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Conversations between parents about how much your baby is sleeping is a new mom right of passage. Sleepless nights are a regular thing for new parents, but while some sleep issues are totally normal, there are certain red flags to watch out for. While babies are notorious for waking up at all hours, there are certain issues you want to keep an eye out for when it comes to sleep and babies. Your little one needs proper sleep in order to healthfully grow and meet their milestones. Here, signs your baby is not getting enough sleep.
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Your Baby Sleeps Restlessly
Some movement during sleep is perfectly normal. In fact many babies wake themselves up with sudden jerks, known as the startle--or moro--reflex. The DockATot Deluxe helps prevent the startle reflex from baby waking themselves up. However, constant restlessness while they sleep could be a sign of a sleep disorder. If your little one is moving their legs around a lot while they sleep or they can't seem to get comfortable, you should talk to your pediatrician about it. This could be a sign of Restless Leg Syndrome which is also related to Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, which is not a serious condition but could be waking your child in the middle of the night.
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Your Baby is Cranky Throughout the Day
Babies are expected to be cranky when they're hungry or if their diaper needs a change, but if your little one seems to be in a bad mood most of their time during their waking hours, it could mean they're not getting enough sleep.
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Your Baby Snores
A little snoring here and there is no big deal, but if you're hearing constant--and loud--snores coming from your sweetie, it might be time to investigate. The snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea, which means your baby is waking up throughout the night. Sleep apnea could lead to stunted growth and developmental delays.
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Your Baby Isn't Hitting Milestones
Just like adults, babies who don't get enough sleep are not as productive during the day. If your baby or toddler is having trouble reaching their milestones, it could mean their brains are not as active during their waking hours due to inefficient sleep.
In general, if you have any suspicions about your little one not getting enough rest, then it's best to talk to your pediatrician and find out what could be going on.
To read more about how DockATot was created to help babies sleep longer and more soundly through the night, click here.