Why does baby wake up crying

February 112013

89 - Cry Baby!

I want to find the reason why my baby son wakes up crying. He usually does this in the afternoon, in the morning he’s fine and wakes up normally. But what’s the story with this crying. I’ve just visited The Baby Sleep Site where Nicole Johnson gave some good tips on this topic. Let’s check out together:

Obviously, babies wake up crying to eat, because they are wet or dirty (sometimes), or to have their sleep associationrecreated (such as replacing a pacifier), but this Sleep Quick Tip is to discuss what it possibly means when your baby wakes up crying from a nap or in the morning when they are “done sleeping” (at least you think so).

From my reading, I have not found any definitivereason as to why babies cry when they wake up, butit is normal for them to cry between sleep cycles. With my first-born, if he woke up crying, it 90% of the time meant that he was not done sleeping. He may have awakened in between sleep cycles and had trouble going into the next one. My 2nd son had a much easier time going into the next sleep cycle, most of the time, but he still whimpered a bit, sometimes, between sleep cycles.

This tip is to encourage you not to run in at the slightest whimper because crying between sleep cycles is normal and expected. Babies might not do it every sleep cycle, but they do some. I am not saying you need to allow your baby to cry-it-out, but any amount of crying feels a lot longer than it is. My 2nd son did not have as much of a luxury to be attended to at the slightest whimper because I had my older son to take care of, too. I remember when my 2nd son was around 2 months old, I was fixing my first son lunch and #2 (his name is Nicholas, btw) woke up from his nap. I couldn’t get to him right away, but was walking to his room by the 3 or 4 minute mark and my hand was on the doorknob and he went back to sleep!! I would have disturbed his nap had I been in there any sooner. Of course, at 2 a.m. 3 or 4 minutes feels more like 30, but just keep it in mind and look at the clock.

You can read the rest here:
http://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-quick-tips/baby-wake-up-crying/ 

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Is it okay for my baby to sleep on her tummy for naps?

October 242012

sleeping baby Leo
I was always afraid of SIDS Sudden infant death syndrome that’s why I never let my baby to sleep on his little tummy. Now Babycenter’s pediatric sleep expert tells us what’s the best way to have a nap:

Is it okay for my baby to sleep on her tummy for naps in daycare if she sleeps on her back at night?

No, to greatly reduce the risk of SIDS, you should always place your baby to sleep on her back — whether it’s for an afternoon nap or in the middle of the night, and whether she’s at daycare, at Grandma’s, or at home. In fact, babies who usually sleep on their back but are placed on their stomach occasionally (during a nap, for example) are at especially high risk for SIDS. So make sure that everyone who puts your baby down to sleep knows that she should be placed on her back.

A side-sleeping position used to be considered an acceptable alternative for babies who don’t like sleeping on their back, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) no longer recommends it as a safe option. It may be tempting to place your baby on her tummy or side if she finds it soothing and she’s fussing, but the increased risk of SIDS is not worth it, especially in the first six months of life. The peak age for SIDS is between 2 and 4 months, and 90 percent of SIDS cases are in infants under 6 months of age.

source: http://www.babycenter.com/404_how-can-i-stop-worrying-about-my-sleeping-baby_2209.bc

 

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Very interesting results in baby sleep study

November 92010

According to a new study the first 4 months of a new baby’s life are very important in setting bedtime sleeping habits.

I know some moms will agree and some won’t with the following methods but you never know it might work for your baby.

Here are a couple of tips how to teach babies to sleep through night:

  • Put your baby down in her/his crib when it’s drowsy but still awake.
  • Don’t rock your baby to sleep.
  • Don’t let your baby fall asleep on you.
  • When your little angel wakes up during the night don’t go immediately to him/her and when you go there don’t pick her up.

I have to emphasize that I don’t agree 100% with this method.

What do you think? How do you teach your baby to sleep through night?

Baby sleeping

More information on this topic and source of this blogpost:

http://www.fitpregnancy.com/blog/news/Baby-Sleep-Study–105726963.html

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