Some babies are natural early birds, but most are not and there are many things you can do to encourage a later morning.
You might be surprised to hear it all starts with bedtime. Here is a list of must dos…
- Ensure the bedtime feed is before bath or at the beginning of the routine and your little one is wide awake for the feed.
- Ensure baby is going down wide awake all on her own with no one in the room. This includes not falling asleep with a soother!
- Ensure baby is not at all overtired. Try bedtime 10-15 minutes earlier.
- If baby wakes between 5am-6am it is best to stay out of the room if at all possible. Seeing mom or dad is just too stimulating and now they know you are awake too, so there is usually no going back to sleep. They think it is party time!
- Wait until a minimum of 6am to take baby out of the crib.
- After taking your baby out of the crib, turn on the lights, open the blinds, do a diaper change and then offer a feed. Make sure baby is wide awake.
- Ensure the room is pitch dark and you are using white noise to drown out all of those early morning noises like Dad getting ready for work.
- Make sure nap one is not too close to taking baby out of the crib in the morning. I suggest counting the amount of wake time from 6am, not from the time your baby woke early. If I knew I could get back into bed an hour or two after I woke, I wouldn’t mind starting my day before 6am either.
- It can take 4-6 weeks of being super consistent before your baby’s body clock is reset and he starts sleeping in later.