Early Waking Babies
To all you parents out there who have finally cracked it and your beautiful baby is now finally sleeping until 6:30am/7am……..but then.. Why oh why , all of a sudden have they started to wake earlier? The dawn chorus is drowned out by your baby crying from as early as 5am. How can this be? The following tips are aimed at babies 6 months ( or fully weaned ) to 15 months olds, then please see our Brilliant Nanny tips for early waking toddlers
The first 3 nights from a 5:30am wake up , adjust if earlier.
5:30am adjust if earlier – If your baby wakes up crying then go into their room, with minimum chat, soothe by saying “it’s night time, ssh go to sleep , everyone is sleeping, ” and lay back down and walk out the room. If they cry, stay outside for 3 minutes, then go back into the room and repeat the above , then lay your baby down and pat and ssshing until they calm down. When your baby calms down ( doesn’t have to be silent, just calmer) , say “ goodnight” and leave the room, repeat 3 times . If your baby hasn’t fallen back to sleep after 3 attempts, then leave the room and 3 minutes later or most importantly when calmer not screaming, go in and open the curtains and do a happy morning wake up, ” Good morning, did you have a lovely sleep?”
Try and delay morning milk until 6:30am. ( adjust from an hour from wake up )
Morning naps are a must at this age and should be really encouraged. Try and keep your baby awake until 9:00am and let them sleep for a maximum of an hour. If your baby fights this sleep then take her out for a walk or in the car to help her achieve this.
Lunchtime sleep is also important, however, this should be pushed until as close to 12:30pm and at least 1.5 hours encouraged here.
These times above are the ideal nap times to promote a good nighttime sleep, however they will need adjusting slightly to accommodate your early riser and if every other day, you gently push towards these times.
4th, 5th and 6th night
Refrain from starting the steps above until 5:45am or 15mins later than the wake up above. The morning bottle should be an hour from 5:45am
7th, 8th and 9th night
Start at 6am Morning bottle should be an hour from 6am.
And so forth. Generally, it will take around two weeks to get to 7am, small steps work wonders with babies, but I promise you it will be worth it, once cracked , it will only get better!
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