Baby Wakes Up at 5am

Baby Wakes Up at 5am

Baby Wakes Up at 5am

Nothing can be more frustrating than having your sleep cut short by your new little baby that seems to always either not want to sleep through the night, or are early to wake. Sleep training and curbing early risers can be a tough process but it is worth it to make sure you aren’t sleep deprived and allow you and your baby to sleep longer. We all are sleeping pretty light during the last hour of sleep so its harder to stay asleep during that time. Your little baby also has a lot more energy if they wake up early so they will almost definitely not be going back to sleep soon.

Although it might seem like the early morning hours for you, if your baby is sleeping from 7 pm to 6 am, with minimal night wakings, it is perfectly normal as they are receiving about 11 hours of rest. You can’t really expect your baby to sleep more than 11 hours but if they are sleeping less than that, there are some things you can do to try and adjust their sleep schedule. Keep in mind that even if your child is sleeping 10-1/2 hours, as long as they are rested and full of energy and can make it until nap time for some daytime sleep, they are getting a suitable amount of rest for their little body.

If she is in bed by 7pm and then your baby wakes up at 5am, for example, you can try pushing down their bed time by 15 minutes and then allow a few days to see if your infant is sleeping later in the morning. Sometimes, this technique can have the opposite effect and your baby will wake up earlier so it is important to make any changes in small steps.


How do I stop my baby waking up at 5am?

Here are some other ideas to try if your child happens to be an early bird:

  • Just like an adult, your baby will sleep best when their room is dark so make sure the room is completely dark and there aren’t any lights from electronics or anything else. Lights can mess with your little nuggets circadian rhythms.
  • If you do happen to live somewhere where there can be unexpected noise such as barking dogs, traffic, or even sprinklers, consider using a white noise machine and make sure the volume is high enough that it will drown out those sounds.
  • Remove any toys from the crib that may be a distraction in the mornings when you baby may have an early morning wake where they can usually go back to sleep. The goal is for them to fall back to sleep instead of waking up to play.Don’t check on your baby during the last hour of sleep time. Your presence may be just enough to wake them up and once they see you, they will be up and wide awake.
  • Be sure that your child’s bed time is not too late for their age. If your child is getting up too early, try adjusting their bedtime by 15 minutes increments so they are falling asleep earlier in the evening and see what the effect is in the morning with their early rising. Sometimes, this will allow your child to sleep later. Occasionally the reverse will happen and they will wake up even earlier. If that happens, simply go back to your original bed time. In doing so, you will allow your child to sleep later, as he is less overtired at bedtime. If moving the bedtime earlier doesn’t change their awake time, you may want to consider keeping the earlier bedtime anyways to help your child get the right amount of night sleep for his age.
  • All of this may not work if your child is hungry so make sure they are well fed and content. You may want to slow the process down for a child under 12 months and give them a little bit of extra time to adjust to having less frequent feedings. You should also be making sure they are fed extra during the day to last them through the night and help them with the transition. The goal is for your child to not be going to sleep while still hungry.
How to Get an Overtired Baby to Sleep

How to Get an Overtired Baby to Sleep

How to Get an Overtired Baby to Sleep?

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Author Mary-Ann Schuler is a clinical psychologist and mother with more than 20 years of experience in child psychology. Her Baby Sleep Miracle Guide provides parents with a simple and easy-to-apply solution to regulate the sleeping pattern of their children and get overtired babies to sleep.

At what age do babies transition to toddler bed

At what age do babies transition to toddler bed

At what age do babies transition to toddler bed

It usually starts with your baby starting to climb out of the crib but you may even have a little one that verbalizes their displeasure with their crib and be ready to move. They will say “I want out!” whether it’s verbal or just a message they send in some other way. They are ready to say goodbye to that baby crib and transition to a bed and this is a big deal! They are done with this sleep in a crib thing. This crib to a bed transition is a fun milestone in life comparable to toilet training and potty training.

So, what needs to be done?

The big question is, at what age do babies transition to toddler bed? Most of the experts will say that the time to think about moving to a big bed is somewhere around age 3 but you should keep them in a crib as long as you can. Resist the temptation to move your baby too early. A crib will almost always be safer so unless your baby is crawling out, a crib provides a safe environment.

Having the safety of a crib at night doesn’t take away from the huge developmental leaps that your toddler is taking during the day but gives them a safe space to hang out in at night.

Also something to consider is that until about age 3, your child may have difficulty understanding instructions and being able to follow directions, such as staying in bed during the night. If your child can’t follow directions very well, it will be challenging to have any sort of great success with a big kid bed. If you try to transition your toddler before age 3, you should probably get used to getting up again during the night and finding your child asleep all over the house including next to your bed, so watch where you step!

To help your child to transition smoothly to that big kid bed, you just need to follow some steps and here they are:

  1. Create a safe environment for your child: Safety proof pretty much your entire house or any areas that your toddler may wander to during the night. Make sure to secure windows, stairs, doors, and step stools. Sometimes you can simply install a baby gate on their bedroom door to at least keep them them in their room. A night light in the room is helpful as well so when they get up, they can at least see where they are going.
  2. Let your child pick their mattress: Take your child to the mattress store and involve them in deciding which mattress they like and feel the most comfortable sleeping on. A twin bed is a good size for a toddler and gives them some room to grow into. The lower to the ground, the better and safer so try not to pick a tall frame that gives them a long way to fall if they roll out of bed during the night. Get some fun sheets and a new comforter and you are ready for a new night time routine.
  3. Disassemble the crib and crib mattress and build the new bed together: Asking your child to help with the take down of the old bed and the building of the new bed gets him involved with the process of growing up and transitioning to the new bed.
  4. Positioning the bed: Put the new bed in the corner of the room so the head and side of the bed are against a wall. That’s two less sides to be able to fall out of but make sure there is no space that your child can fall into between the bed and the wall which can be very dangerous. Also make sure that the bed isn’t next to a window that your child could crawl out of or even fall through if they happen to be jumping on the bed. You may want to consider a crib rail to make sure they don’t fall out of bed accidentally.
  5. Go over and explain the new bedtime rules: Depending on how much your child is verbalizing, you should go over the new bedtime rules with him, reminding him that we stay in bed at night within the imaginary boundaries and we don’t get up until the sun comes up, or whenever you think is best. Toddler sleeping routines can be a little different than infant crib routines.
  6. Time for the bedtime routine: It may take some extra time during your night time routine to make him feel comfortable and ready to take on this new bed thing and fall asleep. Make your child feel safe with some stuffed animals, but excited bout the new milestone in their life. You may get lucky and have a child that is super excited and ready to transition from a crib easily.
6 Week Old Baby Sleep Patterns

6 Week Old Baby Sleep Patterns

6 Week Old Baby Sleep Patterns

Babies are so precious when they are sleeping. So peaceful and pure… that is until it is 2:00 a.m. and you haven’t slept for a week and that precious little bundle of joy stands between you and a night of sleep. How about when they are up all night and then sleep all day? If only you could flip that around to function like the rest of the world and everything would be great! So what exactly does a baby sleep pattern look like?

How is my Baby’s Sleep Pattern Different than an Adult’s?

The simple answer is that babies sleep a lot, especially when they are newborns. You can expect your baby to sleep 16 to 18 hours a day. This would be great but it seems to be that they sleep at all hours of the day besides nighttime sleep. An infant sleep pattern also seems to fall far short of and an adult’s and this is why babies seem to be continuously awake.

The typical response for an adult when waking up during the night is to roll over and go back to sleep. This is not so easy for a baby because they simply have not learned how to go back to sleep. Did you ever think that rolling over and going back to sleep is a learned behavior? It’s true and until your baby learns how to go back to sleep, they will depend on you to help them to get back to sleep. Sometimes white noise machines are helpful at these times to help to lull her back to sleep. Another helpful hint is to avoid super long naps during the day so your baby is actually tired when it’s time for bed. Remember that wind down time before bed should last about 45 minutes and be a time to settle down, dim the lights, and get in the mood for sleeping.

Another interesting fact about baby sleep patterns is that the infant sleep pattern has double the amount of light sleep cycles as an adult has. This tendency for light sleep can be horrible when you are sleep deprived and just got your baby to sleep in your arms and now you need to put her down on the crib mattress. Just as your baby touches the mattress, back awake! And time to start the process over. At least understanding this frustrating series of events might help make it a little easier to accept, knowing that you aren’t alone and the majority of parents will probably go through this. Remain patient and understand that it’s just part of the growing up process for your new baby.

How Can I Help my Baby Sleep Better?

As your baby matures, so will her sleep patterns. In a perfect world, by the time your baby reaches the age of 7 to 12 weeks old, they will have developed a fairly regular sleep pattern and may be sleeping through the night, or at least sleeping longer periods of time. And in an even more perfect world, this new sleep pattern will occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.. The one thing that can be a light at the end of the tunnel will be that by the time your infant is 6 months old, her sleep pattern will hopefully include up to 7 hours of sleep, without interruptions.

Of course, all the usual situations still apply; have a bedtime routine, if your baby is fussy, check to make sure that her diaper is nice and clean, it isn’t feeding time, and she is nice and warm and ready for a good nights sleep. Babies cry because at this point in their lives, it is the only way that they have to communicate with the world around them. This means that the same crying noise can have many meanings so you just need to start decoding what those cries mean.

If your baby is comfortable, she is more likely to fall asleep and stay asleep. Pay attention to her face and stroke her hair. If her face is red or her hair is damp, your little nugget may be too warm and this will keep her from sleeping soundly. Just turn down the heat or remove a blanket and before your eyes, your baby will start to fall into her very own sleep pattern and fall into those circadian rhythms that help to separate the day and night, that we all follow.

High five your partner and enjoy a night of sleep!

Coping with Infant Sleep Disorders

Coping with Infant Sleep Disorders

Coping with Infant Sleep Disorders

You may think that sleep problems and sleep disorders are only for adults but infants can have them as well. Nighttime sleep is very important for us humans so it is good to understand these types of sleep disorders in children.

There are many different types of sleep disorders that your infant can suffer from but of course, only your pediatrician can properly diagnose them.

When your infant is just learning about sleep patterns, they mainly wake up during the night because of their need to eat frequently. Many sleep disorders are a learned behavior and aren’t so much a legitimate disease. Luckily, these learned disorders can be overcome without having to use medications and can usually be dealt with by simply changing the environment that the child is in to help to teach them to improve their sleep habits.

My child is having nightmares!

Some children, as they get older, will go through a period where they will suffer from nightmares or sleep terrors. Your child will usually outgrow these type of sleep disturbances.

Is sleep apnea only for adults?

A scary type of disorder is infant sleep apnea and is defined as an infant that stops breathing for a period of time while they are sleeping. The highest risk factor for having these medical problems is if your baby is born premature.

Usually, simply rubbing your baby or nudge them and they will start breathing again on their own but in very rare cases, infant CPR is needed to revive the baby. Your child may need to have a pediatric sleep study to narrow down the issue.

Having an infant that suffers from sleep apnea can be very scary for any parent. Imagine having to constantly fear that your child has stopped breathing. That could drive anyone crazy and keep parents sitting awake next to the crib every night until they fall asleep from exhaustion.

Parents of infants diagnosed with sleep apnea are required to go through an infant CPR course before they take their little nugget home.

Usually, when bringing home a baby with sleep apnea, you will be given a device called an apnea monitor. These monitors are attached to the baby’s chest with electrodes that monitor your infants breathing. It is tuned to your baby and will only sound if it detects abnormal breathing patterns. You may also be given a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device to help with the apnea.

If your baby’s breathing becomes shallow or stops altogether, the monitor will alarm and you’ll hear a loud alarm to alert you of the danger.

This sound can become very scary for parents, especially in the middle of the night.

Your baby will need to be attached to the monitoring device at all times while sleeping.

Sometimes, medical workers will visit your home to take readings from the monitor to make sure it is tuned properly and being used properly. Newer models are connected to the internet so the information can be transmitted without a visit.

Only your baby’s pediatrician can determine when the monitor is no longer necessary. He or she will discuss with you the progress of your baby before any decisions are finalized.

Your pediatrician will let you know when you can discontinue the use of the monitor and will discuss your baby’s progress before any final decisions are made.

Here is a great monitor to help you make sure your child is still moving around in bed. You can check it out here.

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