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Getting baby to sleep past 5am

Getting Baby To Sleep Past 5amI’m looking for some ideas to help my 9mo dd to sleep past 5am as I’m about to go back to work. I know we are very lucky as she’s a brilliant sleeper going down at 6.30/7pm but the last 3 weeks she has been waking early at 5am. I know she is capable of sleeping through as the 6 months prior she would sleep though to 6.30am. She doesn’t seem to be too hot or cold and she’s never leaked through her nappy. Could it be a growth spurt causing her to be hungry? Any suggestions for what I can try?

  • It just because the sun is coming up earlier. She will go back to sleeping a little longer in a week or so. My three boys do it every summer and spring. Kirralle
  • 5am may just be her natural waking rhythm…. 10 hrs sleep is awesome! 2 of my 6 have always risen at 5. While 2 are at 6 and the other two 6.30 …. they all go to bed at 7. Amanda
  • 6:30 is probably too early for bed? Maybe try 7:30 Dominique
  • My 3 are doing the same. Its due to the sun coming up earlier it will settle down again soon, we akways have early rises at the start if spring. Jayne
  • try keeping her up just that little bit longer and see if that helps Jodee
  • Their sleep patterns change as they grow, but it could just be because the sun is coming up earlier now. You could try blocking the light from her room. M’Leigh
  • yes it could be a growth spurt, maybe put her down half an hour later every night for a week to see if that helps plus give her a top up before putting her to bed Christine
  • My 7.5 month old does the same, but if he wakes up and is talking to himself I just leave him be and he will go back to sleep on his own Amanda
  • my baby started doing this to at about 10 mths, he was having dinner at 430/5 then bf at 645pm bed at 7. so we added in a solid supper around 6pm and he slept in a bit longer. Give supper a go! Alex
  • My 6mo is doing the same I put it down to the sun rising earlier. Hopefully it will sort itself out soon Trista
  • Following as my 10 month old is doing the same! Interested to know if anyone puts baby to sleep earlier so they get the same amount of sleep or if you keep things the same and wait for it to pass Ash
  • Do you go straight in to get her or have you let her be if she’s happy? Does she have a comforter or dummy to help her go back to sleep? If mine wakes up he might have a chat to himself for a while but he puts himself back to sleep. Maybe give your dd a chance to figure it out on her own. Meghan
  • i have just been told magnesium tablets can help, but i dont know the age group ask your doctor i am from new zealand & have just been told that magnesium tablets can help calm your kiddies to get them to sleep better . my sons 10 months old & doesnt sleep through the night he was sleeping through for awhile was growth spurts & teething Brooke
  • My 10 mo does this is he doesn’t have enough solids during the day. Try another snack or bigger meals and see if it changes Cassie
  • we got an activity Centre and attached it to bubs cot when he wakes up he has a play and usually always goes back to sleep Sairs
  • My DD goes to bed 6-630pm everynight and wakes around 7am, however went through a stage of 5 or 530am wake up for bottle, one morning she started crying but couldn’t get to her straight away as my son was also awake and she went back to sleep within 5 mins! I now give her 5 mins and just go in if she clearly sounds distressed and not settled! Alycia
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  1. AvatarTiffany says:

    When my son starts waking up at 5am, it normally means I have to start putting his day sleep a little later than normal. Try 10 minutes then after a few days if it hasn’t helped, try another 10 minutes.

  2. My 6 month old has recently started waking a little earlier (6-7am) which I suspect is light related. I make believe it’s the middle of the night and keep the light as low as possible, I don’t talk to her and minimize stimulation. I give her a feed, lightly burp if needed and put her back to bed as if she woke up at 2am. It works every time and I use the extra 2 hours she sleeps after that to shower, dress and have breakfast.

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