3 Habits That can Disturb your Baby’s Sleep

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When your little baby isn’t awake there are still problems that can disturb your baby’s sleep. For a parent this is understandably worrying but don’t immediately expect the worst, some sleeping habits are quite common in babies.

 

Chattering Teeth

While asleep many babies get into the habit of chattering their teeth. It’s not necessarily because they are cold, but more like they are teething. Chattering most often occurs when babies get their first tooth. They chatter because they are getting used to the new sensation of having teeth growing through. The pain of teething or ear infections can be the main causes of your baby chattering their teeth while they sleep.

If this teeth chattering is a continuous habit, consult your doctor for advice.

 

Tossing and Turning

You’re baby’s a bit young to have lots of things on their mind, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stressed during sleep. Around the age of 6 months old, your baby can get into the habit of moving around during sleep. These movements are nothing to worry about as they are a self-soothing technique that your baby uses to relax. As long as your baby doesn’t injure themselves, and is secure in their environment, then it is okay to let them move around.

However, excessive tossing and turning can be a sign of discomfort. So make sure you look out for continuous movement during naptimes. If you are worried about how much your baby is tossing and turning in their sleep, consult your doctor.

 

Sweat

Some babies do sweat a lot while they are asleep. This is most likely because they are in the lightest and most active stages of sleep. In this light sleep the condition makes babies sweat much more than adults or children.

Although sweating is a common condition – too much can be an indication of health problems. Sleep apnoea and overheating can lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), particularly if your baby is using blankets and lots of heavy layered clothing. Put them in a loose cotton shirt and maintain a stable room temperature (between 18-23 degrees Celsius). You should be able to wear a thin long sleeved top and jeans without being cold.

Always contact your doctor if you are worried about your baby’s health or wish to seek further advice.

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