The early bird gets the worm, right? Sure, unless you’re a Mom and your early bird is your baby that keeps waking up WAY too early! It takes about six to eight months for your baby to stop needing to be fed during the night and start sleeping instead.
A normal timeframe for when your baby should be getting up is 6 to 7:30 in the morning. If they’re waking up before that (and waking you up too) don’t worry, we’ll fix it!
Is there an obvious reason?
You need to get your detective skills on Mom. Is there an obvious reason for why your baby is waking up early? Does the garage truck come around and make a ton of noise? Does the neighbor’s dog start barking at an ungodly hour? Little things like this that you might be able to sleep through could be a big disturbance for your baby.
If you’re unsure about noisy disturbances or can’t rule anything out, get a white noise machine. It’s an easy and affordable way to help prevent your baby from getting up too early due to noises he or she is hearing right outside their window.
Nap time is not overrated!
If your baby is waking up early from his or her naps, this could be the reason why they have a hard time sleeping. Nap time is not overrated; it’s a key to keeping baby in bed and you too! If this is happening, try bumping up bedtime by 10 to 20 minutes earlier than baby normally gets tucked in.
Don’t jump out of bed
If you hear your baby awake, don’t take that to mean you should just jump right out of bed. Leave them there in their crib, alone, for a bit.
Often they will go back to bed on their own, or they will find a way to keep themselves occupied until it is an acceptable time to get up.