As a baby sleep coach and parent, I know that some of the scariest questions you can hear when raising a child are “Is your baby a good sleeper?” and “Does your child sleep through the night?”. It becomes the standard by which we judge our parenting – whether we get a good night’s sleep, or whether the bags under our eyes tell a very different tale. You begin to wonder how others seem to manage it while you feel doomed to restless nights and early mornings and even though you have to remember that every child is different, there are a few things that you can do to try and make supporting your child to sleep through the night easier for your family.
So Why Does My Child Wake up Early?
Your child may be waking up for many different reasons. Some of these are easily solvable but here are some of the most common.
1. Do you really know much your child needs to sleep?
Too much sleep during the day when it comes to nap time may be the reason your child doesn’t need as much as you were hoping they would at night.
2. Is their bedtime the right time?
If as above they only need a set number of hours sleep, then if there bedtime is not right they could already be getting all the sleep they need and that is why they are waking up early.
3. Old habits are hard to crack.
If your child had adjusted their body clocks to waking up at a certain time then it may have become natural to them. With a little patience though, these habits can be broken.
4. Check your child’s environment.
Check if there is something else that happens at the same time as your child wakes up. Maybe the heating comes on at that time and the radiator makes a noise or maybe it’s the time light comes streaming in. Checking for things in your child’s environment means you can rule another possible cause out.
5. Is your child still comfortable?
A full nappy or hunger pangs maybe what is waking them up if they have had too much to drink or too little to eat before bed.
6. Did your child have a good day?
Your child may wake up unsettled by something that happened during the day that may have upset them or frustrated them
7. Are genetics the problem?
If your child is a morning person then they may have got it from their parents. It may just be something that runs in the family
8. Is it possible that my child is just an early riser?
Early rising could definitely just be a part of who they are. For some children it is natural for them to wake up and be ready to start the day bright and early. Their biological clock might just be set earlier than other children and unfortunately after everything else has been ruled out it may just be something you will have to work out a new life routine around. Just remember though, it won’t last forever. Children’s sleep patterns change all the time but until then, a few changes to your own routine to help you cope with the early mornings will probably be the best way forward.
However before you resign your life to seeing more sunrises than you’d like, bellow are some of the things you can do you to help with early rising.
So What Can I Do To Stop my Child Waking Early?
How To Stop Your Child from Waking Early?
This blog is just the tip of the iceberg for how to analyse your baby, toddler or child’s sleep behaviours to identify the cause of their early rising and support them to sleep until a more reasonable hour. To find out more information on how to recognise the best method and solutions to use to stop your child from waking up early based on their individual behaviours and sleep patterns, I have recently released my Early Rising Sleep Guide which is an affordable way to get expert sleep coach advice tailored to your child. Find the guide in the baby sleep coach shop here.
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