Your baby cries in his sleep: what to do?

Published : 09-08-2018 14:31:34
Categories : baby-sleep

Your baby cries in his sleep: what to do?

Why do babies cry in their sleep? Seeing your child sleep peacefully is a scene that many parents cherish. First, because we all have the impression to observe a little angel, and then because we can finally enjoy a time for ourselves. So what to do, when this situation seems unattainable and instead, your nights are filled by cries and tears? Keep reading! We go through the reasons preventing your baby from sleeping peacefully!

The reasons causing your baby to cry while sleeping

There are multiple reasons that can make your baby cry while sleeping. This is how your child expresses discomfort or anxiety and they need to feel reassured before falling gently in the arms of Morpheus. Generally, a crying baby indicates a baby who is afraid or anxious. The cries can occur because of a night terror or a nightmare. Night terrors only happen to babies who over 2 months of age and usually occur early in the night. When having a sleep terror, your baby screams and looks terrified, they don’t recognize you. Your baby exteriorizes the stress or the fatigue of the day. Night terrors are very common when the baby has gone through a difficult period - a new home, a missing parent, or the arrival of their sibling. When it happens It is important to avoid waking the child or to be too reassuring - this behavior would tend to provoke the opposite effect. Your baby slowly learns to control his fears and go back to sleep without the presence of Mom and Dad!

In the second case scenario, when the cries occur later in the night, your baby is probably having a nightmare. Nightmares usually begin between 12 and 18 months and are more violent than night terrors. Still, no need to panic! This is a must in the development of your child. If he wakes up, it's important to reassure him. But similarly to night terrors, avoid doing too much. The baby has to learn to go back to sleep alone without systematically needing his parents! You can talk to your child from another room and make them feel your presence. If the nightmare was too violent, go to the nursery but avoid too much physical contact even if it's difficult for you! Only one rule is to be kept: it is necessary to avoid that your child associates the fact of waking up with pleasant or positive consequences. If that happens, babies tend to wake up more and more often. Other reasons may cause babies’ cries while sleeping - hunger, poor digestion, cold or some other discomfort.

How to avoid crying in sleep: the importance of the bedtime routine

You probably know it already - it is very difficult to reassure your baby when crying and not create a sleep dependency. This means that your baby will associate your presence with falling back to sleep. Therefore, it is extremely important to prevent those awakenings beforehand. To do that, nothing is more effective than establishing a pleasant bedtime routine! You need to create a bedtime rhythm that gradually calms your baby down in order to avoid as much as possible the manifestations of night terrors and nightmares. For the bedtime routine to be effective, it is important to be consistent and to put your child to bed every night at about the same time. Take advantage of this moment to spend a pleasant moment together. You can sing a song, tell a story, read a book or gently massage your stomach to avoid digestion problems. It is important to explain to your child that during the night, it is time for everyone to relax alone in order to spend pleasant days together.

Our tips for a good night's sleep!

 In addition to the bedtime routine, here are some tips to help your baby sleep tight:

  1. First, track the ambient temperature of the room! It should be between 18 and 22 ° C. For this you can use one of the many features the sleep trainer REMI offers - a sleep tracker recording the temperature of the room every night.
  2. It is important to air the room - open the windows every day to let fresh air in
  3. Use a suitable and firm mattress to suit your baby's back.
  4. Make sure your baby does not sweat too much. The fabric of the mattress must be adapted and it is important to avoid blankets and duvets in young children. You can instead privilege sleep sacks and pajamas.

  5. Avoid too big or too many cuddly toys that can wake up the baby at night.
  6. Above all, don't wake up the baby at their first cry. It is possible that they're crying while they're still asleep. You can take a look at the room but that's it.
  7. Finally, if the baby is awake, you can comfort them quickly but avoid getting them out of the bed at all costs. Waking up at night should not be perceived as something positive or pleasant!

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