Deal with Sleep Issues to Help Your Baby Get More Zzzs (So You Can, Too!)

New parents often discuss their lack of sleep. Sleepless nights for new parents are to be expected. But many babies don't get enough sleep either. It's completely normal for all babies to have some sleep issues and it's completely normal for young babies to wake at all hours. However, there are certain red flags to watch out for to help determine whether your little one's sleep issues are in the range of normal or something concerning.

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Sleep for babies is very important.  Your little one needs proper sleep in order to healthfully grow and meet their milestones. DockATot baby dock founder, Lisa Furuland, shares signs parents should be on the look out for if they think their baby is not getting enough sleep.

Your Baby Sleeps Restlessly

Some movement during sleep with babies is perfectly normal. In fact, many babies wake themselves up with sudden jerks, known as the startle–or moro–reflex.  However, constant restlessness while babies sleep could be a sign of a sleep disorder. If your little one is moving their legs around a lot while they sleep or they can't seem to get comfortable, you should talk to your pediatrician about it. This could be a sign of Restless Leg Syndrome which is also related to Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, which is not a serious condition but could be waking your child in the middle of the night.  There could be other medical conditions underlying unusually restless sleep in babies as well, so be sure to raise your concerns with your child's doctor to rule out any underlying medical cause.

Your Baby is Cranky Throughout the Day

Babies are expected to be cranky, that's why the expression “cry baby” exists.  Babies cry when they are hungry or if their diaper needs a change, or sometimes seemingly for no reason at all.  However, if your little one seems to be in a bad mood most of their awake time, it could mean they are not getting enough sleep. 

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Your Baby Snores

A little snoring here and there is usually no big deal, especially if your baby has a cold,  but if you're hearing constant–and loud–snores coming from your snuggle bug, it might be time to investigate its cause. Snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea, which means your baby is waking up throughout the night. Sleep apnea could lead to stunted growth and developmental delays. Other issues can cause regular or excessive snoring as well so be sure to tell your child's pediatrician if your baby is snoring a lot.

Your Baby Isn't Hitting Milestones

Just like adults, babies who don't get enough sleep are not as productive during the day. If your baby or toddler is having trouble reaching their milestones, it could mean their brains are not as active during their waking hours due to inefficient sleep. Again, raise this issue with your child's pediatrician if you have concerns.  

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Deal with Sleep Issues to Help Your Baby Get More Zzzs (So You Can, Too!)

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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