The most common question I get asked about, second only to night waking!Waking before 6am is too early for everyone and it throws off your child’s entire daytime schedule.
EnvironmentIn some cases, the early rising has an easy fix – maybe it is too light in the room at the wee hours. Possibly the birdies are singing their songs at your child’s window. These issues can be fixed with room darkening shades or black out curtains. Ideally the room should be as dark at 6am as it is at 9pm. A white noise machine in your child’s room is a simple solution to the external noises.
Sleep LearningBut it usually isn’t so easy! When your child stirs, go to her quickly and try to get her back to sleep before she screams herself awake. Try to soothe her back to sleep while still in her crib, without picking her up. If she doesn’t go back to sleep again, and she likely won’t at first, do not turn on the lights or get her out of the crib until 6am. If you do, the early rising will continue and possibly the waking will get earlier and earlier.
Toddler Sleep Clock
If your child is over 2yo you could get a children’s alarm clock. There are several types available – sun/moon, bunny sleeping/bunny awake, light changes colors … at the time you set it to change. The clock my girls have in their room turns green at the time I have set for them. Our sleep manners include ‘do not get out of bed before your clock turns green’. If you are not 200% consistent with the clock then your child will not take it seriously either. Like above, you go to them quickly when they wake and say: ‘sweetie, your clock isn’t green it’s not morning/wakie time’.
Here are the four causes of Early Rising:
Written By: Michelle S. Donaghy
Photo Credit: Classic Kids Photography Newport Beach, By: Jenn