As a parent, there is no greater feeling than to see your baby fast asleep. But things can quickly go south when you receive alerts from your iBaby monitor that your baby is up in the middle of the night. And yes, this will bring flashbacks from the sleepless nights during the newborn stage. But having a restless toddler at night is more common than most parents think. And even though you knew why they woke up during the newborn stage, it may seem like a task to figure out what’s going on as a toddler.There can be a lot of underlying issues as to why your baby is waking up at night. To learn more, keep reading about the most common causes and tips on how to help your toddler sleep through the night
Why Does Baby Wake Up at Night?
It is normal for newborn parents to experience the hassle of the graveyard shift. But it can be frustrating when your toddler experiences it again. And you may feel yourself getting stressed, but there can be a lot of different reasons why your baby could be waking up in the middle of the night. This can range from poor sleeping habits, growth spurts, teething, nightmares, sickness or a wet diaper.
Creating healthy sleeping habits is crucial for your baby to sleep through the night. By establishing a continuous bedtime and partaking in relaxing activities, you will establish a healthy sleeping pattern for your baby.
Your baby will experience a lot of growth spurts during their first year of life. And this can interfere with your baby’s sleeping pattern causing them to wake up early from a nap or in the middle of the night because they’re hungry. Usually, your baby will get over a growth spurt in a few days and sleeping patterns should return to normal.
Teething is an experience every baby has to go through. And though it may be easy for some, it can be a hectic for others. Sure, your baby might not feel pain during the day. But during the night, when your baby is away from toys, the pain will be evident. Usually the best way to help is by rubbing a clean finder along your baby’s gums. This will momentarily numb the area and grant some relief. Some parents choose to use teething toys or medications that numb the gums.
Having a wet diaper during bedtime is an uncomfortable feeling that can make a huge difference in your baby’s sleeping pattern. To prevent a cranky baby make sure you do a diaper change before your bedtime routine. You can also limit the amount of liquid your baby consumes before bedtime to prevent rude awakenings.