They say that “the early bird catches the worm” but sometimes our babies and toddlers take that a little too seriously, right? If you’re struggling with an Early Riser, sometimes as early as 4:30am, what can you do to push that wake up back to a more reasonable time?
If your little one is waking up and ready to go at 4:30 or 5:00 am you are probably begging for more sleep. There are some kiddos – babies, toddlers and even kids – that are awake and ready to start their day that early. Let’s talk about those Early Risers. What can be done to extend sleep time and make wake up later?
When looking at a typical infant, wake time should be anywhere between 5:30 and 7:00 am. This is based on their biological clock and assumes that you are capitalizing on the best times for nap and bed. Some are naturally early risers and 5:30 or 5:45 am may be the latest they will sleep.
Still, 5:30am is pretty early to start your day. As the parent, YOU get to set the wake time. Figure out a reasonable time to start the day and that is your “OK to Wake” time.
Let’s say that your baby is waking up consistently, and ready to get going, at 5:30 am every morning. You may decide that 6:00 or 6:15 am is the time the day will start. If your baby wakes before that, they will stay in their crib until you come in. At the time you’ve decided is your family’s “OK to Wake” time, go into their room, throw open the blinds, turn on the lights and make a BIG DEAL about saying GOOD MORNING!! And praise your baby for how well he or she slept that night.
Now, there may be some crying and fussing at first. Especially if you’ve spent months and months always going to them immediately when they wake. This is a change and it will take a bit of time for your little one to figure out this new expectation.
You may be wondering how long it will take your baby to figure out their new wake time. Some babies figure it out in about three days – Day 1 there is some crying in their crib, Day 2 just some fussing and whining and by Day 3 they are happily babbling until you come and get them. Others may take longer. Remember to stay consistent with your “OK to Wake” time and you’ll be getting that extra time in the morning before long.
Now if you’re thinking, “This information is great…but how in the heck do I actually change things?” then you’ll want to reach out and schedule an introductory call. During that call we can chat about how to do this together. Book your intro call here!