Your newborn is hungry - This is probably the most common reason why a newborn is not sleeping. Newborn babies have very tiny tummies and require more frequent feedings (especially during growth spurts). If your newborn seems upset and is having a hard time falling asleep you might want to try to offer a feeding.
Your newborn is overtired - While it may be hard to believe, newborn babies can simply be too tired to fall asleep. Try to watch your baby for sleep cues (signs that he/she is getting tired) and put him/her to sleep as soon as possible once you notice your little one is getting sleepy.
Your newborn is overstimulated - While singing, talking and reading to your newborn are all wonderful activities to do when your baby is awake, there is such a thing as too much stimulation. Loud environments, bright lights and lots of activity can be too much for your newborn. If your newborn is getting fussy, you might want to remove him/her to a quieter environment and try for a nap.
Your newborn is startling him/herself awake -Newborn babies have what is known as the Moro reflex. This normal response (to a sudden loss of support) causes babies to feel like they are falling. This sensation can cause babies to startle themselves awake. A great way to combat this sensation in newborn babies is to swaddle them.
Your newborn is uncomfortable - Sometimes the reason why your newborn is not sleeping is because he/she is uncomfortable. This could be because he/she is not feeling well, has a dirty diaper, or is too hot/cold. If your newborn is not comfortable it can make it much more challenging to fall asleep.
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