Is he too hot or too cold? Make sure the room is at a comfortable temperature. A baby’s room should also be dark and quiet for him to sleep properly.
Make sure he’s not sick. Babies can fall sick quite quickly. If he has a cold, a stuffy nose could be making him restless.
Is he thirsty? Sometimes a drink of water will settle him. Don’t offer sugary drinks or milk if it’s not his normal feed time.
Separation anxiety - Sometimes babies can wake up and not realize you’re in the room next door. In this case just calling out to him may suffice.
Night terrors and nightmares - They sound similar but are actually quite different. Babies will wake up frightened after a nightmare. They may act frightened when they are experiencing night terrors but are not awake. In any case they need to be comforted.
Music soothes everyone, even animals! If you have a tape or CD of lullabyes, this can work really well.
So try what works for you and your baby. Take a nap during the day yourself if time permits. Don’t worry if you get grumpy sometimes, you’re not supposed to be perfect.
Just remember these trying times won’t last for ever. If you have a happy baby during the day, you’re doing OK!
Copyright 2005 Wendy Owen
About The Author
Wendy Owen is a health researcher and author.
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