In the middle of sleep, your baby starts crying and you don't know what to do. Should you wake him up? What are the causes of these night cries? Can they be avoided? Is it uncomfortable for the baby?

Why does your baby cry in his sleep?

We adults sometimes forget that during the first few months of life, a baby is not aware of his own existence. They haven't developed it yet and that's why the bond with their mother is so important. In other words, they feel that they and their mother are one and the same person.

On the other hand, at this early stage, the baby's sleep is still evolving and still has more light sleep phases than deep sleep. It is therefore more common for them to become agitated during sleep and even to cry when they miss their mother figure.

This crying occurs during the deep sleep phase, which is why baby does not wake up.

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Other reasons why a baby cries in his sleep

But if he eventually wakes up, there may be other causes, such as:

  • He feels uncomfortable because he has gas or something hurts
  • He or she is hungry and this is his or her way of expressing it
  • Anxiety, if the baby has had a day full of stimuli, it is normal that he cries more at night

If your baby cries while sleeping, try these solutions

Experts agree: during these nighttime crying episodes, it's best not to wake your baby. Just stay close by so that when he opens his eyes on his own, he can see you and calm down.

At the same time, remember the importance of maintaining a healthy sleep routine to help your little one rest.

We've covered this topic on other occasions on this blog, but we want to remind you of the most important points:

  • Bath time is sacred and doing it right before bed helps your child fall asleep.
  • Sing a lullaby or create a mood in the room with white noise. These are musical compositions that are reminiscent of the sound of ocean waves, rain or a waterfall. If it relaxes you when you listen to it, imagine your baby!
  • Rub his back: Although it is recommended to lay him on his back, you can place him on his stomach while he sleeps and rub his back by turning your hand clockwise. This movement is very relaxing and also helps to relieve digestive problems,
  • Dress your baby in a bodysuit that is as soft as his or her skin: choose a bodysuit made of Organic Cotton and avoid synthetic materials that could cause skin irritation and encourage sweating. In winter, a long-sleeved bodysuit under pajamas is perfect for keeping baby warm.
  • A bed with a quality fitted sheet: nothing beats the softness of Organic Cotton. It is even softer than conventional cotton and is especially suitable for sensitive skin or skin prone to allergies.