep instability.

(2) Deciduous tooth eruption

Baby teeth may feel uncomfortable when they erupt. Teething babies are more prone to cranky, crying, and waking up in the middle of the night. Teething babies will have red and swollen gums, dramatically affecting their feeding. In addition, your baby's body temperature will be higher when teething and feel warmer than usual.

(3) Overeating or starvation

The gastrointestinal tract of a newborn baby is not fully developed, and overeating before bed can easily lead to untimely digestion and abdominal distention during sleep. Of course, babies need a lot of nutrients to grow and develop, they need to eat regularly, and they may cry and fight sleep because of hunger.

(4) Biological clock

Babies begin to develop their sleep patterns at six weeks and can form their biological clocks at four months. Each baby grows differently in their conditions and the external environment so some babies may establish their sleep schedule later.

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How to put a baby to sleep in 40 seconds

1. Create a comfortable sleeping environment

Light: close the curtains during the day to reduce the amount of light, turn off the indoor lights at night, and use bright and dim light to help the baby distinguish between waking and sleeping environments.

Temperature: Room temperature is best kept at 25°C. Knowing how to dress the baby for sleep will keep him safe and comfortable throughout the night and help the whole family get the sleep they need! Baby pajamas should be soft, lightweight, and breathable. And if the baby is sweating, mothers need to help them change their pajamas and sleeping pads in time to avoid discomfort.

Voice: Keep a quiet atmosphere before your baby goes to bed. Minimize the generation of murmurs, but it is not necessary to maintain a tranquil environment so as not to increase the baby's sensitivity to drones. Mothers can make soft sounds such as hair dryer, running water, lullabies, chanting, etc. Or mothers can use a baby monitor with a white noise option, which can create a familiar and relaxing environment for babies, Soothe your baby and help them fall asleep quickly.

Consistent environment: The environment here refers to the physical environment. Consistent means that the background is the same before going to bed and falling asleep. It is best to sleep in the bed, for which there are two advantages: one is that it is easier for the baby to associate the sleeping place with the sleep. The other is that the baby wakes up and finds that baby feels more secure in the same position as when it fell asleep.

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2. Grasp the baby's sleepy signal

When we are drowsy, we will rub our eyes or yawn unconsciously. Babies will also send out some suggestive messages when sleepy, such as dull eyes and starting to daze, not interested in surrounding things (sensory distraction), inattention, Less activity, minor language, less obvious sucking, slower response, quieter, etc. The baby's sleep schedule within four months is still being developed, and mothers need to pay attention to these signals in time; after four months, the baby's sleep signal will gradually weaken, and mothers need to put the baby to sleep on time.

3. Give the baby enough sense of security

To make your baby feel safe is to create a womb-like environment. Such as rhythmic tapping to mimic the mother's heartbeat, swaddling or hugging to simulate the feeling of a uterus wrapping, etc. In addition, touch is the most direct way to provide a baby with a sense of security, which signs he is sleeping with his baby mama. According to research, if parents can insist on massaging the baby's small arms and calves for 15 minutes every day before going to bed, then after one month, the baby's sleep will be effectively improve

4. Pay attention to the baby's physical condition in time

To ensure that the baby's physical condition is excellent and comfortable, it can also let the baby fall asleep quickly. After the baby is born, the growth and development of the body are speedy. Mothers must take the baby for a physical examination on time, especially those premature babies, to determine whether the baby's physical development is up to standard. In addition, the baby's skin barrier is still being established. It is susceptible to the external environment, so mothers must pay attention to their skin condition to avoid the baby's skin mottled. Mothers need to clean the baby's mouth for teething babies to prevent the baby's gums from being red and swollen. Mothers need to keep a good nursing rhythm, so their babies don't get overate or starved while they sleep, and newborns usually feed on demand every 2 to 3 hours. As your baby grows, the time between feedings will increase.

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5. Cultivate your baby's sound sleep habits

5) Two-way voice call

The two-way voice call function allows you to communicate with the baby through the control terminal, achieving "remote comfort," a more experimental procedure.

6) Battery life

You need to consider how the camera on the surveillance unit (baby unit) is powered. Some products need to be connected to the power supply, which is an inconvenience but guarantees the battery life. Some products do not need to be connected to the power supply, so you need to pay close attention to the battery life and whether they can meet your needs.

7) Camera rotation

The camera of some products can be rotated 360°, which can observe the baby in multiple directions. Some cameras are unmovable.

8) Features

Some monitor products have features such as baby movement monitoring, face-covering warning, humidity, noise monitoring, etc. Remember to check the feature functions you like.

(1) Give baby sleep cues

Even young babies can develop a good habit of falling asleep on time with several set sleep cues. For example, give your baby a comfortable and warm bath before bed every day to relax and promote sleep. Or put some very soft lullabies before bed, which can help the baby sleep while forming a fixed hint.

(2) Cultivate autonomous sleep

Sleep for no more than 15 minutes (up to 30 minutes). If the baby does not fall asleep after more than 15 minutes, it means that the baby will not sleep. Studies have shown that children who need coaxing sleep an hour less on average than children who do not need coaxing, so mothers need to guide their babies to fall asleep on their own and improve their sleep quality.