You might be reading this because your sweet little baby , toddler, or preschooler is waking too early- before 6am. Perhaps they are waking everyday at 4am, 5:30am or 5:45am. It’s still dark out and we still want to be sleeping. And you’re right, before 6am is what I call night night time too!
Going back to sleep is hardest between 3am-6am which is when children typically wake the most. And if your lucky, they may wake, go back to sleep, to wake just 30 minutes later… and it’s still not 6am. They disrupt those last hours that you are trying to snooze too.
When I speak of early rising I consider it anytime before 6am. 6am and earlier is still night nighttime. While I would love my children to sleep in, most children will wake and be ready for their day sometime between 6am and 7:30am. This is a very normal and common pattern for children and their circadian rhythms. While I wish 8am or 9am could be the norm, especially if you are a stay at home mom or you can go to work later, unfortunately that is not how children are naturally wired.
The most common reasons children are waking too early are:
- Go to bed too late
- Nap deprivation
- Too big of a wakeful window between the time they wake from nap and bedtime.
- Put down too drowsy
Check out the video to learn more about early rising and how you can help your child sleep in and wake a little bit later!