Are you experiencing the problem where your toddler is waking up too early lately? It’s funny how quickly things change with children. Just when we think we have something mastered they grow older and their needs start changing and we have to tweak or completely change how we handle the situation. Parenting is one of those things that require a lot of flexibility.
Things to consider regarding why your toddler may be waking up too early:
- Are they not feeling well?
- Excited or anxious about something? Any big event coming up or just happened that may be impacting them more than you realized?
- Is the room too hot or too cold?
- Did daylight savings time hit and it’s getting light out earlier?
- Are they getting attention?
- Are they getting to control what time wake-up is and loving that control?
When we visit my in-laws, it’s typically for a few nights in a row and every morning my daughter is up at least an hour earlier than at home. While I find this a bit frustrating early in the morning, I understand that she is excited to see her Grandparents and explore new things at their house. It’s also a big change because it’s not her bed, her room, etc. That example is obviously a big event change, your child might be experiencing something a little more subtle.
Here’s something you can try: The Ok to Wake! Alarm Clock & Night-Light
How cute is this! It’s an alarm clock where you can set the time that you want the green light to start glowing. You then give it to your toddler as a present and make a big deal about how big they are getting and that they get an alarm clock like Mommy and Daddy have. You then explain that they are not to get up until the light is green. When it’s green they know that it’s morning and it’s time to start the day. If it’s not green, they need to try to go back to sleep.
If they do wake up before the green light and want to come out of their room, you just have to consistently lay them back down until they understand the concept. You can set the green light to stay on for 15 min to 2 hours so you don’t have to worry about them waking up and missing the light. You can also see the green light in the daylight so it will work for those 7am wake up calls.
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