Sleep Cycle: Babies wake up during the night primarily because their brain waves shift and change cycles as they move from REM (rapid eye movement) sleep to other stages of non-REM sleep. The different wave patterns our brains make during certain periods define these sleep cycles or “stages” of sleep.
Should I feed my baby every time he wakes up at night?
It’s obvious and understandable that parents worry about depriving their little ones of food at night. During the newborn phase we are wired to respond with a feed for all night time wake ups. And let me tell you, newborns usually need it. They often need multiple feeds at night which is completely normal.
How do I stop my baby waking every 2 hours?
If you want to stop the two-hourly wake ups overnight, you need to stop the feeding to sleep or any other crutch you are using to assist your baby to sleep. I remember one client who’s baby needed to smell her armpits to fall asleep, and another who’s baby liked to stroke her fingernail to fall asleep!
Why does my baby not sleep through the night anymore?
In short, dealing with nighttime disruptions is often simply a part of new parenthood. Most issues related to a baby not sleeping are caused by temporary things like illness, teething, developmental milestones or changes in routine — so the occasional sleep snafu likely isn’t anything to worry about.
How do I know if I’m overfeeding my baby?
Watch out for these common signs of overfeeding a baby:
- Gassiness or burping.
- Frequent spit up.
- Vomiting after eating.
- Fussiness, irritability or crying after meals.
- Gagging or choking.
How do you tell if baby is using you as a pacifier?
Baby may also start to clamp down on your nipple rather than suck. These are all signs he will give you based upon his suck and latch. His body and arms will also be floppy, and he may be relaxed or sleeping.
How do I stop my baby waking every hour?
If you bump up feedings during the day, but your baby still wakes every hour, try incorporating these tactics:
- Swaddle your baby before bed.
- Use white noise.
- Try dream feeding.
How do I teach my baby to self settle?
Make soothing activities, such as a warm bath and massage part of the routine. Where he sleeps, read him a story or sing a song, finishing with a cuddle and a kiss. Once the routine is finished, put your baby down in his cot while he is drowsy but still awake. You may find he drifts off to sleep without much protest.