Some babies have a hard time getting to sleep. The cause may be due to a growth spurt or the result of a developmental period. Young babies will wake at odd hours, but as they age, they should adapt to a schedule. If your baby has chronic or long-lasting sleep problems, see your pediatrician. For shorter periods of sleeplessness, there are simple techniques you can try at home.
Give her a warm and relaxing bath. Getting her in the bath and lowering the lights should help calm her. Dry, feed and dress her afterward in a calm way with no noise or stimulation. If you make these actions a part of a consistent night-time ritual, she will respond to them as signals that bedtime is near.
Rocking motions can help her fall asleep. A quiet car ride or walk in a stroller can help her drift off. You can block stimulating sights, should you need to, by carrying her next to your skin in a wrap or lying down with her to help her feel secure. Babies like hearing mom's heartbeat. Many people practice co-sleeping for this reason, making bed transitions when their babies are older.
Adjust your schedule and expectations. Your baby may not naturally follow the schedule you wish to follow, and sometimes there is not much a parent can do about that except try to adapt. Some babies have trouble sleeping, just as some children are fussy eaters. Do not feel bad about having to refit your life around her sleep habits, but try to keep it consistent. Help set the schedule by waking her at a regular time each day. This will work better with older babies.
Comfort her. Babies need to feel secure and cared for. Doctors and other child-rearing experts no longer suggest letting a baby cry herself to sleep. The more you respond to her need for reassurance, the safer she will feel.