baby having sleeping troubles. What to do?

Hello ? My 7-months-old baby having sleeping troubles.I started solid food like aata halwa,

cerelac, khichadi, ragi. She has sleeping troubles, she does not sleep properly from the start itself.

I am also unable to sleep properly. She wakes up in the night and only sleeps after

taking breastfeed. Please suggest what should I do.

 

 

baby having sleeping troubles. What to do?
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  1. Hello Dear,

    Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.

    This issue of frequent awakening during night at this age of your baby is not unique. At this age many babies have this problem because of there developmental stage as your baby may be learning to sit up, crawl, or possibly even cruise or walk – quite a list of achievements and some times separation anxiety also comes in to play.
    However night time awakening for feeding is usually seen in less then 6 months babies but as with your child who likes to breast feed to sleep, there it becomes a conditional habit or reflex for sleep. She may not be hungry but needs that sucking to sooth himself and go in to sleep. This subsides as she will grow up.
    For the first few months, middle-of-the-night feedings are sure to disrupt sleep for parents and babies alike — but it's never too soon to help your baby become a good sleeper. Consider these tips:

    1. Encourage activity during the day. When your baby is awake, engage him or her by talking, singing and playing. Stimulation during the day can help promote better sleep at night.
    2. Follow a consistent bedtime routine. Try relaxing favorites such as bathing, cuddling, singing, playing quiet music or reading. Soon your baby will associate these activities with sleep.
    3. Put your baby to bed drowsy, but awake. This will help your baby associate bed with the process of falling asleep. Remember to place your baby to sleep on his or her back, and clear the crib or bassinet of blankets and other soft items.
    4. Give your baby time to settle down. Your baby might fuss or cry before finding a comfortable position and falling asleep. If the crying doesn't stop, speak to your baby calmly and stroke his or her back. Your reassuring presence might be all your baby needs to fall asleep.
    5. Consider a pacifier. If your baby has trouble settling down, a pacifier might do the trick. In fact, research suggests that using a pacifier during sleep helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
    6. Expect frequent stirring at night. Babies often wriggle, squirm and twitch in their sleep. They can be noisy, too. Unless you suspect that your baby is hungry or uncomfortable, it's OK to wait a few minutes to see if he or she falls back asleep.
    7. Keep nighttime care low-key. When your baby needs care or feeding during the night, use dim lights, a soft voice and calm movements. This will tell your baby that it's time to sleep — not play.
    8. Don't 'bed share' during sleep. This can make it harder for your baby to fall asleep on his or her own. Bed sharing might also increase your baby's risk of SIDS. If you'd like to keep your baby close, consider placing your baby's bed in your bedroom.
    9. Respect your baby's preferences. If your baby is a night owl or an early bird, you might want to adjust routines and schedules based on these natural patterns.

    Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back with follow-up questions.
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