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My 8-month-old wakes up almost every morning around 5:30 and will not go back to sleep—even if I feed her and put her back in bed.
I do anything to make her sleep in?
Five in the morning is a popular baby wake time. The morning
hours contain more light sleep, and babies are more likely to wake up—whether
by a noise or just transitioning between stages of sleep—and not be able to
fall back to sleep in the wee hours.
The key to moving a wake-up time is holding a boundary for
the baby's brain and body that will eventually shift the internal clock. The
most important signal is light—meaning that blackout curtains or shades are a
must if you have an early riser.
A feeding at 5:30 a.m. may be what's telling
her tummy it's time to wake up, so shift that feeding to 6 a.m. (In "The
Happy Sleeper," we recommend either weaning gradually or using the Sleep Wave if
the baby is crying) and soon her internal clock will tell her 6 a.m. is the
right time to wake. If you always feed
and talk to her at 5:30 a.m., the food and social interaction are telling her
that's the time to start the day.
Usually shifting bedtime later doesn't work, so keep to a
consistent, early bedtime (7:30 p.m. is good) and think about the cues of light,
food and social interaction to make sure you're giving her brain the right
information to know when to wake up.