As parents, the holy grail is often sleep. And conversations always turn to this topic too. How much do you get? Do you want more? Do you get it all night? The questions can be endless, and yet its a conversation that never gets tired, if you excuse the pun. We parents love to discuss how little (or how much, for some) sleep we’re getting, and the latest tips and tricks to help us get more. But did you know that there are some very real solutions to many of your baby’s sleep problems? Read on to find out the top three reasons why your baby wakes at night…
Your baby is over tired
Sometimes babies just don’t know what’s good for them! An overtired baby is always going to be a bit of a mystery, and we parents will always ask ourselves ‘Why on earth won’t she just go to sleep if she's so tired?’ It’s just not that simple, unfortunately. And if you have ever experienced similar, you might understand. You may spend all day dreaming of your bed, cannot wait to sink into the pillows because you’re so tired, but when it comes to it you’re so tired that you just can’t switch off. So you spend a few hours tossing and turning. Perhaps you get up, read a book, make a drink. Eventually you’ll nod off, but it can be a battle. Now imagine you’re a baby, and you can’t communicate all of that to your parents. Frustrating, huh? Well, that’s why they cry!
An over tired baby can take a while to settle, and can wake up almost as soon as she’s dropped off too- and that’s hard work when you’re exhausted too. The best solution is to prevent your baby missing her sleep window in the first place, but rest assured it happens to us all. If your baby wakes and there is no obvious reason why (she’s clean, fed, and has no temperature) the only thing you can do is ride it out. Keep calm, make sure the room is comfortable and there are no distractions to disturb her and eventually she will settle.
The temperature of the room is not right
It’s so important to monitor the temperature in your baby’s room. Your baby cannot regulate her own temperature, and so she can get very hot or very cold really easily. With this in mind, its up to you to make sure that the room where she sleeps is just right. The ideal temperature for your baby’s nursery is 16-20 degreesC, and while she is sleeping she needs only a light blanket or a sleeping bag. The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a lot higher when baby is too hot, so knowing the right temperature is vital. Besides the risks of SIDS, your baby is likely to wake up and be uncomfortable if she is too hot, so you’re going to want to make sure that you get the temperature just right! Here are our tips:
- Make sure that your baby has no extra bedding
- Keep a window open during the day when the weather is hot, so that plenty of fresh air can circulate through the room
- Use a room thermometer to monitor the temperature in the room. If it gets too hot, you will be able to act quickly. The Tempo Environment Monitor allows you to monitor your baby’s nursery temperature through your smart phone, so there’s no need to disturb her while she’s sleeping
Likewise, if your baby’s room is too cold she is also likely to wake up too. And while its not recommended you use more blankets or bedding while she sleeps, you might want to add an extra layer (vest) before bedtime to help keep her warm. Again, the Tempo Environment Monitor will help you decide on the best course of action to take.
All babies are different, and the room temperature is always just a guide. Always check your baby to see if she is too hot- check her tummy or the back of her neck and if it feels sweaty or clammy then she is probably too hot.
Your baby is unwell
When your baby is unwell, sleep can be very hit and miss. Some babies will sleep a lot more than usual, and this can ring alarm bells. Usually though, your baby will wake up a lot more and while this can be tiring, its a clear sign to you that she needs your help. One of the first things your doctor will ask you when your baby is unwell is whether or not she has a temperature. Fevers are very common in babies and young children, so her temperature is often a very good guide as to how poorly she is.
By monitoring your baby’s temperature, you’re able to provide an accurate picture on her health should you need to seek medical attention. And as a parent, you’re more likely to be able to take the best course of action promptly if you have updated readings. Traditionally, this would mean waking your baby to take her temperature at regular intervals through the night, but with Pacif-i there is really no need. Your baby sucks on the Pacifi-i as she would a normal pacifier, and your smart phone uses bluetooth technology to give you updated readings as she sleeps. Not only does this provide peace of mind, but it helps you gain a better understanding of exactly how poorly your baby really is.
It’s important to note here that the Pacif-i should not be used in place of medical attention; if you are concerned about your baby please always seek medical attention.