5 am wakings. They have to be the worst part of parenting a toddler, right?
I remember the pain of early risings like it was yesterday. My daughter was 18 months and suddenly started waking at 5 am, ready to start the day.
Like any exhausted parent desperate for just 20 more minutes of shut-eye, I took her into the living room and turned on cartoons. [Warning- NEVER do this!]
You can imagine what happened next… Every single day after that, she woke at 5 am yelling “Buddies!” (Her word for cartoons. Super cute, but not at 5 am.)
I quickly realized that her early wakings had become a habit that wasn’t going to stop on its own. I needed a strategy to get her sleeping later ASAP.
Admittedly, I am a “morning person.” But more like a “7 am morning person.” No amount of coffee can make waking at 5 am feel good. Given the volume of emails I get with the subject “Help! My toddler is waking too early!” I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that feels this way.
Are you trapped in “toddler waking up too early” hell right now? I bet you’ve tried it all- move bedtime later, then earlier- but still your child continues waking at 5 am calling for you.
Maybe it started after the time change or a vacation. And like me, you fell into the habit of starting your day way too early. Now you realize it’s a dreadful habit that needs to be stopped, but you have no idea how to do it!
Well, I’m happy to report that my toddler’s early risings were stopped pretty quickly just by changing around a few aspects of her sleep routine. In less than a week, she was sleeping until 7 am! Later mornings = happy mama.
These tips haven’t just helped my daughter. I’ve been sharing them with exhausted parents for several years and they work! You too can stop your toddler waking every morning at 5 am when you do the following 5 steps: