One of my friends, Nancy is a new mother. Recently, she is plagued by her baby's “night owl” schedule of sleep. It makes her exhausted. Because she needs to work during the day, and always is woken up by her baby several times at night. Does she want to know why do babies fight sleep at night? How to keep a newborn awake during the day?
Have you encountered the same problem? Don't worry, today we will talk about it in detail, and figure it out.
1. Why the baby is active at night and sleeps by day?
There are several reasons, The main points are summed up as the following:
1.1 Babies can not distinguish day from night
Babies are too small to distinguish day from night. They don't know when to sleep or when to be awake. The external environment will confuse them.
Usually, a heavy meal can make babies feel sleepy. On the contrary, eating too little will make them feel hungry, and wake them up in the night.
1.3 Feel uncomfortable
Anything that can make babies feel uncomfortable will detract from their sleep quality.
1.4 Feel insecure
Babies are unfamiliar with their surroundings. Facing a strange environment makes them feel so insecure. Especially when they can not find their parents.
1.5 Overexcited before going to bed
If you have done some active activities with your baby at bedtime will get him/her overexcited. Babies will be hard to calm down and fall asleep.
2. How to deal with it?
After analyzing the causes, the next step is to take some appropriate actions to improve matters.
2.1 help your baby distinguish day from night
The first step, you need to help your baby to distinguish day from night. For example, you can let babies feel the sunlight during the day. Try to keep babies awake except for napping time.
Babies all need a sense of security, especially at night. You can set a crib next to your bed in the same bedroom. And put your baby in it. In this way, you can take care of him/her at any time. Babies always need parents around them.
2.3 create a good sleep environment
A good sleep needs a good sleep environment.
1) comfortable sleepwear
The best sleepwear for babies is the sleep sack. Sleeps sacks are versatile. It can make babies feel be snugged, and secure. Mothers used to cover their babies with quilts before. Babies may kick the quilt when they sleep, so they get cold easily. A perfect sleep sack that keeps babies warm always can help them sleep well at night.
And all sleep sacks need to be made of 100% natural, eco-friendly fabrics. Because babies' skins are sensitive, delicate. Clothes with chemicals easily give them allergic reactions. It not just makes babies feel uncomfortable but also damages health.
Newborns' sleep sacks also have a function of anti-startle reaction. They love to be swaddled. Sleep sacks can give them enough sense of security.
2) suitable room temperature
The room temperatures vary seasonally, and from day to night. Parents need to control the room temperature at any time by adjusting the air-conditioner.
3) make the bedroom darker
Babies can have a long and restful sleep if you make the bedroom darker. Because bright light signals the biological clock that it's time to wake up. Dimming or turning off the lights at night can increase the amount of melatonin produced. Melatonin can help promote sleep.
4) play some calming music, white noise
White noise, natural sounds, soothing music all can help babies fall and stay asleep better.
5) improve the air quality
Avoid your baby contact with secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke will affect their development and cause serious health problems.