Why does my toddler cry every night

Your baby cries and screams in his sleep - tips and tricks!

Causes of Nighttime Crying

In fact, there are numerous reasons that your baby may cry while he sleeps. By crying, your child expresses their discomfort. Fear or panic can also cause your child to cry or even scream in their sleep.

A natural response to your baby crying at night is to pick up the baby and use physical contact to calm it down. You need patience to calm your baby down at night. Do not despair and also pay attention to your needs. It's the middle of the night for you too, and you are probably very tired yourself.

Even though your baby is crying, he or she may still be sound asleep. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether your child is awake or asleep. Your child may be changing their sleep phase. Especially when he or she falls from light sleep to deep sleep, it is not uncommon for him to cry. Before you take her out of her crib to calm her down, watch her for a brief moment. Your child may calm down on its own in a short time and then even go back to sleep peacefully. By picking it up, you run the risk of waking it up.

The different tones of crying can make a difference. Babies cry for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they want to express their hunger by crying, they are cold or they have a wet diaper. However, the crying can last much longer in these cases. It is therefore important that you take care of your child and learn to interpret his or her crying.

If your child cries because they feel uncomfortable, the crying will be much more intense and pitiful than if they cry while they sleep.

Screaming & Crying: calm your child down at night

Once you have identified the cause of your baby's nightly crying, act accordingly. If it cries because its diaper is wet, then change its diaper. If it is hungry, feed your child. If so, stay calm and make as little noise as possible. Dim the lights. Once your child's needs are met, they will quickly fall asleep again. You can help your infant with this by keeping your child tired.

Show your child that the night is for sleeping. Therefore, behave differently at night than you would during the day. Just speak softly to your child and then put them back in their crib as soon as possible.

Be patient! It is not necessary to take your child out of their crib immediately at night. Watch it and find out what it needs. They may go back to sleep and calm themselves down without you having to do anything.

Childlike sleep behavior

Newborns in particular can still be unsure of their sleeping habits. It's not uncommon for your baby to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at the beginning of their life. However, newborns sleep between 16 and 20 hours a day. However, they wake up more often than in later years. It is therefore important that you also give your child enough sleep during the day.

Newborns generally have very restless sleep. The eye movements during sleep can also be recognized by you as a mother or father. Your baby may also move their arms and legs a lot as well. Some children can also stop breathing for a maximum of 5 seconds. There is nothing to worry about. Most babies experience these pauses in breathing in the first few months of their lives. They are part of the child’s sleep development and disappear all by themselves over time.

From the age of three months, most children can sleep for up to five hours at a time. After that, the number of hours usually increases to around eight to nine hours. However, every child is different. Therefore, give your child the time it needs to adjust to their sleep rhythm.

Your child's sleep rhythm is still very different from yours. As an adult, it takes about 90 minutes to go from light sleep to deep sleep. Your offspring, on the other hand, experiences the change between light sleep and deep sleep within 60 minutes.

Do babies have nightmares?

As a mother or father, you worry if your baby cries (or twitches) while he sleeps. It is still not known whether children suffer from nightmares. It is still unclear at what age the dream development has advanced so far that your child has a nightmare.

Some children have had nightmares as early as 18 months of age. Most children experience nightmares at a later age, however.

Nightmares only occur during deep sleep. Even at a later age, your child may cry in their sleep because they have a nightmare. Even if it is difficult for you because you naturally want to help your child: Let them sleep! Your offspring does not notice the crying and it does not disturb them in their sleep either.

If your baby suffers from nightmares, these usually take place at the beginning of the night. A nightmare will also change your baby's facial expression. It will look scared or scared. Your child's legs and arms can also cramp from a nightmare. In time you will be able to see if and if your child is suffering from a nightmare. Watch your child! If the situation changes, or if you are seriously worried, you can always wake your baby to make sure he is okay.

Childhood nightmares can have different backgrounds. Maybe you have just moved with your baby and it has to get used to its new home. Sometimes the arrival of a sibling can also trigger nightmares in your already-born children.

But don't force your child to wake up from a nightmare. In sleep, your baby will process what it has experienced. If you wake them up, you will achieve the opposite and your child may be disoriented and even more anxious than before after waking up.

It is also important that your child learns to calm himself down. This is the only way to learn to become independent and self-sufficient and to get along without parental help. Will your child wake up by itself, be there for them and give them the feeling of security. The nightmare will be quickly forgotten and your child can fall asleep again with peace of mind.