Do you have a baby waking you up at an unreasonable hour ready to get up for the day? If most of you are like many of the parents I have helped, you probably have grown to dread the mornings because they literally come way too early!
Here are 5 reasons you may be experiencing those dreaded early morning wake-ups from your baby:
I understand that it can be hard to get used to the idea of being home in the early evenings so that your baby can get to sleep at a decent time, but it is a very important part to preventing early mornings. Your baby should be in bed no later than 8:30 pm and some need a bedtime as early as 6:30 pm.
The more tired your baby gets, the less she will sleep. Sleep begets sleep. Keep your baby on a good napping schedule and have a decent bedtime to prevent her from becoming overtired.
Light suppresses the production of the hormone melatonin which helps us sleep. Babies don’t start producing melatonin until 3 months of age so this isn’t as important for the early months but you might as well get into the habit of keeping their room dark. Get some blackout blinds for your baby's room.
As the early morning hours come, your baby will sleep more lightly so it’s important to block out the noise coming from your early riser neighbors with a soothing white noise machine.
Lynette is the founder and certified baby/toddler sleep consultant of Serene Sleep Solutions. She has a passion for helping parents create good sleep habits with their children so everyone in the home can sleep better. As a mom who struggled with her first child’s sleep, she knows all too well the feeling of being sleep deprived and not knowing what to do.
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