Getting Your Baby to Sleep Longer: Success In My Home

Jennie Canzoneri

Photo by Jennie Canzoneri
For months and months and months (and then some more months) my son has woken up between 5 and 6 a.m. for a quick party before going back to sleep.

Now, the going back to bed part was always nice, don't get me wrong! But my husband and I continually thought sleeping until 8 a.m. without the waking up part would be even better.

We've finally gotten there, and although each baby is (kind of annoyingly) different from the other, I thought I'd share a few of our tips and tricks:

  • If it's before 7 a.m, we treat the time like it's the middle of the night. No stimulation, no interaction, just quick and quiet soothing to let our son know we're there for him, but it is not time to get up.
  • We knew he never really needed the early morning bottle we'd sometimes give him, since he would usually fall asleep while drinking it, so we stopped giving it to him. A few days without it, and he no longer needs it. (Why didn't we do this six months ago!?)
  • We keep his room really dark. It's much easier to convince the baby it's the middle of the night if it actually looks like it's the middle of the night.
  • We don't take him out of his crib. He never complains longer than a few minutes (if that!) and leaving him in his crib is so much easier than rocking him back to sleep and then trying to transfer him.

We're going on a full week of post-7:30 a.m. wake-ups and today he slept until 9 a.m.

We're a much happier family when not one of us see the hour of day that starts with five and ends with a.m.

Do you have any tricks to getting your baby to sleep past 6 a.m.?

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