It happens that babies wake up too early in the morning for various reasons and want to start a new day. Are there tear-free ways to help them sleep a bit longer? In order to find solutions to this problem, let’s understand its nature.
All infants and young children go into light sleep between 5 – 6 a.m. Some children calm down and fall asleep for one more hour, but many ones do not. Child’s early awakening depends on two factors. First, it is darkness in the room. Darkness in the children’s room is attached importance to, that’s the reason most children fall asleep again when they go into the light sleep between 5 – 6 a.m. When the door is closed and the curtains are drawn, it must be so dark in the room so as even the outlines of books and toys are not seen. The form of these things can be enough to awaken the child from slumber and make him desire to start a new day.
Second, parents’ attitude to baby’s early awakening within the first three months affects the time of baby’s awakening in morning. Within the first few weeks of life, a child who wakes up and eats at 2 – 2 a.m., can wake up around 6 a.m. really hungry. But this feeding should be as a night one. It should be as quiet and quick as possible by the light of a small nightlight without talking and eye contact. Then the child must be put to sleep until 7 – 7:30 a.m. If possible, try not to change a diaper, because usually children wake up at this time.
When the child begins to sleep and eat closer to 4 a.m., he usually wakes up at 6 a.m. not hungry. This is the only time parents should help their child fall asleep. At this stage the most important thing is to quickly put him to sleep again up to 7 a.m., even if affection and pacifier have to be used.
Tips to help prevent child’s early awakening?
It is not recommended to use a nightlight or leave the door open when you put the baby to sleep early in the morning. Studies show that baby’s brain produces other chemicals in the darkness preparing for sleep. Even the slightest ray of light can be enough to wake the child when he goes into the first phase of light sleep.
Children under six months of age can wake up because they get out from under the blanket. At this age children sleep better if they are properly covered and tucked in the blanket. It is also recommended to roll up a small towel and put it between the wall and the bed mattress from the near side.
Children, who stand up in the crib and get out from under the blanket, will sleep better if put into a light 100% cotton sleeping bag and tuck in the sheet. Depending on the weather blankets may not be necessary.
When the child begins to move and roll in the crib, you can remove the sheet and the blanket and use only the sleeping bag. This will give your child an opportunity to move freely, and you will not worry that the baby will be cold at night. Choose a sleeping bag suitable for the season.
Do not stop feeding baby at 10:30 p.m. until he is six months old and starts eating solid food. If the period of rapid growth begins before the baby starts eating solid food, give him more milk at this time. This reduces the possibility of baby’s early awakening being hungry, and this can happen if you stop feeding ahead of time at 10:30 p.m.