5 Reasons why your baby could get sleep deprived
Here are five reasons why a baby may have difficulty sleeping. First of all, we would like to remind you that this is normal, especially in new parents, and that it can be solved. With patience and love, everything will fall back into place.
1. Breastfeeding the child to sleep
If the last memory the child has before going to sleep is eating, it is possible that breastfeeding or bottle-feeding may become a transitional action for him. Therefore, when he wakes up, he may think that he cannot go back to sleep without being put to the breast.
2. Cradling your child to sleep
Cradling your child as part of the bedtime routine is fine. However, some mothers continue to cradle them until they fall asleep, even when they are not crying. Instead of falling asleep on their own, they cry. Because, out of habit, they fall asleep outside their crib, they do not associate the crib with sleep.
3. Increased nighttime attention
During an acute illness, e.g. a blocked nose, or a change in the baby's sleep environment that affects the baby's usual routine, e.g. travel, parents may increase nighttime care to accommodate the baby, then continue and get used to it.
4.Fear of separation
It appears between six months and two years old. It is verified during the day whenever the child loses sight of his mother or stays with another person. These fears are often accentuated at bedtime and during the night.
Kids under two months can be awakened twice a night to nurse. At three months, most still need a feeding in the middle of the night. By four months, 90 percent of infants can sleep for 8 hours at a time without feeding.
As older is the child more harder it is to change the habit. Those older than one year strongly resist any change and may cry for hours. Without rules, these children will not start sleeping through the night until they are three or four years old, when their daily routine becomes more intense and eventually tires them out.