This situation is horrible. Unless, of course, you're an early riser too. Often, after babies learn to sleep through the...
This situation is horrible. Unless, of course, you're an early riser too. Often, after babies learn to sleep through the night, they start waking up earlier and earlier, until they beat the town rooster. Yikes. Here's some ideas to help her sleep later.
  • baby-sleep.jpgKeep her up later: this one is obvious. If you want a late riser she's going to have to stay up later. This may mean adjusting her daytime nap schedule.
  • Make her naps during the day shorter if possible.
  • Quiet and dark are your friends: Try and choose a room (when possible) that is away from noise. So, a room that looks out towards a busy street -- bad idea. Dark blinds can help if the sun is waking her up early.
  • If she sleeps in her own room in a crib leave a few safe toys in there so when she wakes up she stays occupied. No strings, or small toys though.
  • Feed her breakfast at a reasonable hour: If you used to breastfeed at 4 am that's got to stop or she'll want her milk at guess when, 4am. Try weaning all night feeding and offering less and less milk until say 6:30 or 7am.
Sadly, sometimes you just have an early riser and there's not much you can do. My son has always woken at the crack of dawn while my girlfriend's little girl sleeps in until 9am every day (sigh). In this case go to bed sooner yourself.

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