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Every baby has their own individual sleeping pattern and some may be sleeping through the night whereas others might still be waking up. If your baby won't sleep through the night, this can be exhausting and very tiring for you and we understand how frustrating it can be. You might have other duties to do in the morning and the lack of sleep or continuous waking from the baby might leave you feeling anxious. It is very important to speak to your health visitor or GP if you are feeling this way.
There could be a number of reasons why your baby is waking up at night. Firstly, it is essential to do all the basic checks such as:
Your baby might also feel separation anxiety and it is common for babies who have had no sleep issues before to suddenly become overwhelmed and miss you through the night.
If you haven’t introduced a bottle/feed at this stage before then you might not want to start now as this might end up becoming a regular routine when you really need them to sleep all the way through the night. If you know that teething is the issue and your baby is in discomfort, massage her gums gently and speak to your health visitor when you get an opportunity to do so. It may help to revisit the bedtime and sleep routine and you can do this by:
It might be helpful to keep a sleep diary to see if there is a pattern emerging. When using a sleep diary, try to do this over a period of at least a week and include information such as daytime naps, start and finish times for naps, food they ate and routine before bedtime. This is useful information for health professionals if you do need to approach them for support or help.
Parenting a baby who does wake through the night can be tiring and if you feel it is having an impact on your emotional health or wellbeing, please speak to the Health Visitor or GP. It is important to try and find ways of recharging your batteries and the following tips might help:
Family Lives does appreciate that this is not always possible when family life is hectic. We are always here for you and if you are finding this difficult then please get in touch with us for further support or advice.