This one hits home!
I felt inspired to write about ‘early morning wakings’ as I am currently working on this with my 10 month old twin boys. I’ve been right there with you praying for 10 more minutes!
The first thing you should know about early morning wakings is that they can be a toughie to work on but not impossible. That’s because after 9-10 hours of sleep, the sleep pressure that has gotten your little one through the night is no longer there. That means wakings in the wee hours can be difficult to get back to sleep from if they have not fully mastered comfortable, confident, independent sleep skills. To be honest, there are many different reasons your baby may be waking early so let’s try to figure them out together.
Firstly let’s establish what is an ‘early morning waking’ and what is normal and acceptable with our little ones. Newborns 0 to 4 year old require 10-12 hours of night sleep while the amount of day sleep varies based on their age (Get a copy of our Sleep by Age chart HERE). Therefore an early morning wake up would be a child waking anytime before 10 hours of night sleep. There is a range of normal between 10-12 hours, so having said that, if your child is waking after 10 hours and is energetic and in a good mood you can assume they are just simply 10 hour baby. However if your child wakes up after 10 hours and still seems sleepy, grumpy or can’t make it to their first nap, then they probably need an extra hour or two of sleep (silver lining).
As mentioned, there are many different reasons your child may be waking early and so this is the order I would try to address the possible causes;
If you have checked all of these things and you are still struggling with early morning wakings feel free to book a consultation with myself or Marie at the Dream Team. We’ve got some secret tricks up our sleeves to help work everything out.
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