Why isn't my baby sleeping?

When baby sleep is a big problem

Sleep problems in the first year of life often do not come alone

Babies who find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep often have problems in other areas as well. Especially in the first few months of life, sleep problems are often accompanied by excessive crying, and in some cases there are also difficulties with feeding. Experts then sometimes speak of so-called “regulation disorders”. This conceals particular difficulties for the infant to regulate its behavior appropriately according to age, for example to level off again from a state of excitement with the help of its parents. Such difficulties should always be considered together and, if necessary, dealt with together.

There are a number of possible causes for this as well. The interaction between parents and child, making getting to know each other difficult, is often difficult. This can be due to the fact that a child tends to be restless in terms of temperament and is difficult to calm down. Parental attempts to calm down are often unsuccessful. These children are very exhausting for parents and require a particularly high level of empathy from them.

On the other hand, some parents find it difficult to perceive their child's signals, to interpret them correctly and to deal with them appropriately. A vicious circle can all too easily arise from such “misunderstandings”. The sooner professional help is sought in such cases, the better it can be avoided that the coexistence between parents and child becomes permanently difficult.