Typical difficulties parents face as they work to have their baby on a schedule. These are common problems faced in the first 6 months of baby’s life.
In chapter one of The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, Tracy Hogg lists common complaints she hears from parents of babies ages 0-6 months and the solutions to those complaints. I thought I would list those that I also hear often.
- 0-6 WEEK Old Baby Difficulties
- Baby Wants to Eat Every Two Hours
- Baby Acts Like He Wants To Eat, Then Only Sucks For a Moment
- Naps Are Inconsistent
- Baby is Up Frequently At Night
- 6 WEEKS to 4 MONTH Old Baby Difficulties
- Baby Won’t Sleep More Than 3-4 Hour Stretches At Night
- Baby Was Sleeping Through The Night, but Now is Up Often
- Baby’s Naps Are Short
- 4 TO 6 MONTHS Old Baby Difficulties
- Baby Is Eating So Quickly; I Am Afraid He Isn’t Eating Enough
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0-6 WEEK Old Baby Difficulties
Below are some common difficulties parents of newborns face along with the top tips for solving these problems.
Baby Wants to Eat Every Two Hours
- First, be sure baby isn’t going through a Growth spurt . If so, feed baby. If not, move on to other solutions (this is not a suggestion of Hogg’s, but the number one suggestion of mine).
- If baby weighs less than 6.5 pounds or has jaundice, he might need to eat more often right now.
- Be sure baby is taking in a full feed when eating.
- Be sure the latch-on is appropriate.
- Check your milk supply.
- Be sure baby isn’t using you or the bottle as a pacifier (again, my suggestion).
Baby Acts Like He Wants To Eat, Then Only Sucks For a Moment
- Baby wants to use you as a pacifier.
- He isn’t taking in full feeds and just wants to snack.
- Milk supply might be low.
- Let down might be slow (my addition).
- Let down might be too forceful (my addition).
- Baby might have Reflux (my addition).
Naps Are Inconsistent
- Baby might be overstimulated: Read How To Calm Your Overstimulated Baby
- Baby might need to be swaddled: Read How Tot Help Your Baby Sleep Better by Swaddling
- You need to lay baby down in bed awake.
- Again, check for a Growth spurt (my addition).
- Baby is falling asleep during feedings and not tired for naps (my addition).
Baby is Up Frequently At Night
- Baby has night and day mixed up.
- Baby is sleeping too much in the day (but don’t keep her up to the point of overstimulation).
- Baby is not getting enough waketime in the day (my addition).
6 WEEKS to 4 MONTH Old Baby Difficulties
Here are some common reasons for some difficulties faced in the 4-6 month old stage. A huge one is Wonder Week 19, so be sure to read up on that.
Baby Won’t Sleep More Than 3-4 Hour Stretches At Night
- Baby might need more food in the day.
- Baby might benefit from cluster feeding .
Baby Was Sleeping Through The Night, but Now is Up Often
- Growth spurt
- Nighttime Sleep Issues (my addition)
- 4 month sleep problems (my addition). Read my tips on How To Solve 4 Month Sleep Problems here.
Baby’s Naps Are Short
- You might be misreading nap cues and getting him to bed too late. See also Optimal Waketime Lengths.
- You are responding too quickly when he stirs and not giving him a chance to settle.
- 4 month sleep problems (my addition)
- Growth spurt (my addition)
- Chronic 45 Minute Naps (my addition)
- Easy Nap Fix (my addition)
- 45 Minute Intruder (my addition)
- Naps: Troubleshooting (my addition)
4 TO 6 MONTHS Old Baby Difficulties
Baby Is Eating So Quickly; I Am Afraid He Isn’t Eating Enough
- This might not be a real problem. Babies get to be much faster nursers/bottlefeeders as they get older.
- Baby might not be hungry enough and is ready for a four hour schedule
- If baby seems unsatisfied, check your milk supply (my addition).
As you parent, you are sure to come across many difficult situations. These common problems faced by parents can help you to recognize what is normal and the steps you can take to quickly get through the difficulty.