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When your bub is not sleeping, it can become very exhausting for you. Every baby has their own unique needs so it is often hard to compare with other children and their sleeping patterns. Factors such as the baby’s temperature, age and personality can all impact the baby’s sleep behaviour. There are some common reasons babies cannot sleep:

  • Tired signs are missed: signals such as yawning and crying are good indicators that baby is tired and needs to sleep. Baby has a “sleep window” and missing this can mean babies take longer to settle.
  • Overstimulation and overtired: when a baby demands attention but their tolerance is short this is usually a sign they are overstimulated and often resist sleep.
  • Lack of opportunity for sleep: Babies thrive when they have predictable and stable routines which support their health and physical needs. Some babies are more sensitive to changes in their routines and can lead to sleeplessness
  • Hunger or discomfort: babies will feel tired unless they are calm and content before they go to sleep. Huggies Ultimate® Nappies provides 12-hour leakage protection and the best care for bub’s skin to ensure they are comfortable in their sleep.

What are some realistic sleeping guidelines to help with managing a sleepless baby?

Newborn baby sleep patterns vary, though most generally need around 9-18 hours of sleep in 24 hours. As they get older, your baby will need less frequent sleeps and is likely to be happy to stay awake for longer periods. By six months, many babies are sleeping through the night.

  • Your baby may sleep more on some days than others. Your baby’s sleep will be a constantly changing process and will be impacted by their maturity and development.
  • Young babies need their parents help to regulate their emotions and to feel safe and secure. They like to be wrapped or swaddled, cuddled or rocked to sleep.
  • Babies from around three months can gradually learn skills to self-settle after all of their needs have been met. They may also sleep for longer periods at night without waking their parents.
  • Your baby’s sleep is not under your direct control. Your responses to their sleep and settling will influence how they calm down and learn to go to sleep.