So you’ve been using The Sleep Sense Program and your baby is finally sleeping through the night. No more getting up every hour on the hour to rock your screaming infant, walk the halls or sing endless lullabies.
As close to perfection as this is, there’s still a hitch…even though your little darling is sleeping through the night, she might be waking up “extra early.”
Maybe your day now starts at 5 a.m. and your child full of energy and ready for some excitement. Before you reach for that triple latte, let me reassure you that this is a common issue for many recent Sleep Sense graduates!
You might fear that getting a solid night’s sleep now means you have to start your day at the crack of dawn, but you’ll be relieved to hear that doesn’t have to be the case!
Tips for getting your baby to sleep in until a reasonable hour:
If you have a minimum hour you’re willing to get up, (within reason… your baby won’t stay calm and happy in her crib until 9:30 a.m.), then stick to it!
What you shouldn’t do:
While it might be tempting to move bedtime later, the truth is that 99% of the time, changing bedtime won’t help at all. In many cases it actually makes it worse. If bedtime is too late, your baby will be overtired, which can lead to restless sleep and…yup…waking up extra early.
Then you’ll just be back to square one, and you’ll have night waking AND early mornings to deal with. Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?
If all else fails, just hang in there and wait it out. The good news is that as your baby’s body gets used to consolidated sleep, she will start sleeping later. Some babies just take a little longer to adjust.
Take care of yourself, eat well and try to go to bed early so you don’t feel like a zombie when 5:00 a.m. rolls around. Before you know it you’ll all be sleeping through the night and waking up at a reasonable hour!
I have answers for those questions and MANY more when you join The Sleep Sense Program. And don’t forget, it’s backed by a one-year, no-hassle guarantee!
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