May 17, 2016


It’s common for parents to bemoan how early their baby wakes up in the morning. But ask yourself:
-Is my baby waking before she’s had enough sleep?
-Has she had enough sleep, but is waking too early for my liking?
-Could my baby be hungry? This may be the case, especially if she’s around weaning age.To decide whether your baby is waking up before she’s had the sleep she needs, look at how she behaves during the day.
-Does she seem sleepy?
-Does she take a nap soon after she first wakes up? 

If your baby is ready to take a nap within an hour of getting up, this nap is probably an extension of her night-time sleep. Gradually move this nap to between two hours and three hours of her waking to make the distinction. 
Keep an eye out for sleep cues that may indicate that your baby is tired and needs more sleep. She may:
-whine and cry
-stare blankly into space
-yawn and stretch a lot
-rub her eyes
-lose interest in people and toys
-appear very quiet and still
-She may also turn her face away from moving objects or people and bury her face in your chest.
If your baby wakes up before getting a full night’s sleep, make sure that nothing is waking her, or keeping her awake. If sunlight is streaming through her window at 5am, add blackout lining to the curtains or fit a blind to keep the room dark. 
If your baby wakes early in the morning and you think she needs more rest, make sure she can soothe herself back to sleep. If she’s used to you being there to help her fall asleep at bedtime, she may expect you to be there in the morning too. 
Your baby needs to learn to self-soothe when she wakes at night and when she settles for her daytime naps. Put your baby in her cot when she’s awake. A comfort object may help, such as muslin, a silky piece of cloth or a small cuddly toy. You could rub it next to your skin so your baby can smell you, even though you’re not present.
If your baby is raring to go at 5.30am or 6am, she’s probably going to bed at about 7pm or 7.30pm. Remember, your baby can only sleep so much. If this schedule isn’t working for you, consider a later bedtime, and you may find she wakes later as a result.
Your baby may not seem tired late at night. On the contrary, she may appear very energetic, almost bouncing off the walls. But that’s often a sign it’s past her bedtime.
Funnily enough, an earlier bedtime may help your baby sleep later in the morning. This is because if your baby is going to bed too late, she’ll be sleep-deprived and have more trouble sleeping soundly through the night and into the morning. 
How much sleep your baby needs depends not only on her age, but her own requirements. Some babies just need more sleep than others.

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