Does your baby whimper in sleep at night?

Jun 16, 2023

Many parents find that their babies have trouble sleeping at night and often make a grunting sound. The legs and feet are also unfaithful, often stirring and kicking. If the mother and father pick up the baby, the baby will be able to sleep quietly for a while.
What happened to the baby's sleep grumbling at night? It turns out that the following reasons are the cause!

1. The nervous system is not yet well developed
The baby is very secure in the mother's womb, but after birth will be subject to various stimuli brought about by the external environment. In addition to the little baby brain nervous system is not perfect, so need to have a gradual adaptation process.

2. The development of the digestive system is not yet mature
After the birth of the baby, from the umbilical cord transport nutrition into direct feeding, this process also needs to adapt. The baby grows fastest before three months, and eats more and poops harder, even while eating, so the burden on the gastrointestinal tract is not light.
This causes the baby's stomach to grumble and sometimes twist and strain. It is normal for babies to hold their breath when they are straining, and their faces turn red.

3. Fast growth rate
In the first three months, the baby's weight can more than double, and the length will be more than 20% longer than at birth. As you can imagine, the baby's bones, tendons, muscles, and skin, are growing rapidly, so they need to be constantly stretched to relieve the discomfort of the process. These phenomena, such as the baby straining and shaking his arms, all indicate that the body is developing faster.

4. Deep sleep and light sleep transition
The sleep cycle is short for small children, and deep sleep and light sleep are often switched. During the transition, there will also be humming, straining, crying, etc. Just like us adults, we will also stretch and roll our bodies at night.
Especially for small babies within 3 months, many switch once in 20-45 minutes. But as the age of the month increases, this aspect of the baby will get better and better, and the single sleep time is getting longer.

5. Improper feeding.
Improper feeding can cause babies to grunt in their sleep. If the baby eats too much at night, the abdomen is bloated and uncomfortable, it will grumble and sleep. If you are hungry, you will also be grunting and crying because you want to eat milk. Therefore parents should feed on demand, the mother should usually pay attention to how much the baby eats, do not give the baby too much at once, and do not let the baby too hungry.

6. Improper daily care. Such as wearing too many clothes, cover thick, high indoor temperature, children sleep with sweaty backs, will also cause poor sleep quality, easy to cry and wake up, and other phenomena. Too cold at home can also cause discomfort to the baby, resulting in unrestful sleep, parents should pay attention to adjust the room temperature.

7. Lack of security
Baby has been in the mother's womb carefree life, but also a relatively small space, suddenly came to the world, the surrounding is not very open, and not his familiar environment, will not feel safe, this is a human instinct, even if the child is small, but also can be perceived.


8. Flatulence uncomfortable. Baby after birth, his intestines are not yet well developed, will be flatulent, so the baby night hold, grunting, stirring, most likely because the gas in the stomach can not be discharged so. And when the baby is bloated, in addition to the belly will be bloated, there is also the appearance of vomiting and irritability.

9. Sleep regression period
After four months, your baby will have a sleep regression period, which usually lasts from 1 to 4 weeks. If your baby has no physical problems, but starts to grumble at night, it means that he is entering the sleep regression period. Although it will affect the baby's sleep, it is also beneficial, because each sleep regression period represents the baby's big movements are developing. So at this stage, the mother should be a little patient and try to reduce the anxiety and discomfort in the baby's body.

10. Wet diapers
The baby's stomach and intestines are fragile at birth, and sometimes when he wants to poop, he will grunt and hold his energy; sometimes the baby will also grunt and sleep when his diaper is wet, and his feet will stomp around.

11. Rash on the body
If the baby has eczema or heat rash, and if the environment is too hot during sleep, it will cause the baby to feel itchy and will involuntarily touch his face, shake his head, grunt and so on.

12. Disease factors
If the baby is sick and uncomfortable, it will lead to sleeplessness and grunting, when the baby will usually be accompanied by other symptoms, this situation requires parents to take the baby to the doctor in a timely manner.

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