Early Morning Hack!! Rouse to Sleep

Early Morning Hack!! Rouse to Sleep

Early mornings are not fun! In my personal opinion, waking up before 7 am is not fun (Just ask my husband as he has to get up at 5:45 am and I do not do well with it).

There are a number of reasons that early mornings can happen. Here is a link to a previous article I wrote that describes the most common causes of early morning wake-ups.

Early Mornings Wakings

If you feel like you have tried everything and your little one (or not so little one) is not sleeping in until your desired wake time..there is hope!!

 

Rouse to Sleep

 

Before we dive into this technique I do want to mention that there is a 50/50 chance you can wake your child before she is ready to be woken up. I have had success with this technique with a number of babies and toddlers.

So here is the technique…

You go into your child’s room about 5 minutes before she typically wakes up and then you gently stir her. You want her to move slightly and then you let her be. Then quickly move out of sight and then wait until babe has drifted back to sleep before leaving the room.

This sounds really simple and it can work. The point of this technique is to interrupt the last sleep cycle which helps your child start another sleep cycle which should be 60 minutes or more.

It can take at least a week of doing this technique before you see a major change.

 

All the best! Fingers crossed this helps with the early morning wakings 🙂

 

Awake? How is that possible?

When you are teaching your child the art of sleeping the best way to be successful is for your child to be placed in the place or sleep (bassinet or crib) awake. People often look at me sideways and say.. “is it that easy?”

Well, it may seem “easy” but the reality is little ones often cry when placed in the crib. It does not have to be difficult. It can take time and there are many things that you can do; however, the first thing you need to remember is that it is not your job to get your child to sleep. It is your job to provide your child with the opportunity to sleep.

 

Say What?

I often hear from people that they cannot get their child to fall asleep and it becomes an exercise in frustration to get their child to sleep.

A great deal of time, little ones are falling asleep in someone’s arms and then being transferred to the crib. Put yourself in that little human’s place..

You fell asleep all comfy and cozy in someone’s arms and then you wake up in this crib! You have no idea how you got there. Not sure about you but I would be mad!

Okay, So Now What?

The first step is to make sure you are offering your child the chance to go to sleep when your child is physically ready. Your child should be in the state between not tired yet and overtired. This is where focusing on how much time your child can handle being awake comes in handy (Wake time).

Now that you have an idea of when your child should be ready for sleep, you then place your little one in the crib awake (or at least drowsy). If your little one has fallen asleep in your arms, gently stir your child as they go in the crib so they are aware that they are in the crib. This is when the tears can happen.

If your child is crying you can respond by giving your child a chance to settle on their own, you go be present, or you can try picking up and putting down until your little one falls asleep. I usually recommend that you use the 5 steps until your little one falls asleep. Here is a link to an article ( members only..not a member become one today) that helps with the 5 steps..

https://parentingfoundations.net/night-waking-how-do-i-respond/

It seems to take a long time..

It is important that you look at the clock when you are doing this as it does feel like it takes forever but in reality, it may not be that long. If it is taking more than 15 minutes for more than 4 days for your little one to fall asleep then I would look at the time your little one is awake between periods of sleep.

As your child gets used to going to sleep on their own you will be able to lay your child down and walk out of the room. This dream will soon be your reality!!