What should I do if my baby wakes up early?Sophia Wilson
Many times when you’re in bed at 2 a.m, suddenly your baby squeaks. You’re already awake.
Your baby’s sleep cycle (the full circuit from light to deep to light NREM sleep…plus a bit of REM) lasts only 60 minutes. So, about every hour, your baby will enter a light sleep…or even briefly wake up and make a short moan or squawk.
If she’s not crying, give her a few moments to settle before placing her in the bassinet.
If your princess still doesn’t go to bed at 1 a.m. or 3 a.m., then something may be bothering her. This could be a snoring parent or a passing truck. But hands down, your baby’s middle-of-the-night, the snooze-shattering disturbance is hunger.
Increase daytime feedings if your baby wakes every hour
During the early months, your little one may be in sleep —but your baby is definitely feeding!
You literally fed her every second during the womb. It’s no wonder that newborn babies need frequent feeds to keep up their fast-paced growth. In fact, mothers in some cultures actually nurse their babies 50-100 times a day! I’m not suggesting that to you, but breast-fed newborns do need at least ten to twelve feedings a day. (Bottle-fed babies need 6-8.)
It’s possible to get more than 2 hours of sleep in a row! Just feed your baby every 1.5-2 hours during the day, and wake him after 2 hours. This will help set up a rhythm of sleep that will last for a couple of months.
What to do if you increase feedings and your baby still wakes every hour…
The first thing to do if your baby is waking up too early, it’s important to check her sleep schedule to make sure that she gets enough sleep. You can gradually move her bedtime up by 10 minutes each night to see if it will help her stay asleep longer. It’s not an overnight success, though.
Having a juggled sleep schedule can be dangerous, as it can prevent your baby from getting enough sleep. If it’s still not working, then talk to your doctor about it. It’s also important to avoid making changes that will disrupt her schedule.
These reinforcements will help to trigger a calming reflex in your baby and encourage longer sleep sessions. For more tips and advice on calming your baby and getting them to sleep longer, check out the Blog on the Akidstar.