Infants can get stressed just like grown-ups. If your child resists sleep, take a minute to make sure her problem isn’t a sign of stress. She may be troubled by:

  • Yelling or fighting—in real life or on TV.
  • Scary situations, including barking dogs, loud noises, an unfamiliar bedroom or a new or unfriendly people (a new sitter or teacher, or even a grandma who hasn’t visited in a while).
  • Separations, such as having to stay with sitters or having a regular caregiver suddenly leave.

These can especially upset fragile, super cautious infants who tend to get scared, lonely and extra cranky when unexpected changes occur.

If you think stress is part of the problem, do what you can to protect your honey from these upsets and start a great bedtime routine to get her back in balance.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.