5 am wakings. They have to be the worst part of parenting a toddler, right? I remember the pain of my toddler waking up too early like it was yesterday.
My daughter was 2 years old and suddenly started waking at 5 am, ready to start the day. Like any exhausted parent desperate for 20 more minutes of sleep, 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 my early waking 2 year old had developed 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’s waking up too early!” I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that feels this way.
I bet you’ve tried it all- moving bedtime later, then earlier- but still you have a toddler waking at 5 am calling for you.
Maybe it started after the clocks changed 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 just by changing around 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 can stop your toddler waking early when you do the following 8 steps.