Your baby won’t sleep unless held, why does it happen? There are a number of reasons as to why a baby doesn’t wanna sleep. Firstly, he may feel hungry. No matter how hard you try to put him down, he won’t close his eyes until you give him food or milk. Babies have smaller stomachs than us, so they will get empty faster. The only solution is to feed him until he is satisfied. Another reason is overtiredness. Do you like spending time playing with your baby? Remember that a baby needs much time to sleep. If he has been awake for too long, this can cause sleep problems. Babies need around 11 hours of night time sleep. If he misses a nap, please put him down earlier. Overtiredness has a bad impact on health. He will probably cry and become irritated all the time.
Wait until he’s sleepy
Before he’s drowsy enough, don’t put him in the crib because he will wake up constantly. Wait until he shows signs of sleepiness. When your baby starts closing his eyes, he’s ready for bedtime. Caress him gently because touches are very comforting. Also, pat his back to bring him into a state of tranquility. The moment he completely shuts his eyes, lay him down in the crib. Unless he’s hungry, he should stay asleep until he gets enough sleep. Many parents instantly assume that their babies are hungry when they wake up in the middle of the night. It is not true at all. They can wake for any other reason. Try to breastfeed him, if he refuses, you know it is not the underlying cause. Try to repeat the sleep routine to give him comfort. (Also read: Eat Play Sleep Training for Babies)
Create a sleep routine
Try this if your baby won’t sleep unless held. Baby love routine, so you should set a schedule for him. For example, if you decide that the needs go to sleep at 8:00 pm, then repeat the bedtime routine at the same time daily. This will make him get used to the schedule. Just in case it doesn’t work, try to follow his sleep pattern, instead. Babies sleep as they please. There is no need to tell them to do so, they will sleep themselves. All you can do is encourage him to sleep when he’s ready by showing sleep associations.
Rock him to sleep
Babies like movement, all mothers know this. So to help him sleep faster, you can try rocking him. Or to make it simple, use a rocker. There are many rockers with different specifications and price. Some parents don’t like to use tools to avoid dependence. If you think the benefits far outweigh the downsides, there is no reason to not use it. That’s what to do if your baby won’t sleep unless held.