• Martha Lewis

Is your child waking up too early?

What time is your child waking up these days?

If you answered, "WAY TOO DARN EARLY!" you're not alone. ;-)

The biggest complaint I hear from parents who have completed their first week of sleep training is that their baby has started waking up at 6 a.m. or even earlier.

It's super common for early morning wake-ups to happen during sleep training. 

But trust me, it's just a phase.

Your child's body is getting used to processing sleep in a whole new way, and it's going to take a bit of time to get it right!

If you put your child to bed at 7 p.m., that means she is going to wake up at 5 a.m. thinking, "Wow! What was that? I feel AWESOME!"

And you know what? You should, too!

Ten full hours of consolidated sleep is something to CELEBRATE, even if it means waking up at 5 a.m.

Rest assured that these early-morning wake-ups won't last long. As your child gets better at "self-soothing," he will soon start sleeping in until 6:00 a.m. or later.

In the meantime, here are a few things you do to speed up the process and encourage your child to sleep in for as long as possible:

1. Make sure their room is dark

And I do mean dark! Get a blackout blind, a heavy set of curtains, or completely tape the windows over with black garbage bags if you have to!

Even the slightest change in darkness can stimulate a premature wake-up, so the more you keep that sun out, the better!

2. Reduce environmental noise

People tend to sleep very lightly during the early-morning hours. This is especially true of babies who have just started to sleep through the night.

In order to avoid waking your child prematurely, you'll want to do everything possible to keep noise to an absolute minimum.

… And I do mean EVERYTHING possible!

My husband gets up at 5:15 a.m. for work and our bathroom is right next to our son's room. Even now, I ask him to use the bathroom downstairs until it's time for Parker to get up at 6:30am. 

3. Choose a wake-up time … and stick to it!

If you don't want your child to get in the habit of waking up before 6:00 a.m., then make that the "official" start to your morning.

So if your child wakes up before 6 a.m., treat it just like a night-time waking, and don't let her get out of bed!

Because if you let your child get up at 5:45 a.m. once, she might want to get up that early every morning, and wake-up time could start creeping even earlier than that!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. You can reach me by calling 307-228-1502..

And if you feel like you could use a little one-on-one help with your child's sleep, be sure to set up a call with me here.

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Martha Lewis, MS

Jackson Hole, WY



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