First Time Parents Guide: Fussy Baby at Night?
If your baby is fussy at night, it can be very distressing, not to mention the dent it puts in your sleep schedule. While it’s normal for you to worry when your baby seems upset, this is usually a normal part of childhood development, and sometimes simply a sign of your baby’s growth.
By the time your new baby is two or three weeks old, some night-time fussiness is to be expected. In the meantime, there are few steps you can take to help your baby calm down and handle fussiness at night.
If your baby is fussy at night, you can start by asking yourself a few questions.
Does my baby have gas?
Gas is a common problem for new babies, and may be the reason your baby seems upset after hours. If you think your baby’s gas may be the issue, there are a few things you can try to help your baby pass gas and ease the associated discomfort.
As you give your baby some extra reassurance, you can bring more attention to the burping process, making sure your baby has been thoroughly burped. Also, try rotating his or her legs in the air, as if your baby is riding an invisible, upside-down bicycle.
If you think diet may be the issue, you can change your baby’s formula, try slow-flow bottle nipples or experiment with their diet.
Is my baby distressed?
If you’ve determined that gas is not the reason why your baby’s fussiness today (tonight), there are other reasons why your baby may be upset, most of which are perfectly normal. For example, your baby may be fussy due to growing pains which are a normal part of your baby’s development. Although they may cause you to worry, it’s simply part of the growing process that you and your baby have to endure.
There are other variables you can change, some of which also give you a chance to practice comforting your new child. You can try holding, carrying, or touching your baby, which can help him or her feel safe and give the two of you an opportunity to strengthen your physical and emotional bond. You can bathe or massage your baby, or bring him or her into an environment with less intrusive sensory stimulation. (Sometimes all you need to do is reduce light or turn on a calming sound machine.)
As with all aspects of new parenthood, the more patience you can bring to the situation, the more quickly your baby’s discomfort may pass, and the more you can enjoy this important time in your lives.
Does my baby have colic?
If your baby is constantly and consistently fussy at night for long periods of time and you can’t seem to do much about it, it may be time to speak with a doctor or other medical professional for additional guidance.
It’s always okay to ask for help!
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