Like adults, babies need to wind down after a long day before they can go to sleep. If your baby is having trouble winding down at night consider establishing a bedtime routine to help them, you can get some tips here. If the bedtime routine isn’t working you may need to dive a little deeper to find the root of the problem. Here are some common reasons why babies have a hard time unwinding at the end of the day.
1. Baby is overstimulated. If there is too much going on around baby they may have a tough time going to sleep. Be sure that the room is dim and free from distractions while baby is trying to fall asleep. You may also want to consider a white noise machine for the room to help create a calming environment.
2. Baby is overtired. This is the most frustrating for parents, when you know baby is tired but they won’t go to sleep. Consider trying an earlier bedtime so that baby does not get overtired.
3. Gas pains. If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them. A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief.