It’s the middle of the night and you are awoken from a peaceful slumber by the sound of your baby crying. You know it’s the fate of parents everywhere, but you still want to soothe your baby as quickly as possible so you can all get back to sleep. Before you can do that, you must know why your baby is crying.
Hungry For More
Babies wake up crying for a variety of reasons. One of the first instincts is to feed your baby when this happens. A baby’s small tummy can’t hold a lot, so they will need feeding around the clock until they can stay fuller longer. A fed baby is a happier baby.
In Need of A Change
The second most common thing parents might check if their baby wakes up crying is the baby’s diaper. Often, a wet or soiled diaper will make your baby uncomfortable enough so they can’t sleep. Some babies are more sensitive to this than others, so make sure you always change your baby right before putting them down to sleep for the night.
Chew On This
After eliminating the most common reasons your baby is crying in the night, it is important to consider the other potential reasons. Your baby may be feeling unwell. This happens when a baby starts teething, which is usually around five months old. If your baby is drooling, rubbing their face and fussy, they may be teething. Check for swollen gums and offer soothing chilled teethers, a gentle gum massage, or an appropriate amount of infant pain relief medication. Your baby should sleep better once the pain subsides.
Teething is not the only reason your baby may not feel well in the night. Tummy pain, most frequently caused by gas, reflux, constipation or passing a bowel movement can wake up your baby. To calm baby’s tummy, you may want to try holding them upright and close to your body, burping them, gently massaging their stomach, laying them on their back and pedaling their legs or laying them on their stomach across your arms. What will help will depend on your individual baby and what is causing their distress. Don’t be afraid to try different comforting methods.
There may be nothing physically bothering your baby. Sometimes babies wake up crying because they merely want to be with you. No matter the reason, offer them comfort and snuggles, and you will all sleep better tonight.
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