So your baby is crying, again. Nobody likes hearing their baby crying in sleep, but it can be a huge challenge figuring out how to stop the tears. There are some things you can do to help your little one get a better night’s sleep and have less of a chance of waking up. If you’re looking for some more tips on how to soothe a baby who is sleeping, keep reading.
The first rule to soothe a baby crying in sleep is to identify the cause
The first step is to understand the cause behind your baby crying in sleep. From there, you can take the necessary steps to stop the tears.
For example, if your baby is crying because they are feeling too hot, you could change their diaper or outfit and cool them off. If they are crying because they are feeling hungry, you could offer a bottle or try a pacifier instead of waiting for them to cry themselves out.
If your baby is crying due to teething pain, you might want to try a cold teether on the gums or offer a soothing teething toy. If the cause isn’t physical, however, it may be time for some tough love.
Try a different position
One way of providing a good night’s rest for your little one is by trying a different position. It’s been shown that babies sleep the best when they’re sleeping on their stomachs. So, try laying your baby on its stomach and providing some soothing sounds or smells to help them get back to sleep. This trick has also been shown to provide better breathing patterns for the infant as well as reduce the chance of SIDS through improved air flow in the brain and mouth.
Personally, I find this one of the best methods to help a baby crying in sleep.
Check if their diaper needs changing
If you have a baby that is crying and is wet, this could be the reason why. Believe it or not, your baby’s diaper can act as a bed for them. If they are wet, it’s time to change their diaper and make sure everything is dry.
You want to make sure that their diaper isn’t too tight for them or causing discomfort in any other way. You also want to make sure that their diaper isn’t too big, so they don’t develop a rash from wearing it too long.
To minimize the chances of this happening, it’s important to change your baby’s diaper at least every three hours if they’ve been constantly wetting themselves. If you’re changing their diapers throughout the day and night, then you should expect less crying and more sleeping!
Feed them a bottle or breastfeed them
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, it’s important that they have a full belly before going to sleep. This will help them sleep better and avoid waking up in the middle of the night hungry. If you don’t want to feed them a bottle, there are other ways to ensure their tummy is full and content. For example, you can give them a bath and dress them in comfortable clothes, or you can offer them some warm milk with honey or something similar. A baby crying in sleep due to hunger is one of the most common situations.
Try feeding your baby before they head off to bed
If you’re breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to try and feed your baby before they head off to bed. It will help them get some comfort from the food and relax them enough so that they fall asleep more easily.
This is also a good way to start preparing for sleep training later. It’s always best to teach babies as young as possible how to sleep on their own, which means starting when they’re about two weeks old.
Feeding your baby before bed is a sure-fire way of helping them get restful sleep at night. Don’t be afraid of waking up in the middle of the night with a hungry baby!
Let them cry for a bit
Sometimes it helps to let your baby cry for a bit. It allows them to express their emotions and let off their frustration in order to fall asleep. If you’re too quick to stop crying, they may have trouble falling asleep.
Often when parents are trying to soothe an older baby crying in sleep, they’ll tell the baby that everything will be okay. This can also make them cry more as a release of emotion. Instead, try saying things like “it’s going to be okay” or “I’m right here with you.”
Give them time, but not too much time
When your little one is crying, it’s tempting to just scoop them up and give them a hug. However, this can be very dangerous because when babies are held too tightly, they will not be able to breathe properly.
The best thing you can do when trying to figure out how to soothe your baby is to give them time. Put your baby down for a few minutes and let him or her cry. This will help their lungs get used to taking in air again and stop the tears from coming back as soon as they start. One downside of this method is that it might take longer than you want for the crying to subside. Another downside is that if you’re using this method when your little one is really upset, they might have a harder time calming down. Try giving them some (very) light pressure on their chest while they’re crying so they know you’re there and won’t keep crying out of fear that they will be alone again.
Give them something comforting to do like rocking them or singing to them
Try giving your baby a pacifier or a teether if you are trying to soothe a baby crying in sleep. This will help them sleep better while they suck on the pacifier. They’ll still be hungry, but they’ll be able to go back to sleep without having to eat.
If your baby is crying because they’re cold and uncomfortable and you don’t have any extra blankets in the house, make it a point to get some of those. You can also try giving your baby something soft and small like one of their favorite stuffed animals or a blanket so that it makes them feel more comfortable.
If your baby is crying because they’re just bored, then try playing games with them or singing songs from the nursery rhyme book with them. If you have other children in the home, play a game with all of them at the same time! Whether you’re playing games or singing songs, these activities will help distract them and make them feel less sad and lonely without having to stop their tears completely.
Consider other factors such as illness and teething.
If your baby is crying and it’s not for a medical reason, then there is a good chance that they are teething.
Did you know that the average age of first teeth appears around 6 months? That means that from the time your baby’s teeth come in to six months later, there can be significant changes in their behavior. These changes may include difficulty sleeping which can lead to frustration, and more situations where baby crying in sleep is a common scene in the household.
If your baby is exhibiting these symptoms, try using a cool washcloth or teething ring on their gums to help soothe them. The cold numbs the pain and reduces any sensitivity. This can also help with sleep, making it easier for them to go back to sleep after giving such a hard time trying to settle down.