Babies under a year of age often wake up in the wee morning hours - luckily, this doesn't mean that...
Babies under a year of age often wake up in the wee morning hours - luckily, this doesn't mean that they're ready to start the day.

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Babies typically need about 10-11 hours of sleep a night. That seems like a lot, but remember that babies are growing fast, they need their rest. Still, babies like adults do have times when they awaken during the night, and if they wake up after having slept 8 or 9 hours it can be hard for them to get back to sleep. To keep your baby sleeping until a more reasonable hour, keep the shades in his sleeping space down, and turn off all lights (sans maybe a small nightlight). Some parents try a later bedtime, but the problem with this is that babies who are overly tired actually have a harder time falling asleep than regularly tired babies. Putting your baby to bed late may also throw off your baby's natural daytime schedule. If he wakes up in the early morning hours, simply try to relax him back to sleep. Even though he's little, tell him that it's still nighttime, and that it's time to sleep. When my son was a baby we co-slept, and I'd pretend to be asleep, which sounds kooky, but actually worked. Cedar would see me asleep and fall back to sleep himself. If my eyes stayed open so did his. It's also smart to have a morning routine. For example, when it's actually time to get up, get your baby into daytime clothes and open the blinds. This teaches your baby what to expect when it's really time to wake up and get up.

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