Do you have an overtired baby? Do you feel like you've tried everything and nothing seems to work? You're not alone. Many parents find themselves in this situation. Babies need a lot of sleep, and when they don't get it, they can become fussy and difficult to deal with. In this guide, we will discuss some tips that may help get your overtired baby to sleep. We will cover newborns all the way up to 1 year old. So whether your baby is just starting to become restless at night or is already up several times a night, we have advice for you!
Newborns need a lot of sleep, usually around 16-17 hours a day. However, they often have trouble sleeping for long stretches at night. This is because their bodies are not used to being awake for long periods of time. As a result, newborns will often sleep for only short periods of time before waking up again. If your newborn is having trouble sleeping, there are a few things you can try.
First, make sure that your baby is getting enough to eat during the day. A full stomach will help your baby feel more comfortable and sleepy at night. You can also try rocking or nursing your baby to sleep. Newborns often find these activities calming and soothing. Finally, make sure that your baby's sleeping environment is comfortable and peaceful. A dark, quiet room will help your baby feel relaxed and sleepy. It is also important that your baby sleeps in a room of the correct temperature. They should no be too hot or cold, so a baby room thermometer is a very good idea, and dress your child for the appropriate temperature a shown in the thermometers instructions.
3-6 Month Old
For parents of infants between the ages of three and six months, having your baby sleep through the night can feel like an impossible task. Waking up every two to three hours to feed can be exhausting, and you may find yourself wondering if there is anything you can do to get your baby to sleep for longer periods of time.
There are a few things you can try that may help your overtired baby sleep for longer stretches at night. First, try the same tips that are listed for newborns. Make sure your baby is getting enough to eat during the day, and try rocking or nursing your baby to sleep. You can also try establishing a bedtime routine. This may include a bath, some quiet time, and then breastfeeding or giving your baby a bottle before putting them down to sleep. Additionally, make sure that your baby's sleeping environment is comfortable and peaceful. A dark, quiet room will help your baby feel relaxed and sleepy. Keeping to a daytime routine also helps with daytime naps and night time sleeping.
7-9 Month Old
By seven or eight months, most babies are sleeping for longer periods at night. However, some babies may still be waking up frequently. If your baby is having trouble sleeping through the night or a break cycle, there are a few things you can try.
Again, first, try the tips that are listed for newborns and infants. If that doesn't do the trick, you can also try using a white noise machine. This can help your baby feel more relaxed and sleepy. Additionally, you can try giving your baby a massage before bedtime. This may help your baby to feel calm and sleepy.
By this age your baby should be in some sort of routine as regards their sleep times. If they aren't, you might want to try a controlled crying approach.
10-12 Month Old
At this age, most babies are sleeping through the night. However, some may still be waking up occasionally. If your overtired baby is having trouble sleeping, there are a few things you can try.
One last time, run through the tips that are listed for newborns and infants. If your baby is still having trouble sleeping, you can try giving them a comforters, such as a blanket or stuffed animal. Baby's particularly like comforters that smell of their mother, so try wearing the comforter under your top for a day before giving it to your baby. This can help your baby feel more secure and sleepy. Additionally, you may want to try letting your baby cry it out for short periods of time. This may seem difficult, but sometimes it is the only thing that will work.
How Much Sleep Does A Baby Need?
The amount of sleep a baby needs varies depending on their age. Newborns usually need around 16-17 hours of sleep per day, while infants between the ages of three and six months usually need around 14-15 hours of sleep per day. Babies between the ages of seven and nine months usually need around 12-14 hours of sleep per day, while babies between the ages of ten and twelve months usually need around 11-12 hours of sleep per day. Finally, toddlers usually need around 11-14 hours of sleep per day. As you can see, the amount of sleep a baby needs changes as they grow older. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your baby is getting enough sleep based on their age.
If you have tried all of these things and your baby is still having trouble sleeping, it is important to talk to your doctor. There may be an underlying condition that is causing difficulty sleeping. However, with some patience and effort, most babies will eventually start sleeping through the night.
You might also be interested in our essential sleeping tips for new parents.