If you've got a baby who is an early riser it could be costing you sleep. Here's how to...
If you've got a baby who is an early riser it could be costing you sleep. Here's how to manage. Why your baby wakes up so early:
- He may be reaching a stage where he simply needs less sleep.
- He may be hitting the same end of sleep cycle early each day. At the end of his sleep cycle, he may wake up, find himself alone, and get frustrated, thus deciding it's time to get up for the day.
- He's going to bed too early.
- His schedule could be the culprit. If he was used to a 5 am feeding for example, his body might still assume it's time to eat and he'll wake up.
- If your baby wakes up early and is actually alert and in a good mood, you might try putting him to bed a little later at night.
- If your baby wakes up early but is cranky and still seems tired something may be interfering with his rest. For example, a bright window with the sun shining though, noise from the outside world (or inside the house), or hunger. Try hanging dark curtains, get a white noise machine (which can help drown out excess noise), and don't feed your baby right away in the morning, because he will associate waking up with immediate food.
- If your baby sleeps in a crib, leave a few small and safe baby toys in there with him. When he wakes up he won't be bored which earns you a little extra shut-eye.
- Lastly, you might consider co-sleeping. Some babies hate waking up alone, and won't go back to sleep without some cuddling. If you co-sleep, your baby will see you sleeping, be comforted, and hopefully go back to bed.