why does my baby cry in her sleep?
It is normal for your baby to cry a little before going to sleep. It’s his way of discharging. Even once your baby is asleep, he may cry regularly.
In his active sleep or the early stages of his sleep, your baby may cry several times from whimpering to active crying.
His brain is busy processing all the impressions of the day.
The ‘It’s Time To Sleep’ message
Lots of babies wake up crying. Every 5 to 10 minutes is okay and it can last for half an hour. There is no need to comfort your baby if he cries intermittently.
When the crying turns into continuous and louder crying, you will naturally comfort your child to prevent him from crying inconsolably and becoming so upset that he cannot sleep anymore.
Initially try to comfort with your voice and your touch, but let your baby lie nice and warm in his bed. If that is not enough, just grab it against you and check if there might be a dirty diaper or burp in the way. Stay in the ‘we are going to sleep message’ by at least staying in his room and not adding too many stimuli.
Calm down and repeat your sleep ritual. Your favorite rhyme/song, music box, and so on.
Regularly crying in his sleep at night is also normal, because your baby goes through that active sleep phase several times. Not all children wake up happily babbling or wait quietly and patiently for you to come and have a look.
Some little ones wake up crying when they are done sleeping.
This is one way to let him know he needs you.
Crying is communication.
Regular crying in his sleep at night is also normal because your baby goes through that active sleep phase several times.
Your baby’s sleeping pattern changes around 6 months. He can stay awake longer and sleep longer consecutively, there is a clearer day and night rhythm.
Your baby is therefore able to ‘keep itself awake’. If you miss the sleep signals, your baby may eventually become overtired and therefore react with crying when falling asleep or crying during sleep.
For you, it is again a question of how to deal with this new sleeping and waking of your little one.
Just put your baby awake in bed at the first signs of fatigue, and he can protest by wailing a bit.
Your baby’s sleeping pattern changes when he’s around 6 months.
Many babies arch their back while crying. This is not an immediate cause for concern. However, if your child arches his back often, it can cause him to lag behind in his motor skills. He trains the wrong muscles and, by back arching, builds up a lot of tension in muscles that should not be nearly as strong.
The abdominal muscles, on the other hand, are not given enough opportunity to be exercised.
Bending is also necessary for proper development. Just think of the curved arms with which your child brings objects with his own hands to his mouth and discovers objects in front of his face. Learning to roll over is also difficult if the back is always stretched back.Back arching can put your baby in a vicious cycle.
Your child expresses his displeasure about something by tightening his back muscles. Then he starts to cry because the back arching position is uncomfortable. This makes him even more restless and he starts to arch his back even more.
As a result, he sleeps poorly and eats less, after which his mood worsens.
Conclusion: why does my baby cry in her sleep?
Generally speaking, your baby no longer needs night time feeding at the age of around 6 months. But that doesn’t mean he always sleeps through the night.
If your baby cries in her sleep at night, wait a while to see if he really wakes up before you go and watch. Chances are she will fall back to sleep on her own.
If the crying becomes more intense, go for a little comfort, do not make light, and talk in a muffled voice. Preferably leave your baby in his bed.
So this is the reason your baby cries in her sleep, and now you know how to handle it. This is not medical advice, when in doubt, always contact a doctor.
This article is not medical advice, if you are in doubt you should always contact a doctor.