Help! My Baby has Trouble Falling Asleep
You know the drill. It's 6 p.m., after a hard day, and you are paying the price for allowing your baby to settle for the car nap she took on the way to the mall. Now, she is fussy – to put it mildly – easily irritated, refusing to eat, and resisting her usual soothing routine of an evening bath.
If your baby isn't very tired, he or she is likely to resist sleep..
Her favorite book became a projectile as you tried to read it to her, and you are completely at the end of your rope. You just know that she will sleep soundly tonight.
As the sun shows the first signs of setting behind the horizon, you prepare the nursery, put on her PJ's, and anticipate some peace and quiet. As soon as you do, it's like a switch goes off in your baby – she is wide awake, still upset, and fighting sleep!
What do you do?
Babies can suffer from being over stimulated or being overly tired, just like how an adult can feel under a lot of stress. Most parents first begin trying to calm their baby down with gentle rocking and singing; then they try every other little trick they know, in effort to soothe their baby. Unfortunately, in most cases, this just adds to their over stimulation.
There are many schools of thought on how to get a baby to fall asleep. Some say they need to learn to soothe themselves, while others encourage co-sleeping, and still others prefer rocking and lulling. The one that is right for you is the one that not only feels right, but the one that works. It may be an entirely different method, or it may be a combination of all. It is normal for parents to wonder if there is something wrong with their children when they don't go to sleep easily, but sometimes it is just a result of personality, or a stage they are entering.