One of the most common questions I get asked is ‘how to stop early wakings’ and ‘why is my child always waking at 5am?’. So many families reach out to me because their little ones wake early and they can’t settle them back to sleep. It’s so tough. It’s tough for your little one as it means they are tired for the rest of the day. And it’s tough on you because we all need our down time but you get to the evening and after an early start, you are exhausted yourself and just want to go bed.
So what can you do to stop these early wakings?
Their sleep environment is often a good place to start when trying to establish what might be causing them to wake early. Is the room dark all night or does it gradually get lighter as the sun rises? If so, one of the cheapest and most effective ways of ensuring your little one’s room is dark are blackout blinds or curtains. They can be purchased reasonably cheaply and can sometimes be all your infant needs to sleep longer. Just like for adults, sleep patterns for children are interrupted by light.
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