Have you ever wondered why babies cry at night? Well, you are not alone; a lot of mothers do. But no doubt, babies are known to cry from time to time –and they tend to sleep even more. Most babies sleep for about 8-9 hours during the day and then sleep for another 8 hours at night, although not all at once. So why then do they cry so much at night?
Don’t be surprised, your newborn might not sleep through the night (5-8 hours) until she cloaks at least 3 months of age.
Some newborns do not sleep through the night until they become 6-months-old. And the painful part is that it might happen repeatedly when you are trying to sleep.
However, always remember that crying is your newborn’s primary way of sending a message across to you. Babies cry at night as a sign that they need your help. What is she trying to tell you when she cries in her sleep or eventually wakes up wailing? Read on!
Here are the top reasons why babies cry at night, and what you should do when you are wondering how to stop your baby from crying:
This kind of crying is typically related to disruptions in your newborn’s normal schedule and is mostly a result of a discomfort attributed to a feeding problem.
- What Helps: To reduce how your baby cries at night, try swaddling, cuddling, and walking with your newborn, all of which provide body contact and motion. A fan in the room or a white-noise machine can also help.
Your baby needs to feed every few hours because her tummy is so tiny. Babies could cry at night because they are extremely hungry.
- What Helps: Crying is a late indicator of hunger after other things like sucking on fist or smacking lips have taken place. Check the time, in case it has been 2 or 3 hours since your baby last fed, he or she is probably waking up as a result of hunger and needs to be fed.
In case your newborn cries at night because of hunger for some time, she might work herself into a severe frenzy and find it hard to calm down when the nourishment arrives.
Whenever a newborn is frantic to feed, sometimes she then swallows air with the milk, stimulating gas. This could create discomfort and can also make your newborn cry and fuss instead of going back to sleep as soon as she’s done feeding.
- What Helps: Feed your littler one before she becomes anxiously hungry. Taking a break to burp her during feeding, as well as after, can help.
Crying As a Result of an Allergy
When your newborn’s crying is persistent and it isn’t related to sleep, hunger, or general discomfort, it could be associated with cow’s milk protein allergy.
Colic as a result of cow’s milk protein allergy follows a pattern of threes: crying for more than 3 hours daily, (typically in the evening), for more than 3 days per week, and more than 3 weeks.
- What Helps: Consult your midwife or pediatrician to test whether your baby is crying due to cow’s milk protein allergy.
Though the stomach is your baby’s major alarm clock right now, other things could cause babies to cry at night. Hence, you can also check if your baby’s cry is caused by a need for a change in diaper, a finger twisted uncomfortably in a swaddle, or sickness (A newborn having a hear infection may wake up crying at night more often than usual.)