With a baby at home, you can discover something exciting every day. If you have a newborn, you may have experienced a situation that is more common than it seems. In the middle of sleep, your baby cries in his sleep and you don't know what to do. Is it better to wake him up? What are the causes? Is it preventable? Is it uncomfortable for the baby?

Don't worry: the best thing to do is to treat this moment naturally and understand what is happening.

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Why does your baby cry in his sleep?

We adults sometimes forget that during the first months of life, a baby is not aware of its own existence. They have not yet developed it and that is why the bond with their mother is so important. To put it another way: they feel that their mother and they are one and the same. 

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

In any case, the explanation for this disorder is that crying occurs just when sleep is deep. That is why he does not wake up completely and cries in his sleep.

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Other reasons why a baby cries in his sleep

But if he eventually wakes up and sleep is interrupted, there may be other causes behind it, for example:

  • He feels discomfort because he has gas or something hurts. 
  • He is hungry and this is his way of expressing it.
  • Anxiety. If the baby has had a day full of stimuli, it is normal for him to cry more at night. 

If your baby cries in his sleep, try these solutions

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

At the same time, don't forget the importance of maintaining a healthy sleep routine to help your little one rest.

In this blog we have discussed the subject on other occasions but we want to remember the highlights:

  • Bath time is sacred and doing it just before bedtime helps to fall asleep. 
  • Sing a lullaby or set the room with white noise. These are musical compositions reminiscent of the sound of ocean waves, rain or a waterfall. If it relaxes you when you listen to them, imagine your baby!
  • Massage his back: although it is advisable 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 serves to relieve digestive problems,
  • Dress your baby in a onesie that is as soft as his skin: choose an organic cotton onesie and avoid synthetic materials that could cause skin irritation and promote perspiration. In winter, a long-sleeved onesie 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 fragile or allergy-prone skin. 

 

What routine do you follow, and how do you experience those moments before your baby falls asleep?

According to the 'Clinical Practice Guide on Sleep Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence', published by the Ministry of Health, in the first year of a baby's life, parents can lose between 400 and 750 hours of sleep. But even if this were true, what counts is that many other things are gained.