Don’t freak out if you baby wakes up crying from nap because it is completely normal. This can happen repeatedly. What is the cause? There is no single cause because when a baby wakes and suddenly cries, it can be caused by anything.
Hunger is one common cause. It is hard to sleep when we feel hungry. Babies feel the same way, actually. Their tummies are smaller than us, so they get empty faster. This means your baby will constantly need feeding. If your baby is taking a nap and then suddenly wakes up, try to breastfeed. If he stops crying right after that, it is safe to say that your baby is indeed hungry. Or offer solid food, this is recommended for older babies. Another potential cause is pain. Babies can’t understand verbal communication. They talk to their parents by crying. Did you not cook his food properly? Meat, for example, should never be given raw because his tummy can’t tolerate that. Everything should be cooked properly. (Also read: What to Do When Your Baby Won’t Nap)
A problem in his digestion can easily cause pain . If this is why your baby wakes up crying from nap, breastfeeding will not work. You should try to comfort him. The pain will not just suddenly disappear. It takes time for it to go away. Separation anxiety is another cause. How often does he wake as you put him in the crib? Babies learn to sleep with sleep associations. But there are times when all those things don’t work. When he has separation anxiety, no matter how soothing his sleeping environment is, he will end up waking up and crying. The best solution is to tell him that you won’t leave him. Go back to his room frequently even after he is asleep.
When your baby wakes up crying from nap, calm him down by touching and patting his back. This works most of the time. Also, create a relaxing environment. It is hard to sleep in a hot room. A fan can help improve air circulation. Don’t forget to open up the windows during the day. Daytime can be unbearable especially during the summer. Make sure there is a good ventilation system in his room because without it, the room will feel hot throughout the day. This is not a good environment for sleeping. He will constantly sweat and cry. Installing an AC can also solve the issue, but this should be the last option when nothing else works. Next, adjust the brightness in the room. There is no need to turn on the lights in the afternoon. Just let the sunlight come into the room, instead.